To gain a better understanding of how Swedish manufacturers will secure the supply of intermediate goods for production in Sweden in the coming years, Business Sweden has mapped the overseas supply networks of more than 300 companies.

The survey confirms that Swedish companies are shifting their focus to Europe from Asia and China to safeguard components for manufacturing, with results also showing that this development will become more pronounced in the next three years.  

Automation and rising wages in Asia, increased transport costs, climate impacts from long-distance deliveries and the prevailing geopolitical uncertainty are the driving factors. In all, this means that the trend towards near-market manufacturing is entering a new intensified phase.

Sub-suppliers in Central and Eastern Europe are set to become the first choice as Swedish manufacturers reorganise their supply networks, with Western Europe following close behind in second place.

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Business Sweden gave the analyst firm Origo Group the task of mapping the geography of Swedish manufacturer’s global supply chains for production in Sweden, and to explore how the distribution of purchasing of inputs from different countries and regions is changing over time.  

The survey was carried out via telephone interviews with purchasing managers or equivalent representatives at the participating companies between 16 May and 16 June, 2022. The respondents answered a list of 9 multiple choice questions formulated by Business Sweden. A total of 302 companies took part in the survey.

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