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2017年4月1日~5月8日のエストニア経済ニュース

●IT専門家,政官民の協力を呼びかけ
Let’s make a new Estonia. Peeter Smitt from Estonian IT company Nortal says in an article that Estonia’s innovation has stalled and the only way to get it started again is to gather companies, public officials and politicians behind the same table and start creating a new generation of services. According to Smitt, Estonia’s inventions such as X-Road, digital ID, land cadaster, business register, patent register, public procurement register, population register are all good to export, but there is a lack of new similar export articles. (Postimees, Page 12, April 4, 2017)
 
●英企業,テレポート社(自分に適した都市を見つける検索エンジンアプリ。頭脳労働者の移動をサポート)を買収
The Brits bought one of Estonia’s most famous start-ups. British company MOVE Guides announced that they have acquired Estonian start-up Teleport which was created by former managers of Skype for an undisclosed amount.  According to MOVE Guides CEO and founder Brynne Kennedy, “MOVE Guides and Teleport have a shared vision to democratize global mobility through software and data science.” Founder of Teleport Sten Tamkivi said: “We founded Teleport with the vision of helping free people move, by giving mobile millennials access to modern software tools to smoothly get to wherever they need to be to make the most of their potential.” According to Tamkivi, the deal helps both companies to grow faster. He added that the development of the first joint services is already ongoing. (Postimees, Page 13, April 4, 2017)
 
●LHV銀行,英国進出の計画
LHV expands to the UK. LHV bank will open a branch in the United Kingdom this year. In addition to offering retail, private, and corporate banking, LHV will start offering products to European payment services providers. The main service LHV would like to offer the payment services providers is a real time euro and pound payments service in 2018. (Postimees, Page 12, April 5, 2017)
 
●IDアプリ利用者,3万人突破
There are more than 30 000 Smart ID users in Estonia. 30 000 people have started using the new ID solution Smart ID in Estonia. There are currently around 50 000 Smart ID users in Latvia and more than 23 000 in Lithuania. (Postimees, Page 12, April 5, 2017)
 
●3月新車販売:+10%
The market of new cars increased more than 10%. After a quieter February, the market of new cars once again rose in March, growing by 10.4% in annual comparison. In March, a total of 2232 new cars were sold in Estonia, 211 more than in the same month of the previous year. Toyota sold the most cars during the month (436), followed by Skoda (292) and Renault (148). (Äripäev, Page 7, April 6, 2017)
 
●ロボットによる出前サービス,順調
Food shipment with robots is going well in Tallinn. The robots of Starship Technologies, in cooperation with Finnish food courier company Wolt, have been fulfilling orders of clients on the streets of Tallinn for four months. According to one of the founders of Starship Allan Martinson, the cooperation is going well. Starship’s robots only operate in a certain area – in a radius of 2-3 kilometers around its office in Mustamäe borough in Tallinn. Martinson said that Starship uses its test robots in Tallinn and doesn’t plan to increase its carrying capacity, as Starship’s main focus is on the markets of the US, UK and Germany.  (Postimees, Page 12, April 7, 2017)
 
●3月外国人宿泊者数:+18%
The amount of foreign tourists increased. Compared to February 2016, the amount of foreign tourists who stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments increased by 18%, while the total number of tourists (domestic and foreign) increased by 13%. (Päevaleht, Page 7, April 7, 2017)
 
●タリンク・フェリー,世界有数の規模の免税店
Tallink is one of the biggest tax-free department stores in the world. According to a presentation made to Tallink’s investors, Tallink is the biggest floating tax-free retail chain in the world and places 13th among all of the tax-free retail chains in the world. Tallink’s last year’s turnover was 938 million euros. (Postimees, Page 10, April 10, 2017)
 
●エリクソン・エストニア,売上高1位
Ericsson Estonia had the biggest turnover in Q1. According to statistics by Tax and Customs Board, Ericsson Eesti AS had the biggest turnover in the first quarter (342.9 million euros), followed by Eesti Energia (311.4 million euros) and Orlen Eesti (214.9 million euros). Maxima Eesti AS was the biggest employer with 3881 employees, followed by Rimi Eesti Food AS with 2732 employees and Selver AS with 2654 employees. (Postimees, Page 10, April 11, 2017)
 
