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Kongsberg Maritime jv doubles China workforce

Shanghai: Norwegian process automation systems specialist, Kongsberg Maritime has established a new joint venture with China's Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances. The new company, Kongsberg Maritime China Zhenjiang Ltd., is focused on the delivery of electrical control & distribution units to the marine industry.

Kongsberg Maritime is already present in China with offices in Shanghai, Dalian and Guangzhou. This joint venture will double the number of Kongsberg Maritime employees in China in electrical equipment for commercial

Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances has long traditions in the Chinese marine market, specialising and naval ships, such as low-voltage switchboards, bridge consoles, multiform control cabinets, dry  transformers and battery charger/UPS power devices. In addition, the company supplies navigation-aid apparatus such as navigation light/signal light controller, whistle controller, emergency telegraph and combined audio/light alarm systems.

Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances' product range will constitute a valuable addition to Kongsberg Maritime's existing portfolio, providing an entry into new areas of the Chinese market through the possibility of delivering more complete packages of integrated systems.

According to Vice President of Offshore and Marine at Kongsberg Maritime, Morten Hasås Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances often obtains contracts for total turn-key packages from local shipyards. These packages include switchboards, control consoles, alarm systems, monitoring and control systems, power management systems as well as starter cabinets/ transformers.

"Kongsberg Maritime delivers many of these products, but until now, we have offered them as a sub-vendor through companies such as Zhenjiang Marine Electrical Appliances. With this new joint venture, the two companies will be able to supply total e-packages for shipyards, representing a major advantage for our customers," Hasås said.

As a world leader of dynamic positioning systems, process automation systems, automation and surveillance systems, Kongsberg Maritime is already present in China with offices in Shanghai, Dalian and Guangzhou. This joint venture will double the number of Kongsberg Maritime employees in China and is an important part of Kongsberg Maritime's strategy towards gaining a greater market share in Asia.

"With this joint venture we hope to raise our turnover and gain increased influence over products that will complement our existing business. A more complete product range will increase our ability to provide the full picture and meet customers' needs," Hasås said.  [18/08/08]

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