SACC organise a number of events every year ranging from business seminar and webinar series on current topics, to the next generation of Australian-Swedish business, casual networking forums, breakfast seminars, lunches, educational seminars and social events around Swedish festivities. We have some exciting events and business seminars planned for 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, so remember check the up coming events on this site. The annual Swedish Business Awards will take place towards the end of the year at the SACC Christmas Event in Sydney.

We are constantly planning events with interesting topics and speakers. If you are interested in sponsor an event or seminar please contact us.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND WEBINARS

RECENT EVENTS AND WEBINAR

Professor Göran Roos on the present state of the Economy and future outlook – 4 Nov 2021

Summary and Recording of the Event

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

Once again we were pleased to welcome keynote speaker Professor Göran Roos who gave us an insight into the current state of the world economy and future outlook. The session was moderated by Jonas Lindholm.

      

“We are going to see economic growth but it will be hampered in the short term by supply chain problems (for example semiconductors) and in the medium term by a lack of raw materials and a lack of labour with the right competence”.

In a growing economic system, not only must energy be used to achieve growth, but energy must also be used to maintain the accumulated results of previous growth.

“The biggest transition is the transition to green. That is a fundamental necessity. There is a disconnect between on the one hand what we know scientifically and what we know business wise in terms of what this will take and what the challenges are and on the other hand what is visible in the public and political debate and decisions”.

“We are migrating from a dependency on petroleum to a dependency on metals. This is of course very good for Australia, but it also has some geopolitical consequences and in addition, we have insufficient supply of some of these metals”.

“It is impossible for example to transform all internal combustion engine vehicle production to the production of electric vehicles, using present technology, purely from a raw material standpoint.”

Professor Göran Roos

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About the speakers

Professor Göran Roos is a specialist in the field of intellectual capital and an expert in innovation management and strategy. He is an advisor to organisations and governments around the globe and holds visiting professorships in the Australia, UK and Norway.Göran is a CSIRO Affiliate 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 is a specialist in the field of intellectual capital and an expert in innovation management and strategy. He is an advisor to organisations and governments around the globe and holds visiting professorships in the Australia, UK and Norway. Göran is a CSIRO Affiliate and also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

 

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.

 

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.

The Virtual SACC Trivia Flight Departed on 20 October

The SACC Trivia flight took off!

We had 3 travel destinations competing on the flight Lapland, Vancover and Rome. Our Capten Figge Boksjö, who’s French pronunciation is perfect, guided us through the many destinations, music and cultural experiences of the world. The winner of the Trivia comp was Team Lapland with 2 points over Team Rome and Team Vancover.

Team Lapland won an amazing travel pack prize sponsored by SACC Member Beeautify.

Big thank you to all who joined this trivia experience, to our sponsor Beeautify and Capten Figge Boksjö, Chair of the SACC Perth WA Chapter.

    

This event was kindly supported by:

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.

Sustainable Transport Webinar 19 October

Summary and Recording of the Event

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?

In this Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce webinar moderated by Nathan Gore-Brown, Sustainable Transport Consultant at Movement and the following panellists shared their insights and referred 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

Read more about the speakers below.

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This online event was organised by the SACC Sustainability Committee 

 

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.

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

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.

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 

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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.