08 May 2017
The Region of Southern Denmark has just charted the Danish offshore industry and the figures strongly underline that the energy production from sea is important for Denmark.
28,000 full-time jobs, 120bn in turnover and an export of 52bn DKK are not to be mistaken.
”There are many good reasons to support and ensure a continuous Danish position of strength in the offshore industry”, says Glenda Napier, CEO in the offshore cluster Offshoreenergy.dk:
”Innovation is a determining parameter for Danish offshore companies and we shall continue to support the framework for new innovation so that we are also ready for tomorrow’s demand”, she says.
Glenda Napier points out that the offshore industry, according to the analysis, is already more innovative than other industries. The export figures of the industry show that innovation is a clear competitive advantage and is thus an agenda we shall still push hard:
”Innovation is the very precondition for success for Danish offshore in this country and abroad. It is therefore crucial that we strengthen the companies’ opportunities for a trustful cooperation on innovation and new technological solutions, which can solve the need for cost minimisation across the entire value chain”, says Glenda Napier.
The report includes a number of tendencies which are worth noticing:
As an industry, offshore is more innovative than other industries – and it is usually innovative in cooperating with other operators: 25% of the offshore companies have carried out their own research- and development work; for all industries, the share is only 13%. As much as 12% of the offshore companies have applied for patents (compared to 4% of all industries) and as much as 22% of the offshore companies have cooperated with external operators about innovation – by comparison, only 14% of all industries have done the same.