A vertical farm with plants growing on shelves
 Vertical farming is a quickly growing trend in food production. Image: iFarm

DAILY BRIEF: Urban plants, Mars weather, vaccine production, international film and winter solutions

All the Finnish business news that works: iFarm, FMI, Vaisala, Elomatic, Vuokatti and Finnish wintertime solutions make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and Vaisala take part in NASA’s Mars rover mission, Elomatic designs two COVID-19 vaccine plants in India, international horror-comedy The Creeps starts production in Vuokatti, iFarm helps to build the first vertical farm in Zurich, and GNF takes a look at some Finnish wintertime ideas. Click on the headlines for more info about each news item.

Finnish weather tech lands on Mars

An illustration of a base on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover landed safely on Mars on 18 February, carrying the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) and Vaisala’s humidity and pressure instrumentation. The rover touched down on the ancient river delta in Jezero Crater, which NASA believes is an optimal place to find traces of ancient life. The Finnish equipment is part of a Spanish-led consortium’s instrumentation kit called Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer (MEDA). The kit is basically a weather station that will take a wide range of atmospheric measurements in the harsh conditions of the red planet. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Elomatic designs two COVID-19 vaccine plants in India

A gloved hand holding a small bottle with a COVID-19 Vaccine label

Finnish engineering and consulting company Elomatic has been tasked with designing two COVID-19 vaccine plants in southern India. One of the plants is scheduled to become operational in late 2021 and focus on vaccine production for one of India’s market leading vaccine producers. Expected to become operational in March 2022, the other facility was ordered by an international vaccine producer which is collaborating closely with the WHO and UNICEF. Vaccine exports from India are bound for Australia, the US, the Asia-Pacific region, Africa and possibly other areas. Image: Unsplash

The Creeps take over Vuokatti ski centre

Skis above the slope on a skilift

The filming of international action-horror-comedy film The Creeps will start next month at the Vuokatti ski centre in Finland. Produced by Black Lion Pictures and Frozen Flame Pictures, the film stars Hollywood actor Christopher Lambert, with writer and director Marko Mäkilaakso at the helm. Some scenes will also be filmed in Finnish city of Jyväskylä. The plot follows two American students who are attending an event organised at the ski centre, which gets an unexpected turn when the small, deadly Creeps take over the place. The film draws inspiration from 1980–90s cult films such as Gremlins, Critters, Highlander and American Pie. Image: Vuokatin Matkailukeskus

iFarm helps to build first vertical farm in Zurich

Salads growing on shelves

Swiss startup Yasai has launched the first vertical farm project in Zurich and turned to Finland-based iFarm and Dutch company Logiqs for the equipment and technology. The strategic partners will construct a 673-square metre pilot facility that will produce 20 tonnes of fresh herbs per year. iFarm will supply the nutrient solution management system, climate control equipment and a software platform that controls production conditions and processes. The project lays the groundwork for large-scale industrial vertical farming, and the partners plan to scale it globally. Image: iFarm

Five From Finland: Wintertime ideas

A man ice fishing on a frozen lake

In our weekly Five From Finland series we take a look at quintet of Finnish brands that help people to cope with and enjoy the year’s coldest season: OptiWatti, Rapala, Glöet, Saintex and Tarvas. They offer solutions for warm houses, ice fishing, hot drinks, stylish safety reflectors and dry feet. Check out our weekly rundown by clicking the headline. Image: Rapala

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