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Press release – Gamlem/Søvik, Norway, 29 September

Employees and friends of Ulmatec Pyro are being invited this weekend to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Norwegian marine heating and waste treatment specialist. More than 15 000 ships worldwide have been equipped with Pyro™ solutions since the company was founded in 1951.

Ulmatec Pyro is today part of the Ulmatec group and located at Gamlem near Ålesund on the west coast of Norway.

The company, initially known as “Pyrofabrikken” or "the Pyro factory", began by making boilers for small fishing boats. So successful has this product line been that little has changed in principle since its inception 60 years ago.

Ulmatec acquired 55 per cent of the Pyro AS shares in 2008, and the company has subsequently built a new 1 300-square-metre production shop and administration building. Heavy investment has also been made in continued development of Pyro’s technology and system design.

In its 60th year, Ulmatec Pyro has invested in the future and is continuing to prosper. Backed by long-term experience and customer feedback, its highly skilled organisation aims to be the best at serving the customer and to maintain its position as a leading manufacturer and supplier of heating and waste treatment systems for the marine industry.

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Pyro founder Palmar Bjørnøy was a Norwegian ship’s engineer, resistance fighter and businessman, best known in Norway as a member of the “Shetland gang” fighting the German occupiers in the Second World War. He was awarded the War Cross, Norway’s highest gallantry decoration, for his resistance work.

His service as a marine engineer began on the fishing vessels first used by the Shetland gang, and from the spring of 1943 on modern anti-submarine destroyers acquired by the Norwegian Navy.

With 54 trips across the North Sea, Bjørnøy was the member of the gang who took part in the largest number of these “Shetland Bus” voyages to and from the UK. He was described as the right-hand man of leader “Shetland Larsen”.

He remained with the Norwegian Navy until 1949, and after demobilisation founded Pyro in 1951 in his home community of Gamlem in Haram local authority on the west Norwegian coast.

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The mid-1960s: The new factory in a converted henhouse after moving from the basement smithy at home. Left: Pyro galleys, right: Pyro heaters.

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At the Nor-Fishing exhibition in the early 1970s. From left: unknown, Solveig Bjørnøy (wife of Palmar), founder Palmar Bjørnøy, technical manager Oddvin Bjørnøy, unknown, King Olav V of Norway, and a representative of the organiser.

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System design for optimum functionality and cost: Choosing heating and waste treatment systems from Ulmatec Pyro ensures that every component in the system works together with all the others in an appropriate way. In cooperation with the customer, Ulmatec Pyro designs and supplies heating and waste treatment systems for optimum functionality and cost.

Ulmatec Pyro AS in brief
Ulmatec Pyro is a leading supplier and manufacturer of heating and waste treatment systems for the marine industry, backed by solid experience and customer feedback built up since 1951. More than 15 000 ships worldwide have been equipped with Pyro™ hot water heating system to date.

A solution from Ulmatec Pyro utilises waste heat, and uses fuel only when such “green” energy is not sufficient/available. Heat generators and consumers are split into separate temperature circuits and connected together for optimal energy saving.

Ulmatec Pyro is a part of the Ulmatec group and located at Gamlem near Ålesund on the west coast of Norway.

Ulmatec in brief
Ulmatec is an abbreviation for Ulstein Marine Technology AS. This company can trace its history back to 1917 and to Ulstein Mek Verksted, the origin of the Ulstein group. After 1999, a number of new marine businesses flourished following the acquisition of Ulstein by Vickers and Rolls-Royce. One of these was Ulmatec. Established in 2000, it is now the parent of a group of companies delivering marine technology and services worldwide.

For more information, please contact: 

Jan Petter Urke
Managing Director
Ulmatec Pyro AS
Tel. +47 911 09 201 
Jon Åge Eidem
Sales- and marketing director
Ulstein Marine Technology AS
Tel. +47 909 60 477