The three substudies are a part of the project "Regional Renewal", funded by the County Administrative Board of Norrbotten and Luleå University of Technology.
One purpose of the project is to produce reports that contribute to an increased understanding of Norrbotten’s opportunities and challenges.
The first automotive and component tests started in Arvidsjaur the 1960s. Today, the business employs thousands of people and has a yearly turnover of more than a billion SEK.
The business includes testdriving on ice and roads as well as services as snow mowing, garage rental, accommodation and recreation.
– It is an industry that has grown over many years. We hope that our studies will increase the knowledge of the industry, the challenges it has and what’s needed to support the development of the industry, says Daniel Örtqvist, professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Luleå University of Technology.
Along with research engineer Thomas Ejdemo he will interview key players in the testing industry, as well as contractors and municipal business developers, primarily in Arjeplog, Arvidsjaur and Älvsbyn.
Four reports to be published
Örtqvist and Ejdemos work will be summarized in three substudies and four reports, all to be published in late 2017.
The first report addresses how the automotive and component testing operations contribute to the development of Norrbotten, how many people the business employs, what challenges and threats it has, how competitive the testing industry is etc.
Another report looks into what opportunities there are to expand the testing activities to other industries, such as aerospace, rail and mobile communications.
– We hope that our reports will provide an immediate benefit to the regional development, says Daniel Örtqvist.