Automotive Sweden

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Information about Automotive Sweden

Published on November 16, 2007

Author: Natalya


Automotive Sweden :  Automotive Sweden The route to innovative automotive solutions The Swedish automotive industry:  The Swedish automotive industry Employs ~185,000 people – 1/10th of the EU total Accounts for 13 percent of Swedish exports (2000). Four manufacturers: Volvo Cars (owned by Ford Motor Group) Saab Automobile (owned by General Motors) Scania (Volkswagen largest owner) Volvo Trucks (Renault largest owner) Home to leading automotive suppliers and partners (Autoliv, Atlas Copco, Haldex, Sandvik, SKF) Source: BIL Sweden A significant global player :  A significant global player Volvo Global Trucks: 160,000 trucks Volvo Cars: 400,000 cars Scania: 45,000 trucks Saab: 120,000 cars Sweden holds 20 percent of world heavy truck production Source: BIL Sweden Why Sweden for automotive :  Why Sweden for automotive Locating in Sweden allows you to Develop innovative automotive solutions in a progressive buyer environment. Create and strengthen supplier relations with two premium automobile manufacturers and two of the world’s largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles. Be near global R&D centers for the world’s largest vehicle brand operators, Ford and GM. Capitalize on Sweden’s recognition for quality and engineering know-how. Benefit from competitive cost of operations. Join competence clusters in telematics, intelligent vehicle safety, and design & engineering. A leading position in growth segments :  A leading position in growth segments Telematics Ford has global R&D center for telematics in Göteborg. Volvo Trucks Dynafleet in 2nd generation. Scania offers Fleet Analysis System Safety Saab and Volvo have outstanding recognition for safety. World’s most advanced crash test center established in Göteborg. Scania and Volvo Trucks have pioneered impact- and crash tests of cabs. Design & engineering GM has granted platform development for all premium segment models to Saab. Scania modular production system Volvo awarded Truck of the Year 5 times A presence of strong companies in complementary industries like microelectronics, mobile communications, and high-tech engineering enables Sweden to stay in the lead. Innovation milestones - cars:  Innovation milestones - cars Three-point seat belt (patented by Volvo in 1958) Seatbelts as standard feature (Saab, 1962) Establishment of auto accident investigation team (Volvo, 1970) Side impact protection (Saab, 1972) Turbo engine for every-day use (Saab, 1976) World's first side impact air bags (Volvo/Autoliv, 1995) Inflatable curtain for side impact head protection (Volvo/Autoliv, 1998) AWD traction system (Haldex, 1998) First active head restraint (Saab, 1998) First anti-whiplash seat (Volvo/Autoliv, 1998) First whiplash protection system for rear-seat occupants (Autoliv, 1999) Innovation milestones - trucks:  Innovation milestones - trucks Turbocharging on 8-cylinder railcar engine (Scania, 1951) The world's first turbocharged diesel (Volvo, 1954) The Globetrotter; “most comfortable truck in the world”, (Volvo, 1979) Air-to-air charge-cooling introduced on trucks and bus (Scania, 1982) First truck engine with turbo compounding in series production (Scania, 1991) Airbags for trucks (Volvo, 1994) ECT, Environmental Concept Truck, and ECB, Environmental Concept Bus (Volvo, 1995) FUPS, Front Underrun Protection System, (Volvo, 1996) Euro 3 versions of all straight six-cylinder engines (Scania, 1999) Sweden – a global center for automotive R&D :  Sweden – a global center for automotive R&D Volvo Global responsibility for development of safety within the Ford’s Premium Automotive Group (PAG); Aston-Martin, Jaguar, Lincoln-Mercury and Volvo. Global center for telematics for PAG based in Göteborg. Volvo Car Safety Center opened in 2000.  