A big part of the reason is that we are world-class in terms of electronic systems. Electronic systems are highly cross-sectoral. They are part of an ever-increasing number of contexts and constitute, an increasingly important part of the products and services that exist and develop within different industries. This increases the market. Smart electronic systems will be increasingly demanded as new efficient solutions have to be found to meet the many global challenges facing the world, such as requirements for the development of renewable energy sources, streamlining energy production, energy saving, long-term sustainable environment and care for a growing and increasingly aging population.
Sweden is in 2025 a country that is very attractive for electronics-dependent companies of all sizes, because here there is a geographical proximity to thriving research and industry which, with its efficiency and cutting-edge expertise, provides a good foundation for the companies through a favorable climate to operate in.
The efficiency of electronics systems FoU is ensured by well-functioning collaboration between all actors involved. The smart electronic systems area is characterized by high accuracy through all the players involved, there are good will and good conditions to meet each other’s terms.
As a result of Swedish companies in Smart Electronic Systems streamlining their cutting-edge expertise to those areas where Sweden has the best conditions to be stronger than competition, we are world leaders in these areas. The connection to the needs on the market is well thought out, clear and successful.
The smart electronic systems area is supplied with competent staff from an education system that is well connected to both the research and industry’s prerequisites through relevant subjects, marked elements of “industrial reality” in basic education and well-functioning academic further development opportunities.
Overall, the 2025 world map of electronics development is very different today, and Sweden has secured a close position. The equation “to be present when the train goes” is appropriate but not sufficient. In 2025 Sweden has not just stepped on the train; we have also acted as train drivers in selected areas and also identified where new rails should be built in unmanned terrain.
In short, the electronics industry has the potential for strong growth in both the short and long term. A competent and competitive electronics industry is a prerequisite for a successful and internationally competitive industry as a whole. Sweden has every reason and every chance to secure its position in world class. But the position must be earned – continuously.
Sweden has over 3,600 electronics companies that have a turnover of SEK 153 billion and employ nearly 50,000 Swedes (2011). If we add to companies where the electronics are a crucial component of our own product, we achieve a combined turnover of more than SEK 1,000 billion and more than 300,000 employees.
Sales have increased by 66% since 2002 and industry is also a lever for other industries such as vehicles, medical technology, telecom, energy, automation and production.
Our 3,600 electronics companies have in 10 years increased their value added by 90% (2002-201).
The electronics industry is also a large export industry. According to Statistics Sweden, electronics / telecoms constitute a major export product, 11%, of the total Swedish exports.