Following the merger in 1964, the companies applied for an industry building at Sagodden in Oslo. The application processing time was tedious, and in the same year the local council decided to regulate Sagodden into a green park area. At the same time, Sandefjords’ long tradition of whaling was coming to an end, and the city was in need of new business opportunities. The local government in Sandefjord were highly interested in the newly established company from Oslo. Norgear were given good terms, and moved to Sandefjord, today only an hour south of Oslo, in August 1968.
A solid start
Norgear started its business in Sandefjord in 1968, in the newly built factory with a footprint of approximately 3,300 sqm. The main objective of the business was to produce gears, transmission equipment and related machine elements for most industries. Norgear’s first and most important product was a jack for use in the aluminum industry. With high orders already from start, the employees had to work night and day to be able to deliver. From then, the focus shifted gradually towards the marine industry and fishing boats, with the production of power transmissions for winches, thrusters, power blocks, etc.
Focus on tailor-made solutions
From the very beginning, Norgear produced special products for various areas and purposes. The “Sentralgear” was first produced by Tandhjulfabrikken, before it became a part of the production line of Norgear. This product made Kumera Norgear market leader for a 10-year period, starting in 1997. The gear units were made for the operation of hydraulic pumps, as a power source for deck machines and side propellers, and were mainly produced for Norwegian fishing boats. Norgear also had separate divisions for production of special products outside the company. As a result, Norgear were able to offer customers all kinds of transmission elements in the field of «transmission technique».
According to an article in Aftenposten, dated October 23 1968, Norgear had about 90 employees at this time.
Today, Kumera Norgear heads the Marine Transmission Division and is part of the Power Transmissions Group, responsible for design, development, manufacturing, service and aftersales of marine transmissions on a global basis. Kumera Norgear has found its niche in tailor-made products, offering customized solutions for each customers’ needs. Innovation, optimization and development is the future focus of Kumera Norgear. Today the company is a part of the Kumera Corporation with 600 employees.