Orkla Group is a Norwegian industrial conglomerate operating in the Nordic region, Eastern Europe, Asia and the US. The company's main divisions are branded consumer goods, aluminium solutions, materials, associates and financial investments.
Borregaard is a Norwegian chemical company with products within wood based chemicals and other organic chemicals. Borregaard has 20 plants in 13 countries. Elkem is a Norwegian-based industrial company producing aluminium, silicon and specialised products including carbon, ferrosilicon and microsilica. Elkem has 40 plants wordwide. Sapa is a Swedish-based company that produces high value-added profiles, building systems and heat transfer strips in aluminium. Sapa's aluminium profiles business was in 2007 merged with Alcoa's, almost doubling Sapa's turnover.
Orkla also owns Orkla Finance which consists first of all of portfolio of investments. In addition it consists of Orkla Finans Group who offer investment management and investment and pension counselling, Real Estate, who develop real estate in addition to Borregaard Skoger who own and manage the groups forest properties.
Through its portfolio of investments (market value of NOK 17.5 billion in 2007), Orkla owns a number of stock in different companies, primarily listed companies in Norway and the Nordic Countries. As of September 2006, Orkla has major ownerships in Renewable Energy Corporation (39,73%), FAST Search & Transfer (23,77%), Rieber & Søn (17,21%), Storebrand (14,07%), Steen & Strøm (11,92%) and Capio (5,01%).
In 1929 Orkla became listed on Oslo Stock Exchange and in 1931 the new smelting plant at Thamshavn outside Orkanger is opened. By 1941 Orkla started with a separate investments portfolio, and opened offices in Oslo in 1975. In 1984 Orkla started a major takeover of Norwegian newspapers, creating Orkla Media as one of the three largest media companies in Norway. Half of the magazine publisher Egmont-Mortensen is added to Orkla Media in 1992 and the Danish Det Berlingske Officin in 2000. Orkla sold the media section to Mecom in 2006.
In 1988 Orkla merged with Borregaard based in Sarpsborg to form Orkla Borregaard. The company then merged with Nora Industrier in 1995. Orkla heavily invests in foods and among others acquired Swedish brewery Pripps as well as other companies including Abba Seafood, Baltic Beverages Holding and Procordia Food. Norwegian Ringnes and Pripps were merged with Carlsberg Breweries, where Orkla acquires a 40% ownership in 2000. Orkla sold its ownership in Carlsberg in 2004, the same year it buys SladCo. In 2005 Orkla bought the Norwegian material company Elkem and Sapa in Sweden.
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Apr 01, 2005; RPC Containers Corby has secured a supply deal with Scandinavia's largest food manufacturer, the Orkla Group, to produce a new...