Indoor air company Halton Group has begun cooperation with Technology Academy Finland (TAF) as a Millennium Technology Prize partner on 1 January 2020. The partnership gives Halton the opportunity to help support the development of human-centred innovation in a more and more urbanised world.
The partnership will improve dialogue and cooperation between industry, the academic world and different governmental agencies. The partnership is founded on innovation and sustainable development.
"Through urbanisation, more and more people in the world spend most of their time indoors. In terms of people's immediate life quality and the future of the planet, it is crucial that these environments are built with high quality and in line with the principles of sustainable development. This increasingly means innovative cooperation across boundaries, and smart solutions," says Halton Group's CEO Kai Konola.
Family company Halton shares the leading ideas of the Millennium Prize in that throughout its 50-year history, Halton has valued persistence, courage and expertise – and research-based technology that improves people's wellbeing.
"We at Halton want to enable people's wellbeing in demanding indoor environments. To succeed in this, we must be able to productise our innovations and to help build a more comprehensively responsible and sustainable world. Technological innovations are crucial in the creation of wellbeing for the current and future generations.
Through the Millennium partnership, we have the pleasure to support TAF's important work in boosting these innovations and speeding up practical solutions based on them," Kai Konola says.
“Halton Group is a family-owned Finnish company which operates globally and represents the very forefront of technological development in its field. Halton's persistent work and strong investments in technology and service innovations have created world-class know-how in Finland. We are very pleased to have this globally growing and knowledge-intensive company as our new partner”, says Eeva Sievi, COO of Technology Academy Finland TAF, the home of the Millennium Technology Prize.
The Millennium Technology Prize Partner organizations are forerunners in their field and strongly committed to innovation, research and product and service development. Other Millennium Technology Prize Partners are Aalto University, FIM, Metsä Group, Neste, Nokia, Outotec and Vaisala.
Halton Group is a global technology leader in indoor air solutions for demanding commercial and public premises; work spaces, healthcare institutions and laboratories, professional kitchens, ships as well as energy production and industrial environments. Halton's mission is to provide its end-users with safe, comfortable and productive indoor environments that are energy-efficient and comply with sustainable principles. The company was founded in Finland in 1969. Today, Halton Group employs 1,600 people in over 30 countries and the turnover in 2018 was approximately 218 million euros.