Norway’s innovative culture is fertile ground for digital evolution

Around the world, digitalization has been crucial in reshaping the energy landscape and enabling a faster transition to improved energy efficiency and security.

Backed by a culture of adaptability and innovation, Norway has for many years been a world leader in forward-thinking solutions. As the world’s leading energy exporter, our country’s continued commitment to developing and improving industries with the support of digital solutions is reflected in the companies operating here, including ASCO’s six Norwegian sites, and in part of our broader corporate culture.

Well established in Norway for almost thirty years, the past 18 months have seen some of the fastest growth periods for ASCO. Much of this success stems from the introduction of digitization and streamlining of our own operations, as well as the services we provide to customers.

ASCO works alongside our customers here to establish tailored integrated solutions to each company’s unique logistics challenges, driving supply chain efficiencies in Norway. Our recent contract win with long-time energy customer, Repsol, echoes this bespoke approach. By providing remote administrative support from the ASCO Operations Control Center (OCC) in Tananger, we provide the client with an integrated digital solution tailored to their purpose. In addition to streamlining processes, digitization offers a huge opportunity to save time and resources that can easily be lost due to inefficient logistics management.

A critical issue facing customers is the inability to share data and information with other companies within the supply chain. To address this issue, we worked with an experienced scanning developer earlier this year to roll out a new IT solution to all Norwegian supply bases. By working with the Norway-based software company, we can use our expertise in manual logistics to collaborate and create digitized logistics solutions to these time-consuming challenges.

We have implemented a digital platform that filters real-time information from every stage of the supply chain into a centralized system, called Integrated Logistics Management System (ILMS). By using blockchain technology, we can share data at every stage of the supply chain without having to integrate various IT systems, a process that could be extremely time-consuming and expensive.

Another benefit of digital solutions like our OCC system and ILMS in Norway and the UK is that they can be scaled and are not industry specific, allowing us to adapt our solutions to serve a multitude of industries. This flexibility and adaptability has allowed us to support operations in various markets, including the fashion and aquaculture industries.

In the energy sector, the renewable energy market continues to grow in Norway and there are growing opportunities for us to provide support to companies that are implementing low carbon technologies both on and offshore. This was seen recently in our partnership with Global Ocean Technology, with whom we are working to develop a logistics supply base for offshore wind customers in the North Sea. This has been an exciting opportunity for ASCO to expand its network and knowledge of renewable energy in the region while supporting Norway in its transition from fossil fuels.

With ONS taking place in Stavanger later this month, it will be interesting to see all the new initiatives that companies in the supply chain and wider energy industry develop. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Norway, and as we continue to evolve, we’re excited to share the innovative digital practices we’ll continue to develop with key industry stakeholders.

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