Contact: Peter Johansson
Competitive engineering companies require constant renewal and development. An important prerequisite for this is that the companies can benefit from investment in industry-relevant research on the part of society.
However, for a few years, investment has been undermined, which in the long term will reduce the competitiveness of engineering companies on the global market. This trend must be reversed so that the potential for technical renewal for engineering companies increases.
The aim is for Sweden to become a country where its own innovative research provides a foundation for exploiting and commercialising new knowledge no matter where in the world it is developed.
To accomplish this, powerful measures have to be taken in the following areas:
Significantly greater investment is required in industry-relevant research. State investment in Sweden should be greater or at least in line with our competitor countries.
State research resources for both universities and industrial research institutes must be more clearly focused. Limited resources also require prioritisation between various fields of research.
Strengthened collaboration is required between universities and industrial research institutes and between universities/institutes and industry. Collaboration assignments by universities, so-called third tasks, lack incentives for becoming the important activity they should be