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Harald Jacobsen of Ineos at Herøya had an idea for developing a technology which would give his company access to an attractive European and global market. Healthy demand for synthetic leather in the automotive industry is driven by sales of new cars in Europe, and several big customers are showing interest. 

Acona Flow Technology recently moved into Herøya Research Park, coming back to an environment they feel at home in, and where several employees have previously worked.

Kongsberg Maritime acquires an ownership interest in the battery technology company Grenland Energy together with the industrial incubator Proventia and Vekst i Grenland. 

Proactive piloting is essential when it comes to capturing market shares, reckons fertiliser manufacturer Yara. They currently have six or seven pilot projects in the pipeline at Herøya. 

The Board of Yara International ASA has approved a NOK 2,250 million investment in higher production capacity for premium fertiliser at Herøya near Porsgrunn.

“We are currently investing and working hard to establish a stable and sustainable operation,” says RHI Normag’s new Factory Manager Thomas Frömmer (52). 

Herøya Industrial Park was host for Grenland’s first industry safari for university college students this week. ”The host function and cooperation with different environments is important and we hope that more industry clusters will arrange safaris,” says communiations manager, Åse Himle.

Skagerrak Energy has chosen EVRY as supplier of a complete operational IT service including telephone operation and customer service centre. The agreement runs for three years with an option to extend for a further four. 

The Calora Subsea plant at Herøya was built on in-depth industrial experience. Now a group of trainees and professionals will have easy access to solid manufacturing principles. They will become the new shift managers at Calora.

Telemark University College was the scene when students from the third class, Chemistry 2 at Skien upper secondary school presented their bid in a difficult project. A jury from the industry sector and the University College judged the presentations and the students from Skien passed with flying colours!

”Both Yara and Bilfinger have good reasons to congratulate ourselves with the agreement we have just made. There are three main reasons why we have chosen Bilfinger as our maintenance supplier: They are good with HMS, they deliver quality and are extremely good at reacting quickly when problems occur in our production plant.”

Sture and Celine are two of the 55 talented young people who have won apprenticeships at Herøya companies. They are looking forward, with excitement and anticipation, to learning more. 

APPRENTICE ISLAND: Each year, more than 50 young people bearing certificates of completed apprenticeship flood out of the industrial companies at Herøya. 

Bilfinger is strengthening its diverse range of services aimed at R&D businesses and pilot and experimental plants. The company has recently established a unit within its Maintenance and Workshop Services Division for coordinating fabrication, assembly, operational support, servicing and maintenance within this type of activity.

As of 1 January 2015, Norsk Gjenvinning’s Industrial Division will be concentrating all its industrial services and associated administration at Herøya Industrial Park. Around 70 employees will be working at Herøya.

“I think this has given us some good feedback on things we work with.” Monica Mæland (Conservative), Minister of Trade and Industry, had this to say in her summing-up of the discussion with managers at Herøya Industrial Park today. “This feedback confirms that we can facilitate matters for industry even more effectively".

Innovation Norway has allocated NOK 20 million in funding to the SilMag project, which is planning the production of magnesium and silica at the Herøya Industrial Park. This is a flying start for phase 1 of the project.

The long-term and secure raw material situation are the basis for new investments at Rafnes. Noretyl invests NOK 300 million in the new cracker furnace. This will give an increase in ethylene production of just under 10 per cent. Yet equally as important, the investment in increased furnace capacity will make it possible to perform maintenance without losing capacity.

You don’t come back from that kind of trade fair with signed contracts. Subsea Valley is an arena for making contacts, with the aim of increasing our supplies to the offshore market,” says Marketing Manager at Bilfinger Industrial Services Norway AS, Torger Waag.

“We had a fantastic day in Grenland and met many enthusiastic and committed professionals.” So says Petroleum and Energy Minister Tord Lien, following a visit to Gassnova, Statoil and Norcem on his trip to Grenland today. 

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