●2月輸出:+6%
Export increased by 6%. The export of goods in Estonia increased by 6% to 975.9 million euros and import by 1% to 1.07 billion euros in February compared to the same period last year, Statistics Estonia reports. (Äripäev, Page 16, April  11, 2017)
 
●コトカ前CIO,民間企業へ
Taavi Kotka’s new position was revealed. Estonian startup Plumbr, which is a developer of solutions for avoiding software performance errors, recently raised venture capital funding from Karma Ventures Fund, and appointed the former CIO of Estonia Taavi Kotka as its vice-president of sales. (Postimees, Page 10, April 12, 2017)
 
●報道の自由インデックス:13位エストニア
Estonia rose in Freedom House index. Estonia rose from position 14-17 to position 13-15 in the fresh press freedom index by Freedom House. (Postimees, Page 4, May 2, 2017)
 
●タクシファイ社(配車サービス),18カ国で活動
Taxify: The price and quality of taxi service is important to clients, not logos. After three years of operating, Taxify has expanded into 18 countries and has attracted two million euros of venture capital. Founders of Taxify Martin Villig and Markus Villig claim that taxi business has become a public transport service – clients don’t care about the logos on taxis anymore. Instead, the price and quality of the service are now important. According to Martin Villig, Estonian market only makes up 10-15% of Taxify’s total turnover. (Postimees, Page 8, May 2, 2017)
 
●レール・バルティック,損失40億ユーロの見込み
The full text of Rail Baltic cost-benefit analysis was revealed. RB Rail yesterday published the full text of EY cost-benefit analysis on its webpage. According to the analysis, the project’s investment costs would total 4.2 billion euros in present value and additional maintenance costs would be 909 million euros. The revenue from the project would only be 898 million euros and residual value 255 million euros, thus the total loss of the project would total 3.96 billion euros. (Postimees, Page 8, May 4, 2017)
 
●丸太計測アプリ,リトアニア進出
Estonian start-up is digitizing Lithuanian forestry. Estonian start-up Timbeter recently signed a contract with Lithuanian Directorate General of State Forests, which will start using the Estonian company’s application to measure stacked wood and digitize forestry. Timbeter won Estonian start-up competition “Ajujaht” (“Brain hunt”) three years ago. The agreement is worth a couple hundred thousand euros. (Postimees, Page 8, May 4, 2017)
 
●トヨタ,売上1位
4月の新車の乗用車売り上げ台数は,トヨタ1位(400台),シコーダ2位(278台),VW3位(191台)。トヨタの人気車種はAvensis,Auris,RAV4。(5月4日付ポスティメース紙ロシア語版,エストニア自動車販売・サービス企業組合)
Registration of new cars increased by 4.3%. In April, 2343 new passenger cars were registered in Estonia, which is 4.3% more than in the same month in 2016. Toyota topped the list of new car registrations with 378 units, followed by Skoda with 278 and Volkswagen with 209 units. (Postimees, Page 10, May 5, 2017)
 
●レクサス販売店,売上3倍に
Vendor of Lexus cars tripled its profit. Unelmauto AS, which mainly sells Lexus cars, increased its turnover by a third and its profit almost tripled. The company’s turnover in 2016 increased by 28.9% to 13.89 million euros, while its profit increased by 220 700 euros to 353 291 euros (+166%). (Äripäev, Page 6, May 5, 2017)
 
●ハープサル市,「世界一の観光地」に認定
Australian newspaper named Haapsalu town in its Best Finds 2016 list. The Sydney Morning Herald, which is one of the biggest newspapers in Australia, named Haapsalu the best town in its “Best Finds 2016” list. The paper writes: “It’s said that Pyotr Tchaikovsky was so taken with Haapsalu that he was inspired to compose Swan Lake, and the classical charm of the Estonian fishing town hasn't wilted in the subsequent 150 years. The town centre is almost enclosed by a lagoon-like piece of the Baltic Sea and lorded over by an incongruously large castle. Ranged across the foot of the castle is a line of Scandinavian-style buildings containing restaurants with outdoor decks that literally spill into the main street.” (Lääne Elu, May 4, 2017)
 
