Illustration of the Mars Perseverance Rover
 Is there life on Mars? Finnish Meteorological Institute scientists are taking part in the final tests of NASA’s new Mars rover timed for a July 2020 launch. Image: NASA

The daily brief: 23 October 2019

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Valmet, Kalmar, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and a new hotel in Helsinki make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Scandic is introducing a new conference hotel in Helsinki, the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) is participating in NASA’s next Mars mission, and Valmet and Kalmar have secured orders in the US and Italy. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Scandic to open largest conference hotel in Helsinki

Nordic hotel chain Scandic is turning a historic printers’ building in the heart of the Finnish capital into a meeting and conference hotel. The so-called Scandic Avenue will be the largest conference hotel in the city, with 350 rooms and plans for 2 000 square metres of meeting space, a restaurant and a bar. The building is owned by Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company and is currently being used as office space. The construction will start in 2020 and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022. Image: Scandic

FMI involved in NASA’s Mars 2020 rover tests

Scientist from the Finnish Meteorological Insitute (FMI) are participating in the final tests of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission. FMI has provided pressure and humidity measurement devices to the rover as part of a larger MEDA (Mars environmental dynamic analyser) instrument package. FMI’s Maria Genzer and Maria Hieta are on site in NASA’s laboratory in Pasadena, the US, to carry out pressure tests on the rover. As the next flagship mission to Mars, the rover will address high-priority science goals for exploring the planet, including key questions about potential life on Mars. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Valmet wins big order in the US

Finnish company Valmet, catering to the pulp, paper and energy industries, will supply a coated board machine for Graphic Packaging International’s (GPI) Kalamazoo mill in Michigan, the US. The board machine will be fitted with the latest technology and produce coated recycled board (CRB) grades with an annual capacity of approximately 500 000 short tons. The substantial investment will enable GPI to offer highly competitive, sustainable packaging solutions to its clients. The startup of the machine is scheduled for the first half of 2022. Image: Valmet

Kalmar to supply terminal tractors for Italian port

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will supply 10 heavy-duty terminal tractors to Sintermar Darsena Toscana (SDT) at the Port of Livorno in Italy. The port is one of the largest seaport’s in Italy, and the Kalmar machinery will help to meet the tough demands of the roll-on, roll-off operations, where fast ship turnarounds are crucial for profitability. SDT is a joint venture between the Grimaldi Group and the port’s primary container operator, Terminal Darsena Toscana (TDT). Image: Kalmar

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