The last few years have been a time of rapid growth for Creanex, a Tampere-based company that develops simulator technology for work machinery. This growth has prompted the company to look for new talent. It will dedicate the 30 000 euros of the Finnish Engineering Award to the training of young engineers by sponsoring theses related to real-time simulation or virtual technologies.
– It all comes down to our desire to raise awareness of how the technology we share with the game industry can also be applied in more traditional products in the manufacturing industry, says CEO of Creanex Markku Pusenius.
Abacus Diagnostica, which has developed an easy-to-use, rapid PCR test for COVID-19, will donate the prize money to the University of Turku. Both the technology of the Turku-based company and most of its employees have their roots in the university. The founders of the company originally developed their PCR test system at the biotechnology unit of the University of Turku.
– GenomEra is an excellent example of the fact that working in the life sciences requires persistent efforts, funding and faith before commercial success can be achieved, says CEO of Abacus Diagnostica Erno Sundberg.
The Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK and Tekniska Föreningen i Finland TFiF present the annual award to an individual or a team for their remarkable work of engineering or architecture.
This autumn, TEK is celebrating its 125th anniversary, which had to be postponed due to COVID-19. In honour of the anniversary, TEK and TFiF decided to break with tradition and grant the Finnish Engineering Award to not one, but two teams.
– The people behind the simulator technology of Creanex have demonstrated truly outstanding engineering skills. The company's persistent, customer-oriented product development reflects in its financial performance, which has improved strongly even during the pandemic. Technology that is based on exceptional competence will allow this positive development to continue in future simulation solutions, says Expert on Sustainable Technology Society Jussi-Pekka Teini, coordinator of the award at TEK.
– The faster and less expensive PCR method developed by Abacus Diagnostica from Turku is a major innovation that has advanced technical competence in Finland. The company's growth is impressive, and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the benefits and importance of technology in society, says CEO of TFiF Annika Nylander.
Creanex increased its revenue by 30%