Comrod Communication ASA

Comrod Communication ASA

Comrod designs and manufactures military antennas, marine antennas, telescopic & sectional masts, power supplies, battery chargers and specialist composite products.

Company details

Fiskaavegen 1 , Tau , Rogaland 4120 Norway
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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Meteorological Monitoring
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1948

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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The Norwegian subsidiary, Comrod AS, is a supplier of antennas, antenna systems and power supplies, mainly for the defence market, but also for other maritime and commercial applications.

Comrod France SA, is a supplier of masts and mast systems, antennas and composite industrial products.

Comrod Sweden AB (formerly WIBE Telescopic Masts) are a world leader in the design and manufacture of crank-up aluminium telescopic masts.

The Group headquarters are located at Stavanger in South-Western Norway.

The company was incorporated in Norway in 1948 and France in 1946. Its manufacturing base has developed from fishing rods to today's advanced communication antennas, antenna systems, masts, power supplies and various industrial products.

Based on its knowledge of fibre composites, Comrod developed a range of antenna products designed for extreme environmental conditions. Production of whip antennas for fishing vessels began in 1960 using the knowledge and techniques gained from the manufacture of fishing rods.

Since the early 1970s, the focus has been on developing and producing sophisticated antennas for the military, commercial and maritime markets.

A brief overview of the company's main products developed over the years:
1949 Steel fishing rods
1953 Fibreglass fishing rods
1960 Marine antennas
1969 Military antennas
1970 Ski poles
1982 Broadband antennas
1986 Composite insulators
1990 Pipe production (continued by the Compipe AS company)
1997 Combined active GPS/VHF antennas
2001 INTAS antenna conbining system for vehicles
2002 AIS combined antennas
2002 MAS 1 antenna system for pleasure yachts
2003 VHF/UHF omni-directional system for Visby Stealth Corvettes
2004 Development of L1/L2 active GPS antennas
2006 Power Supplies, Battery Chargers, Masts and Industrial Products
2009 HF Loop Antenna (on-the-move)
2011 Aluminium telescopic masts
2012 Tri-band vehicle antennas
2015 Mars Rover 2020 GPR antenna
2015 A19 & A26 submarine antenna systems

Key Dates

1948: Company established in Norway

1950s: Introduced steel and fibreglass fishing rods

1960s: Introduced marine antennas to the commercial market

1970s: Transferred technology to defence antennas

1980s: First defence contract with Sweden

1990s: Concluded its first major international defence contract with Switzerland

1997: Sold by Christian Bjelland & Co to Norwegian Applied Technology ASA (NAT). Spilka Gruppen became the main owner of NAT in 1999-2000

2002: Signed a contract with Bowman for delivery of antennas to the British armed forces

2003: Contract for VHF/UHF omni-directional system for the Swedish Visby Stealth Corvettes

2005: Three-year OEM agreement with US radio manufacturer Harris Corporation for delivery of tactical communication antennas

2006: Acquisition of the power division of Eltek Energy and of Lerc SA.

2011: Acquisition of WIBE Telescopic Masts from Schneider Electric.

Key events in the company's development

In 1988, the company signed its first major defence contract in Sweden.

In 1994, Comrod became one of the leading suppliers of GMDSS upgrades to merchant vessels.

In 1997, the company concluded its first major international defence contract with Switzerland.

In 1997, Comrod was sold by Christian Bjelland & Co to Norwegian Applied Technology ASA (NAT).

In the summer of 1999, Spilka Gruppen became the main owner of NAT and some of the latter's operations were liquidated in 1999-2000. A new board was elected, and the company headquarters were moved from Stavanger to Ã…lesund. At the same time, NAT was renamed Hexagon Composites ASA.

In 1998, Comrod began delivering the new MRR radios to the Norwegian armed forces.

In 2002, Comrod signed a contract with the prestigious Bowman project, involving the delivery of antennas for portable radios, various vehicles and base stations for the British armed forces. In the same year, it won a contract to deliver antennas and an antenna control system for the Swedish navy's new corvettes (the Visby project).

In 2003, the company concluded a 15-year OEM agreement with German radio manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz.

In 2004, the company secured a new defence contract for the delivery of tactical antennas to Switzerland. It also secured its first defence contract in China.

In September 2005, Comrod concluded a three-year OEM agreement with the RF communication division of US radio manufacturer Harris Corporation. Representing a breakthrough for Comrod in the US market, this contract includes the delivery of tactical communication antennas for use both in the international market and in the US domestic market.

In February 2006, the company signed an agreement with Eltek Energy AS to purchase its power supply unit for the defence market.

At the beginning of 2006, the company entered a new business area by winning the contract to deliver antenna switches for Swedish submarines.

In September 2006, Comrod acquired Lerc SA of France, a world leader in the manufacturer of integrated mast and antenna solutions for the defence market, from Canada's ECI Composites.

On 6 November 2006, an extraordinary general meeting of Hexagon Composites ASA resolved to demerge Comrod AS and its subsidiaries and to seek a listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange for a new parent company, Comrod Communication ASA. The demerger took effect in January 2007.

Following the demerger, the company has been reorganised into a holding structure with Comrod Communication ASA as the parent company. Comrod AS and Comrod France SA are its wholly-owned subsidiaries.

In September 2011, Comrod acquired WIBE Telescopic Masts, a world leader in the manufacturer of aluminium crank-up masts for the defence and commercial market, from Schneider Electric.

In September 2014 Comrod Communication ASA delisted the company's shares from the Oslo Stock Exchange and became a private limited laibility company, Comrod Communication AS.

Comrod Communication Group is an international company with development, production, sales & marketing of antennas and antenna systems, support masts, power supplies and battery chargers to the defence communication market. The Group also supplies antennas and antenna systems for commercial marine, as well as composite industrial products for the offshore and defence industry. Comrod Communication Group products are associated with innovative, high quality communication solutions and long-lasting products.

The Norwegian subsidiary, Comrod AS, is a supplier of antennas, antenna systems and power supplies, mainly for the defence market, but also for other maritime and commercial applications. 

Comrod France SA, is a supplier of masts and mast systems, antennas and composite industrial products.

Comrod Sweden AB (formerly WIBE Telescopic Masts) are a world leader in the design and manufacture of crank-up aluminium telescopic masts.

The Group headquarters are located at Stavanger in South-Western Norway.

The vision of Comrod Communications group is to be selected by its customers for:

  • Outstanding Product Performance
  • Continuous Product Innovation
  • Lead-time
  • Healthy/stable supplier