Professor Göran Roos to share insight on present Economy and Outlook – SACC online event 4 Nov

With COVID 18 months and counting… Where are we? What is the economic impact on business, trade and investment? Where to from here? 

We are once again very pleased to welcome keynote speaker Professor Göran Roos to this online event on 4 November, where he will give us an insight into the current state of the world economy and future outlook.

This is session is moderated by Jonas Lindholm and Professor Roos will join us virtually from the UK.

Professor Göran Roos holds a MSc in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden; an MBA in Strategy from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Management Consultancy from Henley Management College in Henley-on-Thames, UK; and a Ph.D. in Business and Management from the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia.

Göran is a specialist in the field of intellectual capital and an expert in innovation management and strategy. He is a common advisor to organisations and governments around the globe. Göran is a CSIRO fellow and also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). Göran was named “one of the 13 most influential thinkers for the 21st Century” by the Spanish business journal “Direccion y Progreso” and was appointed “Manufacturing for the Future” Thinker in Residence by the South Australian Premier for the year 2011 and an appointed member of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Leaders Group 2012/2013. He was selected for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Top 10 Speeches 2013: A collection of the most influential and interesting speeches from the CEDA platform in 2013 for the speech: “The future of manufacturing in Australia: Innovation and productivity”.

Jonas Lindholm is a serial entrepreneur with a big international network, a former Swedish Trade Commissioner and board member of SACC, who has supported +400 Swedish companies to establish & grow their business in Australia.

Moved to Australia when employed by the Swedish government to work for the Trade commission in 2007 and was the Swedish Trade Commissioner to Australia & Oceania for over 4 years before starting KingHill in 2015.

KingHill’s objective is to foster more international collaboration and trade by supporting companies with market evaluations, facilitating the right contacts locally (both private & governmental) and fast track their full sales process.

 

When: 4 November, 6.00 – 7.00 pm (AEDT)
SACC/YP Members: Free

Non-Members: $15

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Once registered, an email will be sent with instructions on how to join the online event.

2021 Business Awards Entries Open until 31 October

The Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce invites companies and professionals to participate in the 2021 Swedish Business in Australia Awards. The awards provide a great platform for companies and individuals to showcase their business within the Swedish-Australian business community and present the importance their business plays. As in previous years, we are pleased to have the opportunity to co-host this event with the Embassy of Sweden.

Eligible winners of the Business Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Event on 25 November 2021, which this year will be a virtual event. Award winners will also be presented on stage in March 2022 at the Swedish and Australian Innovation, Technology and Design Summit. A new SACC initiative working closely together with industry partners, the Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden and the University of Technology Sydney.

Entries are open until 31 October and we welcome any company/enterprise/business executive or entrepreneur in Australia with a strong relationship to Sweden to nominate. We also encourage businesses/organisations/individuals to nominate for a specific project such as a sustainability focused product/service, an innovative change or other initiatives that have a positive impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long-term benefit.

The 2021 Award Categories are:
  1. Excellence in Business Enterprise
  2. Excellence in Sustainability
  3. Excellence in Small Business
  4. Excellence in Community Contribution

Finalists and award winners will be expected to be members of the SACC prior to the awards presentation. www.swedishchamber.com.au/membership/

Please submit all entry details via the online form. Read more about the awards here and contact us at sacc@swedishchamber.com.au
Download the awards entry information pack here

SACC 110th AGM 28 October 2021

SACC Members are invited to take part in the 110th SACC AGM which is being held virtually on 28 October 2021.

AGM documents, agenda and details of how to join the virtual meeting will be sent to all members once registered.

Date: 28 October 2021

Time: 6.00 – 7.00 pm

Please forward any questions or points you would like to raise prior to the AGM here.

We welcome members engagement and look forward to seeing you online at the 110th AGM.

