Caverion implements cleanroom premises for the new laser R&D center for Light Conversion in Lithuania

Caverion Corporation Press release 22 September 2021 at 12.00 noon EEST

Caverion implements cleanroom premises for the new laser R&D center for Light Conversion in Lithuania

Laser technology manufacturer Light Conversion has chosen Caverion for the installation of cleanrooms for their brand-new laser R&D center in Vilnius, Lithuania.

“We have chosen Caverion Lithuania as the contractor for the installation of the newly planned cleanrooms. We made the choice based on our previous experience when a similar technical solution was installed in our premises, competitive price and excellent reputation of the contractor,“ says Donatas Podėnas, Deputy CEO of Light Conversion.

The cleanrooms, occupying 1,800 square meters, comply with ISO 7 cleanliness level. In addition to the cleanroom, auxiliary technical areas  will be implemented. The turnkey project is expected to be completed by January 2022.

„We have been cooperating with Light Conversion, the flagship of the laser industry, for many years. Since 2014 we have been providing building maintenance services for the plant buildings and in 2018, we successfully implemented cleanroom premises. We greatly appreciate this long-term partnership. Our main task in this project is to make sure that the cleanrooms are fully ready for operation in budget and time and in accordance with the highest standards ,” says Egidijus Šydeikis, Managing Director of Caverion Lithuania.

Light Conversion is planning to invest more than 15 million euros in the overall construction of the new laser plant and to create  200-300 new jobs.

Light Conversion, founded in 1994 with roots at the Vilnius University Laser Research Center, is a pioneer in femtosecond optical parametric amplifiers (OPAs) and Yb-based femtosecond laser sources. Currently, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of femtosecond lasers.

Read more about our cleanroom solutions

For more information, please contact: Kristina Brogiene, Marketing and Communication Manager, Caverion Lithuania, tel. +370 614 64164, Kristina.brogiene@caverion.com

New Member International Business Law Firm Magnusson

Magnusson is a one-stop-shop business law firm focused on delivering top quality legal services for the Nordic – Baltic region. Their extensive experience in cross border transactions and projects makes them the perfect law firm for international companies with presence across the region.

Magnusson Lithuania has been in the legal consultancy business for over 20 years. It offers a comprehensive range of legal services that cover all the practice areas that companies require to manage and grow their businesses: the company advises its clients on all legal issues related to business development, commercial activities, prevention of violations, business protection and represent them in complex litigations and arbitrations, including high-profile matters.

Magnusson people are passionate specialists, committed to provide services that go beyond delivering effective solutions to legal problems, focused on creating extra value and on helping its clients to thrive and grow. Besides the  own expertise, the company has access to expertise of all Magnusson’s network offices in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, Estonia and Russia, so once you begin working with this company, you will have access to the knowledge base and services of all.

Together with its global partners the cross-border team of legal professionals is on hand to support, advise and partner.

Find out more:  www.magnussonlaw.com/lt/

Caverion Lietuva equipped business center with engineering systems meeting future standards

In Vilnius, on Lvovo St 37, one of the most innovative business centres in Lithuania has already opened its doors. To meet the modern requirements of the A + energy class building, as well as the needs and expectations of the customer and tenants, ‘Caverion Lietuva’ equipped the 8-storey, 23,000 sq. m. building with engineering systems management, safety and telecommunications systems that meet large-scale future standards. 

One of the most interesting and resource-intensive solutions is the automatic blind control system. A weather station mounted on the roof of the building, which is connected to a blind control system, automatically reacts to the sun.

If the building stood in the fields, this solution would be straightforward, but in the business district, the facades of high-rise buildings create a lot of shadows during the day, which must be evaluated in the blind control algorithm’, says project manager, Arūnas Virketis.

The business centre is also equipped with a contactless centralised building management system, indoor microclimate management systems, including a ventilation system with a humidification function, in addition to modern telecommunications systems that are especially needed for an administrative building. The conference rooms located on the ground floor are equipped with a modern audio and video system and a universal conference management and content sharing solution, and computer network systems are installed throughout the entire building.

