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World-leading fasteners manufacturer Dokka Fasteners expands to Lithuania

January 24, 2022

Norwegian Dokka Fasteners, a globally renowned industrial fasteners manufacturer, is expanding its European operations and is planning on hiring up to 50 people in Klaipėda in the upcoming three years. 

Established in 1875 in Norway, Dokka Fasteners has been producing fasteners for more than 150 years. In 2008, the company became a part of the multinational Würth Group, which had close to 80,000 employees and a turnover of €14.41 billion in 2020. Dokka Fasteners is currently a major supplier to the wind energy industry globally. It provides fasteners for wind turbines, drilling rigs, cranes, and steel constructions. One of the company’s key strengths is process automation in the production of hot forged bolts and different studs. 

As many European countries turn to green energy, Dokka Fasteners has decided to expand its operations by establishing a manufacturing unit in Klaipėda.

The wind energy market is very competitive and challenging, and today we serve OEMs all over the globe. We have noticed that, regarding supply chains, we are often too far away from our customers in Europe. Thus, we decided to expand our operations here. Lithuania caught our eye because of its talent pool, and certain additional advantages, such as being a part of the EU and the Euro Zone. Our Real Estate partners in Lithuania, Newsec, also performed in the highest professional manner and made sure that the location we settled on is best suitable for the company's needs. Our products are rather heavy, so we wanted to choose a harbour city to optimize logistics. These were the main reasons why we chose Klaipėda for our operations. We envision the Klaipeda plant to become a part of a lean supply chain serving a global market.
Dennis Birresborn CEO of Dokka Fasteners.

The company plans to hire up to 50 people in the upcoming three years, focusing on engineering roles and competencies in machining, forging, programming assembly robots and running fully automated production lines.

“Green energy is gaining momentum, both globally and in Lithuania. While we are successfully reaching our renewable energy goals nation-wide, with wind energy being the primary renewable energy source, we are excited to see a new member in the ecosystem. We welcome Dokka Fasteners to Lithuania, and we are confident that this decision proves that Lithuania offers not only a business-friendly climate but also a competent talent pool,” says Aušrinė Armonaitė, the Minister of Economy and Innovation. 

According to Elijus Čivilis, General manager of Invest Lithuania, the rapidly expanding wind energy industry provides a high demand for speciality and high-quality products, and Lithuania can benefit from it. 

“Dokka Fasteners is a strong player in the fasteners segment and the company’s choice to expand in Lithuania will deepen the country’s competences in green energy. This will also contribute to Klaipėda region’s strength in process automation and will potentially open the door for further development of the wind turbine supply chain in Lithuania,” says Elijus Čivilis.

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