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Finnish Varjo Accelerates Global Expansion—Opens US Headquarters

Varjo Technologies Oy is rapidly expanding with resellers, new US HQ and shipping to Japan.


Helsinki-based Varjo™—the technology leader in industrial-grade VR/XR headsets, today announced the opening of its US headquarters in the Washington D.C area.

Varjo US Headquarters

Varjo communicated to Architosh months ago that the Washington D.C. area was a valuable strategic location for a US presence, close to US government branches as well as being in the Boston – Washington D.C. technology belt.

Key Takeaway

John Burwell as Global Head of Simulation and Training will lead Varjo’s new US Headquarters in the Washington DC area. 

The Finnish company, which celebrates being in business three years this month, has seen unprecedented momentum to date in the industrial virtual reality (VR) space, having delivered the industry’s only human-eye resolution headset (Varjo VR-1). The company now has a growing reseller program, on-the-ground customer support of its VR-1 device and several announced integrations with leading software partners in the design, training and simulation and research ecosystems.

Varjo’s VR-1 is the world’s first industrial-grade VR headset with human-eye resolution. See our Feature article link below to learn more about it and who in Architecture, Defense, Aerospace and Manufacturing are using it already. (image: Varjo Technologies / Architosh. All rights reserved.)

As the company continues to grow, the United States represents an increasingly important target market for Varjo. Beyond establishing its US headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, located just outside of Washington D.C., Varjo also today announced the continued expansion of its recently launched reseller program. Two additional US resellers—GC Micro and FoxGuard Solutions—have joined the network and this expansion, coupled with the newly open US office, ensures Varjo is better able to actively reach and support customers and partners across North America, while also maintaining ideal communication with the home office in Helsinki, Finland.

Saab, Airbus, Siemens PC, and Audi—Leading Global Customers for Varjo

“2019 has been an exciting year for us so far with the announcements of our first two products – the Varjo VR-1 and Varjo XR-1 Developer Edition – among other key milestones, and this is just the beginning,” said Timo Toikkanen, president and COO of Varjo. “As we continue to expand our global footprint, through new offices, additional reseller partners and entrance into new sales markets, we look forward to delivering the innovative solutions and local support our enterprise customers need to apply VR in new and compelling ways.”

MORE: Volvo Cars and Varjo Announced World’s First Mixed Reality Application for Car Development

Leading global enterprise customers have already started utilizing Varjo’s technologies and the VR-1 and XR-1 device, including Volvo, as previously announced on Architosh here. Other leading brands include Saab, Airbus, Siemens PLC, and Audi.

To learn more about Varjo’s VR-1 please visit them online here.

Architosh Analysis and Commentary

The Finnish company tells Architosh it can’t discuss details of who in US government they may be talking to but did acknowledge ongoing discussions. In an interview with Varjo’s CEO, and co-founder, Niko Eiden, Architosh learned more about the rationale behind not just the choice of location for their US-based office but where they are seeing an acceleration of activities both here in the United States and abroad in places like Japan. It is undeniably the case that Varjo stands completely alone in the market with the only true industrial-grade virtual and mixed-reality device. Stay tuned on Architosh as we deliver more information about the Finnish company this month based on our talk with them this week. 

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