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VIKEN is a cross-industry cluster of companies that, through interaction, will strengthen competitiveness through adaptation, innovation and competence building.
Digitalization is creating rapid changes in the market. A binding collaboration, knowledge sharing, and innovation enables cluster participants to be better equipped for transition, development and growth.
VIKEN Technology Cluster 4.0 will further develop its cooperation with NMBU (The Norwegian University of Life Sciences), HiØ (Østfold University College) and other R & D institutions, both nationally and internationally. Broad collaboration with other clusters and networks is important for achieving our goals. Learning from the best!
The following working groups have been established to enable participant companies to interact to solve common challenges by utilizing interdisciplinary and cross-industry competence.
Regardless of industry, the market is rapidly changing, largely due to accelerating global digitalization. Generally referred to as Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution.
Measured in value creation, government revenue and export value, the supplier industry is still Norway's largest industry. For the next 20 years, it will most probably remain as Norway's foremost industry.
In 2016, 1,763 people were directly employed in the supplier industry in the Østfold district. In 2013, there were 1,854. This shows that businesses in the VIKEN region have had a high degree of adaptability following the downturn in the oil market. Competence is being used in other market segments.
VIKEN Technology Cluster 4.0 embraces many industries. Mainly SMBs with a wide range of specialities. The companies are mainly from the Østfold district and the southern part of Akershus.
Supply chain opportunities are still extensive and varied, but, generally, major changes in the industries involved is essential. This opens many opportunities for innovative players with smart, cost-effective solutions and products.
Competence in the cluster companies can be developed through interaction at all stages and levels, and exports, not least, have significant potential. Work is being done to put into place the best possible framework and conditions for growth and development. The Østfold and Follo districts have good, central locations with excellent freight solutions readily available. A highly competent and efficient logistics industry in the region gives companies more competitive advantages.
For many years Slåttland has been a significant SMB equipment supplier to the Oil & Gas industry and is now going from strength to strength with new growth in the Marine and Aquaculture sector and the development of new technology. This raised Torbjørn Røe Isaksen's interest during his visit to Østfold and the company's plant at Rudskogen in Rakkestad.
This is of great importance and confirms that our commitment is on track and noticed, says CEO Sigurd A Slåttland.
The contract will be handled from Oslo, while the cable production itself will take place at Aker Solutions in Moss. According to the agreement, the cables will be delivered by the end of 2018. From the press release that Aker Solutions issued on Friday, it appears that no one wants to publish either the name of the customer or which field the control cables are to be delivered to. Media contact Stina Kildedal-Johannessen at Aker Solutions comments as follows in an email:
"The contract gives us work at our umbilical business in Moss for a long time to come, until the end of 2018. We start the work immediately and looking to the long term, there may be a need to take some extra resources at the location. We are very pleased to have won this important contract and look forward to delivering the project in a good and efficient manner.”
Aker Solutions in Moss is one of the central member companies in VIKEN Technology Network, and the Managing Director at VIKEN Technology Network, Hans Bjørn Paulsrud, is very satisfied. - "Now there's every reason to raise the flag. This helps lift all the companies that are in the network. Today is a day for celebration", says Paulsrud.
The Slåttland Group will supply tank hatches for a series of new chemical tankers being built by Chinese yards.
Hudong Shipyard in China has once again chosen "Nor-Marine" hatches from Slattland. Delivery will start in November this year and will continue throughout 2018, CEO Sigurd A Slåttland says. This order is strategically important to us and shows that quality is preferred in the decision-making process.
This creates a lot of activity in our organization with various ripple effects, says Slåttland, who believes it is important to use existing expertise in oil and gas in various other areas, such as in the marine sector.
Slåttland has had countless deliveries of "Nor-Marine" hatches over the past 15 years, and these have therefore become a preferred solution for most chemical tankers worldwide.
Cermaq has asked Baader GmbH and Oslo based CodeIT AS (a VIKEN member) to deliver a new centralized production site, which is to be the most innovative and efficient processing plant for salmon ever built. The company says that they have chosen CodeIT AS as they are able to deliver a solution that fits well with the company's requirements, as they specialize in intelligent and flexible software that gives Cermaq the control and visibility needed.
86 leaders from business and universities attended VIKEN Technology Network meeting at Ås University; What does the digital revolution mean for my business? What tools are there? Where can my company get updated and the necessary expertise? The feedback was good - the participants have increased their awareness. We follow up with other valuable activities during the autumn.