Jets™ wins the Norwegian Export Award 2014

(Wednesday, April 9, 2014)

The Norwegian Export Conference became an extra pleasant experience for Jets™ CEO Jan Tore Leikanger today, as he received the Norwegian Export Award 2014 from His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in an award ceremony at the end of the conference.

Top photo: Jets™ CEO Jan Tore Leikanger giving his acceptance speech after Jets Vacuum won the Export Award 2014. On the left side of the photo is His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

Jets Vacuum was nominated for the award after the company in 2013 supplied 1,000 toilets and related equipment to a stadium in Brazil, a country to which Jets™ has exported a great deal in recent years. The stadium project evidently impressed the jury, which consisted of former head of the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, John G. Bernander, CEO of Nordea Bank, Gunn Wærsted, and head of the Norwegian Board of Technology, Siri Hatlen.

- We were certain that we were a strong candidate, but we also recognized the tough competition from 11 other nominees representing the cutting edge of Norwegian industry. When we realized we were not just among the three finalists, but had in fact won, we were extremely excited. It took me a moment to grasp that our name was the one being read. I see this as confirmation that we have done right in expanding abroad in the past few years. We are determined to ensure continued growth at home by expanding across the world, and I believe the jury has made a note of this in their evaluation of the candidates, says Jets™ CEO Jan Tore Leikanger.

He received the Export Award exactly one week after Jets™ also won the prestigious Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council, for a new toilet model.

- It has been quite a week. It is very positive for us to receive such recognition both for our products, and for our export efforts. It inspires us to keep building on what we have acheived thus far, Leikanger says.

Jets Vacuum exports 85 % of its NOK 340 million turnover (about USD 55 million), which stems from sales of vacuum toilets, vacuum pumps, treatment plants and other resource-saving sanitary solutions. The company already has more than half of the world market for ships built with vacuum systems, but in recent years the largest percentage growth has taken place on land. From large buildings and small cabins, to event toilets and railway - and now, a stadium in Brazil which seats 70,000.

- The Castelão stadium, for which we have won the Export Award, now features the world's largest vacuum sanitary installation on land. Only large cruise ships can match its size. That speaks volumes about how well we have succeeded in moving from the maritime market to land based installations, Leikanger points out.

A total of 12 companies and projects were nominated for the Export Award 2014, from which three finalists were picked by the jury: Jets Vacuum, National Oilwell Varco and Indra Navia. Among the other nominees are well-known Norwegian businesses such as Ekornes, Stokke, Ulstein Design & Solutions, Kongsberg and Nexans.

The Export Award is a new award with the intended purpose of showing appreciation for Norwegian exporters who manage to create value in Norway through sales to international markets. It is given out by the Guarantee Institute for Export Credit (GIEK), GIEK Credit Insurance, Export Credit Norway and their media partner Finansavisen, a Norwegian daily newspaper.


Three finalists


Jan Tore Leikanger from Jets™ (center) along with two members of the jury and representatives from the two other finalist National Oilwell Varco and Indra Navia.

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