A competitive and international manufacturing industry
Dalarna offers great opportunities for cost-efficient and high-quality advanced manufacturing operations for an international market.
Dalarna has a highly competitive and international manufacturing industry that has remained competitive due to constant adoption of new technologies, innovation and enhancement in productivity and production technology.
Excellence in several fields
Within the segment of high-strength steel and special steel applications, the steel industry of Dalarna holds a dominant position with multinationals such as SSAB, Outokumpu Stainless and Ovako. In the forest industry, the region is home to a number of highly productive sawmills with high-tech milling lines and three paper mills of which Stora Enso’s mill in Fors is one of the world’s largest and most modern facilities for the production of carton board. ABB, the world leader in electric power technology, is continually investing in the Ludvika plant to maintain its competitive position.
Sweden – a competitive manufacturing location by international comparisons.
- 4th most competitive manufacturing location in Europe
- 3rd most innovative environment globally
- 33% of those working in Swedish manufacturing are employed by foreign companies
- 4th place globally in R&D investments in relation to GDP