Certex Norway and W. Giertsen Services to join forces in Bergen


W. Giertsen Services AS, a Bergen-based full-service manufacturer and supplier of lifting equipment and solutions, will on August 1 be acquired by Certex Norge AS, a market leading multisite operation. Certex Norge is a company within the Lifting Solutions business group (previously AxLoad) of Stockholm-based Axel Johnson International, whilst W. Giertsen Services is a division of W. Giertsen AS.

The investment is a vote of confidence in the Oil and Gas market as well as the underlying Norwegian economy. “Norway’s mainland economy regained momentum in Q1 2017, with GDP expanding at the fastest pace in more than three years,” says Certex Norge Managing Director, Harald Hope.

Hope adds that the acquisition strengthens Certex Norge’s product offering within beams and sheaves as well as the service offering within the maritime, offshore, subsea and onshore industries and positions the company well for the recovery: “The potential for these services is substantial and we see demand for these services growing as the sector rebounds from some challenging years,” he says.

“The agreement adds market specialists with decades of experience to our team and a DNV-certified engineering centre,” he continues. “They also have a strong service offering with their own spooling and rigging capability in their own port, strategically located in Nygårdsviken, Bergen”.

W. Giertsen Services will become part of Certex Norway AS and the current office of Certex in Bergen will be combined in the W.G Services office. This joint facility will create opportunities for existing and potential customers of both companies as well as deliver cost synergies within purchasing, overheads and operations.

“In an industry where consolidation is necessary, we see Certex and Axel Johnson International Group as a perfect new owner to further develop W. Giertsen Services. Our innovative cast iron sheaves will get greater market access through the international network of Certex. At the same time, our lifting business will continue in our base in Nygårdsviken, Bergen with a wider assortment and more extensive customer portfolio” says Frank Mohn, CEO W. Giertsen AS.

The acquisition is in line with Axel Johnson International’s long-term strategy of building strong business groups in fragmented niche markets across Europe. “The Norwegian market has many small players,” Hope says. “Business is local and consequently the Norwegian landscape means providers are distributed along the coast from south to north. This acquisition continues to facilitate the need for a local service but supported by the infrastructure of a much larger operation, complementing our current business in Norway, within Erling Haug and Certex Norge, by further extending our customer proposition.

For more information, please contact.
Harald Hope, Managing Director, Certex Norge: +47 909 51 864, harald.hope@certex.no
Frank Mohn, Administrerende Direktør // CEO, W. Giertsen AS, +47 91000046, frank.mohn@giertsen.no

About W. Giertsen Services

W Giertsen Services was established in 2004 as part of the W Giertsen Group. W. Giertsen Services is a leading full-service manufacturer and supplier of lifting equipment and solutions, offering consultancy, specifications, engineering, fabrication, construction and technical services. Turnover in 2016 was NOK 58 million. It is headquartered in Bergen with an office, warehouse, slingshop and production.

About Certex Norge

CERTEX Norge AS is Norway's leading provider of certified lifting equipment and service, and has a nationwide distribution through its own service centers in Follestad, Kristiansand, Stavanger and Bergen. CERTEX Norge AS was established in Norway over 30 years ago, under the name Bridon Norge AS.

About Axel Johnson International

Certex Norge is part of Axel Johnson International, a privately owned Swedish industrial group of more than 90 companies in 25 countries, with combined annual sales of €750 million. Axel Johnson International drives business development and growth through a long-term approach to ownership in strategic niche markets, primarily technical components and solutions for industrial processes. Axel Johnson International is organised in four business groups: Cargo Securing Solutions, Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifting Solutions.www.axinter.com