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 MaaS Global continues to roll out its mobility service Whim in Europe. Image: MaaS Global / Twitter

The daily brief: 30 October 2019

All the daily Finnish business news that works: HUONE, Whim, Sarlin and the Finnish city of Tampere make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Tampere‘s high technology hub grows with Xiaomi’s new R&D centre, HUONE is awarded in Singapore, Sarlin establishes a subsidiary in China, and Finnish mobility service Whim lands in Vienna. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Huone makes an impact in Singapore

Finnish events hotel startup HUONE has won a Silver Award at the Marketing Events Awards 2019 in the category of meeting and seminar venues. The startup has developed a full-service concept for meetings and events hosted at its signature, creative meeting spaces. HUONE has established the spaces in Singapore and Helsinki and recently opened a new events hotel in the newly completed Amager Strand business hub in Copenhagen, Denmark. Image: HUONE

Xiaomi establishes R&D centre in Tampere

Chinese technology and smartphone giant Xiaomi has set up a research and development office in the Finnish city of Tampere, which will focus on smartphone camera technologies. The Tampere region is known for its high-technology expertise and has contributed greatly to innovation in camera and imaging-related technologies since the 1990s. Xiaomi now joins the rapidly growing Tampere Imaging Ecosystem, which also includes Chinese mobile giant Huawei and Finland’s Nokia and is co-ordinated by Business Tampere. Image: Xiaomi

Sarlin expands to China

Finnish company Sarlin has established a subsidiary in Beijing to support its growth in the local industrial air compression sector. Sarlin has so far delivered around a dozen compressed-air control systems in China. Its digital solution yields significant energy savings to clients by controlling and monitoring industrial air compression in a centralised way. According to the company, air compression accounts for an average of 10 per cent of industrial power consumption. Image: Sarlin

Whim gets moving in Vienna

Finnish company MaaS Global has introduced its pioneering mobility service application, Whim, in the Austrian capital Vienna. Whim is a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) app that combines all modes of public and private transport in one place, enabling users to get from A to B in the fastest, cheapest and most convenient way possible. The app was launched with three partners in Vienna: public transport provider Wiener Linien, taxi company Taxi 31300 and the City Airport Train (CAT), with car rental service Hertz and e-scooter provider Tier about to jump on board as well. Image: Twitter/MaaS Global

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