– Being the largest company in Norway and one of the most capable and competent subsea companies in the world it is of great importance, and a great pleasure, to announce our partnership, says Owe Hagesæther, CEO of GCE Subsea.
– Statoil values the clusters national and international network and their driving role in industry driven R&D and Innovation processes, says Stein Olav Drange, Vice president Technology Management in Statoil. – We also focus on building relations with the Oceans Industries Incubator and the Startup and ScaleUp programmes and companies in GCE Subsea, and believe that GCE Subsea will prove to be a useful arena for innovation relevant to our value chain, Drange concludes.
GCE Subsea Partners
GCE Subsea has 23 partners within industry, R&D, academia and public offices. – The partners of the GCE Subsea cluster are the leading force, and the backbone of our cluster, Hagesæther says.
– In return, our partners gain access to an arena where they meet potential customers and partners, and where valuable knowledge, and know-how is shared and transferred within the cluster’s 120 members and partners, he continues.
- GCE Subsea is one of Norway’s three Global Centres of Expertise representing or most professional and important industry. We are excited to have Statoil onboard as a partner. This will strengthen the cluster significantly, and add force to our effort implementing our strategy for the Norwegian Subsea Industry, Hagesæther concludes.
Who Can Become a Partner or Member
All organisations established in Norway that deliver products or services in or to the subsea industry, or intend to do so, can become members of GCE Subsea.
Companies that are seen as particularly important for the development of the cluster and educational and government institutions can be accepted as partners. Read more about GCE Subsea membership.
International research shows that business clusters lead to higher employment, greater economic growth and improved productivity. Innovation in terms of new technology, new products and services more often takes place inside an industry cluster than outside. Read more about the Norwegian Innovation Clusters .