In 1978, Strukturplast was founded as a knock-out from the industrial environment at Raufoss. The entrepreneur was originally from Sandane and worked as an engineer at Raufoss. The entrepreneur brought some partners in Sandane and the company was soon moved to Sandane. The entrepreneurs died in a car accident in Gudbrandsdalen when he was on the way across the mountain with the car full of production methods that were to be moved from Raufoss to Sandane. The operation was then put on hold.
In 1982, the company was restarted by 5 shareholders who were acquaintances or relatives of the deceased entrepreneur in addition to the original partners. Those who left again used what they learned from him to drive the business further.
Since then, Strukturplast has developed and molded special polyurethane components to a wide range of customers in different industries. There has been a lot of fender production, as well as boat seats and other components for Maritim Industri. Schat Harding, such as manufactured lifeboats, was for a period a major customer of Structural Plastics and generated high turnover. Foam filling of floating bends has also been a major production for Strukturplast. Fjellpulken was also a major customer of Strukturplast der Strukturplast, among other things, made backrests for children’s puppies. Lærdal Medical has also been a major customer for many years and remains a significant customer in 2017. Here, many different components have been produced, but mainly components for the life-saving doll Anna.
In 2007, Strukturplast got new owners and became part of the Bano group. The new owners and founders of Bano are Torbjørn Olseth from Herland at Atløy and Roy El Sayed from Stongfjorden. This defines a new start for Structure Plastic, and a stable growth started. Much of the growth came as a result of much of the production of Bano’s products being moved to Strukturplast. Part of the production was moved from abroad to Norway in this connection. Structural plastics have therefore also upgraded production from only polyurethane to date and also produce bathroom furniture, aluminum components for support handles and production of, among other things, electrically adjustable cisterns.
In addition to the fixed production for Bano, Strukturplast has also strategically invested in developing polyurethane production to deliver special components to the oil industry, both offshore, subsea and other maritime environments.
In 2009, Strukturplast Gasellebedrift was approved by DN, and in 2010, Strukturplast Gloppen received Nutrition Agency’s Innovation Award. In 2011, Strukturplast got together with Bano, the Innovation Award for NHO Sogn and Fjordane.
After many years of development on both materials and processes, Strukturplast has gained expertise and materials that are preferred by many global players in the oil industry. Structure plastics also supplies components for other industries such as road and plant and farming, and in general, Strukturplast has a limited market.
In 2013, we registered the brand NORSelast® as our own material brand. NORSelast® is one of the world’s strongest elastic materials with a proven tear strength of 50 MPa. We had to distinguish ourselves from the other polyurethanes on the market. Polyurethane has a wide specter of material qualities and properties.
New production department
Mjøsplast has been the most comparable competitor in Norway in all years. Mjøsplast has a very similar history as Strukturplast, with almost 40 years of experience. During these years Mjøsplast has developed and molded polyurethane components for a wide range of customers and industries. Mjøsplast has worked more towards agriculture and road and construction than Strukturplast, but has also delivered major projects to the Oil industry in recent years. In January 2017, Strukturplast bought the production of Mjøsplast and took over the operation. This production is currently being run as a production department in Moelv. In connection with this investment, we became more than 30 employees in Structural Plastics.
As a result of long experience of developing on behalf of customers and a material with particularly good qualities, Strukturplast has developed several own products, either as pure polyurethane components or composite products with a combination of different materials. Examples of this are NORSelast® pipe kits and Fleximerke® in addition to different staples and fender profiles. Structural plastics have also developed their own production method to produce extremely strong fenders with low weight.
Strukturplast has for a long time developed close collaboration with the leading competence communities in the world, and in Norway we are represented in industrial clusters both in Eastern Norway and in Western Norway. In Eastern Norway we are in the TotAl Group and Subsea Valley. In Western Norway we are in the Maritime Association Sogn og Fjordane. In Nordfjord we are in a plastic and composite cluster together with Brothers Aa and Easyform, and was the initiator to start the Plastane and Composite Conference at Sandane in 2016.
Status today and the plan ahead
The polyurethane industry is the fastest growing plastic industry in the world and our focus is further on branding and further development of materials, processes and products in polyurethane. Our customers at NORSelast® today are usually customers who demand the best and want durable components that absorb dynamic forces in demanding environments. Our components help increase the margins of our customers by improving the functionality of equipment, increasing service life and reducing maintenance costs.
Strukturplast make money mainly on production. Bano production (PU foam, wood, alloy, sieve) will be in 2017 for 1/2 of the turnover of the company. The rest are project and fixed orders on molded components in soft / hard PU foam and NORSelast®.