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Only a few weeks left until the Webinar ‘Global Impact of The Dutch Elections’ will take place

Only a few weeks left until the Webinar ‘Global Impact of The Dutch Elections’ will take place

 

The Netherlands is a country with a strong focus on export. The outcome of the upcoming Dutch elections (15-17 March) will significantly impact international business activities. This is why we are happy to invite you to the webinar: Global Impact of The Dutch Elections on March 30th from 14:00-15:00.

  Join us for a keynote speech of Ingrid Thijssen, president of VNO-NCW, who will reflect on the elections’ results and its impact on doing business internationally. The speech will be followed by a panel discussion with experts such as Cees Westera, Managing Partner at Public Matters, Rem Korteweg, Senior research fellow at the Clingendael institute and Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General European Round Table for Industry, who will shine their lights on the election outcome from different perspectives.                          For more information and to register please visit Upcoming Events    
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Swedish Chamber of Commerce offers two Scholarship positions for 2021-2022
Are you looking to extend your professional network in an international environment? This is your chance to apply for the Swedish Chamber’s Scholarship Program 1st July, 2021 - 1st July, 2022, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Chamber seeks to recruit two talented and creative scholars — learn more about the programme and how to apply here: https://swedishchamber.nl/home/about-us/internships/     “Being a scholar at the Swedish Chamber gives you the unique opportunity to develop international business skills, to work with the most interesting Swedish companies and business people from a wide range of industries. You will get to know the Dutch business culture and grow your international network while gaining hands on experience in a international environment.” — , Management Intern and scholar of The Scholarship Fund for Swedish Youth Abroad       These opportunities are made possible thanks to the generous scholarship donors The Scholarship Fund for Swedish Youth Abroad and Gull & Stellan Ljungberg Foundation Scholarship.                      
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BEACH BREAKOUT at Hotels van Oranje!

Swedish Chamber Member Hotels van Oranje is sending sunny greetings from Noordwijk that they are very happy to open their doors again from today Friday February 26! Welcome to visit their website to read about all possibilities for a pleasant Beach Breakout at their beautiful premises in Noordwijk!

   
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H&M Group’s co-owned TreeToTextile builds demonstration plant for upscaling new sustainable textile fiber

Together with our partners, IKEA, Stora Enso, and LSCS Invest, TreeToTextile will now invest €35 million in constructing a demonstration plant in Sweden. This marks a critical step towards commercialising new sustainable textile fibers with scalable technology and low manufacturing cost.

TreeToTextile,  offers a new technology to produce biobased textile fibers with a low environmental footprint at an attractive cost level. The new fiber is a regenerated cellulosic fiber produced from renewable and sustainably sourced raw materials from the forest.  With increasing demand for sustainable fibers and in order to reach our own sustainability goals, we depend on new innovative technology that allows for scalable production with limited environmental impact.

 

The technology TreeToTextile work with means less use of energy, chemicals and water when benchmarked to the production of conventional fibers. The novel process is deliberately designed to have low energy demand and low chemical need, engineered to suit large scale production and includes a recovery system for reusing chemicals.

“This investment and construction of the demonstration plant marks an important and exciting milestone for TreeToTextile. Paving the way towards commercialisation of their sustainable fiber not only aligns perfectly with H&M Group’s vision to become fully circular, but also has the potential to benefit the entire textile industry.”

 

              Joel Ankarberg, Head of Strategy and Transformation H&M Group

 

The demonstration plant, which will be located in Stora Enso’s Nymölla mill in southern Sweden, is estimated to cost €35 million, fuelled by an investment of €27,4 million from the owners in addition to €7,6 million from Swedish Energy Agency. The plant’s production capacity will be 1 500 tons per year and construction is scheduled to start in spring 2021.

Press Realese February 23, 2021
https://hmgroup.com/news/hm-groups-co-owned-treetotextile-builds-demonstration-plant-for-upscaling-new-sustainable-textile-fiber/
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IKEA scaling up social entrepreneurship business – aims for 95,000 jobs by 2025

IKEA has been collaborating with social businesses since 2012, and currently the initiative is generating work for more than 30,000 people. Handcrafted collections and products produced in collaborations with social businesses are sold in IKEA stores worldwide. Today, IKEA announces scaling up social entrepreneurship business with the ambition to reach 95,000 jobs by 2025.

