Woodio receives Fennia Prize Winner and IPR Excellence -awards

We are proud to announce that today Woodio solid wood composite washbasins been awarded with prestigious Fennia Prize Winner and IPR Excellence -awards for paving the way for more sustainable bathrooms through design and material innovation.

Fennia Prize Winner and IPR Excellence -awards to Woodio

Fennia Prize is one of Finland’s most prominent design competitions. It is arranged by Design Forum Finland, Fennia Group, Elo and the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. The competition awards companies and organisations that use design strategically in their business operations.

Today Woodio is amongst the four companies receiving a Fennia Prize Winner -award of €5,000 as part of the Fennia Prize 20 series. The main award Fennia Prize Grand Prix of €15,000 was awarded to Dottir Attorneys for the design of legal services with a more customer-friendly approach. The other three companies awarded with Fennia Prize Winner -award are Planmeca Oy, the Swedish RideCake and City of Turku.

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office has also awarded Woodio with an IPR Excellence prize for the commendable protec­tion of intellectual property rights (IPR). Konecranes Global Oy was also awarded with an IPR Excellence prize for the patents and model rights of its’ C- and S-Series overhead cranes.

Petro Lahtinen, CEO of Woodio

” These awards are dedicated to the whole Woodio team. As a team we have been able to create something totally new to the very conservative bathroom sector in terms of both design and material technology. The ceramic industry is among the most polluting industries globally, so we realized that the bathroom industry has a lot to improve. Our material innovation is an ecological alternative to ceramics which introduces circular economy and sustainable production techniques to highly polluting bathroom industry. With Woodio material we can eliminate the CO2 emissions of ceramic industry and this our mission. Today we are extremely honored and happy that our work has been recognized.” 

Petro Lahtinen

CEO & Founder of Woodio

Woodio’s signature 100% waterproof solid wood composite material and cast moulding technology does not require high amounts of water and energy, or high-temperature ovens to make the final product. This is why our carbon footprint is a lot lower than bathroom materials traditionally have. The Global Warming Potential (GWP) value is 80% less when compared to a similar sized ceramic basin. The low weight of the final product and durability also reduce emissions and losses in logistics.

Hanna Länsivuori, Chief Customer experience, Communication and Marketing Officer at Fennia, underlines the importance of design as a success factor “According to researches, design has a strong impact on the success and competitiveness of enterprises. We have awarded and supported Finnish strategic design for 30 years now through the Fennia Prize competition. The renewed Fennia brand is also constructed with the means of design. We wish to promote and support designing Finnish companies and people’s quality of life in a sustainable and progressive way.”

The members of the competition jury of 2020 were Hanna Länsivuori from Fennia, Guy Julier from Aalto Univer­sity, Anna Lauttamus-Kauppila from the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, Mikko Koivisto from Helen, Antti Mäkelä from design agency Aivan, Maria Sipilä from Sipilä Consulting Oy, Riikka Iivanainen from Aalto University, and Petteri Kolinen from Design Forum Finland as the chairperson of the jury.

Woodio congratulates all winners!

For more information, please contact
Petro Lahtinen, CEO & Founder, Woodio, tel. +358 50 581 1033
Mervi Laakso, Brand Manager, Woodio, tel. +358 50 410 9598​

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