●ノルタル社(IT),米大手テレコムと契約
Nortal signed a contract with major US client. Estonian software developer Nortal has signed a two-year contract with a major U.S. telecommunications provider for its e-commerce solution, the volume of which will stretch into tens of millions of dollars. Nortal created a subsidiary in the US a few weeks ago and is in the process of assembling its team in Seattle. The contract does not allow Nortal to disclose the name of the client, while representatives of the company could say it is one of three leading cell phone operators in the US. Therefore, the solution is expected to reach at least 100 million users, as the biggest telecom enterprises in the US are Verizone (146 million users), AT&T (134 million users) and T-Mobile (73 million users). (Päevaleht, Page 8, May 8, 2017)
 

2017年3月2日~3月31日のエストニア経済ニュース

●レール・バルティック,リスク分析の政府調達の発表
Rail Baltic announced a procurement for risk analysis. Rail Baltic Estonia has announced a risk analysis procurement with a goal to define risks connected to preparing for the construction of the Rail Baltic European-gauge railroad and measures for reducing these. (Postimees, Page 8, March 3, 2017)
 
●2016年平均賃金:+7.6%
Estonia’s average wage increased by 7.6%. According to Statistics Estonia, the average wage increased by 7.6% in 2016 compared to 2015 to 1146 euros. Average salary increased the most in administrative and support service activities (16%) and real estate activities (14%). ICT is still leading in the wage growth table, as the average salary in the sector increased from 1724 euros to 1900 euros. (Äripäev, Page 4, March 1, 2017)
 
●エストニア系ロシア人,サーレマー島においてLNGターミナルを開発予定
Estonian roots led to a plan to build a LNG terminal. The Mõntu (Saaremaa) LNG project of the company LNG Gorskaya, which is led by Kirill Lääts, is the newest and the least known compared to Alexela’s Paldiski LNG project and Vopak’s Muuga LNG project. According to Lääts, the project would pay off in 6 years with the help of the EU, and in 11 years without the help of the EU. The floating LNG terminal would have a capacity of 5000 cubic meters. (Postimees, Page 8, March 6, 2017)
 
●EUデジタル経済インデックス:9位エストニア
Estonia ranks 9th in EU digital economy index. According to the data recently released by the European Commission, Estonia ranks 9th in the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2017. Estonia had best results in online public services, while digitization of business appears to be the most challenging for Estonia. (Äripäev, Page 11, March 6, 2017)
 
●2月新車販売:-0.7%
The number of car sales is increasing in Estonia. In February, 1611 new cars were sold in Estonia, which is 0.7% fewer than in February 2016. However, the sales of utility vehicles (410 units sold) increased by 8.5% compared to February 2016. The list was topped by Toyota with 218 new cars sold, followed by Skoda (187) and Renault (151). (Äripäev, Page 7, March 7, 2017)
 
●第4四半期GDP成長率,EUで最高
Estonia’s economic growth was the quickest in the EU. In the 4th quarter of 2016, the average GDP growth in the EU totaled 0.5% compared to the previous quarter. The growth was 0.4% in the Eurozone. Compared to previous quarter, GDP grew the most in Estonia with 1.9%, followed by 1.7% in Poland and 1.4% in Lithuania, according to Eurostat. (Postimees, Page 10, March 8, 2017)
 
●マーグ社(食品),テレ社(乳製品)の債権を買い取り,合併へ
Maag Group took over dairy producer Tere’s debts. Dairy producing concern Maag Group announced yesterday that it has assumed the debts of Tere and will present a notice of consolidation to the competition board in the coming days. Margit Talts, who served as CEO of Maag Group until 2016, became the new CEO of Tere. CEO of Valio Maido Sovoljov says that they are glad that this process is finally being solved and according to CEO of E-Piim Jaanus Murakas, this is good news as it helps to restore trust in the dairy sector. (Postimees, Page 10, March 10, 2017)
 