Great attention is also paid to safety and security – a unified fire detection, burglary and access control system has been installed, which allows quick and accurate reaction to the emerging dangers. The building is monitored internally and externally by ninety-nine, high-resolution video surveillance cameras, and the evacuation and control system ensures smooth and rapid evacuation of personnel in the event of an emergency.

‘Although the building is large in size and has required a lot of resources, we are glad that most of the energy needed to operate the building was generated by heat pumps with hydro modules, which ensured extremely low CO2 emissions. We are happy to see that sustainability and environmental protection are as important for both customers and tenants as they are for us’, says project manager Arūnas Virketis.

‘We have installed a screen in the atrium, which will constantly display the consumption of the main energy resources of the building, the kilowatt-hours generated by the solar power plant and other readings. In general, the IoT, BMS, BIM and other technological solutions that we have invested in mean that tenants will enjoy cheaper operation, all of which will contribute to the green deal and environmental friendliness’, says Karolis Tuinyla, manager for the customer, ‘Lords LB Special Fund I Subfund B’.

Currently, the building is already being used by the main tenant ‘Telia Global Services Lithuania’ and the clinic, ‘Antėja’, is about to start operating from here as well. On the ground floor, there are conference centres and an ‘iLunch’ restaurant.

‘Caverion Lietuva’ is one of the largest construction engineering and building maintenance companies in Lithuania, owned by the international ‘Caverion’ corporation. The company currently has more than 400 employees.

New Member FOROS

The new company FOROS joined the family of FLCC members this month. FOROS is a fast-growing Lithuanian company running an all-in-one forest platform for buying, selling, and growing your green assets, enabling green investment simple and accessible for everyone.
More about the company: https://www.foros.com

New member UAB Skogran

New member  UAB Skogran joined the association in April. UAB Skogan  has provided a wide range of forestry services in Europe for over 16 years now. Skogran started its business in Sweden, when a hurricane devastated large forest areas that needed to be restored in 2005. Couple years later first teams of Skogran’s employees arrived to Finland and company has been expanding it’s business every year. Today Skogran is operating in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria and Lithuania under the widely recognised brand name for the forestry services – Best Planter. The team of professional foresters provides forest planting, forest care and cone collecting services.

Success story of the Finnish company Leinonen in Lithuania:

Leinonen Lithuania is part of Leinonen Group – an internationally established accounting and advisory company with 14 offices in the North, Central and Eastern parts of Europe (full list of locations here). The company has been part of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce since 2011.

Originally Finnish, Leinonen establishes operations in Lithuania at the end of the 90s. In that days, Lithuania is the fourth destination for the experienced entrepreneur Petteri Leinonen, having already established businesses in Finland, Estonia, and Latvia. After Lithuania, Petteri does not stop with the expansion of Leinonen Group. He keeps scaling the business and setting up entities in other parts of Europe – most recently in Belarus.

Since its establishment in 1996, Leinonen Lithuania has gone through a gradual growth to become one of the leading Accounting & Payroll providers in the country. Now having over 65 employees in Lithuania and over 250 clients from various industries and with different background!

In addition to the expert Accounting & Payroll team, a major success factor is having the in-house Tax & Legal department. That allows Leinonen Lithuania to offer accounting, payroll, tax, and legal services under one roof and to support enterprises from any size.

Big, medium, and small companies take advantage of the highly experienced financial and tax specialists. On the other hand, startups rely on Leinonen’s knowledgeable lawyers and accountants from the very first steps on the Lithuanian business scene. Starting with assistance during company establishment and then providing client-oriented accounting solutions that support strategically the gradual growth of the newly established entities (full list of services here).

Being a quarter century old, Leinonen Lithuania has set ambitious goals for the future. In addition to the high emphasis on client satisfaction, the company considers as top priorities the digitalization and modernization of processes combined with an accent on employee satisfaction.

Wishing Leinonen Group and Leinonen Lithuania all the best!

