26. April 2017
Bayer was celebrated as one of the top 3 best export companies in Norway at the annual Export Conference in Oslo.
Among more than 80 candidates, Bayer AS was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Export Award 2017. During the conference it was announced that Bayer was named one of top 3 candidates together with 3B Fiberglass Norway and Norway King Crab.
Eksportkreditt Norge, GIEK, GIEK Kredittforsikring and Innovation Norway are the hosts for the Export Award, which was located at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. The nomination emphasizes Bayer's unique position in the pharmaceutical industry in Norway as one of very few international companies engaged in drug development and production in Norway.
To be named one of the top 3 export companies in Norway is a great recognition of the work that has been done by Bayer in Norway to continue and develop what was established in Algeta and a proof of success for the commercialization of Xofigo.
In a broader picture this need to be looked at as recognition of development, production and export of pharmaceuticals as an important part of Norwegian industry. Compared to the other Scandinavian countries there has been very limited local pharma industry in Norway up until now.
The position as one of the 3 best export companies in Norway is obviously linked to Xofigo, which in 2016 was sold for more than NOK 3 billion in more than 40 countries. Xofigo was developed in Norway by Algeta and has become a Norwegian export success through Bayer's business.
- It's always most fun to be at the very top, but a top 3 position is very good among many exciting companies. I am very proud of all Product Supply employees who work hard and effortlessly every day so we can produce and deliver Xofigo to patients in more than 40 countries and help put Bayer Oslo on the map as a production and research company, says Jan Børge Jacobsen, Head of Product Supply.
Bayer’s managing director in Norway, Thomas Ramdahl, is proud of the recognition from the Export Award jury who underlined that it was very hard to rank the top 3 candidates.
- We are honored by the nomination and the final top 3 position. This is a result of hard work from many employees over a number of years, as well as Bayer’s increased visibility at the Norwegian industrial arena. I want to thank all involved who made this possible, says Ramdahl.
3B Fiberglass Norway, who produces fiberglass threads for processing to different plastic and composite materials, specifically within the windmill and car industry, won the Export Award. The organizers have produced videos to present each of the top 3 finalists. Here is the link to the movie about Bayer.