●昨年の木材製品輸出:19億ユーロ
Estonian wood export reached to almost 2 billion euros last year. In 2016, Estonian wood exporters exported 1.9 billion euros worth of products, which is almost 5% more than in 2015. (Postimees, Page 10, March 13, 2017)
 
●チケット販売システム開発企業,ノルウェー企業と提携
Estonian ticket sales technology will expand to Norway. Scandinavia’s biggest bus operator Nettbuss will buy 15% of the Estonian company T solutions OÜ that develops international ticket sales software. This will also mean that Nettbuss will start using these systems in its express routes in Norway and Sweden. Chairman of the Supervisory Board of T solutions OÜ Andres Osula didn’t reveal the price of the deal but said that it’s a 7-digit number. Chief of Nettbuss Travel Stale Nistov said: “We’re convinced that partnership with T solutions will give us access to the most innovative technology and the best know-how in this field.”(Postimees, Page 12, March 13, 2017)
 
●宅配ボックスメーカーのオーナーが「今年の企業家」に選出
Producer of package robots was named entrepreneur of the year. Owners and executives of package robot producer Cleveron and electronic store ON24, Arno Kütt and Peep Kuld, were named entrepreneurs of the year at EY Estonia Entrepreneur of the year award ceremony. Founder and CEO of fish industry M.V.Wool, Mati Vetevool, was handed lifetime achievement award. (Äripäev, Page 6, March 13, 2017)
 
●昨年のスタートアップ投資,過去最高
Start-ups attracted record amount of investments last year. Estonian start-ups last year attracted a record 102.5 million euros of investments. The average deal size of the 40 deals recorded in 2016 was 2.5 million euros. (Äripäev, Page 2, March 14, 2017)
 
●昨年の農産品輸出:-8%
Agricultural exports decreased. Estonian agricultural exports fell 8% in 2016. Estonia exported 1.1 billion euros' worth of agricultural and food products last year, including 778 million euros in food products of Estonian origin. Re-export accounted for 28% of agricultural exports. (Äripäev, Page 6, March 14, 2017)
 
●スカイプ,トランスファーワイズが雇用者としてITセクターで人気
IT specialists prefer Skype, Transferwise and LHV. Kantar Emor’s study on the reputation of IT sector employers reveals that Skype is the most desirable employer for IT specialists ahead of TransferWise, LHV, Swedbank, and Eesti Energia. (Postimees, Page 11, March 15, 2017)
 
●製造業,人手不足
Manufacturing industry lacks smart employees. A study by Swedbank reveals that labor shortage impedes the development of almost half of Estonia’s businesses in manufacturing industry sector. There is a lack of craftsmen who would be able to work with numerically controlled machine tools individually. Therefore, entrepreneurs are looking more and more towards abroad when searching for craftsmen. According to the head of industry department at Swedbank Raul Kirsimäe, one of the main problems of Estonia’s manufacturing industry is a too low added value: 23 000 euros per employee, which is at the same level with Latvia and significantly lower compared to Lithuania (32 000 euros per employee). Estonia is placed at 24th-25th place in the EU in terms of added value created by an employee in manufacturing industry. (Äripäev, Page 9, March 15, 2017)
 
●タリン・ヘルシンキ・トンネル,工期5年の予想
Norwegian experts: Tallinn-Helsinki tunnel could be built in five years. According to Finnish newspaper Helsinkin Sanomat, the base underneath the Gulf of Finland is suitable for construction, as the base consists mainly of granite and gneiss and Finns have experience working with a bedrock like this. According to a Norwegian boring company, it would be technically possible to build the tunnel in five years. (Äripäev, Page 11, March 16, 2017)
 
