February 5, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Finnish subwoofers, an order, a partner in China, disaster relief and a co-op
Finnish businesses make some important friends abroad - like David here.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: KPA Unicon, LUT, Vaisala, Aalto EE and Genelec make headlines.
KPA Unicon picks up an order in Sweden, Lappeenranta University of Technology finds a partner in China, Vaisala donates disaster relief to the Bahamas after hurricane Dorian, Aalto Executive Education signs a cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates University and David Guetta enjoys Genelec‘s new subwoofers in Ibiza.
Renewable energy company KPA Unicon has secured a delivery of a 30 megawatt renewable biofuels heating plant for Sweden’s state-owned airport operator Swedavia. The plant will primarily use bio-oil but will also be built to handle wood pellets in the future. After becoming operational in 2021, the main function will be a peak load and backup plant. The deal is part of Swedavia’s effort to reduce its climate footprint.
LUT has signed a partnership agreement with Hebei University, located in Tianjin, China. The agreement will see the creation of bachelor’s programmes in mechanical, electrical and softare engineering as well as energy technology on two campuses in Lappeenranta and Lahti. A total of 250 students will be accepted into the programmes, which will begin in autumn 2021. An “important share” of the students will be non-EU citizens, according to LUT.
Teemu Leinonen/LUT University
Environmental and industrial measurement instruments manufacturer Vaisala will replace three automated weather observation systems in Bahamian airports after hurricane Dorian swept through the islands, causing massive damage, in September 2019. The destroyed systems, also of Vaisala’s making, helped to monitor and mitigate the hurricane, enabling citizens to seek shelter in time. Vaisala will reinstall the new systems free of charge to help the island nation to recover from the disaster.
The agreement for cooperation is a continuation of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2019 between the two organisations. According to Pekka Mattila, Group Managing Director at Aalto EE, the looming post-oil era calls for a re-examination of the pillars of the UAE economy – an lucrative opportunity for educational services. Currently the two are working on public service innovation design and looking for new openings through combined capabilities and needs.
Aalto Executive Education
Finnish premium manufacturer of active loudspeaker systems Genelec has upgraded world-renowned DJ David Guetta’s personal studio in Ibiza with a pair of 7380A subwoofers. The latest addition to Genelec’s existing smart monitoring system in the private studio was delivered to ensure the studio versions translate better into live gigs, where the sound quality might not be as good. What Guetta now describes as his ‘perfect setup’ was installed by Genelec’s crew by calibrating the system’s frequencies, reflections and the whole acoustic environment.
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