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.

Meet the Member – All in Order VA

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Every office’s assistant at your service – Meet Tiina Ansell from our member company All in Order VA

Who are you?
I am Tiina Ansell, founder of All in Order VA Virtual Assistant Services and Virtual Assistant. I come from the corporate world with over 20 years of experience in working for both start-up and well-established companies. My former career has taken me abroad to work for  international companies in project coordination and business support roles. My years in various administration and management roles in fast-paced and growing companies, has given me a great understanding of what a business needs to run efficiently. I am super-organised hence I chose the name ‘All in Order VA’- it describes me and my work methodology very well.

What is your company specialized in?
We are specialized in administration, business support and project coordination services.  We work remotely and virtually with the client, unless the task requires presence at the client’s premises.

Tell us about your clients?
Our clients are business owners and companies who require assistance in business functions either on a once-off or more regular basis. They usually have a need for more hands in the business quickly, and to save time or for lack of it, and for cost efficiency, are outsourcing tasks.

What services or products do you offer to other YardMate members?
We are offering all above mentioned services in a flexible and tailor-made format.

What are your expectations for YardMate?
We wish to reach the YardMate members to introduce our services and establish how our expertise can help in managing and growing their business. We also hope that the YardMate network will help us to introduce our services to potential customers.

Anything else you wish to say to us?
It is great to be part of the YardMate team of dedicated professionals! When you are working hard, do remember that while you can do everything it may not be beneficial.

Innovation afternoon in RAUMA 5.3.2020

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is called the innovation afternoon in Rauma – 5.3. at 12 – 16.  The happening is FREE for everyone interested in

  • Research and Development (digital, automation, artificial intelligent, gaming and learning innovations)
  • Industry and corporate cooperation
  • Marine innovations

Our CEO, Kari Härkönen, is presenting new marine and ship building innovations and business models.

Join the meeting HERE!

Program in Finnish:


Turun yliopiston DI-koulutus – yritysyhteistyö & opintopolut
Mika Hannula, vararehtori, Turun yliopisto

Käsityökasvatuksen tarjoamat mahdollisuudet teknologiaoppimiseen
Eila Lindfors, professori, Turun yliopisto

Työpaikalla tapahtuva oppiminen
Kari Toivonen, koulutuspäällikkö, Logistiikka, Länsirannikon Koulutus Oy WinNova

Kehittyvät oppimisympäristöt ja yritys-oppilaitosyhteistyö
Anssi Pajala, lehtori, Logistiikan ja Merenkulun osaamisalue, Satakunnan AMK, Rauma

Innovatiivisia osaajia teknologia-aloille – MyTech
Eija Laine, yhteyskoordinaattori, Teknologiateollisuus ry

Osaava työvoima, kilpailukyky ja TKI-yhteistyö
Antti Simula, toimitusjohtaja, Rauman RS-Rakennus Oy
Rauman Yrittäjien hallituksen puheenjohtaja

Ari-Pekka Vanamo, tehtaanjohtaja, Metsä Fibre, Rauman tehdas,
Rauman kauppakamarin hallituksen varapuheenjohtaja

Kari Härkönen, toimitusjohtaja, YardMate Oy

Käsityönopettaja teknologiaoppimisen asiantuntijana perusopetuksessa
Jenni Laaksonen ja Juuso Virta, Rauman TK-kilta

Read more in Finnish HERE.

Meriaura at YardMate meetup

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Sustainability, flexibility and innovations. Esko Pettay, Operator, Sustainable Development and Weather at Meriaura, was YardMate September meetup’s keynote speaker. Meriaura as a company, reducing logistic chain emissions, what Meriaura needs from their current and future suppliers and much more. Esko held our interest! 

We also heard from YardMate working for the network at BALTEXPO 2019, and the Hospital Ships Re-imagined project. 

YardMate and some member companies participated in the project kickoff forum, and the group of interested members that have special expertise to offer is growing.

Thank you, Esko, thanks again Manu Events for the meetup venue, and thanks to all the attendees, older and newer members!

Photos by YardMate

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:

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:

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