The SACC Board

Travel Around the World Onboard the SACC Trivia Flight 20 Oct

Hop onboard for this Virtual Trivia night on 20 October with a 6pm AEDT/3pm AWST departure

Explore the many destinations in the world from your home as we are waiting for the international borders to open. Test your travel, destination and cultural knowledge and get the chance to win an amazing travel pack prize sponsored by SACC Member Beeautify.

For this trivia experience, we are inviting members of SACC together with members of other Swedish organisations based in Australia.

When: 20 October, 6.00 – 7.00 pm AEDT/3.00 – 4.00 pm AWST

Where: Zoom

NEW LINK TO JOIN THE EVENT

We are looking forward to seeing you online the flight 20 Oct!

This event is kindly supported by:

                              

Sustainable Transportation SACC Webinar 19 October 5pm AEDT

What can the Australian transportation sector learn from Sweden in order to move towards a greener sustainable future?

As one of the largest contributors of CO2 emissions within the transportation sector in Australia*, the electrification of commercial vehicle fleets, including trucks and buses, provides an excellent opportunity for Australia to reduce its environmental impact. Due to its rapid uptake of electric bus and truck technology, Sweden provides an excellent reference point from which the Australian transportation sector can learn, in order to move towards net zero emissions. 

  • What are the key trends in Sweden?
  • What are the emerging trends and opportunities in Australia?
  • What are the barriers to the adoption of electric trucks and buses?
  • What technologies are available today and in the future?

Join this Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce webinar moderated by Nathan Gore-Brown, Sustainable Transport Consultant at Movement and the following panellists will share their insights, also making reference to where electric truck and bus technology has been successfully implemented in Sweden and Australia.

  • Stefan Widlund, City Mobility Director, Volvo Buses, Gothenburg Sweden
  • Sean Stove, Transport Segment Lead, ABB Australia
  • Paul Illmer, Vice President Emerging Technology Business Development, Volvo Group Australia

When: 19 October, 5.00 – 6.00 pm (AEDT)

REGISTER HERE 

This is a free online event organised by the SACC Sustainability Committee

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*Source: Australian Federal Government, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

About the speakers

Moderator:

Nathan Gore-Brown, Senior Consultant (Electric and commercial vehicles) at Sustainable transport consultancy MOV3MENT. Nathan started his career as an Auto Electrician and went on to study engineering in the UK. He has a rich history of senior roles in the international automotive industry including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Mazda, and Caterpillar. In his last role before joining MOV3MENT he was the Tesla Brisbane store manager. Today, Nathan supports governments, vehicle fleets and organisations to navigate the challenges in the transition away from fossil fuels and to electrified transport.

 

Panellists:

Stefan Widlund, City Mobility Director, Volvo Buses. Based at Volvo Buses’ Headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since 2017 Stefan is supporting regions and cities to transform to electric bus traffic. This includes route analysis, charging strategy, stakeholder engagement, project planning, zone management and all aspects from an operator’s perspective in the transition to electric bus traffic including sustainability. Prior to joining Volvo Buses, Stefan spent 23 years working at Ericsson, whereof 6 years based in Asia. Stefan has a Master of Science – Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden

 

Sean Stove, Transport Segment Lead, ABB Australia. Sean Stove is ABB Australia’s head of transportation and rail segments, having been involved in the rail sector since 2003. Joining ABB in 1997, Sean has held numerous senior roles in sales, operations and business development across Asia Pacific and Europe. In this role he is responsible for leading ABB’s offering to the rail and transportation industry, from innovative solutions for rolling stock propulsion to energy efficient solutions for power infrastructure to software optimisation for asset health and management. After completing his Electrical Certificate from Christchurch Polytechnic, Sean became a graduate of the University of Queensland’s Mt Eliza MBA Program, and completed the Senior Leadership Development program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

