Volvo Cars to go all electric

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights how over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history. “This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”  Volvo Cars will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars. It will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.

These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker. This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars without an electric motor, as pure ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified options. “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Mr Samuelsson. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

The announcement underlines Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner. Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025. The decision also follows this month’s announcement that Volvo Cars will turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars, will lead Polestar as Chief Executive Officer.

Jesper Brodin – new President & CEO of IKEA Group

Jesper Brodin will become the new President and CEO of IKEA Group (INGKA Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) in September.

Leiden, NL – Jesper Brodin will become the new President and CEO of IKEA Group (INGKA Holding B.V. and its controlled entities) in September. Jesper is currently the Managing Director of IKEA of Sweden, responsible for the development of the product range and supply chain. He will succeed Peter Agnefjäll who was introduced to the role in 2012. “I am pleased to welcome Jesper to his new role. I am convinced that his extensive experience, and passion for life at home and retailing, will enable him to successfully continue the remarkable work conducted by Peter Agnefjäll. While I am sad to see Peter leave after many years of service, I respect his decision. Under Peter’s leadership, IKEA Group has expanded into new and crucial markets, accelerated our retail transformation in order to meet the changing needs of customers, and taken our sustainability commitments further. I look forward to working with Jesper as we take our next steps in becoming the world’s leading multichannel home furnishing retailer for the many people,” said Lars-Johan Jarnheimer, Chairman of INGKA Holding B.V. “After 22 extraordinary years at IKEA, and 5 years after I was brought into this role, I believe it is a natural time for me to take a change of path. These years have meant a lot to me, both personally and professionally, and it’s been a big part of my life. I will now take some time off with my family, before I embark on my next journey. I look forward to continuing to follow the success of this fantastic company with its many talented co-workers. I will continue to be one of the greatest fans of IKEA and stay close to the many friends I’ve made during the years,” said Peter Agnefjäll. Jesper Brodin, currently based in Älmhult, Sweden, will take up his new position in Leiden, The Netherlands, as of September 1, 2017. “Peter and I have had the opportunity to work side by side over many years and I am the first in the long line of colleagues who would like to thank him for his great contribution and leadership which has helped grow IKEA in many ways during the last period. I believe we have many exciting years ahead and I am excited to be part of the rapid transformation of retail. I am very honoured and excited about my new assignment,” said Jesper Brodin. During the last year, 783 million people have visited 348 IKEA stores in IKEA Group markets, and 2.1 billion visits to IKEA Group also has 45 shopping centers with 425 million visitors. The company is strengthening its integration of physical and digital commerce to enable customers to shop in ways that better suits their specific needs. In the coming year, it will also open stores new markets, including India. In order to reach its goal to produce more renewable energy than it consumes, IKEA Group has committed to own and operate 327 wind turbines around the world and have invested in 730,000 solar panels on our buildings worldwide. It also employs over 140,000 people across its retail and shopping center operations.
Jon James, new appointed CEO of Tele2 Netherlands

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce welcomes Jon James, new appointed CEO of Tele2 Netherlands to our Business Network. We are looking forward to meeting him at our upcoming events. At the same time we would like to thank Malin Holmberg for the pleasant co-operation and wish her lots of success.

03/03/2017 | 02:38am EDT
Stockholm - Tele2 AB, (Tele2), (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: TEL2 A and TEL2 B) today announces that Jonathan (Jon) James is appointed new CEO of Tele2 Netherlands and member of Tele2 AB's Leadership Team. Jon succeeds Malin Holmberg who will leave the company.
Jon James was most recently COO at Swedish cable operator Com Hem, where he led the consumer business through a successful transformation. He has over 20 years of experience within the media and telecom industry. Before joining Com Hem, Jon worked for the British operator Virgin Media where he led the company's broadband and television businesses, as well as holding the position of Group Strategy Director. Following Tele2 Netherlands launch of the world's first 4G only network in November 2015, we have reached nationwide 4G population coverage and more than 1 million mobile customers. Our strategy is now fully focused on creating significant value from commercial innovation and operational excellence. Jon brings extensive experience to enable this next phase of development in the Netherlands, with an outstanding track-record of operational value creation. Allison Kirkby, President and CEO, Tele2 AB, comments: 'I am excited to welcome Jon to the Tele2 family. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the telecoms world and has delivered great results in his previous roles. I am confident that his leadership will enable Tele2 Netherlands to execute the next phase of our strategy. I would also like to express my great appreciation to Malin for leading Tele2 Netherlands during this important phase of mobile roll-out and operational restructuring. Malin has been a key contributor to Tele2 over the last years, driving market share growth in Croatia and also adding value to Group and Market Area Central. I wish her every success in the future.' Jon James, incoming CEO of Tele2 Netherlands, comments: 'I am delighted to be joining the Tele2 family. The team have created an excellent platform in the Netherlands, in particular the advanced mobile network and unique brand - I am looking forward to helping accelerate the business' growth.' Malin Holmberg, outgoing CEO of Tele2 Netherlands, comments: 'I truly enjoyed my time at Tele2 and I am proud of my contribution to the company's success. I would like to thank Allison and the Board for all their confidence in me during these past 8 years and my colleagues across the footprint for their support.' Jon assumes the position as CEO of Tele2 Netherlands with effect from March 6th and Malin will stay with the company until June 30th, enabling a successful transition.
Swedish Chamber Midsumer Cup 2017

