High Level Visit to St. Petersburg, February 26th 2014
On February 25th His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon embarked on a three-day official visit to Russia. Activities included the promotion of Norwegian industrial initiatives in St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast. NRCC organized a network meeting with a “bilateral investment session“ and a “maritime technology session”.
The Crown Prince Haakon was accompanied by State Secretary Dilek Ayhan of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, State Secretary Kåre Fostervold of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, and State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
February 26th was a new Jotun factory (NRCC member) in Leningrad county just outside St. Petersburg, officially opened with dance and music. This means that many of St. Petersburg's bridges from now on will be painted with locally produced paints.
Jotun is one of the world's leading manufacturers of paints and powder coatings, and the new plant in the industrial park Fjodorovskoje joins the company's 40 production facilities worldwide. Several prominent guests attended the grand opening. H.K.H. The Crown Prince, State Secretary in the Ministry Bård Glad Pedersen and Undersecretary of NFD Dilek Ayhan was factory faced by Alexander Drozdenko, Governor of Leningrad region and Jotun management.
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon concluded his official visit to St. Petersburg with a visit to the NRCC member FMC Technologies. The Norwegian company is a leading global supplier of solutions for subsea oil and gas production.