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The Bridge is Chemigate Ltd’s customer magazine Edition: 1 000 | Editor in Chief: Tom Schauman, email@example.com Print house: Hämeenlinnan Offset-Kolmio Paino Oy | Paper: LumiSilk, StoraEnso | Cover picture: Pilvi Sormunen Model: Silja Knuuttila | Texts: Anna-Kaisa Kivikoski, Timo Kankaanpää, Maisa Kantola & Annika Hovila Translations: Maris Multilingual | Layout: Mainostoimisto ArtMocca Oy
DARE TO STICK YOUR NECK OUT!
he current issue of The Bridge is dedicated to entrepreneurship and the courage required to take a stab at it. The courage to stick your neck out. That courage is definitely something that all of the people featured in this magazine have in abundance. I met Jouni Ritola, one of the founders of Kyrö Distillery Company, in Helsinki in connection with the PulPaper exhibition. We had a couple of cocktails based on the Isokyrö distillate. That’s when I remembered reading about the company somewhere. The article was hard to miss, as it was illustrated by a picture featuring a row of hairy behinds. What really caught my interest, though, was not the samples of male anatomy but these men’s pioneering spirit, sheer courage, and slightly irritating self-confidence.
form such a significant and pivotal part of our day-to-day operations that they deserve to be introduced in more depth in this issue. And now it’s my turn to stick my neck out. A little while ago, the name and logo of our coating starch raised some amusement in customer negotiations. The discussion turned into friendly banter, the kind that is the spice of life. During that chat, I declared that as soon as the Tarantula deal was signed and the delivery trucks on the road, I would don a Spiderman costume. And as the promise had witnesses, there is no getting out of it. By day a mild-mannered salesman. By night...
At the end of the evening, I found myself the proud owner of a cask of whisky and a glass with a logo. There’s no denying that the glass was beautiful, but somehow that fact cut no ice when I got home. But therein lies the point of this story. These boys have courage, skills, and a good story. And that’s exactly what made me close the deal. When I was younger, I wanted to take the idea qui audet adipiscitur, or ‘who dares wins’ as my motto. In my later years, I have learnt that it’s good to think twice about what to pinch, and from whom. The elite soldiers of the British SAS are welcome to their motto. But the message is clear. Dare to stick your neck out!
Tom Schauman Business Director
Qui audet adipiscitur! Comparing our products may be like comparing apples and pears – after all, Raisamyl lacks the sex appeal of that golden water of life. But we play the hand we’re dealt. Chemigate’s success stems from our courage to stick our necks out. In our company, we cannot hide behind anybody’s back. Everybody’s contribution is important, and it is often also visible from outside the company. Our clients have sung the praises of our order desk and its functioning. I can easily visualise a situation in which one of our customers finds himself in trouble and the shit has truly hit the fan. In such a situation, a guitar solo by Mark Knopfler is no substitute for the voice of Tuire or Jaana. They never leave a customer stuck. They really stick their necks out to find a solution that works. They may be only one part of the dedicated Chemigate team, but they
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Our strength is the flexibility offered by a small team, which is something our customers too appreciate, Tuire Luomala, Jaana Karvonen, and Paavo Ahonen emphasise.
What can we do for You? —— Close-knit and laid back, with a great atmosphere. You can be yourself here, Tuire Luomala, Jaana Karvonen, and Paavo Ahonen say of the Chemigate work community in Lapua.
—— We have a small work team with an excellent, warm atmosphere, and that’s why we produce good results,’ Jaana and Tuire agree. ■
The trio’s job description extends in many directions. Tuire is now responsible for the order desk. Jaana on the other hand focuses more on the financial side of things, even though she is always at hand to assist Tuire if need be.
Schedules for orders can be really tight but not once have we had to say “no can do”. The old hand of this group, with 34 years of experience under his belt, is Paavo, who acts as a production service manager and was also the company’s first white-collar worker. —— We have an excellent cross-training system in place, so we can all lend a helping hand if someone’s absent, he explains, adding: ”Schedules for orders can be really tight but not once have we had to say “no can do”. He continues: “We have always been able to meet our customers’ needs – touch wood – and our two ladies, in particular, have received plenty of positive feedback for that.”
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CORES TUBES and
Chemigate is the long-term primary supplier of starch to the coreboard factory in Karhula, which has long traditions in its field. A long road has been travelled since the first experiments with starch, several decades ago. Correct strength for the coreboard is a result of close collaboration and determined product development.
