“Paper Safari 2016” – Pulp and Paper Technology Customer Visit to Finland


Pulp and Paper Technology Finland organizes customer visit programs in Finland for professionals of different countries. Leading Portuguese paper and pulp mills have been invited to participate in the next event.

“Paper Safari” is a great opportunity to meet with the Finnish suppliers of the industry, visit some

Finnish pulp and paper mills, as well as factories and references of their technology suppliers. The

participants are mainly mill managers, technical managers, production managers, project managers,

and persons related with the technical development of their companies.

The event takes place on March 7-11. There will be some 10 visits to the leading suppliers and local

pulp & paper mills. The target is to get together in Stockholm the day before and take one of the big

passenger ferries to Helsinki. During the dinner onboard the participants can get to know each other

and some of the hosts.

Contact Tapani Lankinen
tel: +34625522675
E-mail: tapani.lankinen@lanexco.com

Kasperi rethinks urban mobility through design


 “Made in Finland” is a big part of Kasperi’s identity”. KASPERI

A defining feature of these leather bags is influencing the fashion of business: they are 100 per cent made in Finland.
The lion’s share of companies specialising in clothes and accessories in Finland eventually move their production abroad when they internacionalize. For many, the local costs are too big an obstacle to overcome.
Not so for leather bag makers Kasperi. “Made in Finland” is a big part of their identity.
By utilising local raw materials and production, the Kasperi crew is keeping a close eye on maintaining a high standard of quality. This in turn encourages customers to form a long relationship with their bags.
“Consumption cycles are getting very short, especially in fashion and consumer electronics,” states Michael Tervanen from Kasperi’s office-cum-storeroom in the hip Helsinki suburb of Kallio. “But, if we give a consumer a product that they really like and they notice that it is only getting more personal and better with time, we can communicate the value of investing in more lasting stuff.”

Broad mobility

“CiKasperi 2ties such as Berlin and Munich are just the beginning, with the company setting its sights on the biking cities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam, as well as London and Paris, where peddle power is growing in popularity”.
At present there are around 16 different Kasperi models, ranging from shoulder bags to offerings that comfortably accommodate a laptop. This is in contrast to the situation that founder and photographer Janne Kasperi Suhonen was faced with back in 2011, when he sought to carry his camera equipment as he cycled between shoots.
Finding nothing suitably versatile and durable on the market, Suhonen began designing something from scratch that would suit his needs. Eventually the finished product was suitably large and adjustable, with an all-important stabilising strap that kept it from inconveniently swaying about as he cycled.
Fast-forward to May 2015 and Suhonen’s hobby had grown into a business. Taking his middle name as its moniker, Kasperi’s initial focus has been on bike bags, yet the door remains open to expanding their range.
“We want to rethink urban mobility,” Tervanen explains. “We want to keep it broad, so it can direct us in whatever we do.”

Travel bags

Attracting a broad range of customers, Kasperi’s wholly Finnish approach is already carving out a competitive advantage abroad.
“We thought Germany would appreciate the functional point of view of our bag,” Tervanen recalls. “It turns out they are really excited that everything comes from the Nordics; it’s made here. That’s something unique. Germans can do functional, that’s an oversold concept there.”
Cities such as Berlin and Munich are just the beginning, with the company setting its sights on the biking cities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam, as well as London and Paris, where peddle power is growing in popularity. Looking further afield, Seoul and Tokyo are also on the radar.
Regardless of where Kasperi travels with its bags, the one thing that Tervanen emphasises is that the company is doing everything it can to keep production in Finland. This includes encouraging younger generations attending local schools to make use of its production facilities to help spur their interest in leathercraft.
Alongside making direct sales, Kasperi is also teaming up with fellow small businesses, as part of a push to build a community based around the idea of urban mobility.
“If everyone could think about not selling through big wholesalers, but instead from partnerships with others and form their own shops or local places, they could get better value for their work,” he explains.

Text: James O’Sullivan
Good News From Finland

Soil Scout digs deep for water efficiency

Soil Scout

Soil Scout has developed technology that wirelessly transmits environmental data from deep below ground.

Soil Scout

The Internet of Things is heading underground, thanks to this three-pronged innovation.

And now some good news for the Finnish golfers who are currently twiddling their thumbs impatiently during the cold and dark off-season: soon you won’t have to wait until the snow has melted outside before teeing off.

Thanks to Soil Scout, the season can be brought forward a fraction sooner.

“We have developed technology that enables us to wirelessly transmit environmental data from deep below ground,” explains the company’s CEO Jonathan Skelly.

Thus, once Soil Scout’s sensor platform indicates that the earth underground has thawed, any remaining snow atop can be swiftly cleared away from the greens and fairways.

Two decades of data

 “Golf is using 9.5 billionSoil Scout CEO Jonathan Skelly litres of water a day globally.That’s the daily fresh water requirements of 4.5 billion people. Up to 50 per cent of that is being wasted because there’s no convenient and permanent monitoring solution,” says Soil Scout’s CEO Jonathan Skelly.

Soil Scout’s small, three-pronged “Scout” accurately reports levels of moisture, temperature and salinity in real-time, from as deep as four metres below the surface. Doing away with the need for inconvenient solutions that sit on top of the soil, once buried, the Scout operates for up to 20 years maintenance-free.

The roots of the sensor platform can be traced back to company CTO Johannes Tiusanen’s PhD studies as a soil scientist. A 19th generation farmer, Tiusanen fine-tuned the concept’s capabilities over 12 years of R&D after he first came up with the idea.

Once he was finally satisfied, Soil Scout was formed in May 2013 in order to commercialise the technology. Addressing the B2B market, the company’s obvious first port of call was the two trillion-euro agriculture industry. However, it quickly became clear that the technology had also piqued the interest of other big players.

“Golf is using 9.5 billion litres of water a day globally,” Skelly states. “That’s the daily fresh water requirements of 4.5 billion people. Up to 50 per cent of that is being wasted because there’s no convenient and permanent monitoring solution.”

With around 40 000 golf courses being managed worldwide, Soil Scout quickly broadened its focus.

Increasing need

Business has been developing quickly. Alongside its Finnish rollout, Soil Scout is in the process of entering the UK market, and commercial trials have recently been given the green light in the USA, South Africa, Australia and Brazil.

“What we have developed here is effectively a platform for belowground IoT,” Skelly explains. “No one has been able to transmit below the ground deeper than a few centimetres.”

The likes of soil, clay, concrete, snow and ice represent no obstacle for Soil Scout.

“From that point of view we are chatting to some customers, and happy to talk to others, about licensing into fields we haven’t even thought of,” Skelly states.

The growing interest in the technology is unsurprising: statistics indicate there will be plenty of need for Soil Scout’s device in future.

“Between now and 2050, the world is going to need a 300 per cent increase in the amount of water to service the needs of the next two billion in population,” Skelly outlines. “What motivates us is the excitement to make a tangible change.”

Text: James O’Sullivan
Good News From Finland