Vice President Sensors, Stefan Bremer receiving the award on behalf of Kongsberg Maritime.
For the second time in three years, the Kongsberg Maritime sensor production
facility at Lade in Trondheim has received a highly regarded Wärtsilä Supplier Award.
Kongsberg Maritime's sensor division in Lade, which is formally know as 'Sensors
& Instrumentation, Merchant Marine Division' ('MM-T'), was specifically honoured
for its exemplary world-wide delivery precision, having consistently met and exceeded
Wärtsilä's strict criteria for 'on-time-delivery'.
MM-T was also highlighted for its development of sophisticated Scandinavian technology
based on customer needs, and its ability to make this technology available on a
global basis. Kongsberg Maritime was last awarded the prize, in 2007, based on a
sum-total of technical innovation, delivery precision and responsiveness to customer
"Only six out of 125 suppliers receive this award from Wärtsilä", says Vice President
Sensors, Stefan Bremer. "For us here at Lade, this is significant because it reflects
our efforts in 2009, and the award was an immediate feedback from an important customer."
The diesel engine maker, Wärtsilä, is a key MM-T customer and although delivery
precision has always been strong, over the last few years it has improved from an
average of 85 % in 2008 up to 94 % in 2009. This has been achieved through a combination
of efforts including the introduction of new work processes, physical restructuring
of the production area, improved material flow, through investment in warehouse
and ERP systems, and a committed, flexible workforce.
Kongsberg Maritime has invested a great deal in their marine and offshore sensor
development and production in the last two years, most notably with enhancements
at the Lade production facility and the recent opening of the new, dedicated facility
in Zhenjiang, China.