■■ It is not all just grin and bear. At the table looking relaxed are Sales Manager Kalle Kainu (Chemigate), Production Engineer Janne Ruoti and Mill Manager Arto Lindberg.
Located in Korkeakoski, Kotka, the Karhula mill has experience spanning more than a century in the Finnish coreboard industry. Janne Ruoti, a production engineer who joined the Karhula team in the mid-1980s, has held a range of positions at the facility. These days, he is responsible for raw materials, running of the mill, and the final product. — — Sonoco Alcore Oy operates in the industrial sector, producing spiral-wound tubes, he says. The Karhula facility produces coreboard for Sonoco’s core factories in Europe. The cores are used mainly in industrial packaging, but some also end up on shop shelves as a variety of packages and containers. — — A food and consumer-goods group may buy a packaging solution from our parent company, Sonoco, and Sonoco will then package the product and deliver it to the shops, Ruoti explains.
Board production with long traditions It was the manufacturing giant Ahlstrom who established the coreboard industry in Karhula. Global packaging company Sonoco then acquired the production facilities from its competitor, a decade ago. As before, the Karhula facility is teeming with activity. Together, its three production units employ more than a hundred personnel.
Two main raw materials are required for coreboard production: recycled fibre and top-notch starch products. Chemigate is the long-term main supplier for the factory. —— The co-operation with Chemigate’s predecessor Raisio Chemicals started more than 20 years ago. We performed our first experiments with starch soon after the mid-1980s. Various stages of development have taken place along the way, says Ruoti, adding with a smile. Sometimes we have taken steps sideways, but mainly we’ve moved forward.
Flexible collaboration Among Sonoco’s European production units, the Karhula facility produces the coreboard with the highest strength values. —— Starch adds strength and is essential for the operation of the factory. The product can be purchased elsewhere too, but the location of the production facilities and the security of supply minimise risks to the delivery chain. Chemigate offers a product of consistently high quality at a competitive price, Ruoti comments. —— Of course, f lexibility is also important. We have made slight adjustments over the years, he adds.
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The main raw materials, recycled fibre and starch, make the core responsibly produced. — — Recycled fibre is nothing if not environmentally friendly, and starch is a renewable natural product. There is no product that could be more environment-friendly than a coreboard core, Ruoti says in praise of the product.
— — Ruoti says: Even though the companies have changed hands several times, the collaboration has worked well all the time. The personnel have changed very little at the mill. It’s still the same people in the companies talking to each other. ■
Experiments and product development How best to combine board and starch had to be learned through trial and error. In the beginning of the 1980s, starch was not used in the production of board and the cores were weak enough to be flattened using bare hands. When starch was added for the first time, the result was a core that could hardly be crushed with a hammer. — — We used huge amounts of starch. We believed that the more starch we added, the stronger the product would be. The whole place was covered with white starch. It seems funny now, but we weren’t laughing back then, Ruoti explains with a smile. Both the board mill and Chemigate have engaged in long-term development work to achieve the correct strength.
Smooth communication Collaborating with a familiar Finnish partner has its benefits. — — Customer service proceeds without any hitches, and we receive technical support when necessary. Our shift manager is often directly in touch with the facility in Kaipiainen several times a day. We have a remote monitoring system in our starch tank that is connected to Kaipiainen, so in that sense it’s a symbiotic relationship. — — The communication runs smoothly. Back in the day, things could get a little more colourful, so we’ve moved forward also in that regard, Ruoti jokes. According to him, the communication works well on all levels. People who are in contact with the purchasing organisation in Brussels plan major purchase agreements on raw materials and negotiate the prices.
The Karhula board mill in Korkeakoski is part of Sonoco-Alcore Oy. Sonoco-Alcore has three facilities in Finland: its headquarters in Karhula and smaller core factories in Ruovesi and Ruukki, South of Oulu. Ahlstrom began to manufacture cores in Karhula back in the 1930s. The factory’s board machine is 108 years old. The Korkeakoski production facilities now include plants producing heavy and lightweight cores and a mill that produces board for core production. The board produced in Karhula is used for Sonoco Group’s consumer and industrial packaging for thousands of paper, plastic, and textileindustry products. Sonoco-Alcore Oy is a subsidiary of the global packaging company Sonoco.The group’s annual turnover comes to five billion euros.
