November 6, 2019
The daily brief: 6 November 2019
The GACHA autonomous bus wins the Good Design Gold Award 2019.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Solita, eCraft, Caverion and Sensible 4 make headlines.
Solita and eCraft are both building digital transformation powerhouses in Europe, Caverion is involved in a hospital expansion project in Sweden, and Sensible 4’s autonomous bus, GACHA, is awarded in Japan.
Finnish digital transformation consultancy Solita has acquired Ferrologic Group, a digital services consultancy with around 100 specialists in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Brussels, and net sales of 13.1 million euros in 2018. The merger turns Solita into a leading data-driven digital transformation consultancy in northern Europe with 1 000 digitalisation experts, while also providing it access to the Danish and Belgian markets.
Finnish company Caverion has entered into a multi-year partnership with construction company Byggdialog that covers the planning and implementation of electricity solutions for the expansion project at Skaraborg Hospital in western Sweden. The hospital is undergoing extensive renovation and will be supplemented with a new psychiatric unit. Caverion has broad experience from the healthcare sector, and one of its contributions to the project will be to create lighting conditions that support the daily rhythms of patients at the hospital.
GACHA, an all-weather autonomous bus developed by Finnish startup Sensible 4 and Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI, has won the Good Design Gold Award in Japan. The shuttle bus combines Sensible 4’s autonomous driving technology with MUJI’s design and user experience. The plan is to introduce the first GACHA fleet in Finland and abroad in 2020 and to launch commercial operations in 2021. In October, GACHA also led Sensible 4 to victory in the startup category of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.
Finnish company eCraft has merged with Swedish Orango and Dutch Fellowmind to form a leading provider of Microsoft business applications and digital workplace technology in Europe. The combined company will operate as part of the new Fellowmind Group, which has 1 000 employees in four European countries and a turnover of 125 million euros. The buy-and-build growth strategy of the new company is backed by leading northern European equity investment firm FSN Capital.
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