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About Kitron

About Kitron

Scandinavia’s leading EMS company

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, 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.

2800+
Employees
300+
Engineers
9
Locations
60
Years of history
30+
SMT lines
100 000+
Sq. m. of manufacturing area

 

Delivery of the Entire Value Chain

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.

value-chain

Vision and values

Kitron’s vision is to provide solutions that deliver success for its customers. Kitron shall contribute to developing customers` businesses to become leading companies within their respective markets.

Our values are:

Commitment

At Kitron, we are committed to customers, suppliers, shareholders, colleagues, sustainability and the environment.

Innovation

At Kitron, we foster creativity, striving for even better processes, services and solutions, benefiting both our customers and employees.

Engagement

At Kitron, individuals and teams are provided equal opportunities for growth, development and realization of their potentials.

Ethical Guidelines

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.

Board of Directors

Tuomo Lähdesmäki

Chairman of the Board

Gro Brækken

Deputy chairman of the Board

Maalfrid Brath

Board member

Espen Gundersen

Board member

Petra Grandinson

Board member

Michael Lundgaard Thomsen

Board member

Bjørn Gottschlich

Board member, elected by and among the employees

Tanja Rørheim

Board member, elected by and among the employees

Jarle Larsen

Board member, elected by and among the employee

Management

Peter Nilsson

President & CEO

Cathrin Nylander

CFO

Kristoffer Asklöv

COO

Stian Haugen

CTO

Zygimantas Dirse

Managing Director, Kitron Electronics Manufacturing (Ningbo) CO Ltd., China

Stefan Hansson Mutas

Managing Director, Kitron AB, Sweden

Mindaugas Sestokas

Managing Director, UAB Kitron, Lithuania & VP Central Eastern Europe

Hans Petter Thomassen

Managing Director, Kitron AS, Norway & VP North America

Carsten Christensen

CEO of BB Electronics

History

Forerunner started
1962
1980‘s EMS model
1980
Oslo Stock Exchange
1997
Entered Sweden
1999
Entered Lithuania
2001
Entered China
2007
Entered Germany, USA
2010
Expanded Lithuania
2014
New facility Arendal
2016
New facility Jönköping
2017
New site Kitron Technologies Inc. USA
2019
Entered Poland
2019
Acquired BB Electronics
2022

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, most recently, 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 has acquired the Danish EMS company BB Electronics, which expands 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, established a factory in Suzhou, China. The latest investment in 2019, was a company Wendell electronics, a.s., from the Czech Republic. While joining the Kitron Group, BB Electronics had 600 employees experienced in the modern production of automation and robotics.