Libra’s history

Libra-Plast was founded on Norway’s west coast in 1954. Rough weather conditions in the stormy North Atlantic Ocean made life at sea extremely dangerous. Dramatic shipwrecks and accidents resulting in loss of life were a fairly regular occurrence in towns and villages up and down the coast. Such tragic experiences awakened an interest in developing products that could improve safety at sea.

As one of the first companies in Norway, Libra started working with GRP- composite materials already in 1957. From 1960 to 1990, Libra manufactured various GRP-composite products for the maritime industry. During that period, it also built more than 200 fishing and leisure craft – all of them recognized for their high quality and seaworthiness.

Libra became an expert in the use of the new composite materials and developed a series of ship doors that quickly became market leaders. In 1971, Libra was the first company in the world to receive Type Approval from Det Norske Veritas (DNV) for their sandwich-composite weathertight doors.

Libra provides all types of vessels with a complete range of IMO-compliant, hinged, external and internal bulkhead doors made of steel, aluminium or composite materials. When Albert Lillebø founded Libra in 1954, safety at sea was the primary focus. It still is.

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