●銀行,電子居住者の口座開設に慎重姿勢
E-residency project is stuck behind banks. Estonia’s e-residency program is stuck in the bottleneck: the plan to grow rapidly doesn’t comply with the conservatism of local banks to open bank accounts to the businesses of foreigners that do not have a tangible connection to Estonia. According to banks, it’s difficult for banks operating in Estonia to gather information about companies which are owned by a foreigner and which are not connected to Estonia in any way besides its Estonian address. This includes a risk of money laundering, tax evasion and frauds. Head of e-residency project Kaspar Korjus hints that Estonian start-ups like Monese and Transferwise could be an alternative to banks in future for e-residents. (Postimees, Page 8, March 16, 2017)
 
●ヨルダン発電所事業で利益
Eesti Energia社(国有エネルギー),ヨルダンのオイルシェール発電所開発企業の株式55%をマレーシアと中国の企業に売却,10%の株主に。3060万ドルを投資し,今回の取り引きで1980万ドルの利益。発電所は今年着工,2020年完成予定。(3月17日,ポスティメース紙,10面)
 
●ドイツ系スーパー,出店の見込み
ドイツ・リドル社(ディスカウントスーパー),リトアニアに続きラトビア,エストニア進出を計画している模様。エストニアでは10年前に用地を買い集めたが,売却して撤退した経緯。(3月17日,アリパエヴ紙,1,4~5面)
 
●エストニア企業,サイバーセキュリティ・スタートアップ・アクセラレーターに参加
Estonian start-up entered into a European cyber defense accelerator. An Estonian cyber defense start-up TitanGrid managed to enter into a European cyber defense start-up accelerator CyLon. CyLon is one of the two cyber defense start-up accelerators in the world – the other one is based in Israel. (Postimees, Page 8, March 24, 2017)
 
 
●学費徴収ソフト,大学2000校が利用
An Estonian company is developing tuition fee collection environment. Dream Group OÜ is developing a payment environment Dreampay, which would facilitate the collection tuition and application fees for European universities. The company already has a service Dreamapply from 2011, which organizes student admissions. Board member of Dream Group, Lauri Elevant, commented that around 200 European universities currently use their software, and they have asked for such a product for a long time. The total cost of the development of this software will be 130 000 euros, 59 000 of which will be covered by Enterprise Estonia. (Postimees, Page 10, March 28, 2017)
 
●ブリティッシュ・エアウェイズ,タリン・ロンドン便就航
British Airways started its Tallinn-London route today. British national airline British Airways will today start operating on Tallinn-London route, flying from Tallinn to Heathrow Airport. The initial plan is to fly twice a week until autumn. The prices of return tickets start from 130 euros per person. (Postimees, Page 10, March 28, 2017)
 
●スケレトン社(コンデンサー),ドイツ工場オープン
Skeleton will open a plant in Germany. The manufacturer of ultracapacitors Skeleton Technologies will open a new plant in Dresden, Germany on Wednesday. Daimler’s division of supercapacitors lies in the same building. Minister of Entrepreneurship Urve Palo (Social Democrats) will also attend the opening. CEO of Skeleton Technologies Taavi Madiberk said that Skeleton aims for a turnover of 150 million euros by the year 2020. (Äripäev, Page 2, March 28, 2017) An Estonian company opened a plant in Germany. Estonian company Skeleton Technologies yesterday opened its new plant near Dresden, Germany which will start producing details for the company’s high-tech ultracapacitors. Minister of Enterprise Urve Palo (Social Democrats) said at the opening ceremony: “Skeleton Technologies is an outstanding example of good idea and ambition meeting – if that happens money and talent are never an obstacle.” The total amount invested to the plant is 6.2 million euros – 50% of the cost was covered by German development bank. (Postimees, Page 12, March 30, 2017)
 
●企業活動発展に1億ユーロ
Estonia will place 105.5 million euros to entrepreneurship development strategy. Estonian entrepreneurship development strategy will this year contribute more than 100 million euros to Estonian economy this year, which will be spent on increasing the wealth of people by increasing productivity, stimulating entrepreneurship, and encouraging innovation. (Postimees, Page 10, March 31, 2017)
 
