Metso wins three iF design awards

Metso DesignMETSO Metso’s products were praised on criteria such as design quality, innovation and environmental impact.

Finnish engineering and technology company Metso has won three prestigious iF design 2014 awards.

The jury in one of the world’s top product design competitions recognized Metso’s products for their design quality, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, safety and branding.

Metso’s award-winning products were a mobile crushing plant, a biomass moisture analyzer and a scrap shear and shredder concept. Scrap shears are used for crushing heavy mixed and demolition scrap.

This year’s iF design competition had over 3,200 entries in 17 categories to showcase outstanding achievements in product design. The awards were presented in Munich, Germany.

The Metso Lokotrack LT106 mobile crushing plant is designed for crushing of hard rock and recycled materials for purposes such as infrastructure construction.

During the past 30 years, more than 6,000 track-mounted Lokotrack units have been delivered to sites around the world.

Lokotrack was also one of the award winners in the Fennia Prize design competition this year.
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Finland named one of the innovation leaders in EU

Finland InnovationEU Commission Finland ranks amongst European Union’s innovation leaders with Sweden, Denmark and Germany.

European Commission has named Finland as one of the European Union innovation leaders. The commission names Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Finland as the top countries amongst European Union member states.

The rankings are based on the commission’s innovation union scoreboard (IUS) 2014 which takes into account enablers of innovation such as human resources, research systems, finance and support.

According to the scoreboard, Finland’s innovation performance increased until 2011 and remained stable in 2012 and 2013. Finland is performing above the average of the EU for most indicators.

Finland’s strong position is reflected in international scientific co-publications, research & development expenditures in the business sector, number of new doctorate graduates, and license and patent revenues from abroad.

In a global context South Korea, the US and Japan lead in innovation over European Union. According to scoreboard, the United States and South Korea outperform the European Union both by 17 per cent and Japan by 13 per cent. While the gap between the US and Japan and EU has been decreasing, it has been widening with South Korea.
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