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Ericsson acquires service delivery platforms provider Drutt Corporation

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) announces it has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Drutt Corporation, a world leading provider of Service Delivery Platform (SDP) solutions. This deal represents yet another step in Ericsson's ambition to become the leader in multimedia.

Telecom operators need solutions to provide consumers with new attractive multimedia services and applications which can be created, launched, and presented to consumers easily, reducing costs and time to market.

This is where service delivery platforms play an important role by providing flexible tools for pricing and packaging, as well as uptake and consumer TELECOMMUINICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYbehavior analysis.

Jan Wäreby, Senior Vice President Multimedia, Ericsson, says: "Being such an innovative and focused company, with close to 70 percent of its workforce dedicated to R&D and service delivery, Drutt adds an important piece to the Ericsson SDP strategy."

"Ericsson is already the leader in the fast growing SDP market. By acquiring Drutt, we will be even better positioned to support our customers to offer a better consumer experience by adapting content for the individual, and making it attractive to use," he added. "Our combination will provide operators with integration-ready platforms, thus reducing system integration complexity".

Drutt's flagship solution - MSDP (Mobile Service Delivery Platform) offers an end-to-end multi-channel solution for establishing a profitable mobile service delivery business helping operators mobilize and charge for any content to any kind of mobile device, over any mobile network and delivery channel.

Today, Drutt's MSDP is commercially deployed in more than 60 telecom operators in 35 countries, managing millions of transactions every day.

Drutt Corporation has subsidiaries in Sweden, China, Canada and Mexico and is owned by Provider Venture Partners Funds, TeliaSonera and certain employees. The company employs about 85 people and more than 90 percent of the employees reside in Sweden, where the global operations are located.

The transaction is conditioned upon approval by the relevant competition authorities and upon board approval by TeliaSonera AB (publ). The transaction will be closed through a direct purchase of 100 percent of Drutt's shares.


Sweden a World ICT Leader

Sweden is a global leader in ICT, a report from international magazine fDi shows.

Sweden was ranked second in fDi's first ever Global ICT Power Rankings. Other countries in the top five were Denmark, the United States, Finland and the United Kingdom.

Sweden did particularly well on measures such as the proportion of Internet users. With 63 percent of Swedes hooked up to the net, only Iceland did better.

Sweden also has some of the best Internet bandwidth figures, with only Danes having better bandwidth figures. Sweden has been helped in this regard by the nationwide focus on building open optic fibre networks. This has led Sweden to have the most modern broadband infrastructure in the world, according to another report in November by the Swedish urban Network Association.


Sony Ericsson Fourth Largest Mobile Maker in the World

Sony Ericsson has moved up the world rankings, becoming the fourth largest mobile handset maker. The Swedish-Japanese company increased its market share to 6.7 percent from 6.4 persent in the third quarter of 2004. A strong demand for Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones and camera phones contributes to the upswing in the company's fortunes.

Ericsson Speeds up Fibre Links

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson has conducted the first successful live trial of next-generation technology that boosts fibre optic transmision from 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps.

The trial, which was carried out together with Telstra, took place over existing fibre optic network between Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. The trial of the new optical transmission technology showed that it was possible to quadruple speed of transmission of voice, data and video without major changes to the network.
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Energy and climate

Climate change is the greatest and most important environmental challenge of our time. In order to restrain climate change, emissions of greenhouse gases must be reduced and this will require adapting the world's energy systems. Energy policy must help guarantee the future supply of energy and drive the necessary transition in Sweden. International cooperation on the climate issue is a prerequisite for achieving cost-effective, fair and sustainable solutions.

Ontario Inks Solar Deals

OptiSolar unit has been tapped for more solar farms. Two solar companies this week announced plans to build three more solar farms in southern Ontario, nearly doubling the future capacity of what is already slated to be the largest solar energy project in North America.

A Canadian subsidiary of Hayward, California-based OptiSolar, which has already agreed to build four 10-megawatt facilities in Sarnia, will build an additional two 10-megawatt solar farms in nearby Petrolia, according to the company. Toronto's SkyPower and the Canadian subsidiary of Beltsville, Maryland-based SunEdison announced plans to build a 9.12-megawatt solar farm in Ontario's Norfolk County.

The power purchase agreements are part of the Canadian province's incentive program aimed at feeding more renewable energy such as wind, sun, small hydro, and biomass power into the grid. The program, which is run by the Ontario Power Authority, locks in relatively high prices—$0.39 per kilowatt-hour—for solar energy under 20-year contracts.

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Canadian District Energy Association
Swedish Bioenergy Association

Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications



The Motor Vehicle Industry in Sweden

The motor vehicle industry plays a central role in the Swedish economy. The automobile industry accounts for one-fifth of machine and inventory investments by Swedish industry. In 2005, exports of motor vehicles and automotive parts amounted to about SEK 145 billion (bn), making this industry the most important single exporting sector.