The Winner of the Swedish Chamber Midsummer Cup 2017: Ed Anning, Iggesund Paperboard, 38p

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Svenska Golfklubben i Nederländerna are looking back on a fantastic golf day with lovely weather and lots of sun at Golfbaan De Hoge Dijk on June 10 for Svenska Golfklubbens Midsommarpokal and the Swedish Chamber Midsummer Cup. Anneke Ohlin och Coliln Williams made the Longest Drive's ladies and men and were the lucky winners of the great prizes from Volvo Cars Netherlands - a weekend drive with a Volvo of their own choise!  Daniel Björk won the Tweary, Neary's by Krister Mattsson och Humbert Chow. We counted 5 birdies during the day 2 av Daniel and 1 each by Lennart Larsson,Marcel Damen och Robbert-Jan Molenkamp At the Prize ceremony on the sunny terrace drinks and snacks were served kindly sponsored by Ericsson. We cordially thanks our sponsors for the Swedish Chamber Midsummer Cup 2017: Volvo, Ericsson, Handelsbanken och Scania For event photos welcome to visit past events.
Welcome new member CommunicatieKrachten
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very proud to welcome CommunicatieKrachten as new member and we are looking forward to welcome Herbert Wattendorff and Inge van Dreumel and their colleagues welcome to our up-coming events and to our business network!
Sweden’s National Day June 6
Sweden has celebrated its National Day on June 6 since 1983, but it isn't until recently that the day became a national holiday in Sweden.
EUROVISIE – New Member

From an attic project to an international business

The You’S Amsterdam, Youpi!, and De Stijl eyewear collections are perfect examples of real ‘Dutch Design’.  Eurovisie, the company which produces these collections, is established in Den Bosch, in the Netherlands.

  A down-to-earth business man, Han Bulten established the company Eurovisie World Wide BV from his attic in a small village in the south of the Netherlands. After having represented several spectacle frames brands for 15 years, he decided to establish his own company and launch his own brand. You’S Eyeworks (which he pronounced as U.S): a collection of trendy frames, which showcase a passion for designing. Han did not believe in advertising; he preferred to focus on quality and a good price and on offering excellent service instead. ‘’Let my product speak for itself’’ he used to say. He found his first foreign customer in Belgium. After Han’s first participation in the renowned Silmo optical fair in Paris in 2002, Eurovisie really took off. International interest boomed. Han sold the business in 2006. The Next Step In 2008 another collection was launched, Youpi! The styles and values of the You’S brand had been sublimely translated into frames for children. The result was a children’s collection easily differentiated from other brands. In 2011, after more than a year of research, development and fine-tuning, EUROVISIE announced the launch of a new brand: De Stijl Holland.  De Stijl is a men's collection following in the footsteps of the artists that stood at the origins of the Stijl Holland 1924 movement. Each model’s basic design is a search for harmony through the use of lines and right angles and for the balance between the colours underlining the composition. A new era In the beginning of 2016, Eurovisie was taken over by Christer Nilsson, Magnus Lennartsson and Jerome Morillere. The latter two were already a part of the Eurovisie team from 2014 and onwards. From this moment Eurovisie World Wide was renamed to simply Eurovisie but with the same famously international appeal.   It’s all about service Why is Eurovisie so successful? The list of elements that contributed to the brand’s success is long. The key element is the concept ‘Dutch Design’, which stands for: clear-cut, gutsy and original designs. In addition to this, the fact that the collections are highly wearable and the attractive price/quality ratio also plays a major role. The fact that Eurovisie designs its own frames is also very important. "We are proud of designing the frames ourselves and do not believe in doing the same thing as everyone else", says Jerome Morillere, Creative Director at Eurovisie. "We like to leave our own mark on our collections". Eurovisie pays a lot of attention to details, fit and functionality. Every aspect is carefully checked before a design becomes final. The outcome is that the frames are eminently wearable. Moreover, the collections are manufactured under the strict quality supervision of the head office in Den Bosch.   Eurovisie BV Carl Magnus Lennartsson Managing Director   P: +33 645 09 44 27 E: Visiting address: Uilenwaard 29 5236 WB ’s-’Hertogenbosch The Netherlands  
Swedish Fika

Probably you have all heard about the Swedish fika-tradition; the morning or afternoon break that most Swedes take, at work or with friends/family, to have a cup of coffee and a "bulle" (cinnamon roll). A break to relax, have a chat, gather new energy and inspiration for the day.

Why not try a fika-inspired afternoon break at your company or event instead of the usual "bitterballen" and finger food? Northern Delight offers a custom made fika-experience with a buffet of different sort of sweet rolls, cookies and cakes.  A combination of sweet and savoury treats is of course also possible. Make the fika-experience complete with a barista serving al different kinds of coffee, upon individual order of your colleagues/customers, fresh from the espresso machine. Northern Delight offers this option in cooperation with barista partners. For more information send an e-mail to: or call 06-15 08 73 63. Have a nice day!