The contract was signed at the University of Agder in Grimstad Monday afternoon. The agreement is worth approximately MUSD 1, making Bosch Rexroth the largest foreign partner of the Center for Offshore Mechatronics. 80 per cent of Bosch Rexroth’s contribution is in cash and 20 per cent in man-hours.
Bosch Rexroth is a German engineering company with 34,000 employees worldwide and part of Bosch Group. The partnership with Center for Offshore Mechatronics is made through the Norwegian subsidiary Bosch Rexroth AS in Ski.
“We are delighted to welcome Bosch Rexroth as a partner. Bosch Rexroth is a large and well-reputed company, and already established as a subcontractor to several large offshore businesses in our region”, says Geir Hovland, Director of Center for Offshore Mechatronics.
Representatives from Bosch Rexroth’s marine and offshore group in the Netherlands, and senior management from Germany, came to sign the deal in Grimstad Monday.
“We see many similarities between our own development and what happens here at the Center for Offshore Mechatronics. That is why we would like to be involved. We aim to be part of technical achievements and innovations that can be useful in our daily work”, says Arild Strand, CEO of Bosch Rexroth AS.
The Center for Offshore Mechatronics aims to become the international knowledge and research hub for the next generation advanced offshore mechatronic systems. This includes the development of fully automatic operations and condition monitoring of topside drilling systems under the control of land-based operation centers. This will ensure safe and efficient operations in deeper water and harsher environments.
Partners in Center for Offshore Mechatronics:
- Bosch Rexroth
- GCE NODE
- International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS)
- Klüber Lubrication
- Lundin Norway
- National Oilwell Varco
- RWTH Aachen University
- Skeie Technology
- Step Change
- University of Agder
- Aalborg University