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Value-Added Tech: Enhancing Your Product Portfolio with Digital Solutions

Digitalization is paving the way for the development of new industrial products and services. Elkem, Hydro, and Combient discuss how to get it right.


Mats Agervi

Mats Agervi
President & CEO, Combient

Mats Agervi is the co-founder and CEO of Combient, a network of Nordic industry leaders on a joint mission to speed up transformation. He has more than 25 years of experience from the IT industry, including from his time at IBM and Ericsson Global Services India Ltd., where he was Managing Director. Agervi has a master’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Linköping University.

Ivar Valstad

Ivar Valstad
Senior Advisor - New Business and Emission Reduction, Norsk Hydro

Ivar Valstad is part of Norsk Hydro’s Corporate Development unit, where he is responsible for developing strategies to lower carbon emissions from the aluminum producer’s value chain. He also leads Hydro’s work on new business opportunities, including opportunities emerging from the ongoing energy transition, increasing digitalization, and other external drivers. Valstad has a master’s degree in structural mechanics and hydrodynamics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Geir Ausland

Geir Ausland
Head of Digitalization, Elkem

Geir Ausland is the Head of Digitalization for Elkem’s Silicon Materials division and leads the silicon producer’s Digital Transformation Team. He has spent more than two decades with Elkem, during which he has focused on advanced analytics, R&D projects, and plant support. Ausland has a Ph.D. from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Petter Ulset

Session Moderator - Petter Ulset
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Cognite

Petter Ulset focuses on scaling Cognite’s offerings beyond oil and gas into other asset-intensive verticals and heads the company's strategy and M&A functions. Before joining Cognite, he worked as an Investment Manager with Aker ASA and as a Junior Partner with McKinsey & Company, working primarily in the energy industry. Petter has a master’s degree in industrial economics and technology management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

In This Session

Digitalization is paving the way for the development of new products and services that add digital, data-driven layers on top of traditional offerings. This represents an opportunity for industrial companies to unlock new revenue streams and grow their own expertise.

Digital solution development can be challenging even for the most experienced industrial company, however. Finding the right combination of hardware and software requires smart investments in the right technology and people.

In this session, we’ll sit down with Elkem, one of the world's leading providers of silicones and silicon solutions, Hydro, a global integrated aluminium producer, and Combient, a cross-industry collaboration network, to discuss how industrial companies can use technology to enhance their product portfolios with digitally-driven revenue-generating initiatives.


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