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Kongsberg Cluster, NCE Systems Engineering

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 10 January, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Sør-Østlandet
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Torkil
Bjørnson
Cluster Manager
+47 92037160
torkil.bjornson@crenova.no
Male
Ingerid
Bakkemoen
Internationalisation Responsible
+47 918 82 619
ib@k-i.no
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
Norwegian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Oil and Gas Production and Transportation
Technology fields: 
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Information Technology/Informatics
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Systems Engineering
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
30
Number of SME members: 
14
Number of larger company members: 
8
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
8
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Kongsberg cluster main strategy is to be the driving force for strengthening the competitiveness of the companies through faster innovation, smart use of new technology and a strong sharing culture.

The core expertise of the cluster is Systems Enginnering, which is an ideal framework for safe and effective implementation of new technologies into existing and new solutions throughout their entire product life cycle. We use the Systems Engineering framwork to get the overall view and analysis of the total life cycle mangement of product and processes across all business domain.       

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Details of support services: 

A common goal for the for the cluster activites is to create synergies between the companies that is to mutual benefits. Specifc actives: * Industrial edcation programs * Common R&D projects * SME developement programs * Value chain development * Cluster-to-cluster cooperation

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
United States
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
France
Netherlands
Sweden
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
OpticsValley, France
NCE Raufoss, Norway
NCE Smart Energy Markets, Norway
NCE iKuben, NOrway
GCE Subsea, Norway
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Smarter use of new technologies in products and production processes is the core of the cluster's DNA. 

Number of employees in the Kongsberg industry has grown from 3,800 to 24,000 worldwide and the revenue from 2.5 BNOK to 45 BNOK in the period 1987 until 2016. All of the large companies supply advanced system solutions used for demanding applications where the consequence of failure is dramatic. Such requirements need holistic, strong and efficient innovation processes, which is the basic of Systems Engineering. The systems are developed in close cooperation with demanding customers and relevant competence institutions.

In most areas, the companies have a world leading market position and global operations. In Kongsberg the companies have 8,000 employees, while the remaining 16,000 employees are spread on more than 200 locations in more than 40 countries. In Norway, the companies have own operations in 18 of the 19 counties and employees or sub-suppliers in over 90 % of all Norwegian municipalities. The cluster is of national importance.

The Kongsberg cluster has decades of tradition for cooperation and innovation within existing companies and in areas of high national importance. This unique innovation power has yearly, in average, created 800 new jobs and over 1.5 BNOK increase of revenue. Based on the strong competence base and the collaborative culture, the companies have seen new opportunities, seized them and successfully developed new business areas.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The Kongsberg Cluster represents a number of high-tech companies with world-leading market positions in many industries. The companies are innovative and spend approximately NOK 3 billion annually on research, development and innovation. Kongsberg is today an industry-driven competence cluster where core competence is system engineering. The cluster's activities are solely based on brain power and with leadership positions in many industries, this makes the cluster robust.