As a full-service provider, Danbor offers a wide range of logistics services to the oil and gas industries, including warehousing, road, sea and air transportation, courier services, dangerous cargo transport as well as project cargo and port and agency services.
Every year, the company handles around 390,000 t of goods. In the support and maintenance sector, the company focuses on steel production, coating, offshore manpower service, rig repair and maintenance, engineering, and rope access.
“We cover the whole value chain,” explains CEO Jørn Bue Madsen. “We even offer catering services for the North Sea drilling rigs.”
The service program includes the manufacturing of spools and structural units, orbital welding, maintenance and equipment certification as well as abrasive jet machining and special alloy construction. Offshore tank certification, the repair and re-certification of blow-out preventers and other drilling equipment maintenance services complete the portfolio.
Currently, Danbor is working on a major project called DolWin Beta in Emden, Germany, in cooperation with NorSea Group and Wilhelmsen Ship Management. “Here, we are in the process of implementing a brand-new digital logistics and warehouse management systemTag-Hub, which enables you to track and trace your units in real time,” says Mr. Madsen. “We will implement the new system at our facilities in Esbjerg, too.”
In order to become less dependent on the oil and gas industries, Danbor entered the wind energy market four years ago. “We see promising growth prospects in the renewable energy sector in general,” says the CEO. “The wind energy market is comparatively young, and there are many young players. We have been in the oil and gas business for 40 years now and draw on profound know-how.”
Over the years, Danbor has supported the wind sector with logistics and port services, maintenance and repair. “As part of our growth strategy, we established a new division, the Wind Centre of Excellence, which is to focus on developing the support and services for the wind market. We are positive that we will be able to transfer our know-how to the wind energy sector. Against this background, the acquisiton of ØER A/S was an important strategic move to strengthen our position in the wind energy market and to deliver services along the whole value chain. At the same time, this move stabilizes our portfolio.”
Danbor’s philosophy is based on two main pillars. These are quality and safety. Worldwide, the company enjoys an excellent reputation for its uncompromising premium quality approach and its extremely high safety standards. Last but not least, Danbor is known to deliver good value for money.
Today, oil producers and platform operators as well as manufacturers of wind energy hardware and operators of wind farms rely on the company’s know-how and experience. Currently, the energy specialist focuses on Scandinavia.
Also, the company has had activities in Qatar and China. In the coming years, Danbor aims to establish itself in the USA and Asia regarding the wind business.
“We adapt to new market trends and demands early,” Mr. Madsen explains the company’s sustainable success. “Our market is moving fast and is subject to macroeconomic developments and to political decisions. At present, there is not much integration between the different renewable energy forms yet. We are one of the first movers uniting oil, gas and wind. Yet, despite our growth ambitions, we will not neglect our values. Quality and safety have always been our DNA and the basis of our success. We are known as a reliable partner who provides quality equipment and excellent and quick services.”
When a platform does not work for only one single day, the costs hereof are very high. Therefore, quality and reliability are crucial to Danbor’s business. “Our piority is to ensure 24-hour operation without any interruptions. Last but not least, we believe in values. Therefore, we are guided by a set of policies which are known to all our employees. This also differentiates us from several competitors.”
Danbor was founded in 1974 by Maersk Oil in order to operate the group’s oil fields in Denmark and to accomplish all maintenance and repair jobs. After years of growth and structural changes at the same time, the company was taken over by the Norwegian NorSea Group AS.
Owned by three Norwegian shipping companies, the group unites around 18 companies under its umbrella. In 2014, Danbor celebrated its 40th anniversary and a year later took on ØER A/S, Danish Offshore Energy Services. Today, the company has a staff of 400, plus about 120 employees who are active in the wind energy sector.
“Our vision is to grow our turnover significantly in the years to come,” says Mr. Madsen. “To achieve this we have developed a 2020 growth strategy. We plan to grow organically and through acquisitions. Of course, the low oil price is a big issue for us, but we remain positive. We have only started to generate synergy effects between the different industries and to transfer our know-how. Within NorSea Group we have different competencies, and the goal is to bring them together. We want to be able to offer our customers everything from one source, to be a one-stop shop for energy companies.”