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Meet the Member – Design Reform Oy

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Who are you?
My name is Reijo Markku, industrial designer and working as managing director at Design Reform Oy, which I founded 33 years ago.

What is your company specialized in?
Our roots are in industrial design but over our 30 years of existence we have expanded our services from brand design to dynamic marketing and training tools. In our slogan, we give a service promise that we `Design for success`. It often means strategic long-term collaboration, and understanding of broad design thinking. On the other hand, if our customer’s success depend on one missing design piece, we can solve this one problem with our expertise.

Tell us about your clients and other key shareholders or partners?
We have a wide customer base from both the public sector and the corporate world. On the public side, I could mention Helsinki and Lappeenranta. In the sector of business-side clients, we have focused on the engineering companies that are either already established their position in the international market, such as Metso, Outotec, Kone, Raute and Valmet. Or our customers are strongly on their way to international success such as Flowrox, Picosun and Mobidiag.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
Naturally, we offer YardMate companies our full range of services, from industrial design to brand design and brand management. We also have strong expertise in dynamic visualizations on the industrial 2d and 3d-field and Virtual Reality. Often, it is just world-class visualizations that open the eyes of the clients. We’ve also offer Virtual Reality content productions, which right now seems to be more and more demanded in market. The Virtual Showroom concept we developed during corona is a recommended tool for remote communication for any company that wants to stand out from its competitors, look to the future and do successful business.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
It would be great to work in shipyard sectors and to develop the industry and YardMate companies towards more and more international success. The dream would also be to be part of some great multidisciplinary development project where you could meet YardMate’s big and small businesses and tranfer the network expertise in order to create commercial product or service.

What are your future needs regarding personnel?
We are a small and vibrand design agency, but also ready to grow especially in that Virtual Reality sector. We are looking for marketing and sales professionals who really understand what our customers expect out of our expertise. On the other hand, if and when the Virtual Reality boom heats up, we also need creative VR designers.

What are your future needs regarding sub-contractors and partners?
We are constantly looking for reliable and creative subcontractors for our network who are ready to take on challenges and solve them. Who knows, if we can find subcontractors or even partners inside YardMate. We keep all doors open.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
I really hope that YardMate could become a major commercial player, able to harness the right team for each project from its professional network.

The links for the videos of these pictures:

Outotec animation

Raute virtual showroom

Picosun virtual showroom

 

YardMate in Tekniikka & Talous

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Ships are still to be built in Finland and sub contractor network is running with almost the full power even if the pandemic has hit hard to many industry fields. Tekniikka & Talous interviewed our CEO Kari Härkönen amongst the COO of Rauma Marine Construction (Ville Laaksonen) and Senior Researcher Tapio Karvonen from University of Turku. Read the whole article here (in Finnish).


COO of Rauma Marine Construction Ville Laaksonen
in Tekniikka & Talous

How to decrease energy costs – CEO Kari Härkönen and YardMate’s member Kasper Smit – BlackSmit Solutions

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HELSINGIN SANOMAT Wednesday, 03.02.
YardMate’s CEO together with YardMate’s member Kasper Smit from BlackSmit Solutions tell how to decrease energy costs and CO2 emissions for up to 30% in cruise ships and aeroplanes by decreasing fuel consumption in engines and factories and optimizing processes in production and everyday work !!

The New Energy Challenge winner: Finno Exergy

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YardMate’s member Finno Exergy Oy has won the main prize of 100 000 € in The New Energy Challenge competition organized by Shell. YardMate is a consortium providing sub-contractors, resources and innovations for the industry. YardMate’s main fields of operation are the marine and aviation industry, however their products do serve other industry fields as well. Together with Finno Exergy YardMate is creating a new wave of cost-efficient and energy-saving environmental engine solutions for ships and aeroplanes.

Tekniikka & Talous (in Finnish): Öljyjätti Shell palkitsi suomalaisyrityksen keksinnön

Read the original article: Winners New Energy Challenge 2020 announced

See video about -20% fuel consumption and CO2 emission: Finno Exergy’s video

Suomeksi | In Finnish:
YardMaten jäsenyritys Finno Exergy Oy voitti arvostetun kansainvälisen energiainnovaationkilpailun The New Energy Challengen,  jonka pääjärjestäjänä toimii Shell. Pääpalkintona oli 100 000 €. YardMate on konsortio, joka tuottaa teollisuuteen alihankkijoita, resursseja ja uusia innovaatioita. YardMaten päätoimialat ovat meriteollisuus ja ilmailu, mutta sen tuotteet ja alihankkijat palvelevat myös perinteistä teollisuutta. Yhdessä Finno Exergyn kanssa YardMate on luomassa täysin uutta linjaa meriteollisuuden ja ilmailualan energiatehokkaisiin ympäristöä säästäviin moottoriratkaisuihin.

