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Annika Perho

Cruise to Taalintehdas, get your top industrial space!

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Do you need top quality industrial facilities for your expanding business? Or are you founding a company and need flexible space? Planning to visit Baltic Jazz? Combine summer cruising with business and check out what YardMate has on offer at Dalsbruks Fabrik.

Your company benefits from:

  • industrial facilities, appr 25.000 sqm
  • average height 10–12 meters
  • overhead cranes 10–40 mtns
  • long and short term lease
  • harbor services for import/export

And more! Located in Taalintehdas, a historical factory town by the Archipelago Sea, about 80 kilometers from Turku.

Interested? Contact YardMate:  http://www.yardmate.fi/en/contact/

Photos by Dalsbruks Fabrik

Melutalle Pirkanmaan Kasvu Open -voitto

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Jäsenemme Meluta Oy on valittu Pirkanmaan Kasvupolun voittajaksi! Melutalla on huippuosaamista sensoriteknologioissa ja signaalinkäsittelyssä. Yritys tuottaa asiakkailleen liiketoiminta-arvoa mm. akustisten ja vibroakustisten mittausten analyyseilla.

Meluta Oy, Pirkanmaan Kasvupolun voittaja

Meluta kommentoi voittoaan:

“Kun kuulimme Pirkanmaan Kasvupolun voitostamme olimme hyvin epäuskoisia! Kanssakilpailijat olivat kovatasoisia ja kasvunnälkäisiä yrityksiä, me taasen nelivuotiaan yrityksemme vaatimattomia insinöörejä.

Itse veikkasimme CELT:iä voittajaksi aivan loppumetreille saakka. Finaalissa syksyllä tarvitsee melutalaistenkin karistaa sitten turha vaatimattomuus pois!”

YardMate on samaa mieltä, vaatimattomuus pois! Voitollaan Meluta on valittu valtakunnalliseen finaaliin 100 parhaan kasvuyrityksen joukkoon. Luokkiensa parhaat yritykset valitaan Kasvu Open Karnevaalissa 23.-24.10.2019 Jyväskylässä.

Onnea Melutalle! Lisätietoa yrityksestä: http://www.yardmate.fi/en/members/member/?member=Meluta+Oy

Photo by Meluta Oy

Tallink Silja at YardMate meetup

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Tallink Silja superintendent Ari Kavon was invited as the keynote speaker at YardMate monthly meetup.

On-the-fly maintenance, dockings, tech challenges, new suppliers. Ari held our attention! What a possibility for YardMate network. We also heard Ismo Karjalainen’s summary on YardMate activity on the Polish front. Thanks Ari Kavon and everyone participating! And a special thanks to our new members who came to the first possible meeting, we wish you an active start in the network!

Photos by Annika Perho

YardMate strengthens the Polish business link

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Maritime industry in Poland is robust and has numerous potential business partners for Finnish companies.

Ismo Karjalainen, YardMate sales, attended Open to Scandinavia B2B event held May 23rd in Elblag, Poland. The event attracted around 70 carefully profiled companies. YardMate met several Polish enterprises and strengthened the foundation for potential collaboration in maritime industry sector.

YardMate member company Hivemind CEO, Aleksandra Karimaa (above, second on the right), an expert in Polish-Finnish business, was invited as a panel member to speak of business ecosystems. She explained how international growth can be achieved via exporting products/services as a group of companies.

A Polish delegation invited by Business Finland will visit Turku, Finland early June. YardMate gives a presentation in the event and meets the Polish delegation, our Polish-Finnish collaboration evolves!

Are you interested in collaborating with Polish companies? Contact Ismo at +358 400 400 535 and Aleksandra at +358 40 050 3966 to find how our Polish connections could benefit your marine industry business.

Photos by Ismo Karjalainen

New Royal Caribbean Mega Ship Keel Laying Celebrated

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Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas, a Quantum Ultra class cruise ship, has reached its first major construction milestone. The keel laying ceremony was held at the Neptune Werft shipyard in Germany. Neptune Werft supports the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, where the main construction of Odyssey of the Seas will take place.

We shall see Odyssey of the Seas entering service in autumn 2020, and will have a guest capacity of over 4000.

Read full article here: https://www.cruisehive.com/next-new-royal-caribbean-mega-ship-reaches-construction-milestone/31479

ÅU: YardMate, niche player at shipbuilding industry

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Shipbuilding industry need for material and service providers grows constantly. A link is needed between the shipbuilders, shipyards and service providers – YardMate. YardMate focuses on companies and their skills, giving marine industry subcontractors visibility, possibilities for collaboration and ways to provide their service to the major players.

YardMate CEO was interviewed by Jan-Ole Edberg at Åbo Underrättelser. Read full article (in Swedish) here: https://news.abounderrattelser.fi/aboforetaget-yardmate-skapade-egen-nisch-i-den-vaxande-varvsindustrin/

Article: ÅU Båtar & Sjöfart supplement, Jan-Ole Edberg

Tarvitsetko merenkulun koulutusta?