In an international perspective, Swedish automotive manufacturers make relatively few passenger cars, accounting for only 1% of world production. In terms of heavy vehicles over 16 metric tons, however, Swedish manufacturers are among the largest in the world. One-fifth of the heavy trucks produced in the world during 2005 were manufactured by either Volvo or Scania.

The automotive supplier industry in Sweden

Swedish vehicle makers control the entire manufacturing chain from development to assembly. This process is completely reliant on a strong infrastructure, including the supplier industry. With more than 1,200 individual companies, a work force of 75,000 people and annual revenues of more than SEK 100 billion, the automotive supplier industry is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in Sweden.

This includes a range of different enterprises. Autoliv, SKF, Haldex and SSAB are some of the big, well-known global automotive suppliers with their headquarters in Sweden. Many of the global tier 1 companies have subsidiaries in Sweden, among them Delphi, Visteon, Johnson Controls, Tenneco, Valeo, Bosch and Benteler.

Engineering and design companies like Semcon, Caran, Sigma, Teleca and Gesab play an important role as service providers. Additionally, with an increasing number of electronic components and systems being fitted into vehicles, software and electronic component producers are now also an important part of the industry. Sweden has a strong position in telematics and active safety systems.


Volvo C30 receives more equipment, R-Design option for 2009

The C30, a four-seat, two door model with a glass tailgate offered by Volvo Cars of Canada Corp., will be equipped with a higher level of standard equipment for the 2009 model year. At the same time, the company will begin offering a new R-Design package to offer buyers the option to customize the look of their vehicle.

The 2009 C30 2.4i will have a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price starting at $27,695. The vehicle benefits from added standard equipment valued at $1,600. The list includes heated front seats, front fog lights as well as an upgraded 8-speaker audio system with steering wheel-mounted controls. Buyers who choose the T5 will find the prices of the C30 start at $32,195, and benefit from more standard equipment which add $1,100 in value to the vehicle. The standard equipment list now includes heated front seats and Bluetooth mobile phone wireless connectivity (a $600 stand-alone option on the 2.4i).

Also updated for the 2009 model year is the optional HDD Navigation System with Real Time Traffic, Remote Control and Map Care ($2,500). The software has been updated to offer more scrolling and viewing features. In Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa (Vancouver will be added in late 2008), Volvo vehicles equipped with a Navigation System will be better able to avoid traffic by customizing their drive route around known obstructions digitally transmitted to the system's receiver.

The C30 2.4i is equipped with a 2.4 litre, 168-horsepower 5-cylinder engine producing 170 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic with Geartronic ($1,500) to motivate the front wheels. T5 vehicles feature a 2.5 litre, 227-horsepower turbocharged 5-cylinder engine producing 236 lb.-ft. of torque mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic with Geartronic.


The Safety Centre at Volvo Car Corporation headquarters in Sweden recently performed its two thousandth crash tests since the centre's inauguration seven years ago. Since 2000, the centre has grown to become an integral part of Volvo Cars safety leadership position and a vehicle research and development powerhouse, performing up to ten crash tests every week.

The Volvo Cars Safety Centre is designed to reproduce a wide variety of collisions in an effort to reproduce the varied collisions Volvo vehicle owners might experience in the real world. The crash test laboratory is equipped with two tracks, one movable and one permanent. The movable track can be adjusted up to 90 degrees to enable tests, from front to side to rear-impact collisions, to be carried out between cars traveling at different angles and speeds. The permanent track is long enough to allow cars to reach speeds of up to 120 km/h. The centre can also conduct rollover tests or conduct vehicle collisions with simulated animals or other objects (trees, poles, debris, etc.) likely to be found on or near the road.

Such tests are a stark contrast to the earliest Volvo vehicle collision tests conducted more than 50 years ago: cars were rolled down a hill into a concrete wall. Today's safer cars and extensive safety systems are a testament to Volvo engineers' relentless pursuit to finding new and more effective testing methods.

Over 100 crash tests per model

The vehicle safety requirements specified by public and government organizations, such as European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) and the US-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), represent only part of the Safety Centre's work. Volvo Cars performs additional crash tests to ensure that the collision performance of its vehicles meets the company's own stringent internal safety standards. In the course of development, a new Volvo model undergoes no less than 100 crash tests.

"To offer cars with a world-class standard of safety, we have to verify that the systems protect occupants of various sizes at a wide range of speeds and in a variety of accident situations," explains Magnus Krokström, senior manager at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre. "It is the capacity to replicate real-life accidents that makes our facility unique."

In total, approximately 450 crash tests are carried out annually. Since the Volvo Cars Safety Centre was designated the "Safety Centre of Excellence" for the Ford Motor Company, other makes of vehicles - including Jaguar, Land Rover and Ford - are also tested there.


