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MEET THE MEMBER – ADWORKS

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This week we’ll take you to meet Jaana Siitonen from Adworks. Their expertise is to create YOUR company and products’ visual appearance. Their skillfulness and latest material know-how provide you with possibilities you would not even have thought of! Read more below.

Who are you?
I am Jaana Siitonen, Key Account Manager at Adworks. I have worked with Adworks for about three years, helping customers find the right materials and solutions for their advertising and interior design needs. Adworks is the biggest provider of advertising, interior design and signage solutions in Finland Proper, with deep special knowledge and a large partner network.


What is your company specialized in?
Adworks implements a variety of tape orders, stickers, signs and signage. We are an authorized 3M products reseller and installer and provide our services for example for the following industry solutions: commercial and business premises, transport and vehicles, outdoor advertising and events, ship and terminal, industrial and real estate.

We have our own graphic artists who create your design and our own installers to make sure the outcome fits your need perfectly.

Tell us about your clients and other key shareholders?
Our customers include companies, associations and cities of varying size. For example, we are contract suppliers for both Vantaa and Espoo cities. We cooperate with several construction companies with new construction and renovation, creating interior design and signage.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
We offer solutions for advertising, interior design and signage made of high-quality materials and with professional installation. Please contact Jaana Siitonen at Adworks, jaana.siitonen@adworks.fi and I will be happy to help you!

What are your expectations for YardMate?
We want to find new partners, contacts and, of course, even more work in the marine industry, where we have a long history and solid know-how.

What are your future needs regarding personnel?
We have been growing steadily and will continue to do so.

And your needs regarding sub-contractors and partners?
We have a very good network of suppliers and sub-contractors to multiple products but if you have an idea on what we could do together don’t hesitate to contact Jaana!

Anything else you wish to say to us?
We have a long and solid work experience in the shipbuilding industry and we know the special challenges there and what kind of materials are most suitable to that environment. Our crews have been working also abroad, for example in Singapore, the Bahamas and Italy.

The shipbuilding industry work we have done: A wide variety of signages to restaurants, both commercial and informative. Other typical products are stickers, printed wallpaper, wood pattern over laminating film and other architectural finishing films, light diffuser films and many other.

We have used materials like acryl, wood, steel, brass and aluminium, for example. In our industry only the imagination sets the limits.

Adworks has grown from a company of one person in 2011 to over a dozen in 2018. You can feel the energy and drive in people, spiced up with a great sense of humour and a relaxed attitude. All core competence is in-house, and the amount of experience Adworks has solves even the trickiest of problems, and with style!

Photos by Adworks and Annika Perho

MEET THE MEMBER – GOFORE

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YardMate member Gofore, selected in 2017 as Great Place to Work no 1 in Finland and no 2 in Europe, opened this year an office in Turku, and they are growing. What does the company do and what makes it great – both for the employees and the customers? Read Kari Karru’s interview below.

Who are you?
I’m Kari Karru, one of the first employees in Gofore Turku office. I work here as senior service architect. Currently I work with many tasks related to building and growing our presence in Turku area and also in different customer projects developing customer processes and solution architectures. That’s what everyone at our office is doing regardless of their title. We are a team of experienced people who are eager to make Gofore Turku-office successful. We provide the same services in this region that our colleagues are providing from our other offices in Finland and Europe.

What is your company specialized in?
We want to make the world better through digitalization and by renewing ways of working. We help our clients ensure they have the ability to change in a changing operational environment. We do this by offering management consulting, service design, software development services and cloud infrastructure.

The world is changing faster all the time and in the future services will be constantly reinvented. Organisations have a constant need for change. There is a huge gap between the current operational methods and the methods that are technically possible. Closing this gap is digitalisation, and that’s what we are good at, on every level.

Tell us about your clients?
Our customers come from all kinds of industries. In industrial area we have worked for e.g. ABB, Metso, Sandvik and VOITH. Common for our customers is the need to make things better and drive the change. We always work together with customer to make that change possible. We are not tied to any technology or technology provider. Our pool of ca. 500 experts, ensures that our clients gets the right expert and knowledge for their own individual needs.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
In a big picture we want to develop ecosystems, make them transparent and interactive, share their members data and knowledge and by doing that build agile and sustainable business for all the ecosystem members.

So, if you need to renew your software solution, develop your service process, discuss company strategy, investigate possibilities of artificial intelligence, design new mobile application, etc. just name it, we will find a way to help you.

And even if you don’t know yet what to do, just have a gut feeling that something should be done, ‘tarttis tehrä jottain’, don’t hesitate to contact Kari at +358 40 838 0280, let’s find out together what to do.


What are your expectations for YardMate?
Our company is new in the region, so obviously we want to spread the word about our services. We also want to learn to know the business in Turku region and do our part in the success of marine cluster in Finland.

What are your future needs regarding personnel?
Gofore has been growing profitably during all its existence. That means, we constantly need competent people to work with us. Just check our web-site.

