Plasto: not your typical Norwegian company
I often highlight Plasto as a perfect example of the right approach to becoming a partner in a research project.
Silje Aschehoug at SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing AS (SRM) has headed up several research projects focusing on innovation and innovation processes. SRM is Norway’s national centre of expertise in manufacturing, and the company’s ambition is to contribute to the development of solutions that provide competitive advantages to the Norwegian manufacturing industry.
“Plasto is not your typical Norwegian company, in a positive sense. Their approach to research projects is different. They have a modern mindset. Their attitude towards their collaborative partners is very open and inclusive; they are not afraid to share what they know,” Silje says.
“This is all about which role you assume, how you contribute as a company. Sharing knowledge without sharing everything—finding the balance between learning and sharing, and being passionate and genuinely dedicated to the work that you do,” Silje continues. She makes no secret of the fact that it’s easy for her to be generous with her praise when it comes to Plasto.
“For me, as an innovation researcher, Plasto is a very interesting company to work with. The Plasto team has a progressive mindset. They approach the world with an open mind. They think outside the box and are not afraid to dive into new research projects, even though these projects may not be quite in line with what they are working on right now.
“Their way of looking at it is that they can learn something from every project they do, and they are extremely knowledgeable and committed to the projects that focus more exclusively on plastics,” Aschehoug says, pointing out that Plasto’s network of contacts is impressive, given the company’s relatively small size.