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Örebro is located 200 km west of Stockholm and is Sweden´s seventh largest city. Örebro is the logistics centre of Scandinavia with all the major brands located in Örebro, and Sweden´s fourth largest air freight terminal. DHL describes Örebro as a hub in its global logistics system.
The region of Örebro has an advanced logistic infrastructure, with highways, railways and a modern airport. Here two major highways, E18 and E20, meet. Within a radius of 300 km you reach Oslo, Gothenburg and Stockholm, by truck, railway or airfreight and more than six million people. The region´s geographic advantages make it the natural centre of trade and logistics in Scandinavia.
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Örebro is favoured with a unique location in logistical terms and has emerged as the motor in the region´s rapid development as a Scandinavian logistics hub. In 2010 the trade journal Intelligent Logistik ranked Örebro as Sweden´s third best logistics centre after Greater Gothenburg and Linköping/Norrköping.
Örebro is the demographic centre of Sweden. Within a radius of just 300 kilometres are more than six million people, easily reached thanks to an efficient infrastructure that includes the Mälarbanan and Svealandsbanan rail links, the E18 and E20 European highways and Örebro Airport. Orders placed as late as 15.00 can be delivered to the majority of Scandinavian customers by the next day.
A large number of companies headed by a cluster of famous brands have already made Örebro their logistics hub, fuelling further development in this sphere. Örebro has decided to invest heavily in attracting logistics companies, and the challenge is clear - to exploit the competitive advantages of its unique location to serve not only the market in central Sweden, but those in Norway and Finland as well.
Three hundred companies on board
Having built up northern Europe´s largest third-party warehousing operation in Örebro, DHL is one of the leading companies to invest in the area. In doing so, it has minimised its logistics costs and made Örebro a hub in its global logistics system. Atlas Copco, another logistics-intensive company, has also made the area part of its strategic planning by transferring production and associated global distribution from abroad.
Other companies not normally associated with logistics have also established a logistical presence in Örebro. Naxos Sweden, for example, a leading distributor of classical music, chose Örebro as its operational and distribution centre for Scandinavia. In total the area has now attracted around 300 logistics companies with more than 4,000 employees.
Study programmes at both upper secondary school and university level support the area´s focus on logistics and its logistics networks, as do advanced vocational courses. The foundations for continued strong growth in this field are very good, making Örebro one of the strongest cluster centres in the Stockholm region.
Rail network readily accessible for passengers and goods
Sweden´s most important rail corridor links Örebro with Stockholm to the east, Karlstad and Oslo to the west and Gothenburg to the south. Standard travel time to Stockholm is around two hours, but some departures with fewer stops cover the distance in just 1 hr 37 mins.
Hallsberg, a key component in Örebro´s logistics system, has Sweden´s largest marshalling yard with its large combi-terminal for swap-body road-rail transhipments. A second combi-terminal in Örebro itself creates optimum conditions for swift, simple transportation.
The E18 and E20 European highways, and the R50 Swedish trunk route, which links the E4 via Motala with Sundsvall, all pass Örebro. These routes connect Stockholm with Oslo and Gothenburg, and provide traffic from southern Sweden with access to the north of the country.
The E18/E20 intersection is used by 5,000 heavy goods vehicles a day and is Sweden´s busiest intersection, so plans are afoot for a TruckStop nearby. Here heavy goods vehicles and their drivers will be offered every conceivable service and access to a huge range of facilities.
Port of Gothenburg - our “local" port
Daily goods trains from Örebro and Hallsberg mean that Sweden´s only ocean port, the Port of Gothenburg, is no more than three hours away. Thanks to Dry Port Hallsberg - a modern intermodal logistics solution that offers daily rail connections to and from all of Sweden´s ports with rail facilities - goods can be cleared in the Örebro region for onward shipment by sea. Similarly, shipping lines and hauliers can transit goods directly to Dry Port Hallsberg from all around the world.
Dry Port Hallsberg and the combi-terminal have been awarded the Swedish Customs Service´s highest accreditation and can offer general bonded warehousing. They can also accept uncleared goods, process customs declarations, place goods in bonded warehouses and transit goods on to Norway for example. A wide range of services - including strip & stuff, repacking and 3PL - is also available by special arrangement. SCT Transport, another key player in the region, has had its own dedicated railway line between the Skandiahamnen docks in Gothenburg and Örebro since September 2006, with departures five days a week.