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Risteilybisnes on kasvussa ja rahtimarkkinoilla on ollut suotuisa kehitys. Meriteollisuudessa tarvitaan lisää tekijöitä ja päivitettyä osaamista. Lounais-Suomessa meriteollisuuden tarpeeseen vastataan erilaisin koulutuksin, alla YardMaten poimintoja keväälle 2019:

YLEINEN LAIVATUNTEMUS 19.3.2019 klo 18:30 – 20:15
Alustyypit, rungon osat ja laivatekniikan yleiskäsitteet
Erilaiset tila- ja koneostoratkaisut sekä voimantuotanto

LAIVOJEN ERILAISET RAKENNUSTAVAT 21.3.2019 klo 18:30 – 20:15
Telakoiden rakennustapaan liittyvät strategiset valinnat (globaalinäkökulma ja verkostonäkökulma)

Paikka: Lemminkäisenkatu 28, Koneteknologiakeskus Oy, Turku
Järjestäjä: CTC Naval Architect
Ilmoittaudu www.navalarchitect.fi kohdassa koulutukset: “Yritysten osaamisen kehittäminen ja täsmäkoulutus”

LAIVA-ALAN LUENTOPÄIVÄT: JOHDATUS LAIVATEKNIIKKAAN 14.–15.5.2019
Kattava tietopaketti laivanrakennuksen keskeisimmistä perusasioista

Paikka: Kokoushotelli Linnasmäki, Turku
Järjestäjä: Merenkulkualan koulutus- ja tutkimuskeskus
Ohjelma ja yhteystiedot https://blogit.utu.fi/mkkevents/

MEET THE MEMBER – TURKU CITY THEATRE

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Enthusiastic and systematic in her work, open for new ideas and full of spirit, just like her workplace – meet Pia Neffling from Turku City Theatre


Who are you?
Pia Neffling, love to work in Turku City Theatre, responsible for b2b and group sales. Right now I’m going in the right direction getting good self-confidence in being me. A realistic self-knowledge, “pros and cons”, give me tools to improve myself in personal and working life. I have a lot of “sisu” (guts) and it is also my best side in sales. My success is also based on great teamwork with my fantastic colleagues here at the theatre.


Sales is important to me – it is always about people and cooperation. It is not just commercial activities but more a way of thinking – good attitude is needed. It is true that a salesperson tries to affect other people. But, somehow, we all do it in our everyday lives. More important is how I do it and this is my key in constantly growing as a sales professional.

What is your company specialized in?
Turku City Theatre is more like an event house. Our main purpose and speciality is to offer quality and versatile theatre experiences for people. But we are also a rendezvous and organize events like congresses, trainings and celebrations.

Our theatre is situated in a stunning scenery by the River Aura at the heart of the city. Theatre shows, new event facilities and our location are great reasons to come to visit us.


The year 2018 was a great success in Turku City Theatre. We are truly grateful for all the 140 000 viewers, who made the success.

Our versatile repertory is the main attraction to come and feel theatre world yourself. We have about 150 skilled and passionate employees. The genres and styles of the productions vary from comedy to drama, from Finnish plays to Broadway musicals, from classics to the newest contemporary plays.


Tell us about your clients and other key shareholders and partners?
Turku City Theatre is one of the Finland’s biggest theatres. We offer about 1000 seats for viewers in theatrical days and 400 shows a year – a great amount of supply. That`s why we like to think that everyone in Finland are of course our clients. However, our important customers can be found very close, in Southwest Finland.

The main and largest customer-group is the individual persons. We like to offer excellent ticket service to our key partners by Lippu.fi cooperation.

Group sales is something we constantly improve in an active and dynamic way. This is one of my core responsibilities. Live theatre’s popularity is rising and people are very interested in our offering. A theatre experience is a great way for groups to enjoy something together – having fun together, to be remembered lifelong.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
Our product is a live charisma experience for you. What you see is only a tip of an iceberg. We are a factory and produce quality theatre. The ticket you buy for yourself or your group contains high quality and passionate group work. I specialize in group tickets and interval serving. I love to help you with all reservations and we are happy to offer YardMate members a 3 € discount from basic prices of our own plays in 2019.


What are your expectations for YardMate?
Openminded networking!

What are your future needs regarding sub-contractors and partners?
I am pleased to give ideas for free time to members. Please call me, Pia Neffling, at +358 40 574 6796.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
Thank you very much that we have the opportunity to be a YardMate member!

And we thank Turku City Theatre for joining us! They offer something precious for our member network’s work life balance – food for thought from a totally different perspective, great relaxation, a multitude of choices in the 400 shows a year.

Photos by Annika Perho and Esko Aarre-Ahtio (Theatre by night)

YardMate’s new Marine Innovation on Test

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Every product, service or accessory you can imagine YardMate brings into Marine industry. See photos from the past weekend – YardMate Cruise Line Service’s testing session in Eastern Finland, Imatra. eFoil electric surfboard was tested by YardMate’s CEO Kari Härkönen, the owner of Electric Adventures Antti Koskinen, the owner of Saunalautta Imatra Oy, Jussi Honka and water sport specialist Tero Flang, in the conditions where both air and water were below zero degrees. Everything worked great and our testers were so thrilled they forgot the cold temperature.


Surfing is now possible in all weather conditions round the year – on the sea, lakes, rivers and even in small ponds – ecologically, using amazing electric technology that allows minimum one hour session with one charge.

Photos by Mikko Saareila