Paul Illmer, Vice President, Vehicle Sales Strategy & Support (VSSS) at Volvo Group Australia. Paul started his career in the heavy transport industry in 1997 as parts manager at a Northern Victoria truck dealership. He continued in various heavy vehicle retail roles until 2003 where he moved to Brisbane to work for Volvo Group Australia. In 2003 Illmer was appointed Mack Trucks Australia Product Manager where he managed the commercial launches for Eu4 emissions, Eu5 emissions, MP10 engine and mDrive transmission. In 2012, Illmer began his Volvo Trucks brand career where he managed the launch of the new FH model range and was appointed Vice President – Sales Strategy & Support in 2014. In this role he led a team of 25 people responsible for Volvo, Mack and UD Trucks in the areas of Product Management, Truck Sales Process IT, Driver Training, Sales Order Planning & Business Intelligence. He was also the market interface for Autonomous Vehicles and Electro-mobility. Today Illmer is responsible for Emerging Technology at Volvo Group Australia and holds the position of Vice President with responsibility for electric, hydrogen and automated truck commercialisation. He is a member of the Truck Industry Council, Australian Industry Group, Electric Vehicle Council, Australian Logistics Council, Australian Trucking Association and Volvo Group Australia Dealer Council.

 

Why is M&A growing in importance in the APAC region? – Swedish Chambers APAC Webinar 12 October

Summary and Recording of the Event

Companies merge to share information, technology or other resources to increase the overall strengths. Mergers also help to overcome existing challenges, reduce weaknesses and gain a competitive edge in the market.

Why is M&A growing in importance in the APAC region? What are the economic driving factors? Which sectors/industries and capabilities are driving activity? What trends and opportunities are there in the region?

At this Swedish Chambers APAC webinar the following panellists shared their expertise on M&A activity in the region:

  • Martin Ekberg, Trade & Invest Commissioner to Australia and Business Sweden Global M&A Lead, Sydney
  • Enrique Patrickson, CFO & Head of Sales – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa at Electrolux, Singapore 
  • Ola Nordh, Head of M&A at Anticimex Group, Stockholm 

The session was moderated by Camilla Bullock, Director General, Emerging Payment Association APAC, Sydney 

VIEW THE ONLINE RECORDING HERE

Keep your eyes on the SACC socials Linkedin and Facebook for further updates as announcements are made about future events, and check out the Recent Events and Webinars page on the SACC website for summaries and recordings of our recent presentations. Please contact us for questions and further information: sacc@swedishchamber.com.au.

Swedish Chambers APAC Webinar 12 October – Why are Mergers & Acquisitions growing in importance in the APAC region?

Companies merge to share information, technology or other resources to increase the overall strengths. Mergers also help to overcome existing challenges, reduce weaknesses and gain a competitive edge in the market.

Why is M&A growing in importance in the APAC region? What are the economic driving factors? Which sectors/industries and capabilities are driving activity? What trends and opportunities are there in the region?

Join us for this Swedish Chambers APAC webinar where the following panellists will share their expertise on M&A activity in the region:

Martin Ekberg, Trade & Invest Commissioner to Australia and Business Sweden Global M&A Lead, Sydney

Enrique Patrickson, CFO & Head of Sales – Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa at Electrolux, Singapore

Ola Nordh, Head of M&A at Anticimex Group, Stockholm

The session is moderated by Camilla Bullock, Director General, Emerging Payment Association APAC, Sydney

When: 12 October, 6.00pm AEDT

Cost: SACC YP Members Free, Non-Members $25  

A link with instructions to join the webinar will be sent to you prior to the event. 

Sign up to become a member of SACC/YP                                         

This webinar is organised by:

 

In partnership with:

 

SWEDELINK Newsletter Spring 2021

Spring news from SACC, with New Member Presentations, Innovation, Tech and Design Summit 2022, upcoming events, links to recent events and more…

SACC YP Business Mentorship Program Launch

On the 16th of September, SACC and YP launched the 2021/2022 Business Mentorship Program. 14 mentors and mentees came together in an online kick-off event where each pair had the opportunity to meet for the very first time to start forming their relationships and together plan for what they would like their journey to look like over the next 12 months.

