Business expansion
Norge; Agder og Rogaland; Vest-Agder
Location of affected unit(s)
Elkem Solar, Kristiansand
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.1 - Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys

150 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
27 October 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 November 2006
Foreseen end date
30 June 2008


Elkem, owned by the Orkla Group, is one of Norway's largest industrial companies, and one of the world's leading suppliers of metals and materials. The main products are aluminium, energy, silicon metal and specialised products such as ferrosilicon to foundries, microsilica and carbon. Elkem has 14 production plants in Europe, North America,

South America and Asia, in addition to several hydroelectric power systems.

The owner of the Elkem Group, Orkla, announced after a Board meeting on 27 October 2006 that one of Elkem's daughter companies - Elkem Solar - will start production of super clean silicon metal to be used in solar cells. About 150 new jobs will be created at a new factory that will be built in Kristiansand and integrated with the existing silicon metal plant Elkem Fiskaa.

The solar engagement is built on a new and environmentally friendly technology and will cost approximately 2.7 billion NOK. At the beginning the new factory will produce 5,000 tons of solar cell silicon metal a year. The first delivery is expected by mid 2008.

According to Orkla this investment will be the foundation of a new high technology business area for the group with a potential for expansion. This investment is regarded as one of the largest efforts within Norwegian manifacturing industry since the 1980's.


  • 27 October 2006: Siste.no


Eurofound (2006), Elkem Solar, Business expansion in Norway, factsheet number 64310, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64310.