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  • Aker Solutions - Kvaerner : On Track With Announced Merger Initiatives
    édité le 06/11/2020 - Plus de news de "Aker Solutions" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "Aker Solutions"

Aker Solutions - Kvaerner : On Track With Announced Merger Initiatives
Aker Solutions and Kvaerner are on track to implement the planned merger in mid-November. This will create a supplier that will enable customers, industry and societies to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy production.

The merged Aker Solutions will win projects in the global market, including delivering developments related to renewable energy. To succeed in being competitive, an important objective is to improve productivity, realize synergies and cut costs. The structure of the merged company will be simplified, have a leaner and more agile organization, with fewer leaders on every level.

Already before the merger, both companies have this year implemented significant cost reductions. This includes initiatives such as rightsizing of the organization to match activity levels, reduction of overhead costs, reduction of investment levels, optimized footprint in terms of offices and facilities and increased use of digitalization tools. The new top management group is also reduced by 40 percent, from 17 to 10 positions.

"We operate in competitive markets. Our ability to maintain long term development of operations depends on our success with sustaining sound margins and a healthy financial platform," said Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions. "This means that we must adapt to a significantly leaner organization for management and administration and have a larger share of the employees in roles for execution of projects for customers."

This process is in line with the information provided when the merger was announced on July 17, 2020, when Digre said: "We will reduce our overhead costs by 30 percent or NOK 1.5 billion on an annualized basis compared to 2019. The number of own employees in Aker Solutions will be around 15,000 compared to about 18,800 at the end of 2019 for the previous Aker Solutions and Kvaerner organizations combined."

Through 2020, both companies have already implemented most of these workforce reductions, both within administrative functions and other units. The remaining reduction of overhead costs before the end of the year will be around 350 positions. The majority of these will be in Norway.

The company will consider if some of the affected personnel have relevant competence which may enable transfer to work in projects executed for customers. It is premature to estimate any number of actual staff reductions at the end of this process before such options have been discussed with each individual.

About Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions helps the world meet its energy needs. We engineer the products, systems and services required to unlock energy. Our goal is to maximize recovery and efficiency of oil and gas assets, while using our expertise to develop the sustainable solutions of the future. Aker Solutions employs approximately 15,000 people in more than 20 countries.

About Kvaerner

Kvaerner is a project execution specialist and a trusted advisor for our customers. We provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services and deliver advanced offshore and onshore installations around the world.

We have offices in seven countries and approximately 2 800 employees. Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) has the highest priority in our work, and we aim to deliver technology and solutions in a safe and sustainable way. Our passion, experience and expertise realise values for customers and societies. Kværner ASA, through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Kvaerner”), is an international contractor and preferred partner for operators and contractors within oil and gas, renewable energy and in the field of engineering and fabrication.

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