Industry teams up for new research centre


New centre promises to shape the future of heavy vehicle powertrain manufacturing in Sweden

Industry teams up for new research centre
Volvo Group Truck Operations executive vice president Jan Ohlsson.

 

Truck makers Volvo Group and Scania have teamed up with engineering group Sandvik to launch a new heavy vehicle research centre in Sweden.

The new centre, based at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, will focus on the manufacturing of heavy-duty powertrains, including engines, gearboxes and axles.

Called the Powertrain Manufacturing for Heavy Vehicles Application Lab, the centre will be utilised by the German research organisation, Fraunhofer; Swedish network for industrial research, RISE; and the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.

Speaking at the centre’s inauguration, Volvo Group Truck Operations executive vice president Jan Ohlsson says the facility is key for the company, Swedish manufacturing and the industry.

"In Sweden we have one of the world's leading clusters for development and manufacturing of heavy engines, gearboxes and components," Ohlsson says.

"This manufacturing activity gives us great potential for the continued development of our competitiveness.

"So this centre is important for the Volvo Group and for our industry."

To act as a pathway for students at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology into a career with one of the industry partners or Fraunhofer, which focuses its work in applied research in the auto sector, the new centre is seen as a base camp.

"We must secure the supply of skills in the auto industry for the future," Ohlsson says.

"We cannot do that alone, it's something we can achieve together with others.

"One way to do it is to engage students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in projects at the center."

 

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