Bjørn Harald Celius, CEO of Bilfinger Industrier in Norway and Denmark.
- This is a milestone, not only for our operations, but also for the other subsidiaries of Bilfinger. With a common identity the group will draw attention to its size and the scope of services and competencies, says Bjørn Harald Celius, CEO of Bilfinger Industrier in Norway and Denmark.
Since 1992, the Norwegian operations have been a part of Bilfinger, a global industrial concern, which is engaged in activities all over the world. Today Bilfinger is a conglomerate of companies operating in Europe, the US and Asia. Now 300 companies and 70 000 co-workers are gathered under the Bilfinger name.
Bilfinger has during the last decade developed into a leading international supplier of services within the process, energy, and oil and gas industries. The background to the group’s change of name and logo is a strategic shift in its core activities, with an emphasis on industrial services, and exploitation of synergies, in order to stimulate further growth.
- With a common name we shall be more attractive as an employer, and improve our competitiveness when it comes to recruiting qualified personnel. Over the last two years we have doubled our workforce, which now includes 2300 co-workers, but we see a requirement for strengthening our team further. What is more, in cooperation with our sister companies in the Bilfinger group we shall capture our share of the current vigorous growth in the Norwegian oil and gas market, Celius says.Key moments in the company’s history:
• BIS Industrier was founded in 1986 with the establishment of company Isenta in Drammen and Molde
• The parent company, Bilfinger Berger Industrial Services AG, headquartered in Munich, took over the company in 1992.
• In 1995 the company acquired Teknisk Isolering, which at the time was a leading player within isolation and refurbishment for the offshore industry.
• In 1999 the company acquired Scana Offshore Technology AS and two years after the activities of Grenland Supply AS were taken over. Both these companies were engaged in core areas within surface treatment, fire protection and scaffolding. These acquisitions expanded the company’s range of services considerably.
• In January 2003 the company expanded its range of products and services also to include technical cleaning, stud pulling and pressure testing. This was the result of the company taking over leading personnel and equipment from North Sea Services AS.
• In 2006 the German parent company changed its name from Rheinhold & Mahla AG to Bilfinger Berger Industrial Services AG (BIS AG). In June 2007 R&M Industrier became BIS Industrier AS.
• In 2010 Statoil and BP awarded the company large-scale outline agreements for ISO-maintenance.
• Bilfinger Industrier’s Danish subsidiary Bilfinger Industrier Denmark AS was set up in 2010 and has operations in Kalundborg and Fredericia. The subsidiary was established in connection with the outline agreement signed with the Statoil Kalundborg refinery in 2010. In April 2012 Bilfinger Industrier Norge AS was awarded an ISO operation contract by Shell’s refinery in Fredericia within disciplines scaffolding and isolation.
• BIS Industrier in 2012 posted sales of approx 2.2 billion NOK, and is currently employing a 2500-strong workforce. Its activities extend from Hammerfest in the north of Norway to Kalundborg in Denmark.
• Bilfinger Industrier Norge AS is one of Norway’s largest full-range suppliers of services and products within isolation, refurbishment, surface treatment, scaffolding and technical cleaning delivered to the shipbuilding, oil and gas industries.
• On 12 March 2013 BIS Industrier changes its name to Bilfinger Industrier Norge AS.