Teemu Arina “hacked” himself back to health
For Teemu Arina, technology is an extension of his body. He, for example, recovered from a gastric ulcer by hacking. Writing and speaking keep him busy, but this serial tech entrepreneur has also developed a popular online tool for working life management.
Construction-waste recycling gets a boost
On a construction, renovation or demolition site, there is always leftover material that must be disposed of. Even though the methods for processing construction waste have become more diversified, and less and less waste ends up at the landfill, a lot still needs to be done. The ReUSE project is among the initiatives aimed at boosting this development.
Clean laundry with biogas
An Oulu-based company pumps biogas from a landfill for direct utilisation in industrial processes. Biogas is used to manufacture building insulation, disinfect hospital instruments, wash laundry, generate electricity and, possibly in future, also to produce traffic fuel.
Glass – infinitely recyclable
Of all packaging materials, glass is the only one that can be recycled indefinitely without compromising its quality. In Finland, 95 per cent of all deposit bottles are recycled.
New lease of life for scrap cars
Once a car has reached the end of the road, so to speak, its life continues beyond the scrapyard through recycling. In Finland, up to 95 per cent of its materials can be reused. Steel parts are made into pots and pans while tyres end up as crumb rubber at sports stadiums.
Finnish experts guarantee snow in Sochi
The Finnish company Snow Secure will make sure there is plenty of snow at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, no matter the conditions. Two other Finnish companies, Onninen and All-Weather SnowTek, are also prepped for the snowy task.
Insulation in high demand in Russia
CEO Kari Lehtinen is of the opinion that Finland needs good news “these days”. The insulation factory recently opened by Paroc in Russia is definitely good news, and a response to the growing demand for energy-efficient construction.
Sayduck raises EUR 350 000 in seed investments
Sayduck, a Helsinki-based company specialising in online shopping enhanced by augmented reality, has raised 350 000 euros of seed funding, mainly from international investors. The company intends to use the funding to boost its growth and product development and to expand to the US market.
Clearing the way for road safety
Finnish weather technology is becoming a significant export. Promising markets for smart traffic weather services can be found in Northern Europe and Russia. Arctic Machine has gained a strong foothold in these markets. The company’s snow loaders will be used to keep roads clear of snow during this February’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Arctic Ambassador — a hot topic
Just looking at his title, you know Hannu Halinen is doing an important job. Finland’s Arctic Ambassador coordinates the Finnish state administration’s Arctic strategy, and is thus responsible for matters that are subject to increasing interest globally. — This is definitely about working for the future, Halinen says.
Finland — Arctic maritime transport expert
Finland is the only country where the Baltic Sea, a crucial maritime transport route, freezes every winter. “Due to these conditions, we have developed know-how in Arctic maritime transport, which is in high demand, even in a tightening competitive situation,” says Mikko Niini, Aker Arctic’s managing director.