Jotron celebrates 50 years of business

02 March, 2017

Jotron AS has been enhancing safety communication since 1967. Over the past 35 years, Jotron has evolved from a company with 10 employees to one with 300 employees on three continents. New products have been developed and manufactured, and new markets have been captured. The founders philosophy of building the company “stone by stone” and creating lasting value are still very much alive at Jotron – and the vision is as clear as it is ambitious: To be a world leader.

It started with amplifiers for television antennas, but the small electronics company Jotron Elektronikk AS from Levanger in Norway soon began manufacturing new products. The “Tron 1” was the world’s first Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). After the introduction and release of this product in 1970, Jotron was soon recognized as a significant supplier of advanced safety communications equipment. Jotron entered the Air Traffic Control (ATC) market in Norway in the mid-1970s, with the development of a single radio. From the mid-1990s, Jotron evolved from a supplier of individual radios to a complete systems supplier.

Throughout the 1980s, Jotron grew into Scandinavia’s leading manufacturer of EPIRBs for ships and VHF radios for airports and offshore platforms. The first step towards becoming a global company was in 1986 when Jotron established an office in the UK. Later, offices were also established in Singapore and the USA. Jotron’s philosophy was, and still is, being cautious and expanding the business in line with rising sales and growing markets.

Today, Jotron’s communication technology is in use all over the world. The company has two product divisions. The ATC & Coastal Communication Division supplies ground to air communication products and systems. The Maritime & Energy Communication Division supplies maritime distress communication and internal communications and alarm systems for ships, offshore and land-based facilities.

“I am extremely proud of our company’s fantastic history. We start our 50th year as a rock solid company. Jotron has been built “stone by stone” and today holds a strong position within its markets, both in Norway and abroad,” says Merete Berdal, Managing Director at Jotron.

Berdal emphasis the need to look to the future and continue to maintain a development tempo that is in line with market requirements. She insists that Jotron will by no means rest on its laurels: “We steadily work on developing new markets for all our business areas and simultaneously develop new products that satisfy new requirements and specifications.”