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 Varjo and MeetinVR join forces to bring virtual collaboration to a new level. Image: Varjo

DAILY BRIEF: VR meetings, next-generation clothing, lifts, audio and Finnish tableware

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Varjo, VTT, Synbio Powerhouse, KONE, Genelec, and Finnish tableware make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


VTT and Synbio Powerhouse help to develop a Japanese textile innovation, KONE equips a Beijing metro line, Genelec supplies sound systems in Lisbon, Varjo partners for next-level virtual collaboration, and GNF takes a look at Finnish tableware. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Japan’s Coveross innovation takes global spin via Finland

Japanese company Hap is moving the global R&D and business expansion operations for its Coveross technology to a company established in Finland to find new markets and user segments for its functional fibres and textiles. The Finland-based company is working with the Synbio Powerhouse ecosystem and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to further the technology with synthetic biology and biotechnology. The technology is used to create functional clothing and textile products that can repel UV radiation, heat, microbes, humidity and more. Its use cases could vary from garments that are cooler on the inside than outside to antibacterial clothing, waterproof T-shirts and so on. Image: Hap

KONE to equip new metro line in Beijing

Finnish company KONE will deliver 143 escalators and 61 lifts to 21 stations along the new Metro Line 17 in Beijing, China. The line will run from Beijing Future Science Park in Changping to Yizhuang in the southeastern part of the city, easing congestions in what is the longest and busiest metro system in the world. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2022. Image: KONE

Genelec brings immersive sounds to Lisbon

Finnish audio company Genelec has, via its partner Garrett Audiovisuals, provided sound systems for the new Audio Lisbon post production facility in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Genelec Smart Active Monitors are central to the immersive setup as they should help the studio to move to international markets. Genelec’s loudspeakers have also been installed by Garrett Audiovisuals in all areas of the new Mercantina Bistro 37 restaurant on the bustling Avenida de República in Lisbon. The restaurant owners opted for the loudspeakers after being impressed by the sound they produced in the prestigious Lisbon restaurant JNcQUOI. Image: Genelec

Varjo and MeetinVR partner for photorealistic collaboration

Varjo, a Finnish provider of industrial-grade VR/XR headsets, has started a commercial partnership with MeetinVR, a developer of enterprise virtual collaboration software. As part of the partnership, MeetinVR will release a dedicated version of its application that supports all of Varjo’s state-of-the-art headsets, enabling enterprise customers to experience a new level of immersion and visual fidelity during virtual collaboration. New buyers of any Varjo headset will also receive MeetinVR free for six months for five users. The photorealistic resolution of the headsets, combined with the collaboration tools of MeetinVR, makes virtual collaboration possible in the most demanding use cases, such as medical machinery and vehicle production. Image: Varjo


Check out our weekly Five from Finland series by clicking the headline. This week we look at Finnish tableware manufacturers. Image: Tonfisk

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