Göran Björkman appointed Chairman of the Swedish Association of Industrial Employers

Göran Björkman, President of Sandvik Materials Technology (“SMT”), has been appointed Chairman of the Swedish Association of Industrial Employers (“Industriarbetsgivarna” in Swedish).

"I look forward to this assignment and to driving the interests of the Association as part of strengthening the industry's competitiveness and innovation capacity in Sweden", says Göran Björkman.

The Association is an organization for steel, metal, mining, pulp, paper, sawmill, building material, and bottled glass industries as well as the mechanical welding industry. It represents approximately 1,000 member companies with about 90,000 employees.Göran Björkman

Göran is appointed as Chairman of the Association in his role as President of SMT. He will take over as the new Chairman at a time of challenges and opportunities. The growth rate is generally declining, the social consequences of the corona pandemic are extensive, and both the Swedish and the global economy are in a challenging situation.

- It is crucial that the industry is given the right conditions to continue to be a driving force for the Swedish economy. Swedish industry needs cost control and long-term ground rules. Stable and long planning horizons are necessary for the industry's capital-intensive investments, says Göran.

The appointment of a new Chairman took place at the Association's meeting on May 19, and Göran succeeds Henrik Sjölund, President of Holmen. Ulf Larsson, President of SCA, was elected the new Vice-Chairman. The other Board of Directors consists of Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO of SSAB; Santhe Dahl, President of VIDA Group; Jan Moström, President of LKAB; Magnus Ohlsson, Cementa AB; Thomas Jansson, owner of Bröderna Jansson Nissavarvet AB, and Lennart Evrell, deputy member.

For further information, contact:
Marina Lähteenmaa, Head of Communications
Swedish Association of Industrial Employers
Mobile: 072-247 50 33
Email: marina.lahteenmaa@industriarbetsgivarna.se

Ulrika Porath, Press & PR Manager
Sandvik Materials Technology
Mobile: 070-309 08 22
Email: ulrika.porath@sandvik.com