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All the daily Finnish business news that works: Nokia Foundation award, Make Helsinki, Pasafin, Teleste and Finnish green material innovations make headlines.

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Mikko Möttönen is recognised for advancing quantum computing, Make Helsinki and Pasafin are acquired, Teleste wins a railway order in London, and GNF digs into Finnish natural material innovations. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Mikko Möttönen wins Nokia Foundation award

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Nokia Foundation has granted its 2020 Recognition Award to Mikko Möttönen, a professor of quantum technology at Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, for his contribution to quantum computing research. The foundation highlighted Möttönen’s persistent research in the field that is being utilised in the development of commercial quantum computing, which could revolutionise information and communications technology (ICT). Möttönen is also a co-founder of quantum computer company IQM.

Make Helsinki becomes Healthware’s regional hub

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Healthcare agency, consultancy and digital health group Healthware has acquired Finnish digital service development and creative agency Make Helsinki. The deal builds on previous collaboration between the two companies, including full-service agency offerings, digital transformation, technology and enterprise solutions, as well as corporate venturing. Healthware is also strengthening its geographical coverage with the acquisition, as Make Helsinki will be rebranded into its regional hub in the Nordics and Baltics.

itelligence enters Finland with Pasafin acquisition

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Leading global systems applications and products (SAP) consultancy itelligence is expanding to Finland through the acquisition of Pasafin, a Finnish consulting company in human capital management (HCM). The acquisition supports itelligence’s ambition of becoming the preferred SAP service provider in the Nordic region as companies continue to integrate cloud and other digital solutions into their business management.

Teleste wins onboard systems order in London

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Teleste will deliver onboard systems for CAF’s trains in the Docklands Light Railway in London. The deliveries will take place in 2021–2023 and cover passenger information, public address, CCTV systems, and ultra-wide TFT displays for 43 five-car driverless trains, the first of which will enter commercial service in 2023. The Docklands Light Railway in East London is the busiest light railway network in the UK, and the new trains will add much-needed capacity to the area.

Finnish nature makes for innovative materials

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As the global packaging, textile and food industries are turning their focus to sustainability, Finnish innovators are drawing on their proximity to nature to generate new material solutions. In our feature article we take a look at a number of Finnish green solutions. Click the headline to have a read.

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