●日本のMistletoe社,Funderbeam社(スタートアップ株の取引所)へ200万ユーロの投資
Funderbeam received a 2 million euro investment from Japan. Funderbeam, which is a market platform for early-stage startup investments, received an investment of 2 million euros from Japanese businessman Taizo Son’s investment fund Mistletoe. Together, they will enter to Japanese and Asian markets, Arcticstartup news portal reported. “Kaidi Ruusalepp is constructing a revolutionary startup support system. These days, startups struggle with fundraising. Thanks to Funderbeam’s blockchain-based stock marketplace, startups can overcome,” Taizo Son said on stage at Slush Tokyo, where the announcement was made. (Postimees, Page 13, March 31, 2017)
  

2017年1月13日~3月1日のエストニア経済ニュース

宅配ロボットに巨額の投資
Mercedes-Benz is cooperating with Starship Technologies. Daimler AG and several famous venture capitalists invested 16.5 million euros into Estonian start-up Starship Technologies, which produces delivery robots. This is the biggest one-off investment to a start-up in Estonian history. Shasta Ventures, Matrix Partners, ZX Ventures, Morpheus Ventures, Grishin Robotics and Playfair Capital were among the venture capitalist companies that participated in the investment. This one-time investment puts Starship Technologies directly into 4th place in the list of Estonian start-ups that have received the most investments (in all investment rounds and stages of development) – behind TransferWise, Skeleton Technologies and AdCash. (Postimees, Page 8, January 13, 2017)
 
E-piim社,チーズ500トンを今年上半期に日本へ輸出
Estonian milk producer managed to enter Japanese market. E-piim became the first Estonian milk producer that secured a long-term contract with a Japanese partner – 500 tons of Gouda cheese will be exported to Japan in the first half of this year. CEO of E-piim Jaanus Murakas said: “It’s definitely a very delightful and groundbreaking news, as we have worked very long and thoroughly for this.” Murakas also thanked the former entrepreneurship minister Anne Sulling (Reform Party) who made a big contribution in finding Estonian milk producers new markets in Asia. (Postimees, Page 9, January 13, 2017)
 
オイルシェール各社,増産の計画
The volume of oil shale mining will increase. This year, Eesti Energia and Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) plan to mine more oil shale than last year – for that, both companies plan to extend the working week and hire more employees. VKG plans to increase its oil shale mining volume from 2.3 million tons to 3.9 million tons. According to Eesti Energia, appreciation of the market price of oil and electricity are the incentive. (Postimees, Page 8, January 16, 2017)
 
UAE企業,ガードタイム社(ブロックチェーン技術)の技術をテスト
Estonian database is being tested in UAE. The biggest private sector health services provider in United Arab Emirates NMC Health will start testing blockchain technology created by Estonian cyber security company Guardtime. Electronic Health Records (EHR) with blockchain technology will bring data integrity, security and trust to the flow of patient's information between the health providers and the patient. (Postimees, Page 10, January 16, 2017)
 
パイプドライブ社(セールスソフトウェア)に1700万ドルの投資
Pipedrive will receive a big investment. Estonian sales software developer Pipedrive has secured an investment of nearly 17 million dollars from venture capital company Atomico, which is owned by Niklas Zennström. Pipedrive will use the investment for product development and worldwide marketing. In total, Pipedrive has received 30.4 million dollars of investments from venture capitalists. (Postimees, Page 10, January 19, 2017)
 
モロッコへオイルシェール技術輸出の可能性
Eesti Energia might sell oil shale technology to Morocco. Morocco might be interested in the know-how of oil shale studies and services of the Estonian state-owned energy company Eesti Energia. It is also possible that Eesti Energia would also sell the Enefit-technology to the country to process oil shale. (Postimees, Page 7, January 20, 2017)
 
オイルシェール企業,解雇者を再雇用
VKG has recently hired 210 people. According to CEO of Viru Keemia Grupp (VKG) Ahti Asmann, VKG has re-employed 210 people since the redundancy of 479 people more than a year ago. This year, VKG aims to recruit 35 more workers. The total number of workers in the group is 1700. (Postimees, Page 8, January 23, 2017)
 
