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Aerospace Resource Guide: Sweden

 

Sweden Statistics

Summary
Market Entry

Current Market Trends

Current Demand

Main Competitors

Subsector Focus: Helicopters
Barriers

Trade Events/Associations

CS Contact

Capital: Stockholm
Population:
9.6 million
GDP USD
: USD 555 billion
Currency:
SEK
Language
: Swedish

Summary

The Swedish aerospace industry is considered strategically important and over the years Sweden has built an internationally recognized world-class industry. Leading companies within this sector include Saab and the Swedish Space Corporation. The Swedish Aerospace industry employs some 12,000 people with an estimated annual turnover of some SEK 22 billion (USD 3.3 billion).

Strong market potential exists for U.S. suppliers with quality products in most areas of aircraft, avionics, supply of technology, as well as aircraft parts and components. Exporting U.S. products to the Swedish market is a straightforward process as there are no trade barriers or market impediments

In 2013, Swedish imports of aircraft, spacecraft and parts was estimated at USD450 million while exports were estimated at USD1,043 million. U.S. parts and components are frequently used in the production of Swedish aerospace products and U.S. suppliers clearly dominate the import market.

Market Entry


Exporters sometimes employ agents/distributors to represent them. However, the major buyers often prefer to operate without going through a middleman in order to save on costs. For early information on sales opportunities many exporters employ local consultants to report on market trends and demands. In the sales process, it is common that the exporter offers to assist in the required certification procedures and prepares the appropriate documentation including manuals, pilot instructions.

Current Market Trends


Sweden is dependent on air travel connections both domestically and globally. With faster and safer aircraft, new airline alliances, more airports, increased competition and attractive prices, air traffic has become a common mean of transportation and the market is likely to show a steady growth also during the coming years.

Current Demand


The market demand for aircraft and aircraft parts is closely linked to the volume of airline passenger traffic. Following a decrease of 9 percent in 2009, the business travelers have returned, shown in an increased travel between the major cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. In total, there were 32.4 million passengers in scheduled and charter traffic at Swedish airports during 2012, with Stockholm-Arlanda and Gothenburg-Landvetter seeing the largest volume of traffic.

The largest single buyer of U.S. aircraft and parts is the SAS Group, which is the main airline in the Nordic region. In addition to SAS, there are several airlines operating in Sweden: TUI Fly Nordic, Malmo Aviation, Novair, West Air Sweden, NextJet and Norwegian.

Market share in domestic traffic (2011 latest figures available)
SAS 42%; Malmo Aviation 19%; Norwegian 16%, other 23%

Competitors


Most of the major international manufacturers of aircraft and parts are represented in Sweden. The Swedish aerospace industry is well developed and is active in research, development and production in most aerospace segments, including engine production, avionics, space applications, and communications and positioning systems. Although the Swedish aerospace industry can be seen as a competitor, it is also a major buyer of U.S. products.

The U.S. was the largest supplying country in 2013 with 36 percent of the imports (USD 161 million), followed by the UK (USD 77 million) and the Australia (USD 48 million).

Subsector Focus: Helicopters


There are some 26 civilian helicopter companies active in Sweden. Together these companies have a fleet of some 150 helicopters: Bell, Agusta, Eurocopter, Hughes, Sikorsky, Aerospatiale, etc. They are offering services varying from shuttle traffic to reindeer mustering, from power line inspections to agricultural and flight training and air ambulance services. The companies vary in size, all from small companies with only 3-5 employees up to as many as 80 employees.

Barriers


Exporting U.S. products to Sweden is a straightforward process as there are no trade barriers or market impediments.

There is no customs duty for most civil aircraft and parts. A small duty applies for some accessories, e.g. parachutes incur a duty of 2.7 percent.

In order to be registered in Sweden, new aircraft need to be approved and certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The requirements are similar to those in the U.S.

Trade Events/Associations


There are no major local events in Sweden, but Swedish industry specialists visit the large international shows such as Paris Air Show in France and Farnborough Air Show in the U.K. The NBAA show in the U.S. and the EBACE show in Switzerland are also popular.

U.S. Commercial Service Contact Information:


Ms. Catharina Kronstrom
Senior Commercial Advisor
Catharina.Kronstrom@trade.gov
+46-8-783 53 52


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