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Welcome to the President’s Report to the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce Inc. (FACC) Annual General Meeting 2019!
Membership Status and Sponsors
The Chamber’s membership has increased significantly since the last AGM in 2018. While we had 33 members last year, this number has now risen to 45. We welcome Metso and Outotec as platinum sponsors of the Chamber.
Member Activities in 2018/19
By tradition the Chamber participated in the annual Cruise with the Europeans in Sydney on the 15th of November 2018, co-organised by various European Chambers. There were 12 FACC guests present at the spectacular 2-hour cruise, among over 600 representatives from the European business community in Sydney.
Following its launch in 2018, the FACC Brisbane Chapter has been very active and was able to offer a number of very successful events for our members in the past 12 months.
The Brisbane Chapter participated in the annual Tchin-Tchin event on 29 November 2018 which was held in on the rooftop of the Flight Centre’s HQ in South Brisbane together with the French and the German Chamber of Commerce.
On 11 December 2018 the Brisbane Chapter put on a very successful end of year networking event at the Brisbane Club. The Ambassador of Finland H.E. Lars Backström was in attendance.
A further networking drinks event took place on 18 February 2019 at The Gresham in Brisbane. The FACC board member Angela Foley and a representative of the Embassy of Finland attended this event.
The FACC Melbourne Chapter participated in the Nordic Engagement Christmas lunch on 5 December 2018 at Denmark House in Melbourne. Our members were able to enjoy traditional Christmas delicacies from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
On 4 September 2019 the Melbourne Chapter joined a number of Nordic Chambers at Professional Development & Networking Drinks at Denmark House. Emily Tucker from Find Your Voice presented at the event which provided our members how to best with useful hints for presenting to large audiences.
As in previous years, FACC held member networking drinks for our members and friends at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Sydney. The Chamber organises this get-together on a quarterly basis and events were held this year on 12 February, 16 May and 19 September 2019.
The highlight of the past year in Sydney was the Independence Day Dinner at Blanca Bar & Dining at Bondi on 6 December 2018. Our members enjoyed a Finnish inspired menu “Sound of Tumbling Waves” which was especially created for the occasion by Tomi Björk, Finland’s most cherished chef and restauranteur. The event was sold out and our members enjoyed a great evening of Finnish food and fun. The Ambassador of Finland H.E. Lars Backström was the keynote speaker.
After a break in 2018 the Nordic Open Golf Day was once again held in 2019 on 15 March at Moore Park Golf in Sydney. The event was hosted in conjunction with the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce, Estonian Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Norwegian Australian Chamber of Commerce.
As part of Team Finland the Embassy of Finland and our FACC board member Angela Foley and her team at Foley & Associates organised for Critical Communications Finland (CCF) a one-day group program of site visits and roundtables in November 2018 for 10 Finnish companies visiting Australia to exhibit at Comms Connect Melbourne 2018. CCF was initiated by the national public safety network operator State Security Networks Group, along with local industry to foster national and international co-operation between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in critical communications. Finland is recognised as one of the leading countries globally in this sector, with expertise developing and implementing cutting-edge critical communications solutions for public safety agencies. The event was a successful day of high-quality and informative discussions with industry, academia and government public safety agencies.
Angela and her team also supported a repeat visit by the delegation to Comms Connect in Sydney in June 2019 by visiting the Finland booth and networking with the attendees.
The 2019 Cruise with the Europeans is taking place on Thursday 14th of November 2019 and we look forward to seeing our members and friends there again!
The Chamber has changed it membership categories to better cater for the wide range of types of members and their needs. We now offer 4 levels of membership from Bronze to Platinum which combine the previous membership and sponsor levels. Further details can be found on the Chamber’s website www.finland.com.au under “membership”.
The board has changed to a new accounting software which has made the interface with our new digital platform EventBank and our accountants for the preparation of the annual financial statements much more effective and efficient.
Change of Board Members
Since the last AGM in October 2018 Antti Niemela, Deputy Head of Mission, who left the Embassy in Canberra in June 2018, has been replaced on the FACC board by his successor Katja Karppinen. Paul Catchlove in Brisbane resigned from the board and was replaced by Brisbane-based Katja Nexo. We thank Paul for his invaluable contribution in getting the Brisbane Chapter of the Chamber established in 2018.
The Chamber is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding support received from the following sponsors in 2018/19, hoping we will continue our successful collaboration in coming years.
- Australian Finnish Rest Homes Association
- HWL Ebsworth
Sydney, 24 October 2019
Welcome to the President’s Report to the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce (FACC) Annual General Meeting 2018!
Membership Status and Sponsors
The Chamber Membership has somewhat declined since the last AGM in 2017. We are currently counting 33 members. The number of sponsors (7) decreased slightly compared to last year (8). We welcome Uponor and its local representative Shaun Hill who have become a new sponsor of the Chamber in 2018.
