No other region in the world has an industrial cluster to compare with Grenland’s. Industry here is diverse, with large and small businesses within areas such as the process industry, metallurgy, green technology, pharmaceuticals and power. Several industrial companies that are global leaders in their fields are based here, for example Yara, Ineos, RHI, ABB and Norcem Eramet. A solid supplier and service network helps these companies with production, maintenance and projects. The region is home to Norway’s largest industrial park, Herøya Industrial Park, and the development of the Frier Vest industrial area will provide space for more future-orientated industry.
Structural changes over the last 20 years have meant a move towards a more diverse business community. Today, Grenland is also home to exciting businesses and knowledge environments within healthcare and IT.
Hospitals and healthcare is one area experiencing strong growth. Telemark has more than 40 businesses working either wholly or in part within a national and international healthcare market. Some of these are world leaders, while others have a local focus. The project “Health Innovation Telemark” aims to contribute to the success of individual health companies’ innovation work, with a view to this leading to more jobs within the healthcare industry in Telemark. Establishing a national centre of expertise for the environment and healthcare is one example of the work under way to facilitate new business in related areas.
Many new IT businesses sprang up in Telemark in the mid-noughties, giving the region a genuine and strong technology environment. IKT Telemark is a network of IT-related companies in the region, working together to further growth and cooperation in the IT industry. Targeted work is also under way to establish a data centre in collaboration with hydropower company Statkraft, and in the autumn of 2019, Google bought a plot of land at Gromstul, north of Skien.