Within important future areas like active safety, dependable electronics platform design and telematics, both Saab and Volvo is showing the way within GM and Ford. With its closeness to Ericsson, for long being the world champion in mobile communication systems, the Swedish cluster is acknowledged by both corporations as an excellence center in these areas.
The Swedish vehicle cluster includes a range of different suppliers. 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. The country also presents a wide variety of vehicle R&D programs in which industry, universities and institutes cooperate to improve technology, efficiency and competitiveness. Globalization is evident also among Swedish sub-suppliers to the vehicle industry.