TEKO – Swedish Textile and ClothingIndustries Association

TEKO is the Swedish trade and employers’ association for companies working in the textile and fashion industry. They have about 200 member companies with a combined work force of 7 000 employees. Their operations range from global corporations with a hundred years in business to newly established sole proprietorships. Their common denominator is that they work in one of the three fields represented by TEKO: Fashion and apparel, Technical Textiles and Interior Textiles, many with a focus on export.

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Participants
Participants in this delegation were CEOs of TEKO’s member companies as well as the TEKO board of directors.

 

The TEKO objectives

  • To arrange rewarding and interesting meetings and field trips with companies that works with sustainable textiles as well as sustainable fashion
  • To get an insight on how successful the US has been in sustainable research
  • To meet successful American companies and in the end find out what the difference between the market in the US and the Scandinavian market is?

 


 

Center for Business Innovation and Chalmers

SACC-SF/SV was delighted to greet Center for Business Innovation and Chalmers University to Silicon Valley! The program offered the group the opportunity to explore Silicon Valley, were the worlds leading innovation is located. The University and its group was able to meet with Tesla Motors, a company that was founded in 2003 by a group of intrepid Silicon Valley engineers who…

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 set out to prove that electric vehicles can be as successful as or even more successful than the standard vehicles. Tesla motors cars hit the streets in 2008 as a car with no equal. Now, four years later, there are over 2,300 “roadsters” drives emissions-free in more than 37 countries. What can be more inspiring than that?

SACC-SF/SV also invited the group to join a business seminar which saw potent speakers such as Dr Arthur Bienenstock, Richard Elkus Jr, Duncan Logan and Nicolai Wadstrom. The event, which was moderated by Charles Carter of K&L Gates LLC, discussed the success of Silicon Valley in light of its dynamics and culture of innovation. This event was highly appreciated and left all participants with food for thought on how Sweden can expand on the elements which are featured in Silicon Valley.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Center of Business Innovation and Chalmers University in Gothenburg for visiting us here at the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco and truly hope that this visitors program exceeded all their expectations. Also, we hope that their visit to Silicon Valley inspired them!

 


 

Ericsson

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership.Providing innovative solutions in more than 180 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

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Participants
Seven Human Resource Senior Executives from Ericsson, Sweden.

The goal with the Ericsson program
To organize a successful and rewarding trip for the participants from Ericsson, in order to explore the unique environment, business culture, speed of activities, entrepreneurship behaviors, etc. in the SF Bay Area.

The Ericsson program objectives

  • To meet with companies similar to Ericsson and learn from their mode of operation as successful large companies among many start-ups.
  • To provide the opportunity for the Swedish Executives to discuss the following topics with American colleagues/partners: HR’sMission, Compensation Strategy, Cultural Strategy, Learning and Development, Attraction and Retention as well as Future Trends.


 

Aftonbladet

Aftonbladet is one of the larger daily newspapers within the Nordic countries and is available through several different media communication channels. Everyday, the online version of the paper reaches about 2 000 000 readers.

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Participants
Five Executives from Aftonbladet/Schibsted.

The goal with the Aftonbladet program

  • Identify companies and organizations in the Bay Area and Greater Los Angeles that is of interest by Aftonbladet to visit
  • To meet with companies similar to Aftonbladet and learn from their mode of operation.


 

Uppsala University, Executive MBA Program

Uppsala University has a body of 40, 000 students. The business department represents almost 3000 students divided into six departments which form the core of Uppsala’s business and economics program. The Executive MBA Program at Uppsala University is an advanced management training program with a clear and distinct profile. The program demands five years of previous relevant management experience and one relevant bachelor degree.

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Participants
MBA students from Uppsala University, Executive MBA Program.

The goal with the Uppsala University Executive MBA program
To study the American way of performing business, with close studies on interesting American and Swedish companies localized in the San Francisco/Bay Area Region.

The Uppsala University Executive MBA program objectives

  • Identify companies and organizations in the San Francisco/Bay area that is of interest for the MBA students to visit
  • To have close meetings between the students and relevant companies and organizations connected to international affairs


 

Telia

Telia provide telecommunication services in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain.

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The goal with the Telia program
To study the American way of performing business, with close studies on interesting American and Swedish companies localized in the San Francisco/Bay Area Region.

The Telia program objectives

  • To meet with companies similar or of inspirational interest to Telia
  • To learn about new trends within the American telecommunication market
  • To meet with companies similar to Telia and learn from their mode of operation


 

Allbröd (Polfärskt)

Polfärskt Bread has a total turnover of 1.3 billion SEK and supports almost 3,000 retail stores with the help of 270 distribution vehicles.

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Participants

16 Allbröd representatives.

 

The goal with the Allbröd program

To organize a successful and rewarding inspirational trip for the 16 Allbröd representatives in order to study the banking industry environment connected to the American and Canadian bread market.

 

The Allbröd program objectives

  • To meet with companies similar or of inspirational interest to Allbröd
  • To learn about new trends within the American and Canadian bread market


 

Swedish delegation from SOS Alarm and YouCall

SOS Alarm is a public agency entirely owned by Sweden’s national, provincial, and municipal governments to strategically prepare and respond to emergencies and dispatch first responders.

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YouCall is a subsidiary to SOS Alarm and provides telephone services target to the public sector. The two companies is the foundation of Sweden’s first response to a natural hazards or human emergency. The purpose of the trip was to allow the delegations to study new thinking and findings regarding services and techniques connected to CRM.

The focus was placed on the California market with a focus on companies within the field of health and crisis management. Included in the highlights of the trip was a highly interesting meeting at Stanford. A meeting with Emeritus Professor Stig Hagstrom, former Chancellor of Sweden’s universities, was arranged at Stanford. The meeting provided a historical perspective on innovation at Stanford and Silicon Valley by Sr. Researcher David Nordfors who spoke about innovative journalism’s lesson for public information.

The program put together by SACC-SF/SV was efficient and highly appreciated by the participants. Sven Rune Bergqvist, leader of the team, spoke for all when he concluded that “the focus of the visitors program was in line with the directions given to SACC and the visits were of the highest quality and added substantial value to our trip”.