Research and development

Research and development is essential for evolving future business opportunities. Here in Norrbotten, close cooperation blossoms between academia and the region’s business economy. The starting point is about digging where you stand and develop all the natural conditions of Norrbotten.

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The Entrepreneurs’ University

Luleå University of Technology (LTU) has always enjoyed good, close relations with business. The university was founded in 1971 as a direct response to the Norrbotten process industry’s need for a highly trained workforce. Today LTU is the Swedish university with the largest proportion of corporate-financed research. Needs-based research is a guiding principal in LTU initiatives.

LTU is proud of its corporate research and its regional grass roots support at the same time as it emphasizes its international approach and collaborative programmes with companies and universities from around the world.

This close corporate cooperation can be seen among the honorary doctors such as financier Carl Bennet,

a board member at a SSAB and Boliden, and Leif Östling, one of Luleå’s own and CEO at Scania, can be found. The industrialist Rune Andersson is not just an honorary doctor but was also LTU’s (then Luleå College) first employee. He was college administrator for its first few years.

LTU has also seen some successful spin-offs and company start-ups. IT companies are among the better known. The technology for the Marratech video conferencing system began life at LTU and is today owned by Google. The British company CSR recently acquired the acclaimed LTU company NordNav that developed software-based GPS satellite receivers. Sweden’s fastest growing company in 2010, Student Consulting, was started in a student dorm by LTU-students.

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Metallurgical R&D

Processing is a strategic word for all industrial development in Norrbotten; it is a task that takes place in a strategic alliance between the steel industry, Swerea|Mefos and Luleå University of Technology. The proximity to cutting edge expertise and strategic partners has made it possible to assume a prominent position within high performance steel.’

From garden spades to crash safety components

From garden spades to crash safety components

Today Gestamp HardTech in Luleå is the research and development centre for the global Gestamp Automoción group.

LKAB – engaged in mining operations in Norrbotten for over 100 years.

LKAB – engaged in mining operations in Norrbotten for over 100 years.

With its excellent geology and fine ore bodies, Norrbotten offers the best possible conditions for mining activities, while demand for iron ore looks healthy moving forward.

SSAB’s high strength steels are Norrbotten’s strength

SSAB’s high strength steels are Norrbotten’s strength

SSAB is a leading global supplier of high strength steel. The group has 8,700 employees in over 45 countries, of whom 1,300 are in Luleå


Cold climate testing

Our arctic climate provides us with unique conditions. International automotive industry test operations on winter road conditions have been taking place for a considerable time. The tests are in respect of both products and services. These successes have aroused interest for tests not just of vehicles but also other products.

The county's car test companies are shifting up a gear.

The county's car test companies are shifting up a gear.

Northern Sweden provides unique surroundings for the world´s big car and tyre manufacturers for testing their products under demanding conditions