ABB,200人を雇用
ABB has recently hired 200 people. Swedish industrial group ABB last year opened a business service center in Tallinn’s Ülemiste City. They have hired 200 people as a result. According to CEO of ABB Baltics Bo Henriksson, it hasn’t been difficult to find suitable employees as there were enough candidates. The company also plans to recruit during this year. (Postimees, Page 8, January 23, 2017)
 
宅配ロボット,米国進出
Starship’s package robots started operating in the US. Starting from last week, the residents of Redwood City and Washington can order their food home with package robots made by an Estonian company Starship Technologies. Initially, all robots will be followed by a supervisor. (Äripäev, Page 6, January 23, 2017)
 
公共部門でのパスワードカード使用中止の呼びかけ
RIA recommends abolishing password cards. Estonian Information System Authority (RIA) recommends public sector to abolish identification based on password cards by 2019. The agency said that password cards are no longer secure, and that the number of corresponding cases of fraud is rising. RIA proposes the use of ID-cards, mobile-ID, or PIN calculators instead. (Postimees, Page 6, January 28, 2017)
 
アフリカの学校向け情報システムを開発
An Estonian company wants to take Estonia’s e-school solution to Africa. Estonian IT company Bamboo wants to take Estonian e-school solution to Africa, Central Asia and Middle East. The company has been developing electronic school diary solution for already over a year. The project was firstly initiated in Tajikistan. Projects have also been initiated in countries such as Azerbaijan, Iran, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Mauritania. In total, the company operates in 20 countries and has offices in 6 countries, including Kenya. (Postimees, Page 10, January 28, 2017)
 
コープ,銀行を買収
Coop will open a bank for people living in rural areas. Retail group Coop Estonia has announced its intent to buy the shares of Eesti Krediidipank from the Bank of Moscow and create a new bank in Estonia that will offer its services through Coop's rural area shops. The name of the new bank will be Coop Pank. CEO of Coop Estonia Jaanus Vihand said that the aim of the new bank is to offer banking services in areas from where major banks have left in recent years. Former head of retail banking at Swedbank Margus Rink will become the head of the new bank. (Postimees, Page 8, January 31, 2017)
 
軍需企業に補助金
Estonian engineers want to make civilian drones blind. The visions of 4 Estonian defense industry enterprises will receive public funding, as they won the annual defence innovation competition. Milrem received 200 000 euros in support for their project, which involves the creation of a guidance system for unmanned ground vehicles. Skeleton Technologies received 63 919 euros in support, as the goal of their project is to develop the first ultracapacitor based engine start-up module for large military vehicles. Threod Systems received 66 815 euros in support to develop a signal intelligence sensor for small and medium-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Marduk Technologies, whose project won 70 000 euros in support, is working on a drone detection and disruption platform, which would blind drones in a radius of 1 km. (Postimees, Page 6, February 1, 2017)
 
ヒーウマー島で国内最大規模の太陽光発電所建設へ
Estonia’s most powerful solar plant will be built to Hiiumaa. A solar power plant will be built near the town of Kärdla on the island of Hiiumaa. While the existing solar plants in Estonia have an output of up to 200 kilowatts, the new plant will have a total of 3240 solar panels and a combined power output of over 1 megawatt. This means that the plant's annual production output will be 1 gigawatt hour. The plant is scheduled to be completed by spring. (Postimees, Page 6, February 3, 2017)
 
ハイブリット車,倍増
The sale of hybrid cars doubled in Estonia. According to European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA), the number of registrations of vehicles using new alternative fuel in Estonia has increased by 92.3% year over year to 825 units in 2016. 765 of these vehicles were hybrid. (Postimees, Page 15, February 4, 2017)
 
スケレトン・テクノロジー社,欧州投資銀行から借り入れ
Skeleton Technologies will borrow from EIB. The manufacturer of graphene-based ultracapacitors Skeleton Technologies will borrow money from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The loan agreement will be signed next week. (Postimees, Page 8, February 6, 2017)
 
1月新車販売,+13.5%
The market of new cars increased by 13.5%. According to the association of Estonian car dealers and service companies (AMTEL), the number of new cars sold in Estonia in January was 2026, which means a 13.5% increase compared to January 2016. Toyota was the most popular car brand with 331 new cars sold, followed by Volkswagen (223) and Skoda (167). Honda CR-V was the most popular model with 95 units sold. (Postimees, Page 9, February 6, 2017)
 
