For 29 years, Norsk Elektro Optikk (NEO) has been a pioneer in high-risk research and development on electro-optics from an almost hidden facility over a car dealer not far from Oslo, Norway. The last 11 years they have been sharing the premises with NEO Monitors, which is the sales, service and manufacturing unit within laser-based gas and dust analysers. It was time for an upgrade.
– We starved for change and improvement, and with the growth we have experienced in recent years, the time had come, says Paulsen.
The whole business has moved into a 3,500 square-meters facility over two floors a few kilometers outside Oslo. Both NEO and NEO Monitors have put down a huge effort to streamline production and inspire to more research and Development.
– We have more space, more light and generally much better working environment. Our researchers, developers and installers are working with microscopic units this requires the highest precision. Ergonomic seats and lighting is crucial, says Paulsen.
The new facility is close to Kjeller, a leading research environment, and helps keep this area as a world leader in technological research and development.
– We deliver laser-based gas and dust analysers to the industry worldwide. Our solutions provide lower emissions, higher safety and better economy. Our goal is to be the best on what we do and we are now one of the largest in Europe within our niche, says Paulsen.
NEO Monitors has no mass production. Most deliveries are customized and many of them require a lot of adaptation and tailoring. This places demands on production.
– We supply a lot to giant markets such as the Asian where our kind of technology has not been used before. This has made a major impact on both production and results, with a record year in 2013 and what looks to be another record year in 2014. Our new premises will help us to serve customers better. We have a very exciting future in front of us here from new facilities, says Paulsen.