August 18, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Woodies of Moominvalley, big tech orders, industry, education and fair data use

Animated woodies characters playing in the woods
The Woodies are small forest creatures living in the Moominvalley who will get their own holiday spinoff series due to popular demand.
Moominvalley / Twitter

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Gutsy Animations, MariMatic, Etsimo, Kalmar, Sitra and Finnish universities make headlines.

MariMatic wins substantial projects, Etsimo enters Brazil with support from Business Finland, Kalmar supplies terminal tractors in Vietnam, Gutsy Animations announces a spin-off series, Finnish universities make Shanghai Ranking, and Sitra launches a programme to build fairer data markets.

MariMatic secures waste tech projects worth EUR 100 million

Woman putting trash into Marimatic collector

MariMatic has secured orders worth 100 million euros for its automatic waste collection system in the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. The Finnish company’s MetroTaifun technology collects and transports waste directly to a waste transfer terminal through an underground pipe network by using vacuum conveying, which eliminates the need for noisy and polluting waste trucks in the area. MariMatic will deliver the systems to Sluisbuurt, a new residential areas in Amsterdam, and two new residential areas in Sweden. In Saudi Arabia, the company will supply the system to the King Abdul Aziz Road boulevard in Mecca, where the it has previously delivered the world’s largest automatic waste collection system to the al-Masjid al-Ḥarām mosque.


Etsimo’s mobile healthtech enters Brazil’s massive market

Person on laptop using the Etsimo software

Finnish startup Etsimo’s mobile health solution has been adopted in Brazil amid a surge of international interest sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Etsimo’s diagnosis engine utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning on top of health data to assess care needs based on the symptoms and personal risk factors reported by the mobile app user. With support from Business Finland, Etsimo gained market entry to Brazil and connected with its Brazilian partner, techtools ventures. Its digital health platform has now been tailored to Brazil and launched in the country’s second-largest state, Minas Gerais. The platform is also being rolled out by the Santa Casa hospital chain, which has 1 788 hospitals around Brazil.


Kalmar wins order in Vietnam

Port in Vietnam filled with containers

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply its long-term customer Saigon Newport Corporation (SNP) with 25 of its terminal tractors in a deal concluded through its local dealer Unico Vina. SNP is Vietnam’s largest container terminal operator, handling nearly 50 per cent of container throughput in the country. Its cargo handling fleet already includes a wide variety of Kalmar equipment, such as rubber-tyred gantry cranes, reachstackers and empty container handlers. The new tractors will replace a part of the operator’s fleet at the Cat Lai Terminal in Ho Chi Minh City.


Gutsy to release Woodies of Moominvalley series

Woodies characters smiling in the snowy woods

Gutsy Animations, the Finnish studio behind the new Moominvalley series, is planning a holiday spin-off called The Woodies of Moominvalley, which promises to have appeal beyond the festive season. The Woodies are tiny woodland creatures briefly introduced in Gutsy’s Moominvalley series that also appeared in Tove Jansson’s original Moomins books. The animated series will consist of 24 three-minute episodes that offer a quick look into the fun adventures of the Woodies as they prepare for Christmas. The episodes will also explore universal themes such as gift giving, eating together and sharing music. The Woodies of Moominvalley is expected to air in time for the 2021 holidays.

Kidscreen / Twitter

Finnish universities attract international applause

Students walking next on Tampere University campus

Eight Finnish universities have been included in this year’s Shanghai Ranking, including three in the top 500 worldwide. Read more by clicking the headline.

Tampere University

Finnish SMEs to build business from shared data

A handful of data.

The Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) has launched a programme to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to forge new business models by sharing data, the world’s most valuable raw material, in a fair, responsible and transparent manner. Click the headline to read our full report.

Laura Toropainen / Sitra

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