An illustration of a piece of lithium ore powering an electric vehicle, a smart phone and other electric equipment
 The demand for lithium is expected to surge with increasing digitalisation and electric vehicles taking over the roads. Image: Keliber

DAILY BRIEF: Lithium mining, education, LNG fuel, automation and plastic alternatives

All the Finnish business news that works: Keliber, Gasum, Etteplan, Valmet and Finnish universities make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


JAMK and HAMK help with Kazakhstan’s education reform, Gasum grows its LNG supply line in the Nordics, Etteplan wins a two-year deal with FläktGroup, Valmet lands big orders, Keliber secures financing for its lithium project, and Aalto University researchers develop bio-based plastic alternatives. Click on the headlines for more info about each news item.

Finnish universities support teacher education reform in Kazakstan

Famous landmarks in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan

The Kazakh Ministry of Education has signed an agreement to collaborate on its teacher education reform with a consortium led by Häme University of Applied Sciences and consisting of JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. The 26-month project is part of a World Bank-funded initiative that aims to modernise the country’s education system. JAMK and Häme University of Applied Sciences have worked together on projects improving nursing education and health services in Kazakhstan since 2012. Image: Pixabay

Gasum to supply LNG to Wasaline ferry and Wärtsilä tech hub

An illustration of a Wasaline ferry at sea

Finnish energy company Gasum will build a customer terminal in Vaskiluoto in Vaasa. The terminal will supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Wasaline’s M/S Aurora Botnia, which will operate on the Vaasa—Umeå ferry route between Finland and Sweden, and to Wärtsilä’s Smart Technology Hub. Gasum will also be able to serve other customers through the terminal. LNG is the cleanest maritime transport fuel available, and it meets all the environmental requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Image: Wasaline

Etteplan signs deal with FläktGroup

An open office

FläktGroup, a global provider of indoor air technology solutions, has outsourced its technical documentation to Finnish company Etteplan. The two-year contract covers all aspects of the group’s documentation solutions, which Etteplan will improve trough a digital transformation. Etteplan helps companies in the manufacturing industry to improve their products, services and engineering processes. Image: Etteplan

Valmet strikes deals at home and away

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Valmet has landed a contract worth 350–400 million euros in its home market of Finland. The company will deliver all main process islands and automation systems for Metsä Fibre’s bioproduct mill in Kemi. The mill will be totally fossil fuel-free and have an annual pulp production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, with the startup scheduled for 2023. Valmet will also deliver its DNA automation system to Kapar Energy Ventures’ power plant in Malaysia, through a deal with its local partner Pestech Technology. Image: Valmet

Keliber’s lithium project secures financing

A Keliber working overseeing mining equipment

Keliber has signed an agreement on bridge financing of 40 million euros with mining giant Sibanye Stillwater. The agreement enables Keliber to significantly advance its lithium project in Central Ostrobothnia, Finland, where the Finnish mining company aims to start production in 2024. Sibanye-Stillwater intends to play a key role in financing the project, as well as contribute to the project execution and bring its strategic expertise to Keliber. Image: Keliber

Finnish wood foam could replace plastic in packaging

Hand holding a piece of wood foam

Researchers at Aalto University have utilised artificial intelligence to introduce wood-like properties to a bio-based material as they look to develop an alternative for styrofoam and bubble wrap. One promising mixture is that between lignin, wood fibre and laponite, which has been found to produce a foam that resists shock and humidity, making it a viable alternative to plastic. Read more about the research project by clicking the headline. Image: Mikko Raskinen

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