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Mechatronics Innovation Lab (MIL)

The University of Agder, the industrial cluster NCE NODE and JBU are working together to establish a test lab for the oiltechnology business sector (and other related industries).

MIL (previously known as Sørlandslab) is a central element in the University of Agder’s vision to become a global high competence centre for mechatronics and the development of new materials. To be able to contribute to the establishment of a test lab for this purpose is well adapted to the company’s vision «Pride in development», as well as the company’s long-term plan to contribute to further development of technology- and competence in Campus Grimstad.

MIL will:

  • become an international leading centre for innovation, piloting and technology qualification within mechatronics and other related fields
  • not be linked to a specific industry but rather address a wide range of industries and technology companies – regionally, nationally and internationally
  • be an arena for collaboration in technological research and innovation
  • contribute to the further development of UiA as a driving force for development in collaboration with companies and clusters such as NODE, Eyde and Digin.
  • offer world class research infrastructure and attract international partnerships and projects
  • become a national pilot test laboratory
  • be an arena for innovation, prototyping and testing of ideas for business development
  • integrate students in a dynamic environment with exciting development activities

These test facilities are important for a company’s innovation power and therefore important for securing position to the oil – and technology clusters located in Agder.

Project status:

  •  Localisation close to the existing University building on Campus Grimstad
  • The regulation plan was approved in August 2015 and the detailed planning process is fully underway. Construction start is estimated winter 2016.
  • 20 million NOK funding has been granted in the revised national budget in 2015
  • Preliminary commitments of 50 million NOK worth of services from industry over 5 years.
  • Other financial and organizational models are under clarification
  • Approximately 10 000 square meters under completion (first construction stage approximately 3 600 m2.)

Please contact Egil Andre Mortensen (Tel: +47 992 94 080 /eam@jbu.no) for further information about this project.


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