Meet the Member – Aurajoki Oy

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Meet Ralf Sohlström from our member company Aurajoki Oy

Who are you?
My name is Ralf Sohlström and I am working as Business Director at Aurajoki Oy responsible for the operations of our Turku factory.

What is your company specialized in?
Aurajoki can supply you with the most versatile and comprehensive range of surface treatments of metals as the leading operator in the field in Finland. Our services cover, among others, hot-dip galvanizing, electroplating, anodising and powder painting. We can provide your products with the best possible protection against corrosion as well as a stylish, mechanically and chemically resistant surface to anything you need.

We have 6 factories in Finland, and our Turku factory is specialised in electrolytic coatings and powder painting which are done under the same roof. We provide over 50 different types of electrolytic coatings. Our powder painting line is 170 m long and can handle products up to 6,5 m long.

Tell us about your clients and other key shareholders or partners?
We have a wide range of different kind of customers manufacturing metal products in Finland and abroad. Aurajoki is a trusted partner in shipbuilding coating solutions and has a long history of supplying powder painting and coatings to ship building industry.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
Aurajoki can help in achieving the most cost competitive total solution with optimal lifetime. To other YardMate members we have mainly supplied powder painting and anodising of aluminium constructions, including cruise vessel balconies. We have provided surface treatments in our customer’s and co-subcontractor’s specific need for ship decoration as well. Aurajoki has also delivered hot-dip galvanizing for piping systems on board and for steel structures, handrails, staircases etc. With the help of Aurajoki ship-owners and shipyards can plan and design structures, surfaces and components with the best possible coating solution.

Aurajoki is always looking for new innovations to help our customers get the best surface treatment for their products. For instance, the current situation has given us a chance to protect the end users as well as we now provide a new sort of powder painting. It has top finish that is antibacterial and inhibits the growth of bacteria on the painted surface, including COVID-19.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
From YardMate we expect new contacts and inquiries from metal construction manufacturers for the shipbuilding industry by networking with the other YardMate members.

What are your future needs regarding personnel?
Our need of personnel will increase in the future as the demand from shipyards is increasing. Our aim is to grow our position in the field as a operator that provides more sustainable solutions of surface treatment without wearing out the environment.

What are your future needs regarding sub-contractors and partners?
Hopefully we can through YardMate find partners for joint product development and offerings.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
When it comes to coating in marine environment Aurajoki is your partner in the most sustainable and visually appealing coating solutions.

Meet the Member – Kotopro

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Meet Jukka-Pekka Joutsen from our member company Kotopro

Who are you?
I am Jukka-Pekka Joutsen Sales Manger in Kotopro Oy. I have worked now in Kotorp 8 years. I have strong experience it-sell. Also I have 15 years of experience in building quality-, environmnet- and health and safety ISO-standard management systems.

What is your company specialized in?
Kotopro is mobile document application. Document at the site and make final notes with computer if needed. You can take pictures, write or dictate notes and receive a full report by one click with Kotopro. No more paperwork, sorting out pictures or revisiting the site! This way you need less working hours to earn exactly the same amount of payment.

Tell us about your clients and other key shareholders or partners?
We have all kind of customers all-around of Finland: Contractors, subcontractors, real estate management, industry, teaching, technical consulting, cleaning industry, job training, distance learning, Health and Welfare Sector, psychotherapy, healthcare and safety.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
Documentation becomes an easy part of the day-to-day work with Kotopro. You can authorize the people concerned to create or review documents for free. All documents and reports stay in one place for both management and clients to easily access and monitor during the work process.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
I look very keenly to meet YardMate members and how Kotopro can help in managing and growing their business.

What are your future needs regarding personnel?
Develop sells and communications skills.

What are your future needs regarding sub-contractors and partners?
I wait for good co-operation that lead win-win to both side.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
It is great to be part of the YardMate Members.

SOKOS Hotel offer for all the YardMate Members

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As a member of YardMate, Sokos Hotels has offered all its fellow members in YardMate network preferential deals for the past two years. The benefit has been very welcome and members have enjoyed reduced rates for accommodation as well as flexible service regarding bookings during holiday periods. See the whole story behind Sokos Hotel member benefits.

To get the same discount and other YardMate member benefits, place your application via Apply for Memembership.

Meet the Member – Menevä

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Meet Roope Riihimäki from our member company Menevä

Who are you?
Roope Riihimäki, salesman for Menevä Taxi Center.

What is your company specialized in?
Taxi services for contractual business customers and consumers.

Tell us about your clients and other key shareholders or partners?
We have all kind of customers all-around of Finland: Government, companies, hotels, restaurants, medical sample deliveries etc.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
Competitive and clear pricing: fixed prices, no hidden fees.
Environmentally friendly: efficient fleet management, hybrid and electric cars, vans and buses.
Meet & Greet -airport and hotel pick up service. Detailed invoices and reports.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
We expect that with YardMate we can find new partners and clients to serve.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
We wish better times to everyone regarding the present pandemic situation.