Automotive and transport

The Swedish automotive industry has its heart in the Gothenburg region. Here we find the entire vehicle production chain, unique test environments and world-class expertise. Business Region Göteborg provides you with contacts and opens doors to industry collaboration.

Connected and self-driving vehicles, active and passive safety, renewable fuels and electrification, production technology, new materials and new mobility services – the Gothenburg region is a world-leading player in the future of mobility.

Regional assets create innovative power

With over 40,000 direct employees in the automotive industry in Region Västra Götaland, 98 per cent of the country’s passenger car industry and 50 per cent of the country’s truck industry located in Gothenburg, 3,000 university students graduating annually from Chalmers University of Technology, which is a leading seat of research in the field of transport, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden based in Gothenburg, the region is one of the world’s most knowledge-dense regions per capita, with regard to the future development of personal mobility and freight transport.

The region is also known as a world leader in the development of mobile data systems and telematics solutions, a pioneer in creating test beds and development facilities in the field of sustainable transport solutions through cooperation between the private, public and academic sectors.

A major advantage of the Gothenburg region is the availability of a highly skilled, flexible workforce in the form of nearly 30,000 technology and data consultants, which facilitates the establishment of new businesses and makes it easier for expansive companies to grow. All in all, these factors make the Gothenburg region a world-leading player in the future of mobility.


"In Gothenburg we have a complete value chain for the automotive industry, there are not many places in the world where you can go from concept to finished product in the same way as we do here. We have a climate of cooperation, systemic thinking and the whole ecosystem to build ­vehicles, to stay on course with digitalisation and connect the transport system."


Per Österström,  Area Manager Automotive  & Transport

A world-class test arena  

Gothenburg acts as a test arena in a number of projects – not the least within transport and automotive. Business Region Göteborg is often a collaborator in such projects. We can identify companies’ needs and gather actors from the private, public and academic sectors. Examples of projects where many actors work together to bring ideas to fruition are Hyper Bus and ElectriCity where entirely electric, silent and emission free buses are now in operation. DriveMe is another such project and during 2017, 100 self-driving cars will be tested in real traffic.

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration

An important key to the region's success in the automotive industry is the collaboration between enterprise, academia and the public sector. Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park in Gothenburg channel such collaboration and act as platforms for cross-disciplinary and cross-industry projects. Project that include Test Site Sweden, developing test and demonstration environments for sustainable transport, Telematics Valley, working with vehicle-related telematics, and automotive ICT Arena, gathering actors in the field of vehicle IT.

Collaboration within the region has even resulted in AstaZero, the world's first full-scale test environment for the traffic safety of tomorrow.

Sustainability in focus

The automotive industry exhibits strong development towards greener and more efficient goods and passenger transport. Reaching the Swedish government's vision of a fossil fuel-free vehicle fleet by 2030 requires alternative fuels and electric vehicles.

How we can help

Business Region Göteborg creates the conditions for companies and actors in the automotive industry to interact and meet through mutual regional, national and international collaborations. With the help of its networks and ­contacts, Business Region Göteborg can create fruitful connections between industries and find links between ­academia, business and society. Our mission is also to promote the Gothenburg region and help forge paths out in to the global market for automotive industry companies based in Western Sweden.

Would you like to find out more about meeting places and opportunities in the automotive industry?


Automotive industry statistics

Employees: 28,000
OEM companies*: 65 percent
Foreign-owned companies: 42 percent
Major export companies: 40 percent
*Original Equipment Manufacturer

Did you know that…

… Volvo Cars launched its self-driving Volvo XC90 on the roads of Gothenburg during 2017? The initiative was part of the research project Drive Me, which posits that ordinary citizens can use self-driving cars in their daily lives, on existing roads.
... Geely decided to locate its European ­Innovation Centre in Gothenburg, in a property with space for 3,500 people which will be ready to open by the early 2020s?
... AstaZero, the world’s first full-scale test environment for autonomous vehicles and the future’s active security solutions, is located in the region?
…one-in-ten Swedish jobs are related to the automotive industry?
... DriveSweden, which brings together the best from all sectors of society in the field of ­automated transport, has based its ­programme office at Lindholmen Science Park, along with 350 other companies in the fields of ICT, ­transport and media?
... the organisations Telematics Valley and ­Vehicle ICT Arena offer knowledge, contacts and networking for companies working on the future of telematics services, connected vehicles, ­automotive electronics and embedded systems?
... Gothenburg has, since 2015, had buses that are powered entirely by electricity generated from renewable energy sources? The project is known as ElectriCity and applies to the number 55 bus route, which runs between Chalmers and Lindholmen Science Park.
... the Swedish Government has resolved to invest SEK 1 billion in a national electromobility lab as well SEK 500 millions in a national AI (Artificial Intellugence) centre. will be put into service in Gothenburg during the period 2018-2020?
…cars, heavy vehicles and automotive parts comprise 10-15 percent of Sweden's export goods?

Cluster analysis Automotive 2018

A mapping of the automotive cluster in Gothenburg Region. The mapping contains facts and statistics about the companies in the automotive sector in Gothenburg Region. Here, the industry, ecosystem and these actors are described, as well as the development of the cluster since 2008.

Download the cluster analysis automotive here (8MB)

Regional assets

AstaZero >
Research and development of unique environments for traffic safety. Together, state agencies, academia, research institutes and companies have developed an internationally unique test arena.

Chalmers University of Technology >
University specialised in technology, science and architecture. Of its 44 master's programmes, 17 are linked to the automotive industry.

Closer >
A national arena for research, development and innovation in transport efficiency. This arena is part of Lindholmen Science Park.

Engineering Vantage Alliance, EVA >
EVA's members include more than 5,000 technology consultants in the automotive industry on Sweden's west coast. Members exchange their extensive expertise, cutting edge technology and insights in sustainable solutions.

Lindholmen Science Park >
A science park in Gothenburg that gathers important actors in intelligent vehicles and transport systems, modern media and design.

MobilityXlab >
MobilityXlab is a platform founded by Autoliv, Ericsson, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and Zenuity. Later CEVT also joined. Here startups and companies are offered working space and direct contacts with the founding companies to jointly develop solutions for future transportation.

SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre is an organisation that acts as a hub for research in vehicle and traffic safety in real traffic environments.Scandinavian Automotive Supplier Association >

The Scandinavian Automotive Supplier Association, or Fordonskomponentgruppen (FKG) as it's known in Swedish, is the industry association for suppliers to the automotive industry. They arrange business meetings between members, car manufacturers and suppliers in other parts of the world.

Telematics Valley >
A neutral organisation that supports and strengthens the regional development of companies and technology in the field of telematics.

Test Site Sweden, TSS >
TSS supports the development of sustainable transport with world-leading test environments and demonstrations of new vehicle technology and infrastructure. Run by Lindholmen Science Park.

Vehicle ICT Arena >
Vehicle ICT Arena offers an open environment for innovation and human resource and succession management in vehicle IT that helps secure Swedish competitiveness in sustainable and safe mobility. Run by Lindholmen Science Park.

Viktoria Swedish ICT >
A non-profit IT research institute focused on vehicle and transport informatics employing about 30 researchers.

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