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Kongsberg Maritime history

A video with a historical perspective

Key events in the history of Kongsberg Maritime

2014

KONGSBERG celebrates 200 years in business on March 20th. Two centuries of achievement, innovation and transformation – fuelling a journey that has seen us start as a small munitions business in Norway and emerge as a pioneering global technology provider.

2013

Kongsberg Maritime acquires Embient GmbH, an independent provider of engineered services, and state-of-the-art equipment and solutions to the marine, science and engineering sectors.
 Kongsberg Maritime obtains the rights to commercialize Seaglider™ Technology.  Seaglider™ is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) system that rather than using a propeller to move through the water, uses fixed wings and changes in buoyancy to achieve both vertical and forward motion.

2012

Kongsberg Maritime acquires Jotron Consultas.  Consultas delivers loading computer to the maritime sector and onboard maintenance, spare parts/inventory control, budget control, payroll systems and ship-to-shore data communication systems.

2011

Kongsberg Maritime acquires Evotec AS.  Evotec develops and delivers marine technology handling systems to market segments like seismic, offshore supply and subsea. Within these niches, Evotec AS has developed systems which have led them to be one of the leading suppliers in the market.

2008

Kongsberg Maritime acquires Metasystems AS. MetaSystems AS develops Intelligent Electronic Applications in terms of software, sensors and instruments for the maritime and land based industries, with the goal of increasing customers' profitability through optimal and safe operations.
 Kongsberg Maritime becomes the majority owner of Lodic AS a manufacturer of software for hydrostatics and stability calculations for ships and floating offshore structures.
 Kongsberg Maritime acquires the UK based GeoAcoustics, a world-leading manufacturer of sonar seabed survey equipment.
 Kongsberg Maritime and Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances form joint venture. The new company, Kongsberg Maritime China Zhenjiang Ltd., is focused on the delivery of electrical control & distribution units to the marine industry.
  Kongsberg Maritime acquires the USA based GlobalSim, a company with comprehensive simulation experience. Their main products are crane simulators.

2007

Kongsberg Maritime acquires the USA based Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) company Hydroid, an important manufacturer of compact and light weigth AUVs.

2005

The yachting segment was sold so that the maritime segment could concentrate on industrial markets.

2003

Kongsberg Simrad, Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems and Simrad are merged to form one of the world's largest suppliers of maritime electronics: Kongsberg Maritime.

2002

Kongsberg Simrad AS and ABB AS entered a worldwide co-operation agreement. Transfer of ABB's business related to dynamic positioning to Kongsberg Maritime.
  Kongsberg Simrad purchases 62% of Seaflex, a specialist company within offshore riser technology.

2001

Kongsberg Simrad acquires KonMap Maritime Systems AS, known for its mapping and marine operation support systems.

2000

Kongsberg Maritime acquires Navia ASA including the Seatex and Autronica product lines.

1997

Kongsberg Maritime is formed, consisting of the companies: Kongsberg Simrad, Kongsberg Norcontrol, Kongsberg Norcontrol Simulation and Simrad.

1996

Kongsberg Simrad introduces the SDP and the new IAS-Integrated Automation System concept in the market.
Kongsberg Gruppen (previously Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk) acquires Simrad ASA.
Simrad acquires Mesotech a Canadian manufacturer of underwater acoustic equipment.

1995

Kongsberg Maritime was established as a separate business area. The company changed its name to Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG)

1987

All civilian business activities within Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk are sold. Kongsberg Albatross is sold to Simrad and re-named Simrad Albatross

1985

Kongsberg Albatross AS is established as a separate company, fully owned by Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk

1982

Kongsberg Albatross becomes part of the Maritime Division of Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk

1978

The first engine room simulator was delivered.

1975

Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk founds Kongsberg Albatross to develop and deliver Dynamic Positioning systems. The company achieves its first sale this year.

1972

The first DataChief computerized alarm, monitoring and control system for ships.

1969

Worlds first computerized radar/ARPA system delivered to the MS Taimyr.

1965

Norcontrol was founded 1. April. The first product was a main engine remote control system for diesel driven ships.

1959

The first Autronica fire alarm system was ready.

1957

Autronica was founded 6. September. The first product was a local radio tuner for tape recorders.

1950

The first echo sounder for the commercial fishing fleet came on the market.

1946

Simonsen Radio, later Simrad was founded 31. December. The first product was a radio telephone for the fishing fleet. Our first maritime electronics activity.
 

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1814

This was a defining year for Norway. The nation penned its constitution - a crucial step towards independence - and the Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk, one of the country´s first industrialised factories, was established on 20. March this year.
 
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