Meet our Emmi Emmi Liikala, one of the top players of Lapuan Virkiä, is Chemigate’s sponsored player and will also write a blog on the company’s web site.
hemigate’s partner Lapuan Virkiä is a four-time winner of the Finnish Championships in women’s baseball. One of the team’s top players, 23-year-old Emmi Liikala, will be Chemigate’s sponsored player for the next season and will also write a blog on the company’s web site.
I’m very excited about this writing project! Despite her youth, Emmi has won no fewer than seven senior championship medals and usually features in the starting line-up. But this elite athlete has managed to fit more than sports into her schedule as her studies of psychology at the University of Jyväskylä near their completion. —— I’m excited about this writing project. My goal is to give the reader a real sense of an athlete’s day-to-day life combined with the challenges brought on by other aspects of life. The blog posts will take the reader from lecture halls to the dressing room and from game trips to sauna gatherings, along with my everyday chores. I hope you will find the material entertaining and interesting, explains Emmi. —— We are really happy about the continuing collaboration between Chemigate and Virkiä. The team is among the best in its field, and it is determined and wants to win. Those are values that are easy to relate to. The collaboration also allows us to be part of something that is at the heart of our regional identity,’ says Maisa Kantola, Marketing and Product Manager at Chemigate. ■
Head Distiller Kalle Valkonen
The air at the distillery is full of not only the aroma of rye but also passion and enthusiasm for the enterprise. These men definitely believe in what they are doing.
Kyrö Distillery Company is a blend of creative madness, enterprising spirit, and passion for whisky.
strobothnia, rye, and the essence of being Finnish. Men sweating in a sauna. The story of how Kyrö Distillery Company, which produces rye whisky and gin in Isokyrö, came to be reads like a script for a film. It all began in 2012. — — The company’s managing director, Miika Lipiäinen, who was interested in whiskies, brought a bottle of rye whisky to one of our sauna get-togethers. We liked the drink, and we commented while sipping it that Finland was lacking a finer local alcoholic beverage. The French have their cognac and the Scots their whisky, and we thought this could be it for us. At the same time, we could take Finnish alcohol culture to the next level, explains Mikko Koskinen.
ology. This interesting mixture widens the company’s perspective. However, the most important thing is to believe in your dreams and have the courage to take risks. The air at the distillery is full of not only the aroma of rye but also passion and enthusiasm for the enterprise. These men definitely believe in what they are doing. —— If you have dreams that you want to fulfil, keeping them to yourself somehow seems a waste. I believe that the world would be a better place if people tried to make their dreams come true.
In the wake of their sauna meeting, Miika Lipiäinen, Miko Heinilä, Kalle Valkonen, Mikko Koskinen, and Jouni Ritola established Kyrö Distillery Company. Operating in an idyllic location at the Isokyrö Dairy that dates back to more than a century ago, the distillery took around a year to build before the whisky still, hand-made in Germany, entered operation for the first time in April 2014. In addition to whisky, the distillery produces rye-based gin, for which 16 flavourings, including meadowsweet, birch leaf, cranberry, and sea buckthorn, are used.
”Live your dreams” The founding members range in background from economics and logistics to bi-
■■ A proud owner and his cask. Whisky, an investment option for the more manly man?
—— But it’s good to bear in mind that there are risks involved and those have to be taken into account, Koskinen stresses.
Everything is possible. Creativity and imagination are difficult to teach, but the rye whisky entrepreneurs encourage people to make bolder decisions. Everything is possible. —— As I’ve grown older, I’ve realised that everything around us has been invented by people just like me. Somebody came up with the Koskenkorva spirits, while someone else invented the Model T Ford. When you have the necessary resources, you can accomplish almost anything. Believing that Finland has room for a fine alcoholic beverage, we now want to see whether we can produce it, Koskinen says.
