October 30, 2019

The daily brief: 30 October 2019

MaaS Global continues to roll out its mobility service Whim in Europe.
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All the daily Finnish business news that works: HUONE, Whim, Sarlin and the Finnish city of Tampere make headlines.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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