Saab Global platform development responsibility for all GM and Fiat premium cars; Alfa Romeo, Cadillac, Fiat and Opel. Responsible for development of turbo engines within GM. A large center for design, electronics and telematics established in Göteborg. Scania and Volvo Trucks Both have majority of R&D located in Sweden Sweden for Telematics:  Sweden for Telematics Home to world-leading companies in relevant industry sectors: Saab, Scania, Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks (automotive); Ericsson (mobile communications systems supplier); Telia (communications network operator); numerous IT systems suppliers. Highly advanced users of IT and telecommunication. Proven track record in defining, developing and producing complex systems. Ford has placed global telematics R&D and business development center in Göteborg. Development centers for EDS and HP Labs placed in Telematics Valley cluster with more than 60 companies. Sweden for Safety :  Sweden for Safety Volvo and Saab have pioneered safety advancements in cars; Scania and Volvo Trucks in trucks. Autoliv, worldwide leader in automotive safety, is headquartered in Sweden. “Vision Zero” program supports industry development of new advanced safety features and systems. Launch of 10-year program to build Intelligent Vehicle Safety Systems (IVSS) cluster Volvo Car Safety Center emphasizes Sweden’s position as a key player in automotive safety – world’ first computerized crash test dummy for pregnant women presented in 2002. Sweden for Design & Engineering :  Sweden for Design & Engineering Quality and engineering know-how Swedish engineering competence an assurance for product durability, roadholding qualities and more. Industrial design competence and recognition Volvo FH12 Truck of the Year 2000 and 1994 (Volvo first brand to win five times). Scania 4-series Truck of the Year 1996 Saab 9X voted top concept car 2002 by Europe’s leading automotive designers Volvo’s SCC voted top concept car 2002 in the U.S. Volvo XC90 wins 2002 World Traffic Safety Award Production technology know-how Scania’s modular production system key factor behind outstanding profitability track record Innovativeness Swedish vehicle manufacturers and suppliers like SKF, Autoliv, Haldex, and Opcon are examples of Sweden’s innovativeness. Sweden for Winter Testing :  Sweden for Winter Testing Northern cities of Arjeplog, Arvidsjaur and Älvsbyn have become the world’s leading winter test center. Over 25 automotive manufacturers and components suppliers perform winter tests in the area: Bosch, Continental Teves, Delphi, Knorr Bremse, Mando, TRW Automotive, Unicia Jecs Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Lancia, Jaguar, Man, Mercedes Benz, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Scania, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Volkswagen Saab and Volvo winter testing in Jokkmokk, Älvsbyn and Kiruna. Some 15 service providers. Investments set to double in 3-year period 2001-2003. Industry and university collaboration :  Industry and university collaboration Swedish industry best in Europe – almost 50 percent of companies with +50 employees has co-operation arrangements with universities or research institutions The Program for Automotive Technology Research, a national body to coordinate and sponsor industry and university research efforts. Examples of products, tools, and concepts sprung from collaborative R&D efforts: BioRID, biofidelic rear impact dummy. Developed by Chalmers in cooperation with Autoliv, Saab and Volvo Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg the first European university to sign an agreement with General Motors. Competitive business costs Score:  Competitive business costs Score Source: EIU 2001 Competitive labor costs – technical engineer 2001, USD (including social charges):  Competitive labor costs – technical engineer 2001, USD (including social charges) Source: Mercer Sweden AB, 2002 Low corporate income tax Percent :  Low corporate income tax Percent Source: KPMG, January 2002 What industry insiders say:  What industry insiders say Sweden’s strong automotive and telecoms industries have been a driving force in our selection of Göteborg as our base for the Scandinavian markets.  Christoph Neut, Vice President, TechTeam Europe Given the Göteborg area’s expertise in both telecoms and car manufacturing, it’s the perfect location for our new R&D center. John A Meyer, Jr., President, Information Solutions, Europe, Middle East & Africa, EDS “ ” ” “ ISA – your business facilitator :  ISA – your business facilitator Dedicated automotive team to assist you in investment matters For further information, please contact Sören Mellberg, Head of Automotive Project Direct phone: +46 31 61 24 29 Fax: +46 31 61 56 09 Mobile phone: +46 70 761 24 29   Invest in Sweden Agency, Norra Hamngatan 14, SE-411 14 Göteborg, Sweden

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