Room for expansion
In view of Örebro´s focus on logistics, the local authority has designated certain areas as particularly suitable for this type of enterprise. These include Pilängen, with its proximity to the E18 and E20 European highways, and Törsjö with its easy access to rail links. While both attract companies with large warehousing and distribution centres, Pilängen is also a growth area and offers an additional one million square metres for new logistical operations in western Pilängen, near the E18.
Örebro Airport - a key air freight hub
Örebro Airport, strategically located near the intersection of the E18 and E20 around 12 kilometres west of Örebro, is the leading ad-hoc freight airport in Scandinavia. As Sweden´s fourth largest air freight terminal, the airport can take the very largest cargo planes and sees several scheduled arrivals and departures each day.
Örebro Airport offers experienced and professional freight handling for all types of aircraft as well as truck-to-truck transfers. It is fully equipped and has the expertise to deal with aircraft, trucks, documentation and customs processing, all of which makes Örebro an excellent strategic location for the inward and outward transportation of goods.
The airport is owned by Örebro Läns Flygplats AB, a wholly owned subsidiary of the local public transport authority, Länstrafiken Örebro AB. Charter operations have also expanded. Today Örebro Airport is Sweden´s fourth largest airport for both freight and charter flights.
Criss-crossed by digital highways, too
Örebro also boasts a highly developed digital communication infrastructure: the county currently leads the way in Sweden for broadband expansion. All the high-capacity national networks are represented. Together with extensive regional and local networks, this means that broadband services are available to almost everyone in Örebro.
To support and promote future development in the high-tech sector, three regional municipalities have set up KomTek, a municipal technical college tasked with stimulating interest in technology among young people, especially girls. KomTek is part of the EU´s Equal programme. Robotdalen ("the valley of robotics") is a corridor running from Örebro to Stockholm populated by high-tech companies who are world leaders in the research, development and production of industrial robots, field robotics and healthcare robotics. With huge growth forecast for robotics in the future, our goal is to make sure that Robotdalen has a leading position in that sector.
Other important players in the high-tech sector in and around Örebro include:
- Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (Kumla) - radio modules and radio base stations.
- Ovako Steel AB (Hällefors) and the Teknikens Hus research and education centre - special engineering steels.
- ESAB (Laxå) - friction stir welding.
- Arvin Meritor (Lindesberg) - axles for Volvo trucks.
- Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB (Örebro) - rock drills, drilling rigs and mining equipment.
- Dyno Nobel Sweden AB (Nora) - explosives and flammable liquids, from lighter fluid to explosives for mine blasting and demolition work.
Advanced Production Industry is represented by a strong group of small businesses, including:
- Andon Automation AB (Örebro) - specialist skills in automatic arc welding.
- Laxå Special Vehicles AB (Laxå) - special solutions and modifications for Scania trucks.
- Mecdon AB (Laxå) - tools for the plastics industry.
- Aerodyn AB (Karlskoga) - propellers and turbo machinery for the aerospace, power generation and other industrial markets.
Food and culinary art
The region is home to many food producing companies, from local small-scale farm producers to large and expanding national and international enterprises.Örebro University´s Department of Restaurant and Culinary Arts also contributes to the region´s reputation for culinary expertise. It has established strong links with business to promote the entire restaurant/catering sector, and its Restaurant Academy is renowned far beyond the borders of Sweden.
In addition to its commitment to enhance levels of quality and skills in the Swedish restaurant industry, the academy also conducts unique research into the overall aesthetics of dining.
The culinary industry shares much in common with the recreation industry - not least, the great potential for growth. It is our ambition here in Örebro that the sector will develop to take a leading position in its field in Sweden and beyond.
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The keys to continued development and expansion
Here are just seven of the region´s many key companies spearheading development and helping to make the name of Örebro synonymous with innovation and excellence in trade and industry.
The region´s latest major new establishment. A leading electrical wholesaler supplying the Nordic and Baltic markets from its state-of-the-art distribution centre in Örebro.
is big in Örebro in third party logistics, with almost 100,000m2 of warehousing floor space.
which offers wholesale and logistics services in lighting, electricity networks, gas, industry, cooling and AC, telecoms, water, sanitation, heating and ventilation, has one of its two Swedish distribution centres in Örebro. www.onninen.se
Atlas Copco Rock Drills
is the largest private employer in Örebro. Approximately 1,100+ employees at two sites in the city work with the marketing, design and manufacture of rock drilling equipment for the mining industry and tunnel contractors worldwide.
markets and sells B2B electrical materials and supplies for power, automation, telecoms, computing, safety, lighting and industry as well as household appliances from its 45,000m2 central warehouse in the west of Örebro. State-of-the-art technology ensures optimum goods management efficiency.www.elektroskandia.se
Procordia Food AB
Örebro facility produces powdered soups, other dry products and chilled desserts such as the popular Risifrutti®. Procordia has plants in six strategic locations in Sweden.
