Norwegian companies sharpen competitive edge with new Viet Nam facility

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 16:00

Monica Maeland, Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry (centre); Einar Pieroth, Managing Director of Libra-Plast AS (second left); Pham Thuyen, Chairman of Hai Phong Economic Zone Authority (fourth left); Jan Tore Leikanger, Managing Director of Jets Vaccum AS (fourth right) and Roy Langseth, Managing Director of IMS Group AS (second right) cut the ribbon of Vinomarine plant on March 20. — VNS Photo
HAI PHONG (Biz Hub) — Vinomarine, the first Norwegian ship equipment production plant in the north of Viet Nam, opened on March 20 in the coastal city of Hai Phong.

The Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Maeland who is accompanying Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon Magnus in an official visit to Ha Noi cut the opening ribbon of the US$5.1 million plant.

Located in the Nomura industrial zone, the plant covers an area of 3,000 sq.m with modern industrial facility. At first, there are 35 employees, a number which is set to increase shortly.

"We have made an effort to recruit highly skilled personnel with varied maritime and technical background. Even though access to qualified labour is abundant here, we have been very selective in our recruitment. The result is a professional devoted workforce," says Managing Director Knut Ringstad.

Behind Vinomarine and its new facility are three Norwegian industrial companies including IMS group, Jets Vacuum and Libra-Plast.

The common goals of these three companies are to improve their access to the important Asian ship building markets, and to strengthen their own competitiveness.

The Vinomarine facility will manufacture components and products in mild steel, and among other things it features a large, state-of-the-art sandblasting and paint system dimensioned for the sewage treatment plants made by Jets Vacuum.

Chairman of Jets Vacuum, Kaare Haddal, said they chose Hai Phong to build the plant because the city is located at the very centre of Asia.

"It has the largest seaport in northern Viet Nam with excellent opportunities for import and export," said Haddal. — VNS

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