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The most successful companies make use of design – Fennia Prize Grand Prix to Merivaara 

Design is part of the business operations of the most successful companies. The results of the Fennia Prize 2017 design competition, announced on Thursday 19 January 2017, explicitly indicate that the use of design brings advantage in international success and helps create a strong and distinctive brand. The Fennia Prize Grand Prix of €10,000 is awarded to Merivaara Corporation, a company that has made use of design in its product development for several years.

Fennia Prize is one of the most notable design competitions in Finland. It is organized by Design Forum Finland, Fennia Group, Elo and the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. In the competition companies and organizations are awarded for exemplary use of design in both designing and realizing products, services, business processes or concepts.

Merivaara Corporation, originally founded in 1901, provides operating-room systems and hospital furniture, exporting over 85% of its products. It employs some 120 people in four countries. The Fennia Prize Grand Prix is awarded for the Q-Flow™ Surgical Light which is the latest addition to the company's product range and a bold solution in a highly competitive global market. Several innovations improve the level of hygiene in the operating rooms and make the work of the personnel more effective, among other features. Merivaara's product development is based on multidisciplinary research and a thorough knowledge of the users of the product. In the awarded surgical light, the combination of high technology and design provides definite benefits for users and competitive assets and distinctiveness for the corporation.

In addition to Fennia Prize Grand Prix, five Fennia Prize Winner prizes of €5,000 each are awarded. The receivers are Consair Oy for its CAMU Clean Air Management Unit, Genelec Oy for the new Smart Active Monitor Loudspeaker, Naava for Naava Smart Green Wall, Pentagon Design Oy for a liquorice concept for Fazer, and Planmed Oy for the Planmed Clarity mammography unit. The following ten companies receive a Fennia Prize Honourable Mention: Fiskars Finland Oy Ab, INTO Concept Oy, Jukolux Oy, Konecranes Global Oy, LINK Design and Development Oy, Lojer Oy, Nuviz Oy, Pomarfin Oy, PUF Design Market, and Skanska Talonrakennus Oy.

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office also gives out the IPR Excellence prize for the commendable protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). In 2017 the prize is awarded to two companies, Lojer Oy for protecting the model and trademark rights of the Manuthera mobilisation table, and for Secto Design Oy for active protection of its IPR rights.

The aim of the Fennia Prize competition, arranged every second year, is to promote the use of design in business and the society to enhance growth, competitiveness and internationalization. At the same time, the significance of using design, as well as companies which are applying it in their operations, are brought into the limelight. The competition was now arranged for the 13th time.

The competition jury of 2017 was chaired by Antti Kuljukka from Fennia. The members were Ramia Mazé from Aalto University, Anna Lauttamus-Kauppila from the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, Sami Niemelä from Nordkapp, Jani Niipola from Kauppalehti business magazine, Antti Salminen from Tekes the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Piritta Winqvist from LINK Design and Development Oy, and Petteri Kolinen from Design Forum Finland. The exhibition architecture is by Seos Design Oy. After Helsinki, the exhibition will continue to Arctic Design Week in Rovaniemi in February.

Fennia Prize 2017 is part of the Finland 100 programme in 2017.

Fennia Prize exhibition 20 January–12 February 2017
Kluuvikatu 6, Helsinki
Open Mon–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 11am–5pm, Sun noon-4pm, free entrance

More information about the results and the competition:

More information:
Design Forum Finland, Project Manager Laila Alanen, +358 (0)50 548 4114,

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