Port of Tallinn社,コンテナ取扱量でバルト最大の成長
Turnover from handling containers grew the most in Tallinn port out of Baltic ports. In the nine months of 2013, Klaipeda remains the biggest handler of containers in the Baltics, while Port of Tallinn increased its share by 98.5 per cent and is now third in regards to relevant turnover.
(Postimees, page 9, October 21, 2013)

Beverage producers aim to export to new markets. As there are not many options to increase market share in Estonia, beverage producers look for new markets, e.g. Saku brewery’s cider and beer reached Seychelles recently. Company exports to 14 foreign markets, including Japan. Both A. Le Coq and Liviko recently created a separate position to promote export to East. A. Le Coq that sells to 20 countries has recently signed a deal with Azerbaijan. Liviko’s new export partners include Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Armenia and continues its exports to China, Japan and Thailand.
(Postimees, page 9, October 21, 2013)

History’s beauty: on October 21, 2011 Liviko got a visit from the biggest Japanese alcohol salesman Nihon Shurui Hanbai Co President. As a result of this visit, a cooperation agreement was signed. The current situation is that the latter sells Liviko’s products in Japan, thus allowing Liviko to close its subsidiary in Japan.
(Äripäev, page 2, October 21, 2013)

Electric vehicles’ batteries are better than expected. An EV bought by Tartu firm Elektritakso with national EV subsidies programme Elmo has driven in 16 months almost 100,000 km and the battery has lost 10 per cent of its capability, which is better than expected. The EV taxi provider uses Nissan Leaf cars. At the end of September there were 720 EVs on Estonian roads.
(Postimees, page 9, October 22, 2013)

Bank SEB Estonia’s III quarter profit increased from € 17.3 million to € 18 million.
(Äripäev, page 9, October 25, 2013)

●Katoen Natie社,ロジスティックセンターを拡張
Logistics company Katoen Natie opens a second stage of its logistics centre in Port of Muuga today. As a result, company’s storage room in the port will increase to 40,000 m2. By 2015 the company will increase its centre to 65,000 m2 and create additional 50 jobs.
(Äripäev, page 9, October 25, 2013)

Average Estonian home is 60-79 m2 and has three rooms. Statistics Estonia’s data suggests also that 80 per cent of Estonian homes have at least one computer and Internet connection is in 80.3 per cent of homes. 69.5 per cent of Estonians live in an apartment and 79.1 per cent own their home.
(Eesti Päevaleht, page 4, October 26, 2013)

Smart-phone application will teach how to tan. Four Pärnu men have developed together with Australian scientists an application Tanwise that will measure UV-radiation levels and tell what kind of sunblock to use based on skin type. Tanwise measures both UV-A and UV-B rays.
(Eesti Päevaleht, page 4, October 28, 2013)

Estonians are becoming wealthier. Thanks to the decrease in loan burden and the boom of founding companies after the economic crisis, Estonian people’s financial assets value has increased almost twofold within five years. Bank of Estonia’s data suggests that the net value of Estonian households’ financial assets has increased by 78 per cent to € 9.82 billion. In total households have financial assets for € 17.4 billion, which are mainly made up of shares (€ 9.4 billion), and cash and deposits (€ 5.4 billion).
(Postimees, page 8, October 29, 2013)

USA Today lists Tallinn as one of the 10 irresistibly charming World Heritage cities. The newspaper points out that visitors should not miss Christmastime in Tallinn, when the Old Town enchants with an old-fashioned Christmas market, an outdoor ice-skating rink, and a large lit tree, a tradition that dates back to 1441 when Europe's first-ever public Christmas tree was displayed here.

