This week saw Rolf Lorentzen taking over as the general manager of Lorentzen Hydraulikk AS from his father John Sverre.
The company based at Kabelvåg in Norway’s Lofoten Islands has a reputation going back the best part of a century in sales, development and installation of equipment for the marine sector, and Rolf Lorentzen – known as Rolfen – intends to continue to develop the company in all of these sectors.
With the company approaching its centenary anniversary, Rolfen has his eyes on future developments.
‘Big things are happening in the industry within electrification and the green shift, and we are well up to speed with that. We are definitely off to a flying start.’
John Sverre Lorentzen is the third generation of the family and has managed the company for 37 years, after having made the customary start at the bottom by sweeping the floor and taking out the rubbish.
‘I will continue as chairman of the board and advisor and will be involved in sales and marketing, but I will no longer be a manager,’ he said as he stepped down.
Lorentzen Hydraulikk has been a supplier of products and services for the coastal fleet since 1923. Like his brother John Gunnar, who is deputy head of production, Rolfen has spent most of his time with the company in production. He has been on the board since 2009, after which his focus has shifted increasingly towards the management side of the company’s activities.
‘My main focus will be on health, environment and safety. We are known for service and expertise, and our staff are our most important resource. You can be sure we will continue to take good care of them,’ Rolf Lorentzen said.
After running the company for 37 years, John Sverre Lorentzen hands over running Lorentzen Hydraulikk to his son Rolf. Image: Lorentzen Hydraulikk AS