Member Activities in 2017/18
By tradition the Chamber participated in the annual Cruise with the Europeans in Sydney on the 16th of November 2017, co-organized by various European Chambers. There were 23 FACC guests present at the spectacular 2-hour cruise, among over 600 representatives from the European business community in Sydney.
The Chamber also participated in a joint event with the French Australian Chamber of Commerce in Brisbane. On 19 April 2018 our members were invited to join in a Tchin-Tchin networking event with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at Brisbane’s Southbank.
On 17 May 2018 the Chamber was pleased to hold its inaugural event to celebrate the opening of the FACC Brisbane Chapter. The event was timed to occur at the same time as Myriad. The Board is grateful to Paul Catchlove from Gadens who has made this event possible and who has agreed to facilitate the Chamber’s future networking activities for our Queensland based members through our new Brisbane Chapter.
On 16 May 2018 the Chamber invited its members to an exclusive European networking event that showcased European and Australian business opportunities during CEBIT in Sydney.
As in previous years, FACC held member networking drinks for our members and friends at the Sir Stamford Hotel in Sydney. The Chamber organises this get together on a quarterly basis and events were held this year on 13 February, 23 May and 19 September 2018.
Nokia officially opened its new Oceania headquarters in Sydney on 30 August 2018 and I attended this event on behalf of FACC. The Chamber is hopeful to resume Nokia’s involvement in the Chamber in the future.
Although there as no Nordic Open Golf Day held in 2018, we can report that this event will from now on be organised by the Swedish Chamber and the next golf day has been scheduled for March 2019. We will publish the date for our members closer to the time.
Visit by Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Business Delegation
A Finnish Delegation made an official visit to Australia & New Zealand from the 25thof February to 3rdof March 2018. Mr. Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs Finland, was joined by a high-level business delegation of innovative Finnish companies visiting New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle. The objective of Minister Lintilä’s visit was to foster specific opportunities for cooperation between Finnish and Australian companies in the areas of Smart Cities/IoT and Waste Management.
On the 1 March 2018 an Innovation Forum was held at the University of Technology (UTS) in Sydney for the Finnish delegation and invited guests. After the remarks by Minister Lintilä and a keynote address by the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Ms Clover Moore, the seminar continued with interesting keynotes and panel discussions from several Australian and Finnish companies.
Upcoming Events and Initiatives
To support the above mentioned event and other key activities planned for 2018-2019, Team Finland in Australia has completed research throughout the period on a number of industries identified as offering the best potential for Finnish companies in this region. These include smart cities; Internet of Things (IoT); Mobility as a Service (MaaS); Health and Wellness; Lifestyles (Fashion & Design); eCommerce and Public Safety. Some member companies have provided valuable insights into these sectors when interviewed in Australia for these projects. Furthermore, in November, Business Finland will lead a delegation to the Critical Communications event in Melbourne comprising ~ 12 Finnish organizations with expertise in the area of public safety and critical communications. The Chamber looks forward to supporting this delegation.
The 2018 Cruise with the Europeans is taking place on Thursday 15thof November 2018 and we look forward to seeing our members and friends there again! This year the Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce will join the cruise for the first time.
On 6 December 2018 FACC will hold a Finnish Independence Day Dinner at the Blanca Bar & Dining venue at Bondi Beach in Sydney. Finnish chef Tomi Björck has created a three course Finnish-inspired “Sound of Tumbling Waves” menu for us. We hope you can join us to enjoy this Finnish culinary treat.
The Chamber has improved its website (www.finland.com.au) by including a list of trade shows in Australia. We encourage our members to have a look at this information and to let us know if there are any other events should should be included.
The board is considering the introduction of a new digital platform to better manage the Chamber’s events and communication with its members. So you might see some changes in the coming months and we welcome your feedback as to whether you think that this improves how you experience the Chamber.
The Chamber is considering holding another business seminarfor its members in 2019. We have recently sent out an email with a survey seeking your input on possible topics which you would like to see addressed as this seminar. We welcome your feedback and suggestions!
Change of Board Members
Since the last AGM in October 2017, two members have left the Board. Antti Niemela, Deputy Head of Mission has left the Embassy in Canberra in June 2018 and will be replaced on the board by his successor in due course. Tim Purcell retired from the board due to work commitments and was replaced by Joel Mustonen who joined the board in September.
The Chamber is pleased to acknowledge the outstanding support received from the following sponsors in 2017/18, hoping we will continue our successful collaboration in coming years.
- Australian Finnish Rest Homes
- HWL Ebsworth
Sydney, 17 October 2018
The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Finland Australia Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is being held on Wednesday, 17 October 2018.
