Press release - The Internationalisation Award

Thu 19 Nov 2015 03:18:00 PM EET

The Internationalisation Award of the President of the Republic goes to Slush, Vahterus and Serres

The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, has awarded this year’s internationalisation awards to startup event Slush, Serres, which specialises in surgical suctions systems, and Vahterus, which excels in industrial heat exchangers.

– The internationalisation award of the President of the Republic is a recognition granted to internationally successful Finnish companies, communities and their personnel. The award winners’ success is based on top expertise, the ability to seize opportunity in the changing markets and a willingness to take risks. Most importantly, what these winners have in common is their hunger for growth, says Jorma Korhonen, Head of Team Finland unit at Prime Minister's Office.

The internationalisation award of the President of the Republic is a recognition that is granted annually to Finnish companies that have gained international success, and to the communities behind them. The president grants the award based on a proposal from the Team Finland Board of Directors.

– The welfare of Finland is increasingly based on SMEs’ ability to achieve international growth and create new jobs. Our exports are still, to a large extent, dependent on 20 large companies, which is why we are investing heavily to support the international success of small and medium-sized enterprises. Most of the new jobs will be created in SMEs in the future, says Markus Suomi, President & CEO of Finpro.

Hospital technology company tackled the problem of the manufacturing industry

Serres started its operations in Kauhajoki, and it has now become the first runner-up for the global market leader in its own field of speciality. The company specialises in surgical suction systems that combine cost-efficiency with high patient safety and hygiene standards. In addition to this, Serres is one of the leading manufacturers of floor drain systems in the Nordic countries.

– We have tackled the most difficult problem in the manufacturing industry; how to keep the quality of production high while keeping the costs moderate. Our success shows that we have found the solution, because we are able to produce disposable suction bags for healthcare professionals in Finland and sell them in the highly competitive Chinese market. We are able to meet the requirements of even the most demanding customers worldwide with the same product, says Mika Hagberg, CEO of Serres Oy.

According to Mr. Hagberg, listening to customers is one of Serres’ priorities. The company has good connections with healthcare professionals, which means feedback and development ideas reach Finland well. Thanks to the international growth, the company’s turnover has grown to EUR 28 million, which is almost six times higher than in 2000.

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