“That this sizeable delegation, from a region with its own incredibly strong automotive cluster, chooses to visit Gothenburg to study the transition within the industry is satisfying confirmation that our region’s automotive cluster is at the forefront and competing alongside the best in the world,” says Patrik Andersson, CEO of Business Region Göteborg.
The delegation, comprised of some 70 people representing trade and industry, government, research and media, chose to visit primarily Gothenburg and Oulu, as Sweden and Finland are both well ahead of the rest of Europe in the fields of digitalisation and mobility.
“The automotive industry is experiencing its biggest upheaval ever. Electrification, digitalisation and autonomous driving represent major changes in the automotive industry. A great deal is at stake for Baden-Württemberg: our pioneering role in technology, our economic power, our jobs and the consequences of climate change,” said Minister-President Kretschmann in a statement.
Important issues were discussed during the delegation’s visit to Gothenburg, including the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, 5G technology, autonomous driving, electromobility and new mobility concepts. The visit was also a door opener for creating contacts and initiating collaborations between companies and academic institutions in Gothenburg and Baden-Württemberg.
“Although the Gothenburg region’s automotive cluster is strongly positioned in the global market and undergoing transition at a phenomenal rate, one of our strategies is to initiate collaborations with other strong clusters in Europe – and the automotive cluster in Baden-Württemberg is one of the strongest in Europe. Collaborations are a necessity if companies in these clusters are to have strong footings in a global market characterised by spiralling competition,” explains Maria Strömberg, Cluster & Innovation Director at Business Region Göteborg.