  For several years, IKEA has been working with social entrepreneurs to create a better everyday life through long-term job opportunities and livelihood for people who need it the most. The social businesses produce unique handcrafted products in order to create financial independence and life-changing opportunities for marginalized groups and women in vulnerable communities. The ability to earn an income also has a direct and positive effect on nearly 150,000 family members of these artisans today. To be for even more of the many, IKEA has taken the decision to extend the scope and the goal is to increase the number of jobs from today’s 30,000 jobs to 95,000 until 2025. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished, but I know that we can do much more. We have built strong business relationship with our partners for many years, and now we are happy to join hands with a few additional highly established social businesses, and together we will be scaling up the social entrepreneur business,” says Vaishali Misra, Business Leader, IKEA Social Entrepreneurs Initiative. IKEA will extend the business together with existing partners, supporting with knowledge and expertise around design, production and working environment. In addition to this, new scalable partners will be identified as social business partners to IKEA and create positive change for more people. As a result, more jobs will be created, and IKEA will increase the offering of high quality, handmade and unique design enabled through craft traditional techniques products in the stores worldwide. “It’s a working relationship on inspiration, knowledge sharing, and mutual exchange of competencies. The social entrepreneurs ensure a diverse and unique product offer. On its part, IKEA uses its network to supply the enterprises with affordable, high-quality raw material, extending their infrastructure to the social enterprises. By doing this on a high scale, we could also inspire other retailers to do the same. That’s what I call impact!” says Vaishali Misra. At IKEA.today you will find an in-depth overview of the initiative, while making ambitious commitments for the future. In addition to the Social Entrepreneurs initiative, several local social entrepreneurs partner up with IKEA retail markets, providing services and products upcycled from IKEA Textile waste and local food products.   PRESS RELEASE 10 February 2021 Älmhult, Sweden https://newsroom.inter.ikea.com/News/ikea-scaling-up-social-entrepreneurship-business---aims-for-95-000-jobs-by-2025/s/db6f91a3-a35a-407f-9234-4b46f2aba2a0
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Volvo Cars and Geely Auto to Deepen Collaboration
Feb 24, 2021 ID: 277344
Volvo Cars and Geely Auto have agreed on a wide-ranging collaboration that will maximise the strengths of the Swedish and Chinese automotive groups, delivering synergies in powertrains, sharing of electric vehicle architecture, joint procurement, autonomous drive technologies and aftersales.
  • Powertrain operations to be combined in new company focused on next-generation hybrid systems and internal combustion engines
  • Expanded use of shared modular architectures for electric vehicles (EVs)
  • Enhanced collaboration in autonomous and electric drive technologies
  • Joint procurement to cut purchasing costs
  • Lynk & Co to expand globally by utilising Volvo distribution and service network
  • Companies to retain independent corporate structures
  Following a detailed review of combination options, Volvo Cars and Geely Auto have concluded they can secure new growth opportunities in their respective markets and meet evolving industry challenges through deeper cooperation, while preserving their existing separate corporate structures.   The deeper collaboration will enable existing stakeholders and potential new investors in Volvo Cars and Geely Auto to value their respective standalone strategies, performance, financial exposure and returns. We will also have the opportunity to explore capital market options.   The collaboration will be overseen by a new governance model, supported by Geely Holding, the lead shareholder in both companies.   Volvo Cars and Geely Auto confirmed the combination of their existing powertrain operations into a new standalone company. The company, expected to become operational this year, will provide internal combustion engines, transmissions, and next-generation dual-motor hybrid systems for use by both companies as well as other automobile manufacturers.   Through the collaboration, the two companies will focus on the development and sourcing of next-generation technologies, from connectivity and autonomous drive to car sharing and electrification. They are planning to share and jointly source batteries, electric motors and connectivity solutions that will generate valuable synergies. This will include the joint development of a world-leading autonomous driving (AD) solution under the lead of Zenseact, Volvo Cars AD software development company.   The two companies, which are planning to share the new SEA and SPA2 electric architectures among their brands, have launched combined efforts to drive speed and efficiencies in the development of hardware and software for the next-generation world-leading modular EV architectures. Intended sharing of platforms and architectures between the companies will drive additional synergies and allow for an expansion of product portfolios across the Volvo Cars, Geely, Lynk & Co and Polestar brands, and external partners.   Leveraging Volvo Cars’ existing distribution and service network, the two companies will also collaborate on the global expansion of the jointly owned Lynk & Co brand.   Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, said: “Having evaluated different options to realise value, we concluded jointly that a collaboration model between two standalone companies is the best way to secure continued growth and at the same time achieve technological synergies in many areas. We welcome the opportunity of further and deeper collaboration with Geely Auto.”   An Conghui, President and CEO of Geely Auto, said: "Geely Auto looks forward to partnering more closely with Volvo Cars, achieving significant synergies for our respective businesses. This will enable Geely Auto to accelerate its global expansion, to capitalise on our strengths in China and develop a new generation of world-class new energy vehicles and associated mobility services."   The collaboration agreement has been welcomed by Li Shufu, Chairman of Geely Holding, the parent company of Volvo Cars and the largest shareholder in Geely Auto.   “As shareholders and portfolio-managers of both wholly-owned and listed companies, Geely Holding sees significant benefits from deeper partnerships and alliances whilst maintaining independence,” said Li Shufu. “We are encouraged by the potential synergies and growth opportunities created by this collaboration, which will create two even stronger globally competitive companies in the rapidly changing world of automotive technology and new mobility services.”
 