ノルタル社(IT),ドバイ支店を開設
Nortal started operating in Dubai. Software and business consultations company Nortal opened its representation in Dubai, UAE. According to the Managing Director of Nortal’s Middle East region Peeter Smitti, Nortal has several e-identity and ease-of-doing-business projects in Dubai. Smitti also sees potential in implementing e-health and public finance solutions in Dubai. (Äripäev, Page 10, February 7, 2017)
 
エストニア企業,軍需見本市に参加
Eight Estonian companies participate in the defense industry fair in Abu Dhabi. Eight Estonian companies are participating in the defense industry fair IDEX 2017 that began in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The Estonian stand features the following eight defense contractors: Defendec, Eli, Galvi-Linda, Milrem, Milectria, Soleest, Terramil and Toci. (Postimees, Page 10, February 20, 2017)
Milrem will sell unmanned ground vehicles to Arabs. Estonian defense contractor Milrem has signed a memorandum of understanding with UAE’s biggest defense industry company IGG Aselsan Integrated Systems (IAIS) to start selling the Arabs unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). (Postimees, Page 8, February 21, 2017)
 
中小企業,輸出に消極的
Small entrepreneurs have a low interest in entering to foreign markets. Only 8% of Estonian small and medium sized companies plan to enter into new export markets this year. The proportion of such companies was bigger last year. (Postimees, Page 10, February 20, 2017)
 
エストニア,外国投資を巡りフィンランドと競合
Estonia competes with Finland for foreign investments. A recent study carried out by Finnish economic research center Etlä reveals that Estonia has been considered as an alternative to investing in Finland by 30% of potential investors in recent years. Estonia is by far the most popular alternative to investing in Finland and also the number one destination of Finnish companies looking to move. No fewer than 39% of Finnish companies contemplating a move have considered moving to Estonia. A third of investors highlighted taxation as a vital factor in decisions to move. (Päevaleht, Page 7, February 20, 2017)
 
ヘルメス社,OECDのシステム開発を受注
Estonian company won a software procurement of OECD. Estonian software company Helmes has won a framework tender for information systems development of OECD with a volume of up to 6 million euros over a period of four years. Helmes is one of Estonia’s largest software companies, employing 250 people in Estonia and Belarus. The company’s turnover in 2016 was 22 million euros. (Postimees, Page 8, February 21, 2017)
 
トランスファーワイズ社,フェイスブックで送金サービスを提供
TransferWise moved to Facebook. TransferWise started running a new service that will let people set up foreign exchange transactions over Facebook Messenger. With the help of TransferWise’s chatbot, the users of Facebook Messenger can send money to their friends and family in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe. (Päevaleht, Page 9, February 22, 2017)
 
古タイヤからオイル生産
Eesti Energia will start producing oil from tires. Eesti Energia made first tests to produce oil from old tires in February. If the tests are successful, the company plans to start producing oil from tires from the second half of the year. (Postimees, Page 8, February 28, 2017)
 
鉄道輸送コスト,バルト三国で最大
Transit through Estonia is more expensive than transit through neighboring countries. A recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reveals that one of the reasons Estonia has lost more trade flow than its neighbors is higher railroad tariffs. Moving a ton of liquid cargo on Estonian railroad costs 2.4 euros, while it only costs 1.5 euros in Latvia and 0.6 euros in Finland. (Postimees, Page 10, March 1, 2017)
 
2016年GDP:前年比+1.6%
ICT led Estonian economy into growth. Estonian economic growth accelerated to 2.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the information and communication technology sector contributing 0.8%. In total, Estonian GDP grew by 1.6% last year. According to President’s economic adviser Heido Vitsur, ICT’s contribution to Estonian economic growth has become surprisingly important. Senior economist at Swedbank Tõnu Mertsina said that ICT has been the biggest contributor into Estonian GDP growth in the last five years. (Postimees, Page 10, March 1, 2017)
 

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