We are excited to see so many mentors and mentees joining this year’s program. We look forward to following and supporting each participant’s growth throughout the program.

If you are interested in joining as a mentor or mentee, it’s not too late! Please express your interest through the following link https://www.swedishchamber.com.au/sacc-yp-business-mentorship-program-2/

Feedback from previous year’s program:

Mentee: “I gained a whole lot from the relationship with my mentor! Not only did my mentor help guiding me in my career path, but also acted as a coach and helped me grow on an individual level as well as on a professional. My mentor’s personality, extensive work experience and knowledge was exactly what I needed in a mentor at that point in time. It was a great match. My main goal with the mentorship program was to establish the next steps in my career path, which we did. Not only did I enjoy the progress we made from our monthly meetings which helped me in my career, but I also really enjoyed speaking with my mentor about his life journey. I would definitely recommend the program to others.”

Mentor: ”Being a Mentor gave me a great sense of “value”. I was able to share my business and life experience gained from various positions during a lifelong career and apply this to the challenges of the Mentee. I think we achieved a lot together by identifying the key areas and specific actions which would support my Mentee’s development. I would absolutely recommend this program and will be partaking in the upcoming program.”

If you would like to find out more about the mentorship program please contact YP Committee Chair Therese Nithenius or SACC General Manager Camilla Jennings.

SACC Sustainability Committee Update

Since the beginning of the year, sustainability has been in focus for SACC and after almost ten months into the year, the work carried out by the committee has begun to take shape and gain momentum. The interest among the Swedish companies has been great and today we have about ten companies that are involved and contribute to the committee’s work.

The vision of taking a leadership role in advancing sustainability actions in Australia has grown stronger and increased knowledge of how both Australia and Sweden work with these important issues have been highlighted with the help of several guest speakers resulting in fruitful discussions.

In recent months, the committee has also conducted several online events, including an online event together with the Embassy of Sweden Canberra.

On September 7, the Embassy of Sweden and the committee arranged an online event about roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness with Svante Axelsson, National Coordinator of Fossil Free Sweden in conversation with David Leitch Principal ITK Services Australia & Author at RenewEconomy and industry representatives from the Swedish Construction and Civil Engineering sector and the Swedish Recycling sector.

Another successful event was the SACC Virtual Executive Forum on September 14, with the keynote speaker Rob Gell AM, Environmental Geographer, Founder and Director of ReThink Sustainability. Rob gave an outlook on global sustainability trends and what will drive change in the term ‘business as usual’ and what trends will impact Australia. The session also included interactive discussions with the participants giving them the opportunity to ask questions.

For the next committee event, on 19 October at 5 pm AEDT, we will focus on Sustainable Transport. As one of the largest contributors of CO2 emissions within the transportation sector in Australia, the electrification of commercial vehicle fleets, including trucks and buses, provides an excellent opportunity for Australia to reduce its environmental impact. Due to its rapid uptake of electric bus and truck technology, Sweden provides an excellent reference point from which the Australian transportation sector can learn, in order to move towards a greener and more sustainable future.

  • What are the key trends in Sweden?
  • What are the emerging trends and opportunities in Australia?
  • What are the barriers to the adoption of electric trucks and buses?
  • What technologies are available today and in the future?

The following panellists will share their insights, also making reference to where electric truck and bus technology has been successfully implemented in Sweden and Australia.

  • Stefan Widlund, City Mobility Director, Volvo Buses, Gothenburg Sweden
  • Sean Stove, Transport Segment Lead, ABB Australia
  • Paul Illmer, Vice President Emerging Technology Business Development, Volvo Australia

If you are interested in joining this free online event REGISTER HERE.

With the solid foundation created by the committee, we will continue our work within the sustainability arena and through external communication, we will share knowledge, best practices and sustainability strategies with organisations and the Australian audience.

If you would like to find out more about the SACC Sustainability Committee please contact Committee Chair Carin Varverud Härdin or SACC General Manager Camilla Jennings.