Estonians are fourth best in English as second language. Based on English Proficiency Index, Estonians have very high proficiency of English and rank fourth in the world after Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands.
(Postimees, page 7, November 7, 2013)

Telecommunication firm tests a new mobile bank card. As of today, a pilot project to pay with a mobile phone is launched. About 150 people will take part in the mobile operator EMT’s project, where it is possible to pay for goods with a mobile phone in Tallinna Kaubamaja group. EMT believes that mobile wallet cannot be used before 2015. While there are other similar solutions all over the world being tested, Estonia’s advantage is that four major banks and EMT work together for the solution.
(Eesti Päevaleht, pages 2-3, November 1, 2013)

Estonian government on Thursday changed completely over to a mobile e-governance solution. There are no more desktop computers in the meeting hall of Stenbock House, the seat of the government, and the ministers will use mobile devices - laptops, tablets or smartphones – instead.
(Postimees, page 3, November 1, 2013)

Government approved Estonian entrepreneurship growth strategy for 2014-2020. Its plan is to use about € 400 million in the next 7 years to improve Estonia’s competitiveness. Its aim is to improve Estonia’s position in the World Economic Forum’s ranking by 9 notches to 25 and in Doing Business by 6 notches to 15. The Economy Minister Juhan Parts (IRL) said that the most important change compared with last strategy is that Estonia is no longer a country with cheap labour and companies must take higher salaries into account when they wish to do business here.
(Postimees, pages 4-5, November 1, 2013)

World Bank ranked Estonia 22nd in the ease of doing business rank. In a year Estonia has fallen by one notch in the Doing Business 2014 that involves 189 countries. Estonia is behind Nordic countries, but also Lithuania that is now 17th passed it, while Latvia is 24th. Estonia improved its position for example in regards to bankruptcy proceedings, where Japan is first. Estonia was seventh in cross-border trade.
(Äripäev, page 10, October 30, 2013)

Mobi Solutions, internet guru Linnar Viik and currency exchange firm Tavid invested in start-up Signwise. Signwise offers a simple web-based digital signature service for companies. There is a plan to create also a mobile application and that is why Mobi Solutions was also involved in the deal. Start-up Signwise wishes to enter the European market. The company has no competitors in Europe when it comes to digital signature. Currently Signwise supports the ID-cards of four countries – Estonia Latvia, Lithuania and Finland and soon also Switzerland will be added to it.
(Äripäev, page 8, October 25, 2013, Postimees, pages 8-9, November 8, 2013)

First e-pharmacy was opened on November 11. E-pharmacy’s activity that includes selling also prescription drugs is closely observed by Estonian State Agency of Medicine and clients get advice from pharmacist online. The e-pharmacy will help mostly those people who live far away from pharmacies.
(Eesti Päevaleht, page 9, November 6, 2013 / Postimees, page 3, November 11, 2013)

●Air Asiaにエストニア便を提案
Enterprise Estonia allures Air Asia to fly to Estonia. On their visit to Singapore, Enterprise Estonia’s representatives met with the CEO of Air Asia Azran Osman Rani to try and allure the company to fly to Estonia. Tarmo Mutso responsible for tourism said they presented their offer to the airline.
(Eesti Päevaleht, page 9, November 11, 2013)

Tallinn University of Technology signed a new deal with Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to study electric vehicles’ efficiency. Tea Varrak from the university’s management said that the deal with Mitsubishi will strengthen their activity in Asia. Varrak said Estonia has been courageous in launching EV project.
(Postimees, page 7, November 12, 2013)

Japanese value Estonian creams and soaps. Japanese discovered Estonian natural cosmetic producer JOIK themselves thanks to an Estonian fashion blogger and based on volume, Japan is now JOIK’s biggest export market. Export executive Kadri Mäesalu says that soon they will have instead of current 25 sales points already 70 places to sell their products in Japan. Mäesalu said Japanese liked that their products have Nordic style and are hand-made. She added that when one wants to export to Japan, the product must be completely ready and have no errors because quality standards are very high in Japan. Estonian export to Japan is on the rise, although it was only at 0.53 per cent of total export in 2012.
(Äripäev, pages 8-9, November 14, 2013)

Estonian start-up Plumbr received million US dollars from former Skype Estonia CEO and angel investor Matt Arnold. Sten Tamkivi and Arnold invested in Plumbr that has as its software users NATO, Dell and Ericsson. Plumbr has developed a memory optimising tool that can predict and avoid software failures. Company has found more than 3500 memory leaks for their 100 paying clients.
(Äripäev, page 8, November 14, 2013)