Rune Aarrestad, CEO of Norac, received flowers from Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE, at GCE NODE’s Annual Meeting in Kristiansand Thursday, as a token of appreciation for Norac’s entry into the cluster.

Manufacturer and supplier of maritime interior systems, Norac, is accepted as GCE NODE participant number 100!

“This is long overdue. We have been meaning to join the cluster for some time now,” says Rune Aarrestad, CEO of Norac.

For more than 40 years, Norac has been a manufacturer of interior for cruise ships, commercial vessels and offshore installations. Norac products include fire rated walls, ceilings, doors, prefabricated wet units, glazed partitions and doors, floating floors and windows for maritime use. Customers include cruise giant Royal Caribbean International, Edison Chouest Offshore and several Korean and European shipyards.

Norac employs more than 500 people world-wide, mainly in production facilities in China and Lithuania. The corporate headquarters are located in Arendal, Norway.

“We are pleased to enter the GCE NODE network of companies in the marine and maritime sectors. We will attend relevant workshops and seminars and look into the opportunity to be part of joint GCE NODE stands at international exhibitions,” says Aarrestad.

“In return, we offer our extensive experience in an international market. I am confident that our entry into GCE NODE will produce mutual benefits,” says Aarrestad.

Lately, the Board of GCE NODE has been busy approving new participants. Less than a year ago, there were only 74 cluster participants.

“The influx of new companies illustrates that value of participating in a cluster that not only promotes the oil and gas industry, but also explores how existing competence and technology can be transferred to new markets. The interest for participating in the cluster has never been higher,” says Anne-Grete Ellingsen.