June 11, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Space technology, online grocery shopping, mining, trains, jobs and HBO production
Asro provides space technology for ESA satellite and NASA's moon launch.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Digital Goodie, Outotec, Teleste, Asro, OpenNord and Finnish HBO production make headlines.
Digital Goodie and WorkJam start an e-commerce partnership, Outotec supplies a gold project in Chile, Teleste delivers onboard train solutions in Norway, Asro wins its biggest deal yet, the OpenNord initiative helps job seekers in the Nordics, and HBO’s first Finnish production portrays life under the coronavirus.
Finnish company Digital Goodie has started an international partnership with WorkJam to streamline online grocery operations. During the COVID-19 outbreak, consumers have turned to online shopping in greater numbers, causing common pain points for grocers trying to keep up with the pace. The combined platform offering of Digital Goodie and WorkJam provides an all-in-one integrated solution that addresses these pain points. Through Digital Goodie, grocers are able to develop and quickly scale their online business on a fully customisable connected commerce platform, while WorkJam enables them to effectively staff their stores and train frontline employees on e-commerce processes.
Finnish company Outotec has won a contract from Gold Fields to deliver minerals processing equipment to the Salares Norte greenfield gold project in the Atacama region of Northern Chile. Worth approximately 14 million euros, the equipment is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2021. Once the new concentrator plant is operational, it will have an annual throughput of two million tonnes of ore. Golf Fields is a South African globally operating gold producer.
Finnish company Teleste will deliver passenger information and CCTV systems for Stadler’s new FLIRT trains operated by Norwegian State Railways. The agreement builds on a collaboration between the two companies that started already in 2009. The solutions will be installed in more than 20 trains by the end of 2021.
Finnish company Asro has won its biggest deal to date from the European Space Agency (ESA). The roughly 3.7 million-euro deal more than triples the company’s current annual revenues. The order is for a Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI), optical device to be installed in ESA’s ALTIUS satellite to monitor the ozone layer. Asro will also provide radiation detectors for NASA’s Artemis mission that will see the Orion spacecraft fly around the moon next year.
OpenNord offers Nordic job seekers a helping hand
A new initiative called OpenNord has been founded in Finland to address the uncertainty and misinformation job seekers are facing when looking for work during the COVID-19 outbreak. The OpenNord platform helps job seekers to get credible info and find jobs in Finland and the Nordics by showcasing employers who are actively hiring right now. It was created pro bono by a group of tech enthusiasts in Helsinki and has gained support from many public and private organisations.
Seven Finnish directors have each produced a short film on the theme of adapting to life during the coronavirus pandemic for HBO Nordic. Read the full report by clicking the headline.
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