”Take care of yourself” Setting up and running a business requires plenty of hard graft, and the distillation process and filling of casks don’t take place by magic. Koskinen emphasises that it is not only the company that needs looking after; the business-owner does too. —— You can overdraw the sleep bank account to a certain extent, but then the penalty kicks in. Then you find yourself working long days and producing poor results,’ he explains. The idea that a group of friends with minimal experience in distillation would set up a whisky distillery by a river in the middle of the countryside may sound like a flight of fancy at the very least. But Kyrö Distillery Company means business, with a twinkle in its eye, as attested to by its business philosophy: —— Our goal is to be the world’s best-known whisky distillery based in Isokyrö by 2022. We want to turn this into a business that is well-known internationally, something that Finns can be proud of. ■
Rye Whisky ■■ Usually, this whisky has a rye content higher than 51 %. ■■ The drink is gaining popularity, particularly in North America. ■■ Rye whisky is spicier than other whiskies. ■■ It is always aged in oak casks. ■■ Rye whisky does not usually have a smoky flavour. ■■ According to EU legislation, for a beverage to be labelled a whisky, it must be distilled from grain and be aged in an oak cask for no less than three years. ■■ Rye whisky is bolder in flavour than malt whiskies.
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adds strength to tissue Paper-industry expert Gerald Oberländer knows all about the special features and requirements of European paper production. The Munich-based Austrian is actively involved in efforts to launch Chemigate’s high-strength liquid polymer PrimeBOND in international markets.
The benefits PrimeBOND offers for tissue ■■ Improves the dry and wet strength of tissue.
n the near future, Chemigate’s unique PrimeBOND biopolymer will give extra strength to an increasing number of paper towels and tissue varieties.
■■ Enhances retention and improves drainage. ■■ Reduces dust.
— — In collaboration with Chemigate, we have launched a project to introduce PrimeBOND to the European tissue market. Already, the first trial of tissue strengthened with a biopolymer has allowed us to demonstrate its benefits to customers. The project has come along in leaps and bounds, and a few soft-paper machines now use Chemigate’s products, says Oberländer.
■■ Improves paper machine runnability. ■■ Improves printing quality. ■■ Reduces the need for other chemicals. ■■ Deliveries in liquid form make for easier
After more than a decade of working for numerous companies operating in the paper industry, Oberländer took the leap of becoming his own boss a couple years ago. Running his own company, GoChem, offers him a wider range of collaboration opportunities.
handling and dosing.
— — I collaborate with two or three suppliers, while also working as a consultant for the trading company Biomontan, which offers pulp, paper, and environmental engineering solutions. Co-operation with Chemigate began last year, he says.
In the near future, Chemigate’s unique PrimeBOND biopolymer will give extra strength to an increasing number of paper towels and tissue varieties. 16
Added strength and savings
Surprise opportunities with tissue
From the perspective of the starch industry, tissue production is a particularly promising sector of the paper business. Strength polymers are part of the future for tissue and packaging alike.
Since last year, Oberländer and Chemigate have been collaborating closely to break new ground in the tissue markets in Central and Eastern Europe.
Customers are seeking concrete benefits – cost savings in particular – since without these the product will not sell. The benefits offered by PrimeBOND are undeniable.
—— I’m focusing my activities on Eastern European markets, especially Bulgaria and Slovenia, where I have an excellent contact network. I have recently started operating in South Asia, and I will also promote Chemigate in the Chinese market, he says.
— — It makes tissue stronger, improves paper machine runnability with the paper machine, and enhances dust control in paper production. We can have more short fibres relative to long ones. Strength parameters remain the same, creating savings for the client,’ explains Oberländer. Household tissue paper also needs to have good wet strength, which is one of the quality parameters focused on for tissue products.
You need to be able to find the people who know the market and the right people.
—— PrimeBOND also helps the customer create savings on wet strength agent addition, says Oberländer. (Will continue on the next spread.)
To get a foot in the door in new paper markets, it is essential to have contacts.
them is very open, and I have received all the support I need from them, he explains.
— — Oberländer explains: You need to know the ones who know the market and the right people. When I meet a customer, I introduce the product and its benefits, and we perform laboratory tests and test runs.
— — Starch-based polymers are an extremely interesting tool for many branches of the paper industry. Everyone needs strength. Various starch-based polymers may also be utilised in unique products for a variety of special paper applications, Oberländer says in explanation of his vision. ■
— — The market for tissue is smaller than that for board and printing paper. But this field still offers plenty of potential, since it’s a booming sector with a small number of competitors.
Everybody needs strength Oberländer is very happy to have Chemigate as a partner. — — I believe that together we can accomplish that little bit more. The team at Chemigate are young and innovative and are always happy to try something new. The interaction with
The team at Chemigate are young and innovative and are always happy to try something new.
I’m a workaholic! I like travelling, which is one of the reasons I chose this job. Last year, I drove around 140,000 kilometres. I like to meet up with my friends, and we prepare dinner together. In winter, I like to go snowboarding. I also play golf but not to a very high standard, as I don’t have time to get in enough practice. I’m a workaholic!
