Cluster to Cluster
Collaboration in industry clusters can produce positive and remarkable results. And when we initiate cooperation across clusters, expectations are even higher: NCE Subsea and NCE Instrumentation collaborate on arranging this year’s business delegation to Brazil.
Illustration. Photo taken at Christian Michelsen Research.
– Collaboration between business clusters is definitely worthwhile, says Torbjørn Akersveen, Managing Director in NCE Instrumentation. NCE Subsea and NCE Instrumentation collaborate on organising the business delegation to Rio de Janeiro in September.
According to Akersveen and Owe Hagesæther, Chief Executive Officer in NCE Subsea, the idea is that participation should open up new market opportunities for their members. In particular, they hope that small and medium-sized companies will see the benefit of collaborating to meet the challenges and requirements of the Brazilian market.
– I think everyone in the industry are aware of the importance of this conference and the opportunities that are now opening up in Brazil. The Norwegian industry has extensive experience in solving industrial challenges in tough surroundings, and the major players in Brazil know that, says Akersveen.
Hagesæther says that the business delegation is a perfect forum for companies that want to gain a foothold in the Brazilian market. – A delegation like this will help establish valuable contacts and give insight into the enormous market Brazil represents. We advocate a strong Norwegian presence in Brazil, and the collaboration with NCE Instrumentation lends this more weight, he says.
In addition to helping Norwegian companies establish themselves in Brazil, the event aims to bring together different disciplines. This will be the largest joint event the two clusters have taken part in so far. The organisations hope that the trip will help cluster members get to know each other and give them an opportunity to discuss shared professional challenges. – Knowledge about each other is an important part of a collaboration – therefore we must ensure that people in these disciplines meet, says Akersveen.
Hagesæther underlines the importance of appearing as a united and competent professional environment internationally. – It is a great advantage to establish close links between R&D institutions and the industry, he says. – We want to enable these environments to work together. This will strengthen the total capacity of both clusters in the long run.
Akersveen believes that NCE Subsea and NCE Instrumentation – as elite clusters that focus on the offshore industry – will benefit from appearing unified and coordinated towards and exciting market. – All good collaborations draw on each other’s strengths. We know NCE Subsea as a cluster with great market insight and strong and well-established connections to international environments.
NCE Instrumentation, on their part, has an active and proven cooperation model with the strongest academic environments in Norway, NTNU and SINTEF. – Our cluster has doubtlessly received the most funding from The Research Council of Norway. Therefore, the technology we develop is brand new and draws strongly on new research. This is relevant to us, and in my opinion, it is a perfect point of departure for a mutual and productive collaboration, he concludes.
Managing Director NCE Instrumentation
Phone: +47 911 70 381
Chief Executive Officer NCE Subsea
Phone: +47 908 75 888