Recorded webinar: Accelerating change in the global automotive industry

The current global healthcare crisis has, and will have, an impact on short-term production and supply chains across the automotive sector. However, industry leaders are confident that the mid- to long-term changes and investment in decarbonisation and electrification being driven by global trends will continue. Business Sweden’s local expertise and presence on-the-ground can provide invaluable support for Swedish companies in their goals to retain market position and continue to be part of delivering solutions for global economic growth and automotive industry transformation.

For more information about the impact to the Chinese automotive industry, click here.

Leading automotive industry experts are reacting to the impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
 
The future of the global automotive and OEM industry has been heavily disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, and before that, global megatrends had already set the wheels in motion for change. The short-term impact from China's automotive industry shut down has reverberated around the world, with production being halted or slowed down in all of the major markets. 

Industry experts from BIL Sweden, Drive Sweden and FKG joined Business Sweden’s global automotive team for an informative webinar where they shared industry insights about from our report, Accelerating Change. The webinar also examined the immediate and future strategies and initiatives that will enable the industry to recover and grow to meet current and future demands. 

Following topics were addressed at this webinar:  

 
 Meeting the demands of digitalisation and connectivity 
 
 Opportunities for OEMs to grow market share 
 
 Short- and long-term impact and strategies to recover from Covid-19 

 

Webinar hosts and guests

Guest: Mattias Bergman
CEO
BIL Sweden

Mattias Bergman is CEO of BIL Sweden, an industry association for Swedish manufactures and importers of passenger cars, buses and trucks. Prior to this, he was President of NEVS, a developer and manufacturer of electric vehicles and mobility services based on the assets of SAAB Automobile. He led NEVS’ transition from a conventional car producer to an electric vehicles producer to a mobility service provider.
 
Bergman has also held senior positions at Springtime, Swedish Trade Council (now Business Sweden) and has worked extensively both in Sweden and APAC and with international companies. He has also been a Board Member in companies and associations in different industries. Bergman holds a Global Executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School/ INSEAD and a BA from Stockholm University.

Guest: Sofie Vennersten
Program Director
Drive Sweden

Sofie Vennersten is the program director of Drive Sweden. She has over 18 years' experience from different positions in the transport sector. She spent six years as project manager in the City of Gothenburg, Traffic and Public Transport Administration and has also been a consultant at WSP, responsible for managing a number of multi-stakeholder transport projects. In 2012, she started at Lindholmen Science Park and contributed to the forming and development of the Swedish transport efficiency arena CLOSER, where she was the director for four years.
 
Since 2019 she has been the director of the Swedish Innovation Program Drive Sweden. Drive Sweden gathers over 140 partners from industry, society and academia, and has the mission to create and demonstrate the sustainable mobility solutions of the future - for both people and goods – based on digitalisation, automation and sharing.

Guest: Fredrik Sidahl
CEO
Fordonskomponentgruppen, FKG

Fredrik Sidahl has been CEO of FKG for the past nine years. In his role leading the Scandinavian association for suppliers to the automotive industry, he has daily interactions with authorities, politicians and the media to champion and help improve the conditions for suppliers. Sidahl has a place on the board of directors for CLEPA (European Association of Automotive Suppliers) as well as in their steering committee. He is also a board member of FFI, a partnership between Swedish government and the automotive industry supporting joint funding of research, innovation and development focusing on climate and environment safety.
 
Sidahl has also spent time in various roles at Volvo Cars, SAAB and Caran. He is a keen aviator in his spare time.
 

Host: Erik Friberg
Head of the Automotive Europe Team
Business Sweden

 

Host: Lena Sellgren
Chief Economist
Business Sweden

 

Host: Vitaliy Tsvyntarnyy
Senior Project Manager Automotive Europe Team
Business Sweden

 

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