April 14, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Public helps shape solutions during outbreak, cyber security, industry and logistics
Aalto researchers are asking the public for coronavirus observations that may help find instant and long-term solutions for epidemics.
Angelina Bambina/ Aalto University
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Aalto University, F-Secure, Renta, Valmet, OGOship and Outotec make headlines.
Aalto University asks the public for coronavirus observations, F-Secure wins a big deal in the UK, Renta opens a depot in Poland, Valmet reaches a milestone, OGOship secures seed funding, and Outotec wins an order in Mexico.
Finland’s Aalto University has launched an online survey to gather coronavirus experiences and insights from the public to help researchers to identify problems and develop new solutions for protecting the public during this and future epidemics. The survey can be accessed at coronaresponse.fi to report observations about, for example, health services, shops and other service sector activities, along with risk situations, communications, work and hobbies. The solutions can either be fast and easy to implement, such as installing glass partitions to protect shop clerks, or take some time to develop.
Finnish cyber security firm F-Secure has signed a seven-figure, multi-year contract with an UK-based enterprise for its managed detection and response (MDR) service, F-Secure Countercept. Recognised as the best advanced persistent threat protection service at last year’s SC Magazine Awards Europe, the fully managed service enables organisations to hunt down threats and detect advanced attackers in a matter of minutes.
Finnish construction machinery and equipment rental business Renta Group has opened its first office in Poland, in the city of Katowice. Renta will also open two additional rental depots in the country in the coming weeks, one in Krakow and the other in Wroclaw. The Finnish company established a Polish subsidiary in September 2019, with plans to build a nationwide network of outlets and become an important player in the local market in the next few years.
Finnish company Valmet will deliver its 300th Paper Lab, an automated board and paper testing laboratory, to Papierfabrik Palm’s Aalen-Neukochen mill in Germany. The German paper and forest products company ordered a total of three Paper Labs for its mills in France and Germany. The laboratory systems provide accurate and rapid measurement results that can be used either as a quality stamp for the end product or to optimise board machine operations. Valmet is currently also supplying the world’s largest containerboard machine to Papierfabrik Palm’s Aalen-Neukochen mill.
Finland’s OGOship will accelerate its global growth after raising 1.5 million euros in seed funding from Finnish venture capital firm Maki.vc. OGOship is a third-party logistics startup that enables online retailers to store products closer to their customers with its network of warehouses. The startup has grown its revenue at a year-on-year rate of 46 per cent in Finland. In 2019, it made the leap to Sweden and the Netherlands and now has six warehouses across Northern Europe.
Finnish company Outotec will deliver minerals processing technology for First Majestic’s mill optimisation project in Mexico. The technology worth approximately 15 million euros will be delivered to First Majestic’s San Dimas and Santa Elena silver and gold mines. The deliveries are expected to take place in 2020 and 2021, following a previous delivery of high-intensity grinding mills, one of which has significantly improved the recovery of gold and silver at the Santa Elena mine.
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