August 26, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Shopping heats up, automation, digital marketing, energy industry and city squares

Entrance to the Lippulaiva shopping mall.
Citycon's new shopping centre will be heated by its own geoenergy plant.

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Citycon, Cimcorp, Liana Technologies, Wärtsilä and the City of Helsinki make headlines.

Cimcorp wins a large automation order in Spain, Liana Technologies and Wärtsilä announce news in Brazil, Citycon’s Lippulaiva shopping centre pioneers local green energy production, and Helsinki launches an international competition for major downtown re-development.

Cimcorp to automate Alimerka’s fresh produce distribution

Alimerka distributon centre in the evening.

Finnish company Cimcorp will automate the distribution of fresh produce for Spanish grocery retailer Alimerka. The robotic systems supplied to the Lugo de Llanera distribution centre near Oviedo will serve Alimerka’s 173 shops across northwest Spain and the retailer’s fresh produce distribution subsidiary, Codefrut. Alimerka is a leading grocer in its home region of Asturias and in the neighbouring regions of Galicia, Castile and León. The distribution centre handles no less than 120 tonnes of fresh produce every day, six days a week.


Liana Technologies lands on the Brazilian market

Laptop next to mobile phone.

Finnish software-as-a-service (SAAS) company Liana Technologies has entered the Brazilian market, where its digital marketing and communications technology stack will be distributed exclusively by public relations agency Verdelho Comunicação. The Liana®Cloud PR & Media solution combines multichannel press release distribution, journalistic and social media monitoring, communications analytics and artificial intelligence features. It will be the first service in Brazil to offer global press sources in 76 languages and 200 countries.

Liana Technologies

Wärtsilä to convert power plant in Brazil

Power plant engines.

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä will convert a power plant in Brazil to run fully on natural gas while increasing its output from 85 to 92 megawatts. The conversion will reduce both the operational costs and environmental impact of Companhia Energética Manauara’s plant in Manaus, Brazil. In addition, Wärtsilä will renew its operation and maintenance agreement for the plant, which will supply energy to the national grid, for 10 years.


Lippulaiva shopping centre pioneers green energy solutions

People walking towards Lippulaiva shopping centre illustration.

Citycon’s shopping centre Lippulaiv, which is a due to open in the spring of 2022 in Espoo, will become a pioneer in local clean energy production. The largest geothermal heating and cooling facility for a commercial building in Europe is being built under the building to generate enough carbon-free energy to meet almost all the heating and cooling needs of the centre. Lippulaiva’s sustainable energy solutions earned Citycon a place in the EU’s sustainable energy project SPARCS, which has 31 partners around Europe. The shopping centre will also promote the use of green modes of transport and feature 3 500 square metres of green roofs, as well as solar panels to generate electricity for lifts, escalators and lighting.


Helsinki to launch re-development contest for city squares

People walking near Helsinki's Central Railway Station.

The City of Helsinki has announced an architectural competition for the re-development of two squares in the vicinity of Helsinki Central Station, Elielinaukio and Asema-aukio. Read our full article by clicking the headline.

City of Helsinki

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