SACC Perth WA – Special Business Event supported by Scania on 23 March with the Ambassador of Sweden to Australia

On 23 March SACC Perth WA hosted a special business event in conjunction with HE Pontus Melander Ambassador of Sweden to Australia’s visit to Perth. About 40 representatives from Swedish and Australian businesses attended the event held at the South of Perth Yacht Club.

Lisa Jahrsten, Honorary Consul for Sweden WA welcomed all and introduced guest of honour Ambassador of Sweden HE Pontus Melander.

Ambassador Melander highlighted the priorities of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union – security – unity, competitiveness, green and energy transitions, democratic values and the rule of law – our foundation. The increased importance of friendship with like-minded countries with Ukraine and uncertainty in the world. Ambassador Melander also talked about the sustainable mining opportunities between Sweden and Australia with digitalisation and automatisation happening with increased speed.

SACC Perth WA Chapter Chair, Joseph Olsson, Sandvik introduced event sponsor Scania Australia, Martin Melin.

Martin Melin, Operations Manager Scania Australia presented on E-mobility and customer collaborations in mining, where they have rolled out electrified and autonomous systems. These collaborations included LKAB and Boliden in Sweden and Rio Tinto locally in Australia. Scania highlighted the importance of partnerships to develop and test new technology and how important the collaboration with Rio Tinto has been and still is. Furthermore, Scanias EV Roadmap was presented, as well as more details on battery systems and collaboration with Northvolt regarding battery cells. Another item discussed was the different regulations in different states regarding axle weights, which is causing difficulties for the industry and complicates the deployment of new BEV technology on public roads.

Thank you to all attending the event and a big thank you to our event sponsor Scania Australia