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Putting Finnish barley to good use,
now and in the future
Antti Snellman, Koskenkorva plant director and manager of starch and animal-feed operations at Altia, knows the range of opportunities offered by barley.The company’s latest investment is a biofuel power plant, which uses barley husks.
nellman, who holds a master’s degree in pulp technology and environmental engineering, joined the Altia team five years ago. Over the past few years, the company has invested successfully in the development of its production and implementation of new technology.
Altia Oyj is a Finnish state-owned company that produces, imports, and markets alcoholic beverages in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The Koskenkorva facility produces grain-based spirits for use in the production of several wellknown drinks brands. The distillery dates back to the 19th century.
— — Altia’s Koskenkorva plant is not only a production facility for alcoholic beverages but also a starch factory. In addition to grain-based spirits, barley is used in the production of starch, which accounts for more than half of the incoming barley. Barley starch is used in the brewing industry and as a binder in the forest industry, explains Snellman.
The products’ raw material is Finnish barley. The company has a long history in the cultivation of barley and development of barley strains. Around 190 million kilos of barley, accounting for nearly 15% of the annual crop in Finland, is shipped to the factory every year.
More than half of the barley arriving at the factory is used to produce starch.
More than half of the barley is used for the production of starch, animal feed, carbon dioxide, and energy.
Using every part of the plant High-quality Finnish barley is at the heart of Altia’s products. Everything in the barley delivered to the plant is put to use – nothing goes to waste. For example, barley is also a source of plant-based proteins and fibres, which are used as animal feed. Carbon dioxide generated by fermentation processes can be utilised in greenhouse-based cultivation.
—— The collaboration has gone smoothly, and the future looks bright in this regard. We interact daily on the operational level. There’s good chemistry between individuals, and as companies we understand each other’s interests, Snellman explains, smiling.
High-quality Finnish barley is at the heart of Altia’s products. The Koskenkorva facility is the only starch production facility in the world to use nothing but barley as raw material. The factory operates in close collaboration with Finnish farmers. —— Finnish farmers store a large part of their crops in their own grain silos, which is unusual in global terms. Thanks to this practice, the traceability of the produce is very good. We can easily trace the barley back to the farm that produced it, explains Snellman.
A profitable partnership
The versatility of barley
The collaboration between Altia and Chemigate started in the days of Raisio Chemicals, in the mid-1980s. Chemigate is Altia’s largest individual customer for starch. The majority of the A-type barley starch granules produced by Altia is directed to Chemigate’s modification processes. The collaboration, which is continuously growing closer, is beneficial to both parties.
Producing grain-based spirits consumes large quantities of energy. The new plant, the work on which was completed in 2014, is Altia’s latest major venture. In terms of technology, this new industrial-scale plant, which uses barley as a fuel, is the first of its kind in Finland. (Will continue on the next spread.)
DID YOU KNOW? In the early 20th century, Southern Ostrobothnia struggled with chronic overproduction of potatoes. With the goal of putting the excess potato output to use, Alko built a distillery in Koskenkorva, Ilmajoki, in 1941. Two tons of potato-based spirits were distilled straight away from the potatoes stored for the purpose. Only in the 1950s did the factory begin to use grains too as a raw material.
—— The old peat boiler was coming to the end of the road, and we considered our technical options. Our processes leave us with large quantities of barley husk, which has relatively good heating value. We wanted to look into whether the husks could be burned in a similar manner to straw. In the solutions offered by Finnish suppliers, 20–40 % of the fuel used could have been barley husks, similar to straw in fuel terms. Altia employees visited facilities in Scotland and Denmark that were fired entirely by straw. —— In the end, we chose the Belgian Vyncke, which has built dozens of biofuel plants in Europe, as the supplier recalls Snellman.
Steps towards energy self-sufficiency Thanks to the new boiler, two thirds of the energy consumption of Altia’s Koskenkorva plant can be covered by its own barley husks. The old peat boiler, due to be refurbished in 2015, will be used only to boost production when necessary.
The investment in the biofuel plant was made with 40 years of use in mind. —— This is an unusual fuel solution in Finland, where the long winters mean that straw is not readily available and there is a lack of infrastructure for processing of straw. As we buy and process barley continuously, we have husks available to us at all times, says Snellman.
