Cambi pronounced exporter of the year 2019

Cambi Group AS from Asker has won the Export Award 2019. The company specialises in the treatment and conversion of sewage sludge into useful products like biogas and fertiliser for agricultural use.


“In an increasingly urbanised world, environmentally sound and effective sewage treatment is vital for sustainable development. Cambi is thus supporting the circular economy. Its research and development work, sustainability focus, innovative outlook and growth over time make it a worthy winner of the Export Award 2019,” says jury chair John G. Bernander.

A new winner of the Export Award is crowned every year, with the aim of highlighting the importance of the export sector to Norway. The award recognises Norwegian exporters who succeed in creating value in Norway through activities in foreign markets, and is sponsored by Export Credit Norway, GIEK, GIEK Kredittforsikring and Innovation Norway.

This year’s winner, the Cambi Group, is a forward-looking, sustainable company with a track record of export success over time. From its base in Norway, the company is currently executing projects in the Netherlands, Spain, England, Scotland, China and Singapore, and its technology is already serving more than 75 million people worldwide.

The Cambi Group was formed in 1992, and now has almost 50 plants in operation across 22 countries and five continents. Fifteen additional plants are under construction. The company is headquartered in Asker, where 60 of its 150 employees work.

“Cambi’s solutions both create value and meet a need in the commercial sector. In addition, its products are important for the environment. I am impressed with what Cambi has achieved in countries like China, the USA and Singapore,” says Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

The Export Award 2019 was presented by jury chair John G. Bernander (left) and Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (right). Cambi Group CEO Per Audun Lillebø in the middle. Photo: Thomas Eckhoff.

He adds:

“We need strong export industries with the ability to adapt and seize international opportunities. The nominees for the Export Award are creating local jobs which are dependent on exports. This is why the Government is focused on facilitating access to international markets – to promote and sustain job creation.”

Strong finalists

Almost 70 companies were nominated for the Export Award 2019. The jury initially selected the 10 best candidates before compiling a shortlist of three finalists.

The other two finalists were the aquaculture company Nordlaks from Stokmarknes in Nordland county and Bergen-based gaming technology developer Dirtybit.

The previous winners of the Export Award are Airthings (2018), 3B – The fibreglass company (2017), StormGeo (2016), Lerøy Seafood (2015) and Jets Vakuum (2014).

The winner of the Export Award must demonstrate a high export ratio, profitability over time, value creation in Norway and product and/or market innovation.

This year’s jury consisted of John G. Bernander (chair), Siri Hatlen, Kjerstin Braathen and Jan Christian Vestre.

Published 16. May 2019