Kongsberg Maritime to boost Indian operations, opens new facility in Kochi

Kongsberg Maritime has opened a new facility in Kochi as part of a strategic drive to enhance customer support and prepare for future assembly of its waterjet products.

Located in the Maritime Park adjacent to Cochin Shipyard’s International Ship Repair Facility (ISRF), the new Kongsberg Maritime facility will provide local specialist technical support for new building and other projects undertaken within the Cochin Shipyard, and general support for customers in the Kochi region.

A press release issued here said the company intended to enable the assembly and overhaul of Kongsberg Maritime’s range of Kamewa water jets, as part of a strategic move to “support the government’s ‘Make in India’ strategy” to develop more home-grown capability across a range of industries.

Opening the new facility, Norway’s Ambassador to India, May-Elin Stener, said: “Kongsberg contributes greatly to new technology in the maritime, offshore, aerospace and defence areas and has been operating in India for many years. It is one of our flagship companies, in which the Norwegian Government has more than 50 per cent shareholding.

The opening of the new facility in Kochi adds to the growing Norway-India business ties, boosted by the newly signed EFTA-India trade and economic partnership agreement. Norway has had a strong and consistent dialogue with Cochin Shipyard that has always been forthcoming in supporting Norwegian companies, using their know-how and expertise, she said.

Annette Holte, President, Kongsberg Maritime India said “The Kochi area is a true maritime hub. Its expected growth in the years to come is underpinned by high levels of expertise and competence in ship building and repair, and we are delighted to be part of Cochin’s bright future. This is a first step for us, and through strategic partnerships, we expect to expand our operations to include assembly and overhaul capability, for our range of water jets”.

The Kongsberg Group employs around 500 people in India, across defence and maritime, with 150 currently working in Mumbai for the Kongsberg Maritime business. India is also an important country for the company’s supply chain, including supply of all major steel castings for the Kamewa water jets sold worldwide, the release said.

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