Swedish Techtank cluster impressed by Coventry

Business leaders from Sweden have completed a trade visit to Coventry to explore the growing export opportunities in advanced manufacturing and engineering.


Seven delegates from Olofström, in Sweden, were introduced to key business support networks in the city at an event organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and business development firm 52 Global Consulting.

The delegation included representatives from Techtank, a new technology cluster initiative which brings together advanced engineering and manufacturing firms in the South East of Sweden, its member firms, and other leading business and community figures from the region.

They were eager to find out about opportunities in Coventry where they can share and promote technological development and innovation.

Karin Andersson is communications manager at Techtank which includes 20 company partners, 12 of which are automotive suppliers.

She said: “There has been substantial growth within the automotive industry, especially in the UK, and we saw this visit as a great opportunity for Techtank to find out about opportunities in Coventry that may interest our network of suppliers.

“We are now looking to establish a location here so our companies will be able to come here for business. It will also be beneficial for us to take advantage of the various support services available as the relationship grows.”

Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “Global trade is vital for Coventry and Warwickshire’s economy and there is great potential for companies in both regions to strengthen their competitiveness by working together to promote technological development.”