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Municipality of Amsterdam Extends Electronic Invoicing Contract with TIE Kinetix
Breukelen, the Netherlands at 8 AM CET PRESS RELEASE Municipality of Amsterdam Extends Electronic Invoicing Contract with Swedish Chamber Patron Member TIE Kinetix Thousands more suppliers will be connected to the FLOW platform , a leader in business-to-government (B2G) electronic invoicing, announced today that the Municipality of Amsterdam has extended their four-year contract for an additional three years. The extension indicates that thousands more of the municipality’s suppliers will be onboarded to the FLOW Partner Automation platform during the contract period. “We first began our relationship with the Municipality of Amsterdam back in 2017, shortly before all public authorities in the Netherlands were legally obligated to receive and process electronic invoices,” says Jan Sundelin, CEO, TIE Kinetix. “We’re proud to have supported the municipality with their digitalization efforts, and we’re looking forward to making even more progress in the coming three years.” As of May 27th, 2020, the Municipality of Amsterdam decided to make electronic invoicing mandatory in their buying terms. This obligation aims to further reduce processing speed and cost by virtue of invoice automation, resulting in increased efficiency and quicker turnaround for the municipality and its suppliers. As a Dutch company with an abundance of local e-invoicing knowledge and a network of over 600 government organizations in the Benelux area alone, TIE Kinetix is a preferred service provider. To simplify the transition to e-invoicing, TIE Kinetix provides a variety of options for suppliers to connect to the FLOW platform: EDI-2-FLOW, PDF-2-FLOW, and PORTAL-2-FLOW. In accordance with individual business needs, suppliers may choose to send invoices electronically, via email (in PDF format or other), or through an online portal respectively. The company also provides a wide range of services and support to ensure a smooth onboarding process, including the option to run fully automated onboarding campaigns with active follow up. An added benefit for suppliers is that the company is ISO 27001 certified and serves as an official PEPPOL Access Point. This agreement with the Municipality of Amsterdam marks the first of two allotted three-year extension periods. The municipality will have the option to enter an additional three-year extension period in 2024.   TIE Kinetix | Market, Sell, Deliver and Optimize Your Business  
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Welcome New Member
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to give a warm welcome to our new Member ! Founded in Stockholm in 2015 with the goal of making the world's books available to more people and challenging what it means to "read a book", is one of the Nordic region's largest subscription services for audio and e-books, also available in other European markets. Needless to say, we are proud to have them as Member Company.
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