NODE recently met with the Norwegian parliamentary Standing Committee for Transport and Communications. NODE emphasized the need for better highways between Kristiansand/Oslo, and Kristiansand/Stavanger, an airport with increased international flights and an improved harbor that accommodates the NODE-companies’ needs and requirements.
– Better infrastructure increases mobility of the workforce, lowers costs for manufacturers and increases value creation thereby securing and strengthening NODE-companies’ competitive edge. An investment in infrastructure is money well spent, said NODE’s Cluster Manager, Anne-Grete Ellingsen.
She also informed the committee’s members of the Sørlandslab project.
– I am well aware that Sørlandslab is not on this committee’s agenda. Still, Sørlandslab is NODE’s number one priority this year. We need this facility to perform research and testing that will enable us to remain world leaders in our fields of expertise, said Ellingsen.
The Standing Committee for Transport and Communication is responsible for matters related to domestic transportation, postal services, telecommunications, electronic communication as well as the duties of the Norwegian National Coastal Administration.
From the left: Linda C. Hofstad (chair of the Standing Committee for Transport and Communications), Anne-Grete Ellingsen (Cluster Manager, NODE), Hans Fredrik Grøvan (MP, Vest-Agder County) and Åse Michaelsen (MP, Vest-Agder County).