The Swedish vehicle manufacturers control the entire manufacturing chain, from the development to the production of a vehicle. This process is completely reliant on a strong infrastructure, which includes the supplier industry. With more than 1200 individual companies, a workforce of 75 000 people and an annual turnover of more than €11 billion, the automotive supplier industry in Sweden is one of the largest industries in the country.
The Swedish cluster includes a range of different enterprises. Autoliv, SKF, Haldex and SSAB are some of the big, well-known global companies with their headquarters in Sweden. Many of the global tier 1 companies have subsidiaries in Sweden such as Delphi, Visteon, Johnson Controls, Tenneco, Valeo, Bosch and Benteler.
Engineering and design companies like Semcon, Caran, Sigma, Teleca and Edag play an important role as service providers. Additionally, with an increasing number of electronic components and systems fitted in the vehicles, software and electronic component producers are now also an important part of the cluster. Sweden has a strong position within telematics and active safety systems.
About 50 percent of the 1200 companies are small businesses with a turnover of less than €2,1 million. However, this group includes both small, fast growing companies within new technology fields as well as lower tier companies in the supply chain.
The supplier industry takes advantage of the R&D programmes in Sweden, where vehicle manufacturers and suppliers co-operate to improve technology, efficiency and competitiveness. As with the vehicle manufacturers, internationalisation is also a strong trend among Swedish suppliers.