Highly educated workforce and the first-class innovation system make Helsinki region an attractive location for international research and development activities.
There are currently 18 foreign owned R&D centers in the Helsinki region.
- ABB Finland
Headuarters, R&D and manufacturing facilties in Greater Helsinki. It is one of their key global product development sites for Solar PV inverters and power electronics drives. More than 1,000 employees in Greater Helsinki. Annual revenues of €2.4b and 6,900 employees across Finland. ABB Finland invests €184m per year in R&D.
ABB is one of the largest engineering companies as well as one of the largest conglomerates in the world. ABB has operations in around 100 countries, with approximately 150,000 employees in November 2013. new.abb.com/fi
Nano and Micro Technologies
- Murata Electronics OY
In January 2012, Japanese industrial group, Murata, acquired the Finnish company, VTI Technologies, based in Vantaa. VTI is a supplier of acceleration, inclination and angular motion sensor solutions for transportation, medical, instrument and consumer electronics applications using MEMS technology. The company has grown from 600 people at the time of acquisition to 800, mainly in Vantaa.
Murata Manufacturing is a major Japanese manufacturing company; a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components and power supply modules. Its annual revenues are ¥618 billion (approx. EUR 6 billion) and it employs over 35,000 people worldwide.
Life Sciences and Medical Technologies
Bayer’s Nordic headquarters are located in Espoo. Bayer Nordic’s operations cover Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Baltic countries. The Espoo headquarters are home to one of Bayer’s largest global centers of clinical research. The research personnel in Espoo manages clinical research projects for new pharmaceutical products in Finland and globally. Bayer’s Espoo headquarters employ around 300 persons.
- GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare is the $17bn medical technologies business unit of GE. The company’s Finnish operations are located in Helsinki. GE Healthcare Finland’s most central product segments are anesthesia and intensive care equipment, and medical imaging technologies. GE Healthcare employs around 800 persons in Finland in sales, marketing, research & development and production. www.gehealthcare.fi
GlaxoSmithKline is a global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of medicines and brands. GSK offices are located in Espoo. The company’s research team in Finland consists of 20 professionals who work in co-operation with academic research institutions, hospitals and private medical services providers. GSK invests around 15 million euros into its Finnish R&D operations annually. GSK employs approximately 130 people in Espoo.
- MSD (Merck & Co.)
MSD is a global healthcare company that delivers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and animal health products. MSD Finland is located in Espoo. In Finland MSD operates around 30 clinical trials annually, which require the participation of 3000-4000 patients and 200 doctors in approximately hundred research centers each year. MSD has operated in Finland since 1968 and employs around 150 people, of which 25 work in clinical research. www.msd.fi
Pfizer is a global pharmaceuticals company and has operated in Finland since 1959. The company is located in Helsinki. Pfizer employs around 180 people in Finland in sales and research. www.pfizer.fi
- Philips Healthcare
Philips Medical Systems MR Finland develops and manufactures image-guided therapy solutions and components for various medical conditions. Philips is located in Vantaa. Philips Medical Systems unit employs around 110 people. www.healthcare.philips.com/fi
- Varian Medical Systems
Varian Medical Systems serves the medical equipment market as the world’s leading manufacturer of integrated cancer care systems and the premier supplier of X-ray tubes and flat-panel sensors for imaging. The company is located in Helsinki. Varian Medical Systems’ premium radiotherapy treatment planning systems Eclipse™ and BrachyVision™ are developed in Helsinki. Varian employs around 120. www.varian.com
Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider. It develops products and solutions for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Huawei’s Finnish R&D center was established in 2013 and is located in Helsinki. Huawei’s Finnish R&D center is a key driver in the company’s research and development of new technologies for mobile devices. Huawei currently employs around 30 people in R&D.
Intel Corporation is one of the world’s largest semiconductor chip makers. In Finland Intel has operations in Espoo, Tampere and Oulu. Intel’s research units in Helsinki region are: Intel Open Technology Center (Espoo, 2011); Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Secure Computing (with the University of Helsinki).
Intel’s subsidiary McAfee acquired the Finish IT security company Stonesoft in December 2013 for €290 million. www.intel.eu
Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses, and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Microsoft is located in Espoo. In 2013 Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile devices business. Microsoft employs around 240 persons.
In addition to the acquired Nokia operations, another key innovation platform is AppCampus. AppCampus, which started in 2012, is a mobile application accelerator program managed by Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. This is an 18 million euro joint investment between Microsoft and Nokia to foster mobile application development on Windows Phone and any other Nokia platform.
- Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics is one of the world’s largest electronics and information technology companies. Samsung’s first Northern European R&D center is located in Espoo (established 2013). Samsung’s R&D in Finland focuses on open source software and advanced technologies for digital devices. www.samsung.com
- Telrock Technologies
Telrock Technologies, Ltd., an international software development company focusing on mobile-centric customer service, will open offices in Helsinki and Oulu in 2014. The operations in Finland will focus on developing Telrock’s new API-enabled, cloud-based Mobile Engagement Platform. The company will employ approximately 50 people in Finland.
- Fiksu Inc.
Fiksu, Inc, developer of the award-winning Fiksu Mobile App Marketing Platform, announced the opening of a dedicated European R & D Headquarters based in Helsinki in 2013. The office will support the company’s worldwide growth, enable geographic proximity to a growing client base in Europe that includes Rovio, and provide the company’s global clients with enhanced development and implementation expertise.
- GrayMatter Software Services
GrayMatter Software Services Pvt. Ltd., a business intelligence, analytics and data science expert from India, established a Research and Development unit in Finland in December 2013. The Finnish unit is first of a kind for the company and will focus on the development of next generation aviation software technologies and solutions. The R&D centre is located in in Vantaa, the airport city of Finland. It will employ 20 to 30 highly qualified IT professionals during the first year of operations.
Design & Creativity
Within less than 3 years, Finnish gaming star, Superecell, has become one of the fastest growing and most profitable growth companies worldwide. In October 2013, Japanese SoftBank and games developer GungHo OnLine Entertainment acquired 51% of the company for €1.1 billion (€1.5 billion). www.supercell.net
- Walt Disney – Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG)
In March 2011, Disney acquired Rocket Pack, a gaming start-up based in Helsinki for between $10-20 million.