More than one hundred years of experience with international industrial development forms the background for the Raufoss industrial cluster, an outgrowth of Raufoss ASA.
The cluster’s core area of activity is the manufacturing of products in lightweight materials by automated production, and its goal is to develop a national resource centre. The industrial cluster at Raufoss currently consists of over 40 companies with more than 4,000 employees. The group’s total turnover amounts to roughly NOK 5.5 billion, of which exports comprise some 85%.
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The projects at Raufoss are grouped into five main areas of activity:
- Development of the cluster and its networks
- New activity
- Technology and infrastructure
- Linking education and practice
- Commercialization of R&D findings
The core areas of activity to be developed are lightweight materials and automated production. These also comprise the core areas of expertise for all the companies in the cluster, as well as the area in which the cluster is on the international cutting edge. NCE Raufoss seeks to become a national resource centre in these areas. One objective is for the cooperating companies to maintain and strengthen their current market positions. Specifically, this will involve the re-creation of 150 jobs annually in existing companies. In addition, new companies employing 250 persons with a total turnover of NOK 1 billion per year will be established and developed during this period.
By collaborating on targeted R&D projects, the companies will maintain and strengthen their market positions. Cooperation with educational institutions and expert circles at the regional, national and international levels will be crucial. As one example of this, the group has signed agreements with Gjøvik University College and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
With expertise originating in Raufoss ASA, the Raufoss cluster serves an extensive, global network of customers. Several of the companies are owned by international interests. The group’s most important markets are the international automobile and defence industries. NCE Raufoss currently has the following participants: Raufoss Technology & Industrial Management AS, Nammo Raufoss AS, Hydro Aluminium Structures Raufoss AS, Hydro Aluminium Profiler AS, Raufoss Technology AS, Kongsberg Automotive Raufoss AS, Steertec Raufoss AS, Plastal AS, Hexagon Composites ASA, Raufoss Water and Gas AS, Raufoss Metall AS, Raufoss Industrial Tools AS, Mustad Longline AS, TotAl-gruppen (a network of small and medium-sized companies) and Raufoss Næringspark ANS.