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Swedish Rail Industry Group (SWERIG) - Articles and news items

Sweden builds for the future

Issue 5 2016 / 6 September 2016 /

The three metropolitan areas in Sweden are growing fast as is the need for transport capacity. Sweden has experienced one of the largest increases in train travel within the EU, but tracks are heavily utilised which makes maintenance a challenge. Although investments are being made across all transport modes, it is within the railway sector that increased investment levels are the most evident. Pia Lagerlöf, General Secretary at SWEDTRAIN and Coordinating Manager at SWERIG, explains more.

SWERIG – growing at home and abroad

Issue 5 2014 / 18 September 2014 /

The passenger and freight traffic utilisation of the Swedish railway is growing fast, and so is the country’s railway industry. The former publicly-run railway sector in Sweden is deregulated and this has created new companies, who – under competition – have developed efficient and reliable solutions. SWERIG – the Swedish Rail Industry Group – has worked for 25 years with the companies in this sector and conducts different kinds of export supporting activities. Rolf Alm and Magnus Davidsson from the Group explain how Sweden is investing in its own railway systems as well as the importance of growing the export of Swedish railway technology and services.

‘Swedish National Team of Rail Competence’

Issue 5 2012 / 20 September 2012 /

SWERIG, the Swedish Rail Industry Group, is often referred to as the ‘Swedish National Team of Rail Competence’. Acting on a fairly limited home market which is extremely open to competition, the Swedish rail industry has, over the years, searched for new business opportunities on the international rail market.

For many years, Sweden has had a reputation for benefitting from advanced railway technology. Swedish companies are today well established and recognised internationally. So how has a small country like Sweden achieved that position?

Swedish companies like Ericsson and ASEA (now ABB), both forming part of what is today Bombardier Transportation in Sweden, together with SKF, were early players on the international market with innovative products for the railway sector. ASEA with their electric locomotives, Ericsson with signalling and SKF with bearings paved the way for the formation of clusters of other high-tech companies in the railway industry.

How SWERIG is contributing to the development of the Swedish rail industry

Issue 5 2011 / 22 September 2011 /

Since the introduction of modern railways, the Swedish railway industry has been at the forefront of railway technology. Over the years, the Swedish rail industry has earned a worldwide reputation as a group of innovative and reliable suppliers. Industrial enterprises like ASEA, Ericsson and SKF were early to gain leading positions on the international railway market, with their technically advanced product lines such as locomotives, power transmission, signalling systems and ball bearings. Around these companies a cluster of other manufacturers of hightech products was established to support this growing industry.

Today, Swedish companies are well recognised in both the railway and metro sectors and are internationally renowned companies with a wide range of products and services with well known brand names. The climate in Sweden, with its harsh winters, has contributed to the development of products and systems which stand up to extreme conditions. Many of the SWERIG member companies have a long experience as suppliers to the marine and aviation sectors, both of which have their own demanding standards, which are similar to those of the railway sector.