What do we focus on?

Produktion2030 focuses on six areas of strength where the Swedish industry, academia and research institutes are internationally competitive. At the same time, these strengths require continued investments in order to strengthen Swedish manufacturing industry’s competitiveness in the longer term.

Sweden can take a global leadership position where we solve challenges in the production area, thus strengthening the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry. The six areas of strength have been prioritized through communication with a large number of industry, academic and research actors. The strengths are also in line with the EU’s priorities in industrial research and innovation.

Digitalization and sustainability

Digitalization and sustainability are transversal themes that affects all parts of the production chain, and is a prerequisite for securing future production in Sweden. Sustainability includes economic, environmental and social sustainability and is a matter of course for future production.

Areas of strength: Produktion2030

01: Resource-efficient production

Industry challenge: Minimize resource consumption and environmental impact in production systems and products.

Resource-efficient production is a prerequisite for manufacturing in a country like Sweden with high wages, quality levels and material costs. Resources such as materials, people, energy, capital and time must be used efficiently for the production to be competitive. Research and innovation within this field requires a holistic view and affects all life cycle phases for products and production systems.

02: Flexible production

Industry challenge: To further develop manufacturing processes to match future products.

Today and tomorrow’s consumers demand more and more customized and individualized products. It places great demands on flexibility in the production. Flexible production can handle volume changes, different variants, new materials and combinations of materials. We need new knowledge, innovative manufacturing methods and automation solutions. Automation and digitalization contribute to flexibility through, for example, simulation or integration of systems to achieve decentralized management and monitoring of the production process.

03: Virtual production

Industry challenge: Converting information and data to knowledge and decision support in virtual and physical production systems.

Virtual tools and digitized models are essential for developing future complex products and production systems. In tomorrow’s factories, basically everything is connected to the internet. It provides the ability to collect and analyze large amounts of data, which in turn allows the production to be developed virtually. The virtual factory helps the company to make the right decisions by optimization of complex data and development of smart production strategies.

04: People in the production system

Industry challenge: Strengthen cooperation between humans and automation, develop people’s achievements and increase productivity and flexibility.

Although the future industry is digital, humans still have a vital role. Complex, virtual and flexible production requires competent people to collaborate with advanced automated production systems and robots. Digitalization, sensors and large amounts of data impose new demands on personal safety, communication, interfaces and allocation of tasks between people and technical systems. As the technological development demands virtual and global networks, it also enables access to information regardless of language. New technical solutions also make it possible to develop workstations, working methods and ergonomics.

05: Circular production systems and maintenance

Industry challenge: To develop competence and service-based products.

Circular production strategy, such as re-manufacturing, is a way to enable smart and resource-efficient products and production systems. The shift towards a circular economy and circular production requires new design at the product and production levels. Through smart maintenance, new combinations of materials and components, and data analysis, the life expectancy of products and production systems can be extended. To achieve this, we need to develop data analytics, skills and develop new services.

06: Integrated product and production development

Industry challenge: To strengthen the product development processes as well as tools for innovative product development.

A product must create value for all actors in a supply chain. The development of products and production systems needs to be parallel, integrated and to be done faster, to meet market demands for speed and flexibility. Strengthening the integration of product and production development is key to competitive manufacturing companies.