39 000 companies in many industries
Within Position West, there are around 39 000 companies in different sectors. The most prominent are trade, automotive, manufacturing, tourism, maritime industries, creative professions and green industries.
Logistics and storage
Between Gothenburg and Oslo, the location of Position West offers logistic benefits to companies in many different sectors. Thanks to an extended road and railway network, inland waterways and several ports, there’s a large flow of goods through the region. The University West offers logistic classes and there are several logistic and transport companies in the area, as well as third party logistic providers.
The demographic center of Scandinavia is situated in our region. This means that companies that want to reach all of the market in Sweden, Norway and Denmark will find their best strategic location right here in Position West.
Forest and wood industry
The municipalities of Position West see the forest as a primary resource to achieve a fossil free society and continuously work to develop and strengthen the forest and wood industries. Around the region, abundant forest supplies material for paper mills, building contractors, carpenters, sawmills etc.
Data centers and other energy intensive industries
There are many sites suitable for establishing energy intensive industries in Position West. There’s excellent power and fiber capacity and easy access to cooling water, and furthermore a climate that is very beneficial for cooling. At most of our sites there we can offer excess heat recovery. Additionally, the energy tax for large data centers – 0,005 SEK (0.0005 EUR per kWh) – is one of the lowest in Europe.
The seaside location has provided Position West with great conditions for developing marine and maritime industries. Along the coast, you’ll find clam and oyster farms, sustainable fishing and the Nordic center of the fish processing industry. Position West is also prominent in ship design as well as boat development and manufacturing.
Our area is a proud part of the Swedish Automotive cluster. Here you’ll find vast experience, both broad and profound. The expertise in the field of car development and manufacturing is internationally renowned, and during the last few years, investments in Swedish automotive industry has been made from China, India and the US. Many of the businesses in Position West are also highly specialized in different types of technical .
The variety of outdoor experiences, tourist attractions, shopping possibilities, events and activities in a small area, makes Position West unique. Tourism is important and grows quickly in our part of Sweden.
Retail, e-commerce and shopping
Position West comprises a large number of shopping centers and several successful e-commerce businesses have been developed here and have their headquarters in our area. The proximity to Norway is very positive for the retail business conditions.
Energy and environmental technology
In Position West, business-driven environmental development is conducted in several areas, such as exciting ventures in the field of biogas, electric vehicles and new materials from wood. In 2020, this area will be fossile free when it comes to public transports.
Film i Väst in Trollhättan is one of Sweden’s largest centers for film production. Almost 50 percent of all Swedish feature films are co-produced by Film i Väst. Since 1997, Film i Väst has co-produced over 1000 feature films and thanks to these film production activities, many new businesses have been established in the area.
In Position West, young and well-educated farmers and forest owners are using new technology to make green industries more efficient. Swedish agriculture and foresting is in a phase of highly business-driven development.
Engines for aero planes and spacecraft
The headquarters of GKN Aerospace Systems is located in Trollhättan, where they run their technical development and manufacturing. The company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of systems and components to the global aero plane and aerospace industries. Position West is also home to a number of subcontractors within this sector.
Specialized paper mills can be found in the Position West region. The area has a long history and heaps of experience of papermaking.
Preemraff in Lysekil is Scandinavia’s largest, and one of Europe’s most modern, refineries. New fuels and propellants are also being developed and tested here, in cooperation with Chalmers technical university. Biobased fuel from wood is produced at site.
Many of Sweden’s manufacturing companies are based in Position West. This is the perfect environment for businesses looking for partners for industrial cooperation. There are schools and universities focused on technical education to match the needs of the manufacturing industries.
The NÄL Hospital (Norra Älvsborg’s county hospital) and Uddevalla hospital are centers of excellence within the health care sector in Region Västra Götaland. Along with the hospitals in Dalsland, Lysekil and Strömstad, as well as a net of local health centers, they cover the entire healthcare for Position West. The care sector is growing, and in Position West, ventures are being set up for the development of new methods and ways of working with care for the elderly, psychiatry and the correctional system.