The Federation of Norwegian Industry (NI)

The Federation of Norwegian Industries (NI) was founded in 2005 and represents over 2,000 member companies with a total of approximately 110,000 employees.

The creation of this federation was the result of a merger between the two major industrial federations of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) - the Federation of Norwegian Manufacturing Industries (TBL) and the Federation of Norwegian Process Industries (PIL). The NI is by far the largest sectoral federation within NHO, comprising approximately 25% of this confederation.  


The Federation of Norwegian Industries acts on the behalf of the wide range of Norwegian industrial sectors, activities and corporations. One central role of the organization is to work closely with the Norwegian government in order to ensure that the authorities maintain a long-term fiscal policy that facilitates the competitiveness of Norwegian industry in the global market.  


Sharing a common goal of promoting the positive development of free trade between Norway and the international environment, the Federation of Norwegian Industries works closely together with the national government in suggesting policy, guidelines and strategies that promote healthy competition, a clean environment, and transparent business practices.  


Mr Stein Lier-Hansen, Managing Director of the Federation of Norwegian Industries since the organization’s inception, has formerly held the position of director in the Directorate of Nature Management, and served as State Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment during the first Stoltenberg government from 2000 – 01.  


Norwegian companies are excellent at finding solutions, and this is shown in the high quality products and services provided by the diverse industrial sectors here in this country. The Federation of Norwegian Industry prides itself in playing a central role in this success, having achieved – and maintaining – a high level of expertise within all areas of the broad spectre of Norwegian industrial activities. This knowledge provides active support and guidance aimed at strengthening Norwegian industry both nationally as well as abroad. 

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