The meeting will be held at Charnock O’Brien, Level 17, 9 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000. The meeting will commence at 5:30pm sharp, and run for approximately 30 minutes. Member drinks will follow.
The Notice of Annual General Meeting and proxy form can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:
Here’s a handy little list of the major trade shows in Australia for the last half of 2018 and 2019.
You’re welcome 🙂 (.. and do let us know if any errors or omits)
Sydney Film Festival launched their full program for 2018 today.
As well as our “Essential Aki Kaurismaki – Selected by David Stratton” strand of films (shown at the Art Gallery of NSW) there are also these two new films from Finland:
Over the Limit
For details and tickets see: https://www.sff.org.au/
This is the inaugural event of the Brisbane Chapter of the FACC. It is an opportunity to create awareness and develop commercial and cultural ties, promote and develop trade and create networking opportunities for members among the Finnish-Australian business community and the Finnish Community in Australia.
Some drinks and nibblies will be provided.
The event has been timed to occur at the same time as Myriad. Numbers are limited to 40 so make sure to RSVP.
FACC Brisbane Chapter – Inaugural Event
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6:00 PM
Level 11 Brisbane, AU
17 Members Attending
This is the inaugural event of the Brisbane Chapter of the FACC. It is an opportunity to create awareness and develop commercial and cultural ties, promote and develop trade and create networking opportunities for members among the Finnish-Australian business community and the Finnish Community in Australia. Some drinks and nibblies will be provide…
Marimekko Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery 3 March – 11 June
Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finnish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the 1960s and 70s with its bold screen prints and pop-art style graphics. Coinciding with the emerging liberation of women, the founding of Marimekko, or ‘Mary dress’ as the name literally translates, represented a pure concept; free from rules and constraints.
This exhibition traces Marimekko’s meteoric rise from the 1950s to the present, and explores the dualities that define its aesthetic. Its iconic fabric patterns and unconventional ready-to-wear outfits brought colour and informality to an otherwise self-conscious fashion world. With more than 60 outfits, swathes of original fabrics, homewares, sketches and other archival materials, the exhibition focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined this local textile practice and created its internationally recognisable designs.
Bendigo Art Gallery, March 3 to June 11.
Metso acquires WEARX to strengthen its position in mining services in Australia
Metso Corporation’s press release in November 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. EEST
Metso has today closed the acquisition of an Australia-based wear lining solutions provider WEARX. The company’s sales in the fiscal year 2017 that ended on June 30 were AUD 35 million (EUR 23 million) and it has approx. 140 employees. WEARX has their headquarters in Newcastle, with operations also in Ballina, Orange and Perth.
“The acquisition is a good strategic fit for Metso, supporting our profitable growth strategy,” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of Metso. “Joining forces with WEARX gives us the opportunity to strengthen our position in the wear lining business and extends our offering for our Australian customers. We are very happy to welcome the WEARX team into Metso,” he continues.
WEARX is a wear solutions provider, addressing the needs of major mining customers by implementing wear technologies to deliver wear protection solutions. The company’s offering includes wear liners, rubber and ceramic lining, skirting, and bulk material handling equipment. The services portfolio includes design, engineering, site services and project management. Further details can be found on the company’s website at wearx.com.
Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.
Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.
Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland, and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 persons in more than 50 countries. Expect results.
Source: Metso Press Release 1 November 2017
Team Finland were triumphant in the 2017 Nordic Open Golf Day, narrowly edging out Sweden in the team scores, and taking the Nordic Open Golf Trophy from 2016 Champions, Norway.
The top 3 teams in this years event were:
- Finland 3 – Peter Vainio (Finland), Geoff Stone (Finland), Lachlan Charnock (Finland), Michael Antonievich (Norway) – With a Net Score of 56
- Sweden 2 – Anders Bergland (Sweden), Johan Sandahl (Sweden), Robert Steiner (Sweden) – With a Net Score of 57
- Finland 2 – Erika Wathen (Finland), Tuomas Wathen (Finland), Antti Vappula (Finland) and Will Begg (Finland) – With a Net Score of 60
As you can see, there was not much in it.
Longest Drive went to Will Begg (Finland) – 115m
Closest to the Pin went to Johan Sandahl (Sweden)
Thanks go to the event sponsors Finnair, Fiskars, Kalmar, Rapala and The Goods Tube without whose support this event would not have been possible.
As mentioned above, the Nordic Open Golf Trophy passes from Norway to Finland this year, with the Finns finishing with a average 9 under par. They were closely followed by the Danes with 8 under par and the Swedes with 6 under par. Let’s see if the Finns can hold onto it next year or if it goes to one of our neighbours.
Some photos from the day can be found on the FACC Flickr Photostream at:
More photos, including photos from the awards ceremony, will be added to Flickr as the come to hand.