New Materials

Paving the way for a circular economy

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The future, now

Turning waste into resources is a mainstay of the green transition. Materials science, collaborative research and testing are key elements in the endeavour to move from a linear consumption model to a circular society.

Sweden is spearheading progress on all fronts with major advances in sustainable mining, recycling, green battery production and novel biomaterials, some of which have embedded sensors that unlock revolutionary potential.

Business Sweden connects Swedish materials experts, companies and investors to facilitate new partnerships in R&D and technology development. By reinventing the materials used to make cars, smartphones, wind turbines, packaging and more, the New Materials ecosystem is accelerating the global shift to a sustainable, fossil-free economy.

Explore ecosystem
50+ High number of test beds focusing on biomaterials, nanotechnology, reuse and recycling, connectivity and tracing.
12% Sweden’s forest industry accounts for 12 per cent of the nation’s total goods exports and employs 70,000 people.
#1 Sweden is the EU’s most innovative country – topping the EIS ranking in 2021 for the sixth consecutive year.
+3% Sweden invests 3.4 per cent of GDP in research and development, the highest share of all EU countries.

SUSTAINABLE MINING

Sweden’s mining companies, global equipment suppliers and ICT specialists are inspiring and facilitating widespread change. We help these pioneers of tomorrow’s smart and sustainable mining practices elevate their position in key markets and build alliances for a fossil-free transformation in all facets of mining – from drilling and blasting to haulage and processing. Join the journey!

GREEN
BATTERIES

Sweden’s battery sector is bustling with activity as Northvolt Ett in Skellefteå, Europe’s first gigafactory, prepares to begin production in 2023 – powered by renewable energy. We help global suppliers of battery materials leverage Sweden’s green credentials and stimulate new partnerships across the value chain. Do you want to help build the world’s greenest batteries?

CIRCULAR MATERIALS

The race is on to harness the endless potential of biomaterials and design systems that allow existing materials to be re-used. Sweden is already a pioneer in turning biomass into value added products. Materials experts are now experimenting with nanocellulose and other alternatives to replace fossil-based raw materials. Could your solution speed up scientific or commercial progress?

Join Sweden in the new materials transition

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Andreas
Scheibenpflug
Head of Business Ecosystem Stockholm Email

Sustainable mining

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GROW GLOBAL SALES
SWEDISH TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE WORLD’S MINING INDUSTRY

Did you know that more than 50 per cent of all the equipment and technologies found in underground mines comes from Swedish suppliers? Tune in to this podcast (Swedish only) to get the full picture.

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GROW GLOBAL SALES
GROWTH IN MINING’S EVOLVING ECOSYSTEMS

Explore our latest report which turns the spotlight on mining opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa – where markets are competing for tomorrow’s minerals and metals for a smarter, more sustainable future.

Green batteries

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INVEST IN SWEDEN
KEDALI SETS UP PRODUCTION AT NORTHVOLT GIGAFACTORY

Kedali, the world’s largest manufacturer of caps and casings for lithium-ion batteries, enters Sweden’s ecosystem for green battery production – striking a deal with Northvolt’s gigafactory in Skellefteå to supply casings for lithium-ion batteries from an adjoining facility.

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INVEST IN SWEDEN
THE NORDIC RACE TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CHANGE

The shift to e-mobility will affect 40 to 50 per cent of the automotive supply chain. But just how green will the transition be? It all depends on where and how materials for batteries are sourced and processed says battery industry expert Sten Engström.

SWEDEN AND TAIWAN JOIN FORCES TO POWER FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES

The Semiconductors by Sweden Alliance is a newly-formed collaboration between the Swedish and Taiwanese semiconductor ecosystems. Want to get involved? Sign up here.

Circular materials

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INVEST IN SWEDEN
NEW METALS FOR A NEW TOMORROW

Demand for cobalt, lithium, graphite and other “innovation-critical” minerals and metals is soaring. Sweden is in pole position to step up to the challenges says Erika Ingvald, one of the country’s top geologists.

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TRENDS AND TRUTHS IN THE MATERIALS RACE

Materials engineers are always on the lookout for the next big thing. In this eight-part special report we deep dive into the quest for stronger, lighter, more sustainable, absorbable – and fully connected materials.

Why invest in Sweden?

– Sweden’s New Materials ecosystem is pushing the boundaries of materials innovation through collaborative research and testing backed up by strong government funding.

– As Europe’s leading mining nation, Sweden offers great potential for sourcing innovation-critical materials, both minerals and metals, using sustainable mining practices.

– World class skills in materials science and applied research regarding biomaterials sourced from Sweden’s vast forests.

Why go global?

– Sweden’s reputation for quality, sustainability and technology innovation is second to none, and growing stronger as countries invest in industry-wide materials innovation.

– Swedish materials experts and suppliers are well-positioned in global markets that are in the starting blocks of co-innovation and sustainability.

– Vast business opportunities are opening up worldwide as new national and regional stimulus packages focused on the green transition ramp up worldwide.  

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Questions about the ecosystem?

If you have questions about our services, feel free to ask us any general questions by email. We aim to answer all queries within 48 hours.