A long-term investment The huge biofuel plant investment was not made with a time horizon of a year or two. The company had 40 years of use in mind. In Koskenkorva, the support given to the investment is appreciated, since it shows that the owner, the state, believes in the future and competitiveness of the factory. —— The new biofuel plant halves our carbon footprint. In addition to offering financial benefits, it will further improve our sustainable production methods. We were granted 1.5 million euros in investment aid for the new technology by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. We are proud to be the first in Finland to introduce this new technology, says Snellman. ■
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ales of thermally degraded products manufactured on Chemigateâ€™s Scirocco dry-modification line continue to boom. These products, dubbed Tarantula, cover all viscosities modified in dry form, from coating applications for the paper industry to solutions for the construction industry.
ther development but has also made us an even more responsible supplier, by considerably reducing the ecological footprint of our products. â–
Our Tarantula coating-starch range, which has become familiar to many of our customers in recent years, has expanded step by step and has also enjoyed strong commercial success. Last year, the first Tarantula surface sizes made their successful debut. But we have no intention of stopping to smell the flowers. Dedicated development work continues in all fields, with the main goal being to expand our product range for surface size applications. We look to the future with a sense of accomplishment: the implementation of the Scirocco technology not only has expanded our capacity and improved our opportunities for fur-
The idea behind Tarantula has evolved over the years. Some of our observant readers will remember the first Tarantula advert. It featured an all-too-realistic-looking bug walking across the bare skin of a model Photoshopped to look anything but realistic. Our current concept is much better. The model is real, and the spider is a fake. By the way, the model on the front cover is Silja Knuuttila. Silja is the product development engineer who was responsible also for the process development of Tarantula. She is the real thing.
FAKE TATTOOâ€™S DIRECTIONS 1. Cleanse the area of skin. 2. Remove the transparent protective film. 3. Press firmly against dry skin, picture side downward. 4. Press a wet towel against the back of the temporary tattoo, making sure to get the entire tattoo wet. 5. Wait 30 seconds, then remove the paper backing. 6. Rinse gently with water to achieve the best result.
We are proud of our new logo and hope it will bring joy to others too. To all of you who want to be superheroes or tough guys for a little while. To those of you who have a budding superhero at home. And, of course, to all of you who donâ€™t want to miss an excellent opportunity to give a real fright to your nearest and dearest waiting at home.
REMOVAL: Apply baby oil or wound disinfectant to the
tattoo, wait 30 seconds before rubbing with cotton wool. NOTE: Do not apply the tattoo to sensitive skin or close
to the eyes, and do not use it at all if you are allergic to any of the substances used.
dvertising agency ArtMocca was more than happy to accept the challenge and take part in Chemigate’s fitness campaign. Last year, the campaign got the whole office exercising, and tights have already seen plenty of action this year.
Dog-owners in particular have been busy notching up exercise points, since dogs need their walks, whatever the weather. Other popular ways of accumulating points have included Pilates, Latin dancing,
trips to the gym, sledge trips, and building snow castles. Participants have also accumulated exercise sessions that last under half an hour and don’t make it to the score table. These have involved such feats performed during the work day as balancing and bouncing on an exercise ball, little exercise breaks, and enthusiastic lifting of a mocha cup. ArtMocca’s campaign goal is to stay fit and enjoy the endorphins triggered by exercise and the joy of achievement. ■
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THE SPORTS CAMPAIGN THIS SPRING Already a springtime tradition, Chemigate’s fitness campaign began on 12 January and will run until April begins to unfold (5 April). The goal is for each participant to clock up at least 2.5 exercise sessions per week. A 30-minute workout during which you sweat or get out of breath counts as an exercise session. The campaign has attracted participants in growing numbers year after year, with 10+ companies and over 130 people taking part this year! The companies involved are Chemigate’s customers, interest groups, and other associates. As always, the competition involves a little carrot: all groups whose every member achieves an average of at least 2.5 over the whole period get a reward. The winning group will be the one with the highest weighted average (points per person).
Are you looking for something to do? Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you good at finding hidden treasures? Soon you can put your skills to the test! Chemigate’s treasure hunt will kick off in the spring. We will announce four caches hidden all over Finland, and your task will be to find their exact locations. The competition will run from 1 May to 30 September, and, in addition to the fun of discovery, the hunt offers small prizes and the joy of contributing to a charity. More detailed instructions for the competition will be posted on our renewed web site by 1 May.
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