Kitron is a leading Scandinavian Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) company, delivering improved flexibility, cost efficiency, and innovation power through the value chain.
The company has operations in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, India, China, and the United States.
Kitron was established in the early 1960s in Arendal, Norway. Kitron’s head office is now in Asker, Norway.
The company’s core areas of expertise are in the sectors of Connectivity, Electrification, Industry, Medical Devices and Defence/Aerospace.
In addition, Kitron is currently developing expertise in Automotive Electronics with a special focus on Autonomous Technologies.
Kitron specialises in complex products and manufacturing processes. The company also has a high level of specialist expertise in the fields of technology and industrialisation.
Kitron provides services within the entire value chain of electronics production, ranging from development and design, industrialisation and manufacturing to service/repair and product upgrades.
Kitron’s vision is to provide solutions that deliver success for our customers. Kitron shall contribute to developing customers’ businesses to become leading companies within their respective markets.
Our values are:
At Kitron, we are committed to customers, suppliers, shareholders, colleagues, sustainability and the environment.
At Kitron, we foster creativity, striving for even better processes, services and solutions, benefiting both our customers and employees.
At Kitron, we encourage participation, involvement and creativity. Individuals and teams are provided equal opportunities for growth, development and realization of their potential.
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Ethical conduct is essential for sustainable business and we treat ethics as an integral part of our activities. We expect high ethical standards of everyone who acts on our behalf, and we encourage our business partners to implement ethics standards compatible with our own.
Kitron has its origin from the companies Statronic and Electric Bureau, both of which were established in the 1960s in Arendal, Norway. The Kitron name was established in the 1980s, and Kitron’s business idea changed to contract manufacturing of electronics.
The business idea has since been extended to include the entire value chain involving the manufacturing and assembly of electronics and industrial products containing electronics.
Today, Kitron consists of businesses that have their origin in several leading industrial companies, for instance, Kongsberg Gruppen, Ericsson, Bofors and Saab.
Kitron was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 1997. To strengthen its market position and competence, Kitron has carried out several mergers and acquisitions in Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, and the United States.
In 2000, Kitron merged with Sonec ASA. Kitron acquired UAB Kitron in Lithuania in 2001 and UAB Kitron Elsis in 2007. The same year Kitron established a sourcing organisation in Ningbo, China. In June 2009, a small German EMS company was acquired.
In 2010, Kitron established Kitron Electronics Manufacturing in Ningbo and Kitron Inc. in the USA.
In 2019, Kitron completed the acquisition of the EMS division of API Technologies Corp. located in Windber, Pennsylvania, substantially strengthening Kitron’s position in the US market. The operation was renamed Kitron Technologies Inc.
In 2019, Kitron inaugurated a new factory in Grudziądz, Poland, to build on the strong growth of the Lithuanian operation.
Also, in 2022 Kitron acquired the Danish EMS company BB Electronics, which expanded the global footprint of the Kitron Group with additional manufacturing facilities in Denmark, the Czech Republic and China.
BB Electronics was established in 1975 in Horsens in mainland Denmark to service the rapidly growing Danish market for PCBs and efficient electronic equipment assembly. Over the following decades, BB Electronics made a few acquisitions locally in Denmark. In 2004, BB Electronics established a factory in Suzhou, China. The latest investment was Wendell electronics, a.s. company from the Czech Republic in 2019. While joining the Kitron Group, BB Electronics had 600 employees experienced in the modern production of automation and robotics.
After that, in 2023, Kitron expanded to the fast-growing Asia Pacific market with a new location in the South of Malaysia, Johor Bahru area. This expansion provides Kitron with the opportunity to expand our global reach further and deliver our customers cost-competitive solutions with a regional focus. Serial production is planned for 2024.