To keep these experienced people happy and develop even more, we need to have interesting projects and tasks for them. We want to study new interesting technologies and ways of working – adapt them to ours and our customers’ business and make change possible.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
The world is not ready yet and no one knows where the next disruption comes. By working together our businesses, Turku-area and whole Finland will be leading the way in the maritime industry’s future.

Gofore lives from change and changes itself, too. We met with Kari in their temporary Turku office of 10 senior-level employees. Once the building is ready in 2019, Gofore shall move to brand new premises with space for 30–40 people. ‘Be bold and active in recruiting’ said the management. Great advice, great company. We are happy to have Gofore in YardMate member team!

Photos by Gofore and Annika Perho

MEET THE MEMBER – SOL HENKILÖSTÖPALVELUT

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Meet Niilo and Mervi from SOL Henkilöstöpalvelut, a company where people matter. At YardMate member SOL the recruiter gets hands-on experience on the job they recruit for, to get a proper understanding on the job requirements and – of course – the best candidate match.

Who are you?
Niilo Kemppe, CEO and company founder in 2006. I sold the company in 2009 to SOL family company, which was when the name changed to SOL Henkilöstöpalvelut (SOL Personnel Services) and I became the director. My retirement time is getting close and we have decided to pass on the CEO title to the next generation. I shall take on Account director role in the company.

Mervi Santavuori, Service Manager in the larger Turku area. I am responsible for customer care and new customer acquisition.

What is your company specialized in?
We provide personnel services. We for example bring workforce from EU countries and outside EU to the whole of Finland, also taking care of the immigration process.

Tell us about your clients?
We have key customers in metal industry, marine industry and ICT.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
Quality employees for industrial areas, including office personnel.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
We are happy to provide recruiting services to any YardMate members. You can trust our quality. Our customer satisfaction is 99,8 % based on regular customer satisfaction surveys. Call Mervi Santavuori at +358 40 124 7336, I am happy to meet you!

What are your future needs regarding partners?
We shall be needing accommodation services to the employees that will be moving to Turku area to work for our customers.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
We are the 8th largest personnel service company in Finland, with 52.1 M€ turnover in 2017. There is a reason why we have achieved this. We truly are different in the way we work, let us come and tell you how!

SOL Henkilöstöpalvelut is a company where not only customer but also employee satisfaction reaches top scores. One could see it so clearly during the interview, watching Niilo an Mervi complement each other telling excitedly about the elements the company uses to ensure its service quality, both towards the customer and the hired workforce. Meet Mervi and see for yourself!

Photos by SOL Henkilöstöpalvelut and Annika Perho

MEET THE MEMBER – Markku Kauriala Ltd

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This week we’ll present you Marianna Kauriala at Markku Kauriala Ltd, a company who is in international demand as a fire technical designer, consultancy and trainer, and an expert in performance-based fire engineering!

Who are you?

I am Marianna Kauriala, the Vice President at Markku Kauriala Ltd Fire Engineering and Fire Safety Design Consultants, and a fire safety designer specialised in evacuation.

What is your company specialized in?

The branch of our engineering office is fire safety engineering and a safety technical design, consultation, expert services and education. Our services include all the functions that are related to the prevention of fire damage and perfect consultation and planning service. We have specialised in performance-based fire engineering. The advantages of this method are considerable cost savings, freer architect planning, the better usability of the premises and the cheaper maintenance costs of fire technical equipment.

Performance-based fire design is today’s planning where the individual properties of the buildings are taken into consideration. As a result, we achieve the best safety level to the building and remarkable savings in construction costs, even 4-6 %. Performance-based fire design is done using verified and validated software to simulate fire, smoke, temperature, radiation, structures and evacuation inside the building.

We also have a certified quality system to ensure our internal top performance.

Tell us about your clients and other key shareholders?

Our clients come from different sectors and sizes vary from very small to very big companies. Our customers are mainly architect offices and construction companies. We have done performance-based fire engineering for example for cruise ships and we also work with shipyards.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?

We offer fire engineering services. Almost every building and renovation project needs a fire technical expert – at least in the building licence permit phase, when building licence authority quite often demands a fire technical plan.

Whether your project is small or big, you can always contact us. In everything our basic principle is to create a cost-efficient and safe solution to the customer. You can call Marianna (+358 50 3712 065) or send an email (marianna.kauriala@kauriala.fi).

What are your expectations for YardMate?

Good networking and co-operation.

What are your future needs regarding personnel?

We kindly accept open job applications. Our line of business is extremely specialised, one learns the trade by doing it.

Anything else you wish to say to us?

Fire Safety engineering is a very important part of building construction, and it should always be taken into consideration. It is a small part of the overall cost but it has a tremendous effect on the end result.

Markku Kauriala Ltd. brought performance-based fire engineering in Finland. It was great to meet Marianna and learn how this 100 % family-owned company creates life-saving solutions for buildings large and small – Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki Central Library Oodi and Turku Castle, to name a few.

Photos by Markku Kauriala Ltd and Annika Perho

Open to Scandinavia, Open to Poland!

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YardMate has established excellent relations in Poland. In October 2018, around 70 companies assembled in Elblag, Poland in Open to Scandinavia event, to make contacts and prepare for business possibilities between Poland, Finland and Sweden.