Exports play a very important role in the Swedish automotive industry. The automotive industry is the single most important exporting sector in Sweden, accounting for 15% of total Swedish exports of goods. About 85% of passenger cars produced by Volvo Cars and Saab Automobile are sold abroad. About 95% of the Swedish manufacturers' production of heavy diesel trucks is generally sold outside Sweden.

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The Swedish Engineering Industry

The engineering industry is the base of the Swedish manufacturing industry. Out of just over SEK 465 billion in total value added in manufacturing during 2004, the engineering industry accounted for more than half (52%). The engineering industry thus generates about 10% of Sweden's overall gross domestic product (GDP).

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Energy and Building Design

Buildings account for 40 % of the total energy use in Sweden. Due to its strong links to environmental impacts, it is a central goal of the society to reduce energy use within the sector of residential and commercial buildings. Our work focuses on aims and means to create energy-efficient buildings, for example by insulating buildings well, and to utilise solar energy and daylight and to use solar shading devices to protect against unwanted solar gains. Effects of various building designs are studied egarding energy use (both for heating and cooling) and thermal and visual indoor climate.

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Swedish Wine Market

The Nordic Wine Institute presents a catalogue with information about Swedish Wine Importers and the producers they represent. You can search for: Contact details for about 100 of the Swedish Wine Importers and the country or region (e.g.Tuscany or Argentina) that are represented in Sweden.

There is also a document called "An oOverview of the Swedish Wine Market". In this you can find informaiton about the Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly with statistics - wine sales by country of origin, by price, by packaging etc. You can also find information about how the consumed wine in Sweden was obtained (e.g. via the Monopoly, restaurants, alcohol purchased abroad etc.).

In the "overview" section you will also find a description of the procedures for import and wholesale, including sales figures (in volume and price) for the major importers .



Transport Industry

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The Swedish Institute for Transport and Communications Analysis,, SIKA, is an agency that is responsible to the Ministry of Industry, Employment and communications. SIKA was established in 1995 and has three main areas of responsibility in the transport and communcation sector.

Annual statistics about road traffic accidents, rail traffic, postal services, telecom, special transport services, public transport and travel surveys. Official quarterly/annual statistics about vehicles, commodity flows, lorry and maritime transports.

The Automotive Industry - an Integral Part of Innovative Sweden

Soft Landing on Mjärdevi Science Park
Mjärdevi Science Park is able to offer an exclusive Soft Landing programme to foreign companies considering an establishment in Sweden. The offer consists of a full-featured office in a creative environment. In co-operation with public and private actors, Mjärdevi Science Park provides a fast establishment process with professional support, regardless of the foreign company's stage of development.
TelecomCity is a network focusing on business and development opportunities for IT and telecommunications companies.




The Swedish Design is inspired by nature using natural materials, light colors, clean lines, simplicity and functionality. These are the hallmarks of Swedish, contemporary design, which has become synonymous with the highest standards and has achieved internal acclaim in prestigious style magazines.

The country's design breakthrough came around the time of the major Stockholm Exhibition in 1930 and the following decade, when designers were inspired by the new trend to functionalism. In architecture and interior design the emphasis was on clean, straight lines and a light and open appearance. In the field of furniture, designers like Bruno Mathsson and Carl Malmsten soon made their mark, while Josef Frank produced furniture, lamps and textiles in new style which has had a great influence on Swedish interior design.

Today's designers have established themselves worthy successors to the pioneers of earlier decades. Furniture and interior design has continued to be vital sources of innovation and names like Jonas Bohlin and Thomas Sandell are becoming increasingly well known worldwide.

Today, the foremost lobbyist for good design in relation to politicians, service providers, manufacturers and private individuals are Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) and the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation.

Svensk Form has been commissioned by the government to promote high-quality Swedish design both at home and abroad. This is done by way of exhibitions, publications like the periodical Form Designtidskriften (in both Swedish and English), and awards like those for Excellence in Swedish Design, Select Design and Young Swedish Design.

Design from earlier eras can be seen almost everywhere in Sweden. The rune stones and rock carvings with their timeless designs still speak to us over the millennia, as do the medieval fortresses and castles like Glimmengehus in Skåne or Kalmar Castle.


Contemporary Swedish furniture designs:

DesignOnLine is a natural meeting place for those interested in design. Her you can find information about Scandinavian designed products of high quality and also information about how you can order these products.

Design Torget is a marketplace where established designers next to promising talents share space for a week or more to sell their work.

The Society for Professional Swedish Industrial Designers:

Svenskt Tenn

Founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericsson. The store initially sold only pewter objects and expanded to include furniture, textiles, lamps, glass, porcelain and other interior décor objects in artistic collaboration with urban planner, architect and designer Josef Frank. Frank was Austrian which is somewhat paradoxical as this man is considered to be the most influential artist in Swedish interior décor in modern times, quite possibly the most influential ever




Clear goals shape Swedish environmental policy Sweden has 16 environmental quality objectives that are to be reached by 2020 at the latest. The overall goal is to pass on to the next generation a society in which the major environmental problems have been solved. Sweden has made considerable progress in a number of fields, but much remains to be done.

