The new Polymer Exploration Centre will be a modern international research and technology centre for the plastics industry and provide research services throughout the value chain. With more than 40 years in the industry, Norner today has customers in more than 60 countries and has experienced a strong growth in recent years. The creation of this new centre, together with us entering the Catapult centre, will ensure that Norway develops a leadership in the development of future sustainable plastic solutions.
Norner and R8 Property signed, in 2017, an agreement for Norner to move all activities from Bamble to the new Powerhouse and a nearby application centre in Telemark. Due to increased space requirements, an nearly 5000 square meter technology centre will now be established at the bank of the Porsgrunn river and neighbouring the Powerhouse Telemark.
“We will get a significantly more efficient building and have consolidated all our operations into one house. Construction work will start at the turn of the year 2020 and will be completed in 2021. Norner is investing long-term, and a 20-year lease has been signed between the parties.”, says Kjetil Larsen CEO of Norner and continues. “Our owners, Thai SCG, have a long-term strategy and commitment with Norner. They are strengthening their position as a significant player in the plastics industry through this investment.”
“This is a very exciting project for Porsgrunn as a city, but also for Grenland, Telemark and the entire region.”, says R8 Property Development Director Tommy Thovsland. He says construction starts in December this year.
The centre was designed by architects Borve and Borchsenius from Porsgrunn and is expected to be completed in 2022.