Leading marine sensor manufacturer increases Far East Asia delivery capability.
From the official opening ceremony.
Over 30,000m2 of modern production facilities are scheduled to be in place by 2012.
Kongsberg Maritime China Jiangsu (KMCJ), an advanced new 2880m2 sensor
production facility located in the Norwegian Industrial Park in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu
province, China, was officially opened on Monday 30th November 2009 during a traditional
Chinese ceremony attended by over 150 guests.
Work started on the modern new sensor production facility, which is based on
the same methodology and processes used at Kongsberg Maritime's Trondheim, Norway
sensor production facility, in February 2009.
"The establishment of KMCJ was an international effort, involving a number of
people from different departments from our sensor production facility in Trondheim
and other Kongsberg Maritime sites," comments Håvard Johnsen, General Manager, KMCJ.
"We currently have 15 employees, all of which were hand-picked for their positions.
As a high-tech, international technology company we are dedicated to bringing only
the best people onboard and although most key personnel are now in place, the headcount
at KMCJ will continue to grow," says Johnsen.
The considerable investment in the new facility will support Kongsberg Maritime's
position as a leading developer of sophisticated sensors for marine and offshore
applications such as engine monitoring, bearing wear and tank monitoring, in addition
to ensuring local capability to service the significant marine sensors market in the region.
"Far East Asia engine manufacturers constitute a large portion of the potential
market for the standard sensors produced by Kongsberg Maritime, whilst we have also
identified a direct requirement from shipyards for the delivery of our sensor products,"
says Andreas Jagtøyen, Vice President of Kongsberg Maritime's Merchant Marine sensor
division in Trondheim (MM-T).
"The sensor production lines set up at KMCJ are intended for larger volumes and
mass production for these customers, while in Trondheim, we will take care of customer
specific sensors, spare parts and European orders," continues Jagtøyen.
The KMCJ production facility also features a state-of-the-art mechanical workshop,
with a range of advanced CNC-machining centres, and other workshop machinery for
production of sensor parts and other mechanical components. This will ensure the
continued quality and reliability of Kongsberg Maritime sensor products in addition
to enabling a competitive market offering.
"To ensure the right product quality and to meet the market price, it was necessary
to in-source and take control over the mechanical production of our sensors," explains
Oddbjørn Malmo, Production Manager at MM-T.
The new KMCJ building is part of a larger project to establish a significant
KONGSBERG presence in Zhenjiang, following the purchase of 55,000m2 of land in the
area. Over 30,000m2 of modern production facilities are scheduled to
be in place by 2012, representing Kongsberg Maritime's largest production operation outside of Norway.