SPX Process Equipment (former Johnson Pump)
founded in Örebro in 1968, is an international engineering group with 13 marketing companies, 4 production units and operations in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. It develops, manufactures and markets pumps for industrial and marine use, and is a solution provider for liquid transport. www.johnson-pump.com
Land - well placed with room for expansion
The availability of land for business premises is good. The local authority can offer plots in attractive positions for commerce, manufacturing, logistics, etc.
There are three extensive areas for development, with plots of 50,000-150,000m2 close to the motorways and an airport.
Available premises - office, industry, shops
The local authority owns an extensive portfolio of properties for offices, industries and commerce. Retailers can choose from good locations in the city centre and outlying Marieberg and Boglundsängen areas. For industry and logistics there are facilities at the intersection of the E18 and E20 European highways, one of Sweden´s most attractive logistics sites close to Sweden´s fourth largest air freight terminal and with plans for a rail freight link. Office properties are available in central Örebro and the outskirts. For details of premises to let and vacant plots, see the local authority´s website: www.orebro.se.
Development of future areas for industries
The region plans to develop future areas for industry adjacent to the E18 and E20 European highways. For logistics, the next stage of expansion will be to the west of Örebro along the E18 towards the airport. Further development is planned west of the E20 close to the Marieberg retail park, and east adjacent to the E18/E20.
Major future developments of infrastructure
A road link planned to run between road 51 and the E20 will improve traffic flow in and around Örebro significantly. A bridge over the railway that runs through the centre of Örebro is also planned and this will further facilitate communications between road 51 and the E18 and E20 European highways.
Transport and communications – Örebro is well connected!
Örebro is favoured with a unique location in logistical terms and has emerged as the motor in the region´s rapid development as a logistics hub. In 2010 the trade journal Intelligent Logistik ranked Örebro as Sweden´s third best logistics centre.
Örebro is Sweden´s demographic centre. Within a radius of just 300 km are more than six million people, easily reached thanks to an efficient infrastructure that includes the Mälarbanan and Svealandsbanan rail links, the E18 and E20 European highways and Örebro Airport. Orders placed as late as 15.00 can be delivered to the majority of Scandinavian customers by the next day. A large number of companies headed by a cluster of famous brands have already made Örebro their logistics hub, fuelling further development in this sphere. For Örebro the challenge is clear - to exploit the competitive advantages of its unique location to serve not only the market in central Sweden, but those in Norway and Finland as well.
Sweden´s most important rail corridor links Örebro with Stockholm in the east, Karlstad and Oslo in the west and Gothenburg to the south. These are important routes for both goods and passengers, already adapted to take high-speed trains. Standard travel time to Stockholm is around two hours, but some departures with fewer stops cover the distance in 1 hr 37 mins.
At Hallsberg, a key component in Örebro´s logistics system, is Sweden´s largest marshalling yard with a large combi-terminal for swap-body road-rail transhipments. A second combi-terminal in Örebro itself creates optimum conditions for swift, simple transportation.
Thanks to daily goods trains from Örebro and Hallsberg, Sweden´s only ocean port is no more than three hours away. Dry Port Hallsberg is a forward-looking intermodal transport solution that is the fruit of cooperation between the Port of Gothenburg, Hallsberg Combi-terminal and the City of Örebro. Now goods can be cleared in Örebro for onward shipment by sea.
Higher education - learning for life
Örebro is a city of learning. There are many options for upper secondary school studies, and Örebro University has more than 14,500 students, 80 study programmes and 800 single-subject courses. www.oru.se
Academia and the local authorities both understand the synergies of working to meet the needs of local business. The university liaises closely with robotics companies to pioneer research. Logistics companies in Örebro already employ some 4,000 people, and the local authority is investing in education and training at various levels in more of the key skills these companies require.
Örebro University has developed individual courses in logistics. The ambition is clear - good access to skills and expertise in logistics and transport for companies in this key area of local business.
Workforce - good access to key skills
With a relatively young demographic profile and around one third of the workforce with post secondary school education, Örebro offers good access to a young, well educated workforce.
The region´s importance as a logistics hub is reflected in high local levels of skills and education in transport and logistics. But trade and industry here has a much broader base, and the university´s students and new graduates are a welcome source of skills for local employers in all their diversity, both in the public and private sector.
Good communications facilitate mobility within the region, and the vibrant job market in Örebro is increasingly attracting new residents and rising numbers of inward commuters.
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