UMF enters into important agreement with Argos Solutions in Kongsberg – Local collaboration on international delivery
When Kongsberg company Argos Solutions delivers a Panel Repair System (PRS) to one of its US customers shortly, it is with parts from Uvdal Maskinfabrikk (UMF).
The new agreement between the two local companies came into force on 15 January 2021, and is the latest in a series of cooperation agreements.
UMF delivers the repair unit to Argos’ solution
Argos Solutions and Uvdal Maskinfabrikk (UMF) have been working together since 2011, when Argos delivered the first fully automatic repair system to Europe’s largest Panel Repair System (PRS)manufacturer, UPM, in Finland. The product they will now supply, a Panel Repair System (PRS), allows the American customer to repair surfaces in wood.
“Instead of using manual labour to repair, for example, veneer plates and parquet automatically, the company can use this PRS system. The advantage is streamlining the process of producing veneer plates, and a safeguarding of the quality out to the end user,” explains Jan Sandok, Technical Manager at Argos Solutions.
Proud supplier of EPC projects
UMF supplies the repair unit used in Argos’s solution, and Hans Borge has been the responsible engineer in the preparation of the offer’s content. He explains that UMF will deliver engineering of the mechanical system and to the automation system.
In addition, UMF is responsible for the purchase of main parts, mechanical production of the system’s main parts, mechanical and electrical assembly. Assistance with adjustment and start-up of the system and technical documentation is also included in the agreement.
“We at UMF have been a proud supplier to Argos for many years. This EPC contract confirms that Argos appreciates the services and product quality that UMF delivers, which we are very pleased with,” says Olaf Ødegård, CEO of UMF.
The agreement helps to give UMF the opportunity to fortify itself even more strongly as a supplier of EPC projects, which is very important for the company.
“Through this agreement we have the opportunity to both build and maintain important expertise, and we believe we will deliver a product that Argos will be very pleased with this time as well,” says Ødegård.Olaf Ødegård, CEO of UMF.
Argos Solutions relies on safe and skilled suppliers
UMF has been involved in the development of Argos PRS system, and knows the product well. Argos was the first company to develop and deliver this type of technology to the global market.
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“In collaboration with UMF, we have delivered orders for tens of millions. We depend on having safe and skilled suppliers on the team, and appreciate our collaboration with UMF. We are proud that we can deliver the best systems to this industry together,” says Jan Sandok, Technical Manager at Argos Solutions.
“In UMF, Argos has a solid partner with good production expertise and capacity, which is very valuable for us. As a global supplier, Argos relies on partners who deliver on quality and on time,” he continues.
Growth through quality and innovation
Both Kongsberg-based Argos and Uvdal Maskinfabrikk have put a very good year behind them. They are known for their high-quality deliveries. For both companies, 2020 was the best year ever, with solid growth in turnover.
Argos Solutions has installed systems all over the world, and focuses on quality and innovation.
“We are keen to use local suppliers and think it is great that we can be a world leader in this segment together with UMF in Numedal,” says Sandok.