June 15, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Safe cooking, short films, agriculture and forestry, gas pumps and VR for astronauts

Innohome's intelligent stove guards head to the US with Electrolux.

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Innohome, Farmi Forest, Gasum, Varjo, and Finnish short films make headlines.

Two Finnish films are picked for the Palm Springs International ShortFest, Farmi Forest is acquired by Ferrel, Gasum expands its gas filling station network in the Nordics, Innohome partners with Electrolux, and Varjo’s VR headsets are used for astronaut training.

Finnish shorts make the cut for Palm Springs

Teemu Niukkanen’s short film Are You Hungry? (Onko sinulla nälkä) and Teemu Nikki’s All Inclusive have made it to the Palm Springs International ShortFest, held online between 16 and 22 June. Both films use humour to address how difficult communication can be between near and dear ones, the former dealing with a parent’s difficulty in handling her teenage son’s sexuality the latter with power. The festival entries are vying not only for a total of 25 000 US dollars in cash prizes, but also for an opportunity to try out for an Oscar nomination.

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Farmi Forest joins Estonian company Ferrel

Finnish manufacturer of agricultural and forestry machinery Farmi Forest has been acquired from Normet Group by Estonian company Ferrel. Ferrel manufactures trailers and other attachments to tractors, and the merger offers both companies global growth opportunities and synergy in the forestry and agriculture industries. The acquisition was finalised on 8 June 2020.

Farmi Forest

Gasum expands filling station network in Nordics

Finnish energy company Gasum is introducing four new gas filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles in Finland and Sweden during the summer. To be located in Ljungby, Helsingborg and Gothenburg in Sweden, and Lieto in Finland, the stations are part of the company’s strategy to expand its liquefied gas filling station network in the Nordics. Most of the region’s gas filling stations for heavy-duty vehicles are already operated by Gasum.

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Innohome partners with Electrolux for US entry

Finnish startup Innohome has signed a supplier agreement with Swedish home appliance giant Electrolux to bring its fire prevention technology to the North American consumer market. Innohome’s intelligent stove guards monitor cooking and issues alerts and even turns off the power in the event of imminent fire danger. Almost half of home fires in the US start in the kitchen, and unattended cooking is the leading culprit of cooking fires.

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Varjo’s VR headset used for astronaut training

Finnish company Varjo’s human-eye resolution virtual-reality (VR) headsets will be used to prepare crew for the Boeing Starliner space flight programme, which develops spacecraft for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Read more about in in our article by clicking the headline.

Varjo

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