Participation in the Arena project is important to raise the industrial town of Mo i Rana up and forward.
– Through this we are lifted up in the division we deserve to be, says CEO in Mo Industrial Park AS, Ulriksen.
Mo Industrial Park AS (MIP AS) is currently engaged in three Arena project; Mineral Cluster Norway, Oil and Gas Network Helgeland and Arctic Maritime Cluster. In late November it was a partnering meeting in one of these networks; Arctic Maritime Cluster, in Mo. CEO of MIP AS, Arve Ulriksen, believes it is very important to participate in such projects. – Mo Industrial Park AS has through its participation in these clusters had an opportunity to position themselves as the largest and most complete provider environment. We are well on our way to position Mo i Rana as the Industrial Capital of the North, and soon in Norway, says Ulriksen.
Arena is a national program, owned by Innovation Norway, SIVA and the Research Council, which provides financial and technical support to long-term development of regional industrial clusters. Beyond access to financial support, it is important to be part of a national program, says Ulriksen.
– Through this we will be lifted up in the division we deserve to be, says Ulriksen, who points out that the industry environment in Helgeland is little known in the rest of Norway.
– Arena projects is therefore an excellent place to promote our broad industry and rich access to expertise. We will also be in a position to participate in activities organized by national authorities, which we would not otherwise have access to, says Ulriksen.
The “needle-eye” to be accepted in an Arena project is cramped.
– It requires enthusiasts who are passionate about growth and development in our region. Secondly it requires good project management and the establishment of targets, says Ulriksen.
– Furthermore, one must be able to organize and motivate participants and members to be active in the network. And you need to have the ability to put theory into practice and be able to show tangible results, says the CEO.
Being with three Arena project is extensive in itself, but Ulriksen considers it appropriate to take position even more.
– We are in contact with a.o the NCE cluster Eydenettverket in southern Norway, which has many similarities with the Mo Industrial Park. Participants are often actors in land-based industries, which also works with reuse and recycling economy. This is a major priority in Mo Industrial Park, says Ulriksen, who also points out GCE cluster of Bergen, with a focus on subsea, as relevant partners.
– Especially for the vendor environment in Mo Industrial Park, said Arve Ulriksen and notes that Momek already a member of this cluster. In addition to existing Arena project, the MIP AS also participates in the MIP Cluster, which is a business network in association with Mo Industrial Park focusing on landbased industry.
– We see that these clusters have much to gain by working together as they represent different industries, but also have many common challenges. Another common denominator is supplier communities, that often have clients in all industries, said MIP Director Mr Ulriksen.
· Owned by Innovation Norway, SIVA and the Research Council, and is one of three levels in the program Norwegian Innovation Clusters.
· Consists of a total of 22 cluster projects. Seven of these are found in northern Norway.
· Aims to stimulate regional groupings of companies and knowledge environments to increase innovation and competitiveness, based on cooperation.
· In 2015 the industry and fisheries ministry and the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development finance the Norwegian Innovation Clusters program with about 150 MNOK