The region has a long and proud industrial tradition, strong competence environments, business clusters and companies have developed world-class high-tech solutions and built up expertise that few can match. Every smartphone contains silicon from the region, 1/3 of the world's wind turbine blades consist of fiberglass from Birkenes, and 80% of the world's LCD screens contain super-pure aluminum from Vennesla. New technology is being developed at the University of Agder and CAIR, the Center for Artificial Intelligence Research Centre.
The Kristiansand region is among the country's leaders in renewable energy, and the head office of the country's third largest energy group is located in Kristiansand. Large, natural hydropower resources and a pioneering solar cell industry provide a tailwind for innovation and sustainable value creation for the future.
The region is in a unique position with its strategic location towards Europe, traditions of international trade and is the country's largest exporter of processed raw materials.
Short distances and close cooperation between universities, business, the public sector and cultural life give the region exciting opportunities. This strengthens a vital entrepreneurial environment, innovation and skills development in areas such as green technology, ICT, culture and welfare.
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