GoodNews from Finland

Tonfisk

Taking its name from a Swedish can of tuna, Tonfisk primarily manufactures coffee and tea sets, and its bent wood product range is growing year by year.

“The wooden part of our products is not just for decorative purposes; there is always a reason why it’s used,” co-founder Brian Keaney told us in 2014. “For example, the wooden portion acts as insulation, keeping the drink warm without letting your hands burn.”

Droplet Hitech Design

Under the brand name Lastu, this company manufactures accessories for mobile devices made from renewable materials, using six species of Finnish wood.

“The most popular type of wood is Curly Birch, which appeals especially to Finns and Swedes. Grey-dyed birch, which we call Kelo, has also sold really well,” CEO Sakari Arffman commented in 2014. “A wide variety of colours is something we want to keep.”

Framery

Born in 2010 when a pair of engineers noticed how phone calls contribute to a noisy office environment, here resides a quiet place made of wood that affords callers privacy, as well as reduces distractions for everyone else.

“Design is enormously important,” sales manager Lasse Karvinen explained in 2014. “When creating inspiring spaces there is no room for awkward design or products.”

Onbone

Manufactured from an eco-friendly composite material of wood and biodegradable plastic, this company’s Woodcast casting and splinting products are suitable for all orthopaedic and traumatology uses, including the casting and splinting of fractures and injuries.

Dottir is not your ordinary law firm

What used to be a shipyard in Helsinki is now a hotspot for all things hip – and potentially one of the coolest and most startup-minded law firms in town.

Finnish demo plant turns CO2 into fuel

Soletair demo plant, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), produces renewable fuels and chemicals using carbon dioxide.

Arctech aboard to build ‘world’s greenest ship

Finnish shipbuilding company Arctech Helsinki Shipyard has signed a letter of intent with Peace Boat to construct the Ecoship, “the world’s greenest cruise ship”.

International brands go along with IVALO

As of this month, Finnish fashion app IVALO has started to launch international brands in its offering, which will kick-start the company’s global conquest.

360Visualizer bags money and fame

Finnish digital sales and marketing solution 360Visualizer has been named the Best European Startup by the European Trade Association for Business Angels (EBAN).

Kemira boosts production in China

Chemicals company Kemira has announced the opening of its new AKD emulsion and cationic rosin production lines at its production site in Nanjing, China.

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