Italian suppliers made up more than 8 percent of all of the hose-purchases at TESS last year. The Italian ambassador in Norway, Alberto Colella, visited the company in Lier on Thursday and met the mayor Gunn Cecilie Ringdal. The two of them found each other in the ambassador-role.
-I wish to be a good ambassador for the residents and the business community in Lier, Gunn Cecilie Ringdal said when she met the Italian ambassador on Thursday. She highlighted the family run and operated business as a characteristic of a lot of the industry in Lier. Alberto Colella sees this as a similarity between the two countries.
-When Italian companies ask me how to fit into the Norwegian market I tell them they need to build personal relations. This is why this meeting is so important to me. The role of the ambassador is changing, and it now means a helping hand in creating personal relations.
TESS purchases hoses and MRO products for the industry for more than one billion NOK every year. The Italian part of this is nearly 100 million NOK per. year. Several of the suppliers has worked with TESS for many years, and two of them for more than 40 years.
-Manuli and IVG are two hose-production companies we have traded with for more than 40 years, almost as long as our 50-year history. Quality, security of supply and a good cooperation are vital factors for the large share of imported goods. We have to be able to trust that the quality we deliver to the industry and to critical installations in the North sea is the best quality available, says Ansgar Karlsen, chairman and technical director at TESS. Like TESS, many Italian suppliers are family owned companies.