Chapter V

INNOVATIVE BREAKTHROUGHS
1960 - 1986

A golden age of creativity

After the national focus of the post-war period, KONGSBERG again turned its attention on leveraging its expertise in the international marketplace. Our engineers were quick to seize on the spirit of creativity that flowed through contemporary society – an era when electronic and computing technologies emerged – and produced a golden age of innovation at the company. A series of international breakthroughs followed, including KONGSBERG’s Dynamic Positioning System and ground breaking missile technology. The seeds of the group’s established position as a global technology leader had been sown.

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The KONGSBERG product development team at work

Caption: Minister of industry Bjartmar Gjerde and the English minister of industry; April 1977. Qvenild and Hurlen demonstrate Dynamic Positioning

Cabel production in the early 1970´s

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A world of opportunity

These decades were a truly transformative time for KONGSBERG, as we succeeded in breaking into a series of international markets and raising awareness of our world class technological solutions. There was nothing accidental about this evolutionary leap – it was a well-planned market assault, based on a solid foundation of innovation, collaboration and the successful transferal of expertise from the defence to the civilian arena. Technical advances – from the firm’s work on a broad range of NATO projects, to its entrance into the oil and civilian maritime electronics sectors – were matched by a growing international footprint, with new offices opening in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. We developed unique, high-tech products that blended defence expertise with civilian demand.

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KONGSBERG NORTH AMERICA

Seaway Swan 1978. One of the first semi-subs with KONGSBERG Dynamic Positioning

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DYNAMIC
POSITIONING

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Our successful MSI-90U system for submarines

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Computer system SCADA at Statfjord A

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DISCOVERY
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Norcontrol Traffic Surveillance SystemComputer system SCADA at Statfjord A

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Growth, turmoil and a need for restructuring

The 1960s through to the late 80s was a time of ground-breaking innovation, constant creative drive and growth for the business. The new found focus on establishing a civilian product portfolio changed the shape of the company, with the civilian divisions accounting for 70% of the business by 1981. As companies were acquired and employee numbers increased, an international network of offices and production plants began to take shape. However, the market advances coincided with international turmoil, which had a serious impact upon the company. There was now a need for a valuable restructuring of our business.

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1987-1993

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SUBMARINE SYSTEMS

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SEASPARROW FLIES WITH KONGSBERG

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1975 - 1978 Major Arthur J. Aasland

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PENGUIN

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1978 – 1987 Rolf Qvenild

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THE DISCOVERY OF OIL

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DYNAMIC POSITIONING

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MODERNISATION AND GROWTH

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NORCONTROL

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SIMRAD

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