The event was skilfully arranged by the Polish Enterprise Europe Network. Ismo Karjalainen from YardMate represented the Finnish maritime industry sector, and we now look forward to building great business relations that benefit both Poland and Finland.

Contact Ismo at +358 400 400 535 to learn how this could benefit your marine industry business.

MEET THE MEMBER – JABADABADUU

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We met with Mari at Logomo, a centre for creative economy, where Jabadabaduu’s Turku office fits like a glove. The office atmosphere was competent and relaxed, the Jabadabaduu Turku team clearly enjoys working together – and the one who benefits is of course the customer!

Who are you?
My name is Mari Pirilä, I’m an Account Manager at Advertising Agency Jabadabaduu.  I’m the company newest employee and started in this position on May 2018.

What is your company specialized in?
Our company Jabadabaduu is a full service advertising and marketing communications agency.  We are specialised in multi-channel advertising which means that we have a wide range of advertising services – both digital and printed media.

Our offices are located in Pori, Rauma, Turku and Helsinki.

Tell us about your clients
Our clients come from different lines of business but most of them are middle-sized companies.
Some of our clients don’t have their own marketing department and they use our company as an outsource Marketing Manager.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
Our services include all kinds of Advertising Services, for example: strategy, brand, communications & PR, web design and development, digital marketing, social media or brochures and fair stands. We have so many different kinds of services that I rather would meet face to face to discuss them.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
More business and new interesting contacts.

What are your future needs?
We believe in partnership approach. Together with the client we analyse, plan and work together to create and execute continuous marketing development plans.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
Our values are driven by what we want to be – not in the future, but every day! We’ve got the ability to understand, the skills to create and the urge to succeed. And what’s most important – we’re easy to meet and greet. So contact me at mari.pirila@jabadabaduu.fi or +358 44 750 3818 and lets have a coffee 😉

A client just recently told Mari how great it was to get all the services from under one roof. It does ease your own workload! Anything from newspaper ads or blog posts to creating your exhibition stand, Jabadabaduu can do that for you. Give Mari a call to find out more.

Photos by Jabadabaduu and Annika Perho

Pinus Open House Fri 2.11. Welcome!

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YardMate member Pinus is having Open House on Friday 2.11.!

Listen to the latest on data and business security, learn how technology boosts your meetings, discuss VR and AI with experts, and much more! Lunch buffet open 11–15.

See you at Lämmittäjänkatu 1, Kaarina on Fri 2.11. Pinus wishes you all warmly welcome! Kindly register by Mon 29.10. via ilmoittautumiset@pinus.fi

MEET THE MEMBER – DALSBRUKS FABRIK

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Only an hour drive from Turku, Dalsbruks Fabrik in Taalintehdas is in full speed shaping their industrial facilities to cover for the growing space requirements in marine and other industries. Learn more from Kenneth Nordell and Göran Eriksson, below.

Who are you?
Kenneth Nordell, technical manager (below right). I am responsible for facilities, modifications and letting.
Göran Eriksson, managing director (below left). My range of responsibilities cover facilities, cluster creation etc.

What is your company specialized in?
We have industrial facilities including infrastructure to let, approximately 25.000 sqm for heavy industry or logistics, in combination with commercial harbor that has 8-meter deep official fairway.

Our facilities can be described as an industrial business center. We offer excellent conditions to our tenants, including electricity from our own electrical substation.
We are located in Taalintehdas in Kemiönsaari municipality, about 80 kilometres from Turku.

Tell us about your clients?
We are a new business – our facilities are taken into new use after former steel industry. Our clients will be private companies, for example from marine and heavy industry. We expect synergy effects for the companies!

Our SW-region has a long shipbuilding history. If your company needs to expand, Dalsbruks Fabrik has excellent facilities, and in Taalintehdas and its surroundings there are skilled industrial workers plus a number of good housing solutions available.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
We offer flexible facilities for industrial, productional or/and logistic use. Our total floor area is about 25.000 sqm, average height 10–12 metres, overhead cranes 10–40 mtns. We offer long and short term lease. We can offer you a cost-effective solution, also if you have spillover situations and project bound need of facilities for a shorter period.
We also have harbor services for import/export.

Call Kenneth Nordell at +358 40 822 8467 to learn more about Dalsbruks Fabrik’s offering.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
We expect contacts to yard related companies, creating new networks and business relations. We wish YardMate network to act as an information link; when you know each other’s companies the referrals can be two-way.

What are your future needs regarding personnel, sub-contractors and partners?
Our future needs depend on upcoming tenants, to whom our first spaces will be available in spring 2019. We have already started discussions with a number of potential tenants.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
We are pleased to be in a forum that clearly focuses in marine industry and we expect to form business relations with the member companies.

And I expect to see Dalsbruks Fabrik’s business bloom as they are a perfect answer to the facility needs of the Finnish industrial business expansion! With a rare combination of flexible industrial space, a harbor at your doorstep, moderate-cost housing nearby – and even potential of employees from an area with a long marine history.

Photos by P.Järvinen / Dalsbruks Fabrik and Annika Perho