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VIKING signs global service alliance with another major fire safety supplier

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Hans-Henrik Madsen, VIKING Vice President

Hans-Henrik Madsen, VIKING Vice President

Leading Danish marine and fire safety equipment and servicing provider VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has signed a multi-year global servicing agreement with NK Group, a major Korean supplier of firefighting systems and related equipment, laying the foundations for a strong business alliance between the two companies.

According to the agreement, VIKING will become NK’s preferred service provider, carrying out marine fire servicing and sourcing original spare parts for the Korean company’s customers around the world. VIKING’s technicians have been specially trained in NK Group’s systems, in accordance with the IMO’s MSC.1/Circ.1432 revised guidelines, and have gained access to support and technical data directly from the new alliance partner.

NK Group’s firefighting equipment has been installed on over 10, 000 vessels to date, most of which have been built in regions where VIKING already has significant market shares. With such a large installed base, the Korean company has extensive insight into shipowner needs and preferences both now and for the future. Where appropriate, data on these installations is expected to be loaded directly into VIKING’s advanced service notification system, helping to streamline servicing tasks for NK Group’s customers.

“NK Group can now offer a complete service solution to its customers, taking advantage of VIKING’s worldwide competencies and capabilities, ” says Mr. Kyunghoon Kim, CEO for NK Group and continues:

 Kyunghoon Kim, NK Group CEO

Kyunghoon Kim, NK Group CEO

“For example, shipowners around the world with NK products will be able to get better access to the right spare parts at the right time, helping them to uphold regulatory compliance and reduce costly delays. Key to us in choosing VIKING as a service partner was its well-qualified global service network, experience with handling shipowner contracts, and a solid track record in servicing firefighting equipment.”

“NK Group’s products are known for their quality and reliability, ” says VIKING’s Vice President of Global Service, Hans-Henrik Madsen. “By combining VIKING’s global service network and quality standards with NK’s products, we’re delivering a real win for shipowners. We’re excited about the chance to bring better service to shipowners with NK equipment on board, and we expect to continue to expand on this potential in the years to come.”

Implementation of the new agreement is already well underway, and the first two groups of VIKING service technicians have completed training at NK Group’s facility in Korea.

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VIKING signs global service alliance with another major fire safety supplier
 About NK Group
Based in Busan, Korea, the NK group of companies began in 1980, growing quickly to achieve sales in excess of EUR 140 million. For marine applications, the group’s product range includes high- and low-pressure CO2 systems, high-and low-expansion foam systems, dry powder and water mist systems as well as smoke detection solutions. The NK group of companies includes ENK Co. Ltd., NK TECH and GE SKO in South Korea, and NK Shanghai in China.About VIKING
VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S is a global market leader in maritime and offshore safety, providing and servicing safety and fire-fighting equipment for passenger and cargo ships, offshore installations, fishing vessels, the navy, fire departments and leisure yachts.VIKING is a privately held corporation founded in 1960 with group headquarters in Esbjerg, Denmark. Products are manufactured in Denmark, Norway, Bulgaria and Thailand.VIKING offers a broad range of off-the-shelf and tailored safety solutions and systems certified in accordance with the latest requirements of the IMO, SOLAS, EU and USCG. The product portfolio includes chute and slide-based marine and offshore evacuation and crew transfer systems, liferafts, lifejackets, immersion suits, fire suits, work suits, pilot suits, helicopter transportation suits, MOB boats, davits, pilot ladders, signs, and other lifesaving appliances.VIKING Shipowner Agreements offer uniquely customizable concepts that incorporate safety products, global servicing, single-source management, and financing in a variety of fixed price structures.

With 2, 000 employees worldwide, the unique VIKING network of branch offices, agents, 270 certified servicing stations and worldwide stock points makes VIKING a truly global provider at convenient locations in all significant markets.


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