Aasheim takes the helm at Hydro

One of Norway’s biggest companies finally appointed a woman as its new chief executive on Monday, and Norsk Hydro’s shares were trading up nearly 2 percent by early afternoon. Hilde Merete Aasheim, who’s had a solid career at major Norwegian firms, will take over from Svein Richard Brandtzæg who wanted to step down after 33 […]

Hydro stock flies as pilot rolls out

Norway’s large industrial company Hydro, now mostly an aluminum and metals producer, won kudos from both investors and the prime minister on Wednesday when it officially decided to build a full-scale technology pilot plant at Karmøy in Western Norway. The area has been hard-hit by cutbacks in the oil and offshore industry, so the huge project […]

Metal band does well in US

The Norwegian metal band Kvelertak, which literally means the act of grabbing someone by the neck, has grabbed attention in the US. Its album Meir (which means “more” in the nynorsk version of the Norwegian language) was ranked as the next-best metal album of the year by Rolling Stone magazine. The album was acclaimed for being […]