Solberg Scandinavian AS Wins Award
April 4, 2012
We are proud to announce that the Solberg Company's Bergen, Norway operation was recently awarded the Hordaland International Award, better known as "The Wild Sheep Award". This award is sponsored and presented by Bergen County and the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and is awarded to businesses in Hordaland in recognition of active, professional and dedicated work. These businesses must also have established themselves internationally and/or helped to promote business in the Hordaland region internationally.
The wild sheep was selected as the symbol for this international award because it is strong, sustainable and frugal, which is appropriate since the companies that receive the award have many of these same properties. The beautiful award is a wild sheep carved by famed Norwegian woodcarver Arne Mørkve. The Award is intended to identify companies with visibility and strength and to increase interest in international work throughout the greater Bergen region. This year's selection committee consisted of:
Geir Haugum, Innovation Norway
Tor Aase Johannessen, Norwegian School of Economics
Paul Manger, Hordaland County Council
Arne Fonneland, Janus, past award recipient
Marit Warncke, Bergen Chamber of Commerce
The selection committee received proposals for many qualified companies, but this year's award winner was unanimous.
In 1995, Professor Hermann Simon conducted a study of many German companies. His study identified a number of companies which he described as Hidden Champions, subtitled "Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders." According to Professor Simon, "This type of company often plays a large role, even though they are almost unknown to most people. In Bergen County, there are approximately 8-10 hidden champions." According to Professor Simon, a hidden champion is a company that:
- Focuses on small but lucrative niches
- Operates worldwide
- Has a goal from the start to be No. 1 in its industry
- Is innovative and invests large amounts in research and development
Solberg Scandinavian AS had its beginnings in Sandviken in the late 1960's and moved during the 1970's to Bergen. In 1981, they grew out of their original facility in Bergen and moved to a larger and more sustainable facility closer to the oil and gas production in Hordaland.
In 1979, Solberg received their first contract with Mobil Oil for delivery to the Statfjord platform in the North Sea. This drove the growth of the company, during which time they manufactured products for 3M for deliveries to customers worldwide, including several contracts with major oil companies like BP, Exxon, Mobil and Statoil.
In 2007, Solberg made its single largest investment by acquiring a number of patents from 3M, and the same year the company established a subsidiary in Australia. Since then, Solberg has put significant resources in research and development to develop the patents that were purchased from 3M. The goal has been to produce environmentally friendly products. As 3M withdrew from this market, the company started developing a series of new environmentally friendly products including RE-HEALING" Foam (RF) which has no harmful levels of fluoride compounds.
Solberg has been able to commercialize RF, and in 2010 was awarded major contracts with Airservices Australia for the delivery of RF foam concentrate, to be used at 21 airports across Australia as well as a long-term supply contract with the state of Queensland.
In 2011, Solberg Scandinavian AS became a division of Amerex Corporation which is owned by McWane, Inc. The company continues to invest in research and development, and works closely with major customers and other test agencies to continuously improve existing product lines and develop new products. This includes the development of a SOLBERG foam suppression systems hardware line and a continuous LOOP cooperation contract with Statoil.
Solberg foam concentrates are used in a variety of industries ranging from aerospace, aviation, chemical, defense, energy, marine, mining, oil & gas, petrochemical, pipelines, solvents & coatings and power generation. The products are produced at the company's factory in Radøy for industrial use by fire brigades, and in land-based and offshore installations worldwide.
Solberg is an Amerex Corporation company with a European heritage. The company is a global one-stop resource for firefighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware and accessories. Solberg offers environmentally sustainable fluorosurfactant and fluoropolymer-free foam concentrate products, an innovation in Class B firefighting foam and traditional firefighting foam concentrates. Solberg's people and processes are committed to quality, service and safety along with environmental responsibility. This philosophy enables the company to flourish while delivering innovations and value. More information can be found on the web at http://www.solbergfoam.com/
For more information contact:
Vice President, Global Marketing
The Solberg Company
Telephone: +1 920 593 9447
General Manager, EMEA Region
Solberg Scandinavian AS
Telephone: +47 5 34 97 00
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