Sweden was an early starter in terms of sustainable thinking. In the 1960s, it recognized that the rapid loss of natural resources had to be confronted and took a lead in organizing the first UN conference on the environment — held in Stockholm in 1972. Since then, it has continued to work actively with environmental issues, both nationally and internationally.

In 1999, the Riksdag (Swedish parliament) adopted 16 environmental quality objectives (EQOs) and 72 national interim targets. These objectives are continually evaluated by the Environmental Objectives Council, a special government-appointed body. In its latest report, published in the spring of 2008, the council concludes that over half of the objectives will require further action if its goals are to be met. Subsequently, the government plans to present a new bill on the EQOs to parliament.

One of the most important EQOs focuses on the need to limit climate impact. The burning of fossil fuels — oil and gas — accounts for the largest contribution to the greenhouse effect both in Sweden and the rest of the world.

Sweden is one of the few industrialized countries to have reduced carbon emissions. Between 1990 and 2006, these declined almost 9 percent. Over the same period, the economy grew 44 percent. An important reason for this is that oil is no longer used for heating purposes to the same extent and has largely been replaced by district heating based on biofuels. Compared with 1980, the decline is significant. That year, Sweden released 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In 2006, the figure was slightly more than 51,500 tons.

Although Sweden has cut carbon emissions, the Environmental Objectives Council says its target for reduced climate impact will be difficult to achieve by the year 2050. One of the reasons is that overall global emissions of greenhouse gases continue to increase, causing the global mean temperature to rise.

Sweden's 16 environmental quality objectives

  • Reduced climate impact
  • Clean air
  • Natural acidification only
  • A non-toxic environment
  • A protective ozone layer
  • A safe radiation environment
  • Zero eutrophication
  • Flourishing lakes and streams
  • High-quality groundwater
  • A balanced marine environment, flourishing coastal areas and archipelagoes
  • Thriving wetlands
  • Sustainable forests
  • A varied agricultural landscape
  • A magnificent mountain landscape
  • A good built environment
  • A rich diversity of plant and animal life

More detailed information on EQOs is available at This includes evaluations by the environmental objectives council, detailed statistics, and forthcoming initiatives.

EU climate policy objectives

By the year 2020:

  • Emissions of greenhouse gases will be cut 20 percent. In the event of an international agreement, the EU will undertake to raise the target to 30 percent.
  • Twenty percent of EU energy consumption will come from renewable sources, and biofuels will account for at least 10 percent of total fuel consumption.
  • Energy efficiency will have improved 20 percen

Who's who of Swedish environmental players

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Established January 1, 2007, as an international center to advance transdisciplinary research for governance of social-ecological systems, with special emphasis on resilience – the ability to deal with change and continue development.

Stockholm Environment Institute
An independent, international research institute specializing in sustainable development and environmental issues working at local, national, regional and global policy levels.

Stockholm International Water Institute
Organizes World Water Week, an annual event held in Stockholm and attended by leading water experts from around the world.

Swedish Environmental Technology Council
A delegation set up by the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications to promote business in Swedish environmental technology.

Ministry of the Environment
Coordinates government policy on the environment. Areas of responsibility include sustainable development, climate, biological diversity, chemicals, ecocycles, nature and forest conservation, the marine environment and international environmental action.

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Skf launches new bearing grease for wind turbines. (High loads, wide temperature range and very slow speed)

SKF has announced the release of the SKF High Load Wide Temperature Bearing Grease LGBB 2. The grease has been especially developed for wind turbine applications to provide excellent lubrication for the demanding operating conditions of blade and yaw bearings. These bearings are subjected to high loads, temperatures varying from very low to medium (-40 ºC to 120 ºC) and very slow speeds including oscillating movements and standing-still conditions.

The often static conditions in combination with vibrations can lead to false brinelling; a situation where the lubricant is pushed away from between the contact surfaces resulting in corrosion. SKF LGBB 2 has proven to provide excellent lubrication under these conditions preventing corrosion from false brinelling.

Additionally, the trend to install wind turbines offshore adds extra requirements for corrosion protection and low temperatures. The innovative composition of SKF LGBB 2 now fulfils these requirements. This grease is based on highly refined synthetic base oil (PAO), and complex lithium thickener, which makes it most suitable for lubricating bearings operating in temperatures ranging from -40 °C up to 120 °C.

For more information about the SKF High Load Wide Temperature Bearing Grease LGBB 2, please contact your local SKF representative, or visit us at or call 1-866-832-6753.