The marine industry surged after the financial crisis of 2009. As businesses recover, control and monitoring systems, such as those offered by Auto-Maskin, play a significant role in minimising costs and ensuring sound investments.
"We provide a high level of support when and where it is needed. We are flexible and we can meet clients everywhere," says Svend Skjeggedal, managing director of Auto-Maskin, one of Norway's leading technology solutions suppliers serving the marine and industrial markets.
Auto-Maskin has been building control and monitoring solutions linked to process equipment for more than 30 years. Its class-approved diesel engine control units (DCUs) and monitoring panels are used in small, high-speed marine vessels and large auxiliary vessels.
As a monitoring tool, DCUs allow the smooth and efficient operation of ship engines through the installation of alarm systems and the use of sophisticated remote network displays and applications.
Cummins and Caterpillar - global designers and manufacturers of engines and power systems - use Auto-Maskin's DCUs to monitor their class marine engines. These key clients collaborate with Auto-Maskin to develop customised products that are flexible and user-friendly.
Auto-Maskin also offers emergency power management solutions, mostly to hospitals and airports in Norway. Its reputation in Norway makes it the preferred supplier of clients' dealerships in Australia, Europe and on the mainland.
While the United States and Europe remain key markets, Auto-Maskin is bolstering offshore dealerships in Shanghai and Singapore. The company is looking for more distributors active in the marine industry that share its dedication to providing high levels of support.
"We have our eyes on China and Asia. The Chinese market is interesting as a buyer and we would like to see 50 per cent of our turnover come from the Chinese market," Skjeggedal says. "We are also interested in China as a production site for our products."