FIBRES Online secures funding, Valmet and Kalmar win orders in China and Brazil, Genelec equips a music studio and signs a distributor, VTT and Neste’s e-fuel research gets a boost, and Vuokatti and Lahti host the junior world skiing championships. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.
FIBRES Online has raised 270 000 euros from a group of angel investors for its foresight software, primarily used for strategic planning, innovation and R&D in corporations and consultancies. The cloud-based tool addresses the disruption in strategic management caused by the ever-increasing pace of change and wide availability of data. FIBRES Online may still be in its early stages, but its customers already include big corporations such as Aurecon and Daimler, research organisations and universities. The funding will be used for the Helsinki, Finland-based company’s international growth in 2021. Image: FIBRES Online
Valmet will supply a steam profiler and condition monitoring solution and services to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in China. The systems will be installed in Jingxing Paper’s paper machines PM12 and PM16 to provide effective moisture profile management and predictive condition monitoring, and improve production runnability and end-product quality. Valmet has also received a repeat order for a fibre furnish analyser from UPM in China. To be installed in UPM’s PM3 in Changshu, the analyser will provide fast and precise online updates of key fibre and papermaking furnish properties.
Mondosonic Studios in Kerala, India, has turned to Finnish audio company Genelec for a full-range monitoring solution. Its 600 square-foot mixing space has been fitted with Genelec’s 1238DF active studio monitors and a 7380A subwoofer. Genelec has also appointed Audio-Technica France and experienced music industry figure Gilles Pétrotey to handle the French distribution of its studio and home loudspeaker ranges. Audio-Technica is already handling Genelec’s distribution in the Netherlands and Spain. Image: Mondosonic Studios
A two-year e-fuel research project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and connected with Neste’s Veturi ecosystem and other Finnish partners has received 3.3 million euros in funding from public organisation Business Finland. The market for synthetic fuels has emerged in the wake of an acute need for emissions reduction in the transport industry. The project uses a new high-temperature method of electrolysis, a process that is key for the development of synthetic fuels, in a bid to improve e-fuel production efficiency by 10-15 percentage points. Image: Unsplash
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received an order for nine rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) from Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN). The cranes will be delivered to Sepetiba Tecon terminal, one of Brazil’s main container terminals located in the Port of Itaguaí, some 80 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro. Image: Kalmar
Finnish winter sports cities Vuokatti and Lahti are hosting the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships (JWSC). The highest-level international ski competition for athletes under the age of 23 has drawn hundreds of participants from around the world to the two Finnish cities. Non-profit Protect Our Winters Finland is a main sponsor of the event. Read more about the championships in our article by clicking the headline.