Earlier this summer came the announcement of Geely’s new innovation centre at Lindholmen in Gothenburg, with space for 3,500 employees. In late-August, the City of Gothenburg received a visit from a 15-person delegation, which included Che Jun, governor and party secretary for China’s Communist Party in Zhejiang; and Li Shufu, main owner and chairperson at Geely and chairperson at Volvo Cars.
“That the delegation is so large and includes top political leaders for the province highlights the importance of Geely’s establishment in Gothenburg and that they are eager for the automotive cluster to grow even stronger,” says Henrik Einarsson, head of Establishment and Investment at Business Region Göteborg.
The delegation visit is an important part in the increasingly close relationship between the Zhejiang province and the Gothenburg region where Geely’s ownership and investments in the Volvo Cars, CEVT and the planned innovation centre, have been big door openers.
Geely’s successes are admired in China and other players want to seize opportunities in the Gothenburg region. In connection to the news on Geely’s new innovation centre, Geely’s project leader and CEVT’s vice CEO said that additional Chinese auto companies have shown interest in establishing in the Gothenburg region.
Business Region Göteborg continues to play a coordinating roll around Geely’s new innovation centre. Now a detailed plan for the plot at Lindholmen will be developed, something that Älvstranden Utveckling’s CEO, Lena Andersson, has previously said will hopefully take a maximum of 18 months.
“Work with the detailed plan has started at record pace and is high priority,” says Henrik Einarsson.
During the autumn the Swedish government is expected to make a decision on where the national test centre for electric vehicles will be located. At Business Region Göteborg’s economic outlook seminar in June, Pia Sandvik, CEO at the Swedish Research Institute RISE, said she thought it would end up in Gothenburg.
“For the automotive industry and Geely in particular, the test centre is an important part of the equation,” says Henrik Einarsson.