Toilet-maker flush with orders

A Norwegian company that makes toilets for ships is overflowing with new business.

A Norwegian company that makes toilets for ships is overflowing with new business. Jets Vacuum of Hareid in Sunnmoere secured contracts for no less than 30 vessels during a single day this week.

The rush of new jobs occurred during a major maritime exhibition in Korea called Kor-marine. Among the deals was a contract with Korea's Samsung shipyard to deliver toilets for 22 vessels under construction at the yard.

All told, Jets Vacuum will produce around 1,500 toilets for the 30 ships in deals worth an estimated NOK 8 million (about USD 1.1 million).

Jets Vacuum is based in the central Norwegian county of Moere og Romsdal, but with more and more of the international shipbuilding market shifting to Asia, it also has opened a sales office in Korea.

"We're also seeing that China is sailing up as a major player in shipbuilding," said Kaare Haddal of Jets Vacuum, noting that Norwegian suppliers face a challenge maintaining contact with potential customers.

Haddal said his company was pleased with its new orders, which amounted to what normally comes in a month.

"But if we're going to make money out of ships' toilets, we need many more orders," he said.

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