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Ocean Industry Forum Oslofjord (OIFO)

In 2015, Maritime Forum Oslofjord and the Oslofjord Offshore Forum merged to one forum Ocean Industry Forum Oslofjord. “Ocean Industry” represents three of Norway’s most important industries, Maritime, Oil & Gas and Seafood, each with a very strong position globally.

With all members united in one entity,the new forum (OIFO) represents the members in an improved manner, giving members an extended offer of places to connect. Simultaneously, OIFO will strengthen and highlight the region’s position as the innovative and competent centre for maritime and offshore services.

 

Open and effective culture of innovation

 

In the past year, Ocean Industry Forum Oslofjord has been working towards establishing a cluster project in the Oslofjord region. Through Ocean Industry Forum Oslofjord, 22 leading companies and four educational institutions, all active in the ocean industries in the Oslo region, prepared an application for Norwegian National Cluster program. OIFO was one of four who were invited to the final round but the three other clusters were awarded ARENA status.

An important goal for OIFO is to create a more open and effective culture of innovation by developing trust and cooperation models across companies, sectors, research, education, government and finance in the Capital region. The region’s unique combination of technology and service providers, large international companies and SME environments/ start-ups, R & D environments and academic institutions will be the core of the cluster activities. OIFO aims to send another ARENA Project application in 2017.

 

Maritime Forum network

 

OIFO will continue to represent the Oslofjord region in the Maritime Forum network. The synergy in being a part of the Maritimt Forum Family, and thereby representing the businesses both on a local and a national level is important both in terms of being promoted and influencing the authorities.

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