From research lab to test bed. The underground Äspö laboratory, Sweden, has been a center for research related to safe disposal of nuclear fuel for more than 30 years. As the energy sector is shifting to renewable sources, its owners sees an opportunity to reinvent the SEK four billion facility into a commercial test bed. LTU Business is developing a business strategy aimed at the mining, construction and geo-energy industries.
Johan Bergström, business developer at LTU Business, can now call himself a certified innovation leader. Johan is one of the first in Sweden and the first certified innovation leader north of Sundsvall. The certification has been initiated by the industry organization Innovation Leaders and is being implemented by RISE.
LTU Business is to map market potential for six new innovations in the European mining industry, using their patented method Innovation Due Diligence®, IDD, at a total of SEK 6.5 million. The innovations aim to boost sustainable processes and competitiveness across the sector and are backed by EIT, EU’s institute for innovation and technology.
Business development is a hot summer job. No less than 100 students have applied to the 24 places available on the LTU Business Summer programme, an increase of 50% compared with 2018. "It is positive that interest is so strong and hopefully this will lead to more companies, organizations and researchers being inspired to hire student consultants "says Karoline Pettersson, LTU Business.
LKAB's HR managers, together with Mining and Operations, have identified a need to have more basic trained technicians within the Group and have chosen to train twelve employees in an education in operation and maintenance technology via LTU Professional Education.
Alla platser behöver ledare som bidrar till regionens utveckling och framtid. I utvecklingsprogrammet Latitude 66 Mentorship får drivna ledare i Norrbotten möjligheten att växa tillsammans med regionen. Johanna Grimståhl, vd och partner på Meramedia valde att delta i programmet år 2016-2017. För henne har programmet betytt mycket och som då relativt nytillträdd vd fastnade hon för att vara med och utveckla Norrbotten.