FARM TO TABLE: CELLULAR AGRICULTURE

Dilek Ercili-Cura, a Liberator of Protein Production and Senior Specialist in Food Applications at Solar Foods, talks about how cellular agriculture and Solein, our protein innovation made from it, can provide a new sustainable source of food that is free from the burdens of agriculture.

Have you heard of cellular agriculture yet? – It is a production method where agricultural products are manufactured utilising cell culturing techniques.

It is being called the fourth agricultural revolution. The first one taking place when humans started farming around 12,000 years ago, the second was the reorganisation of farmland after the Middle Ages, and the third (also known as the Green Revolution) was the introduction of chemical fertilisers and pesticides alongside heavy machinery and mass production from the 1950s onwards. The fourth industrial revolution refers to the massive change to food production stemming from new technologies, with cellular agriculture being at the centre of it along with AI, robots and gene editing.

 

FARM-TO-TABLE

“Cellular farming, or cellular agriculture, is essentially the cultivation of microbial cells under controlled conditions, for the industrial production of food instead of traditional farming practices,” says Dilek Ercili-Cura, Senior Specialist in Food Applications at Solar Foods.

According to Dilek, cellular agriculture can mean growing tissue cells in bioreactors and producing meat and seafood without animals; it can also mean harnessing cells to produce eggs without chickens, or milk without cows.

“It can mean farming and growing microorganisms – that is microbes, fungi or yeast – via traditional or gas fermentation processes and turning the biomass into high protein foods and on to our dinner plates. That is what we’re currently doing here at Solar Foods,” she explains.

BREAKING AWAY FROM UNSUSTAINABLE FARMING

But why is cellular agriculture needed then? – Dilek responds by saying that, first of all, industrial food production in its current state is not sustainable at its current rate. Humanity is facing great threats of climate change, loss of arable land and overall crop productivity, which could lead to a sudden collapse of the whole ecosystem we are a part of.

“Industrial food protein production which relies on animal husbandry or e.g. soy plantations is not only affected by environmental destruction, it is one of its main contributors. Cellular agriculture provides a solution by decoupling food production from mass-produced animals, plants and the methods of conventional agriculture,” Dilek says.

Cellular agriculture is sustainable food production that doesn’t compromise environmental stability: safe and nutritious food produced even under the most challenging environmental conditions.

“I see cellular agriculture as one of the major contributors to the solutions in keeping our planet blue and green – that also makes it possible to practice conventional agriculture for generations to come” she says.

SOLEIN GETS COOKING

Solar Foods’ efforts in boosting cellular agriculture revolve around the company’s extraordinary innovation, Solein, which is a unique single-cell protein made with a fully natural fermentation process, utilizing air and electricity as its main raw materials. Solein is also very much at the centre of everything Dilek does, as she balances her typical workday between the bioprocess of Solein production and assessment of its potential as a food ingredient.

“My work aims to improve the quality of Solein as a food ingredient, both nutritionally and technologically. This means decoding Solein’s nutritional potential as well as its techno-functional characteristics” she says.

What advantages does Solein have, other than being a protein source, for the food industry? What micronutrients does it deliver? What is the physiological response in people who consume it? – These are questions that Dilek gets and poses to herself in her daily work.

“We of course make it a priority to ensure that Solein is safe to consume and follows the instructions of regulatory authorities for its approval as a novel food source.”

This means a regular stream of very thorough safety assessments, but Dilek doesn’t mind. “Most of those assessments require that I learn new things every day and I love being out of my comfort zone.”

HOW BIG IS YOUR PICTURE?

Dilek is a food engineer who had worked in R&D, focusing on proteins and their structure-forming properties in food, for already 15 years before starting at Solar Foods. Dilek says that for her, the biggest source of motivation is the big picture: what Solein offers in terms of securing a nutritious food supply for future generations and how it will achieve this without compromising environmental stability.

“Overall, working with a food concept that literally is produced from thin air, is a massive driver in itself,” she smiles.

