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Supplier development

Strengthens the suppliers’ competitiveness

The enterprises in the Kongsberg cluster compete on global markets. With the knowledge explosion and globalisation, whole value chains face keener competition from all over the world and suppliers are required to maintain strict new standards.

The Supplier Development Project (SDP) is designed to improve the enterprises’ long-term competitiveness. SDP is a neutral facilitator that helps initiate improvement processes and brings together relevant networks. The focus is on knowledge-based initiatives that will strengthen value chains and competitiveness for small companies and large global corporations alike.

The project is being implemented in collaboration with VRI Buskerud (policy instruments for regional R&D and innovation), Innovation Norway, the Kongsberg region, the Kongsberg Chamber of Commerce, Buskerud and Vestfold University College and Notodden Development. In the years ahead, the GCE model will be strategically important for further developing SDP and the global approach.

Skills upgrading through courses and seminars
NCE SE has continued its focus on the development of regional subcontractors through specialist seminars, development projects and human resource development projects. Among other topics, SDP has addressed Visual Management (VSM) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Enterprises that operate in the defence and oil and gas industry devote special attention to CSR and have their own programmes. Along with the enterprises and Innovation Norway, NCE SE has organised CSR training initiatives among selected SMEs. SDP has also taken the initiative to develop courses, and collaborates with K-Tech and the National Institute of Technology, Norway.

Clarity and closer cooperation are important criteria for success to ensure deliveries at the right time, with the right quality and at the right price. SDP’s work raises the level of knowledge in enterprises, and improves communications and the ability to cooperate between suppliers and customers.

For more information about the sub-project Supplier development, please contact project manager
Truls Engebret Moe.
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