Agder delegation visiting Japan

A delegation from Agder accompanied Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, on a trip to Japan this week to study robots.

From left: Digital business Developer at GCE NODE; Arnt Aske, Department Manager at Teknova; Nabil Belbachir, Minister of Business and Industry; Monica Mæland, Associate Professor at UiA; Ilya Tyapin, CEO at NCE NODE; Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO at Mechatronics Innovation Lab; Bernt Inge Øhrn and Associate Professor at the  Business School at UiA.
Photo: Anne-Grete Ellingsen

Nabil Belbachir from Teknova’s department of Smart instrumentation, accompanied the Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, on a trip to Japan, together with other representatives from the Agder region.

Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland, says the purpose of the trip was to identify what Norwegian businesses can offer Japan, and vice versa. Outside of Europe, Japan is one of the most important markets for Norway. The delegation also wanted to build networks, and to find possible R&D partners within robotics and digitalization.

Japan is the world’s third largest economy, behind the United States and China. It is known for its fascination and extensive use of robots.

One of the companies that the Agder delegation visited was Glory, a company that specializes in automation of production of money machines for the global market. Glory has been able to home-source its production from China to Japan by establishing a production process in which robots and humans interact and cooperate.