Finnish wave technology makes a splash
It’s been a big month for Finnish companies harnessing the power of waves to generate electricity. AW-Energy secured nearly 15 million euros in funding to advance the commercialisation of its WaveRoller technology while Wello announced the latest results of its full-scale wave energy converter installed in Orkney, Scotland.
Pinguino Surfboards adds DIY to the Finnish surf scene
Pinguino Surfboards is constantly on the hunt for ways of creating better surfboards in terms of quality, style and environment. The two-man project has grown into a stock company and its boards surf the waves of several seas around the world.
Ecological, reusable wedding dresses drive Finnish fashion success in London
Finnish fashion designer Minna Hepburn has been creating vintage inspired clothing in England for almost a decade. Her third bridal collection highlights the philosophy that clothes should not be designed for one time wear.
Pöyry nurses projects into life
Finnish consulting and engineering group Pöyry nurses some of the world’s biggest infrastructure projects to life.
Lumi relies on Finnish aesthetics
Lumi, known for its leather bags, is aesthetically and philosophically rooted in Finnishness. From day one, the company’s designs have found fans overseas, especially in Japan.
Makia makes clothes with a Northern mentality
Makia, a Finnish street fashion brand, known for its distinctive visual brand and out-of-box thinking, was founded in 2001. A group of friends with a background in snowboarding and skateboarding started making their own clothes as they couldn’t find anything that they wanted to wear in the shops.
Julia Lundsten gives rubber boots a city look
Last year, shoe designer Julia Lundsten, who has run her company Finsk for 10 years, did away with the “outdoorsy look” of Nokian Footwear’s rubber boots. The result was a popular city boot collection that was continued this autumn.
Finland taps potential of 3D printing
Finland is forging ahead with 3D printing technology in the medical, dental and manufacturing fields.
Indoor Atlas wants to be the GPS of interiors
Although the recent employment cuts have hit hard in Oulu, the Northern city doesn’t only echo bad news. New innovation-based startups the likes of Indoor Atlas are now wanting to make use of the skills of those left jobless by big corporations.
UROS thrives where users dare to roam
Low cost data roaming might sound like a contradiction in terms but Finnish company Uros has slashed the price of mobile connectivity.
Chinese company GeoStar opens office in Finland
One of the leading geospatial information systems (GIS) companies in China officially opened its first office in Finland in Espoo in August, signaling an opportunity for Finnish businesses in this field to expand into the huge Chinese market.