Our primary task is to create added value for our member companies. Toward that end, we strive to supply members’ current and future needs for research, professional advice, industry monitoring, education, marketing services and opinion-making.
Ultimate goal: A foundry branch of world class Growth and competitive strength through co-operation.
Business concept: To increase the competitive strength of the Swedish foundry branch through national and international market monitoring, research and education. By means of marketing and information activities, to increase general awareness of the advantages offered by foundry castings. To protect the interests of the foundry branch and promote the growth of member companies by shaping public opinion.
Our services include: Market monitoring and competitor analysis Monitoring of national and international production trends and developments Import-export analysis and customer analysis within various product segments Studies and analyses of individual businesses and corporate groups.
Questions concerning the Swedish Foundry Association and its membership, foundry technology, market issues, education and related matters may be directed to Peter Nayström Peter.Naystrom@gjuteriforeningen.se
The Swedish Foundry Association’s most important partners are, of course, the 200 member companies — foundries, suppliers and businesses that use cast components. They range in size from one-man operations to global concerns with thousands of employees.
As far as the Association is concerned, all members are of equal importance and a high-priority objective is to engage all of them in our activities in one way or another.
Our strategically important partners are selected on the basis of their abilities to contribute leading-edge competence in their respective areas. The scope of their activities may be local, regional, national or global. We may enter into long-term binding agreements with some partners; with others, co-operation may consist of a specific project.
Among the most important types of partners are:
Swedish institutions of higher learning
- Jönköping University School of Engineering — component manufacturing, materials technology, metallurgy
- Chalmers University of Technology, and Royal Institute of Technology — machining and light construction
- University of Skövde — flow simulation Halmstad University — materials technology and new processes
- Linköping Institute of Technology — energy efficiency
Via the Swedish Foundry Association’s part-ownership of the research institute, Swerea, member companies have access to 450 qualified researchers in a wide variety of fields that include production technology, surface treatment, metallurgy, environmental labelling, waste treatment, etc. This area of co-operation is being gradually expanded to include several different institutes within Swerea and SFA member companies. This expansion is supported by fundings provided by the Swedish government.