Norwegian cluster signs MoU with Vale do Aço, in Minas Gerais

Last Wednesday (April 17th) it was launched in Ipatinga-MG the Development Plan for Local Productive Arrangements, that aims to increase competitiveness and strength the insertion of companies from Minas Gerais in the Oil & Gas and Maritime supply chain. This is part of the Brasil Maior Plan, as well as of the Program for Mobilization of the National Oil & Gas Industry (Prominp). The project focuses on companies working within the metal-mechanic and metallurgical sectors in the Vale do Aço. In total, 30 Minas Gerais’ companies are accounted in the project’s scope.

A group of Norwegians from the cluster NCE NODE was in Ipatinga for the signing of a MoU with the local businessmen. Kjetil Paulsen (Noba Tech) said the first good impression was to see that even some competitor companies managed to help each other in order to increase the business possibilities in the region. Mr. Paulsen also stated: The Norwegians have found technical knowledge, local experience and commercial competitiveness, and it will get us to execute projects that were before unfeasible.

The initiative aims to connect over 230 local companies with the 58 Norwegian companies members of the Norwegian cluster for experience and technology exchange. “They have developed this type of technology and equipment for four decades, and they have a lot to teach us”, said Jeferson Bachour Coelho (Sindimiva). The cooperation will allow local industries to become suppliers for Petrobras and other larger companies.


Innovation Norway is responsible for promoting the Norwegian industry abroad. Our office in Rio de Janeiro manages Innovation House Rio, our business incubator office, and helps Norwegian companies in their efforts towards the Brazilian market.

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