In her mind, the best thing about Solein is that it is a one-of-a-kind concept within the cellular agriculture field that truly is decoupled from agriculture.

“With Solein production, you don’t need, for example, sugar at all and you are not dependent on arable land, climate or the weather. Any of the things we associate with growing food from soil. You can continue producing food anywhere, anytime, as long as you have renewable energy. This fascinates me the most,” she says.

“This feels exciting and it just feels right. In my opinion, Solein has the great potential to be a turning point for humanity.”

 

In our video series, we introduce members of Solar Foods’ core team and explain how Solein®, the protein made out of thin air, can break us free from the environmental burdens of agriculture.

Watch the full video series »

Finnish-made smart patch could revolutionise patient monitoring

VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND HAS SPEARHEADED THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SMART PATCH WITH LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS SENSORS CAPABLE OF MEASURING HEART RATE, BODY TEMPERATURE, OXYGEN SATURATION AND RESPIRATION RATE, AS WELL AS TAKING AN ELECTROCARDIOGRAM.

Developed with partners including GE Healthcare, the smart patch reduces the risk of medical complications by ensuring hospital staff are able to monitor the status of patients remotely and continuously for any warning signs. The ability to detect changes in vital functions early and resource efficiently is critical in, for example, treating coronavirus-induced respiratory difficulties especially due to the strain the pandemic has put on hospitals worldwide.

Teemu Alajoki, the research team leader at VTTexplained that the patch sends the measurements to a system that analyses them to produce follow-up information and issue alarms to healthcare professionals.

“For example, a patient recovering from surgery could move about freely while measurements are taken, instead of lying in bed surrounded by wires,” he said.

VTT indicated that the patch has the potential to replace inconvenient wearable devices, such as activity bracelets and heart-rate monitors, because it is virtually unnoticeable, comfortable to use and affordable to produce – with a unit price of only a few euros.

The structure of the patch is founded on printed electronics developed by the research centre for various clients in the past two decades. The base material is pliable and stretchable, while the circuitry is printed with conductive ink and any separate components are attached with conductive adhesive.

Even the single largest component, the button-cell battery, should be replaced by a flexible battery in the coming years.

VTT is also developing data analytics capable of evaluating changes in the measurements and comparing them to other patient data, thus paving the way for automatic alarms about cardiac events, blood poisoning and other changes in health. The right kind of analysis, it believes, would enable people to use the smart patch to monitor their health and fitness not dissimilarly to smart rings and watches – only more accurately.

The patch could be introduced to market in two or three years. Researchers at VTT have already taken the next step toward epidermal electronics to provide a wider range of measurements in an even more discreet package.

New member Greenlux Finland Oy joined the association

Finnish Greenlux Finland Oy has recently joined FLCC. It  is a Finnish company founded in 2007. Greenlux designs and manufactures durable, smart, high quality and energy efficient general LED lighting solutions. Their  lighting products are suitable for industry, retail and office. Greenlux has its own production facility in Espoo, Finland. Local production in Finland offers the potential to reduce the carbon footprint and provides a faster and more environmentally friendly way to serve the customers. Greenlux also has a subsidiary in India that produces lighting solutions for fast- growing local markets and also manufactures export production for delivery worldwide when needed.

New member Solutionlab Productions joined the association

SOLUTIONLAB PRODUCTION, UAB has core competencies in applications and systems Development, Support, Maintenance, Administration, Setup and has a high reputation in the Scandinavian and Baltic markets, where highly skilled and Microsoft certified professionals with practical experience deliver the best solutions to the clients.  The company helps  customers be better equipped to meet current and future challenges by giving them insight into and control over their platform through their consultants’ expertise and the company’s  unique, innovative and flexible services. SOLUTIONLAB strives to deliver quality IT solutions that deliver value to the customers’ organization. IT helps Startups to accelerate their technology solutions and has proven knowledge and experience in helping Startups move their prototypes or MVPs to scalable world class solutions. SOLUTIONLAB is a certified Microsoft and Umbraco partner.