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A Viking goes global

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Carmo exports 80% of its production primarily to the US and Europe, though it also makes sales in Asia and Australia. The company’s oldest field encompasses basic PVC products for industry, including mining, the maritime sector and recreational sports.

Carmo chose to become a niche player here, producing lower quantities of technical parts. Making up half of the company’s revenue is the area of medical components, such as bags and the corresponding valves and fittings.

“When my father took over the company in 1997, he started focusing on technology, with the medical sector as a new market,” says CEO Claus Ishøy. “The requirements in this sector are much more stringent, and it is a challenge to produce according to medical standards and balance that with production for industry – all while not making things more expensive than necessary.”

Since its establishment in the 1940s, Carmo’s production methods have come to incorporate a great deal of technology, such as spin stack moulding and robotics, and quality testing is a matter of course. It is not afraid to adopt new technology or challenge existing technologies and methods, either.

The company is well-known for its expertise in multi-component and multi-material moulding – methods that require technological prowess. “With our system, you have a core that can rotate, so when the tool opens, the core rotates, and you can perform four different actions on each side of the core every time it opens,” Mr. Ishøy describes the process. “This allows us to integrate different materials into a product.”

The system also affords a considerable amount of flexibility because several operations are carried out in parallel, thus reducing the time of the entire production cycle. Recently, the company began offering services, for instance tool development and production. The CEO cites that as an important reason to be in Denmark.

“We focus on the technical production specifications, optimizing the design of a prototype for the production line to make it easier to produce,” he explains. “It involves difficult tools with high demands, which are often codeveloped with our clients.”

Carmo aims for growth in this area by hiring and educating its employees in customer and project management. Thanks to the acquisition of neighbouring buildings, the facilities in the north of Copenhagen can double in size to house the team of currently 80 as it expands. The transition to more services will not be easy, but it is nothing a Viking cannot handle.

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