• 2015-11-11 10:17

    Download our report on the robotics market (in Swedish)

    Our report on the robotics market was launched at a robotics conference at Elmia in Jönköping on November 10, 2015.

    The full report can be downloaded here (in Swedish):

  • 2015-10-21 10:16

    Blue Institute presents new report on robotics at robot conference

    Blue Institute’s new report, Robotarnas århundrade, will be released during the Robot conference at Elmia in Jönköping on November 10, 2015. The study will be presented by Benjamin Ståhl, Director at Blue Institute and one of the authors, at the conference.

    The report will be available from November 10 here (in Swedish):

    More information about the conference can be found here:

  • 2015-06-11 10:13

    VINNOVA releases Blue Institute report on industrial digitisation

    The Blue Institute report Future Smart Industry – Perspektiv på industriomvandling was released today. The report, authored by Örjan Larsson, Blue Institute, is part of the analytical activities within the national strategic innovation program PIIA (Processindustriell IT och Automation) and outlines how digitisation is transforming the industrial competitive landscape.

    The report (in Swedish) is available here:
    Future Smart Industry – VINNOVA rapport

  • 2015-05-18 10:08

    Swedish Growth Barometer presents study on geopolitical risks and economic exposure

    Blue Institute’s ongoing project the Swedish Growth Barometer today published a study on Sweden’s economic exposure in Northeastern Europe in relation to the heightened security tensions in the area. The study concludes that the exposure has risen considerably in the last ten years, faster than to the rest of the world. Foreign direct investment by Swedish companies in the Baltics and Poland is now of as large as to Norway or Denmark. The study also outlines the geopolitical risk developments and describes three conflict scenarios.

    The study (in Swedish) was authored by Benjamin Ståhl, Blue Institute, and Johan Wiktorin, Brqthrough, and is available on the website of the Swedish Growth Barometer:

    A webcast of the launch seminar is available here:
    Webcast: Vad står på spel?

    The study is in the process of being translated to English.

  • 2014-10-28 10:06

    Swedish Growth Barometer presents new study at breakfast meeting at VINNOVA

    Although there are many indications of modest global growth ahead, in 15-20 years the world economy will be much larger than it is today. Also, people will be much more wealthy, not at least in many of the countries that are relatively poor today: The world citizen becomes middle class.

    On November 6, Swedish Growth Barometer presents its latest study ”When the world citizen turns middle class – Expect significant changes to consumption patterns” at a breakfast meeting at VINNOVA.

    For more information (in Swedish) visit:
    Frukostmöte anmälan

  • 2014-09-30 10:02

    Download our report on the consequences of the shale boom (in Swedish)

    Our report on the consequences of the shale boom was launched at a breakfast seminar at VINNOVA on September 30, 2014. Many representatives from Swedish firms attended the seminar, and we had a very giving discussion on the shale boom and the dynamics of the natural gas market.

    The full report can be downloaded here (in Swedish):

  • 2014-09-24 09:59

    New macro forecast from the Swedish Growth Barometer (in Swedish)

    Blue Institute’s project Svensk Tillväxtbarometer (the Swedish Growth Barometer) has released a new macro forecast for the global economy and Sweden.

    In summary, the forecast projects a continued modest global growth rate. The U.S.’ growth rate is slow in a historical perspective, but the country has entered into an upward spiral where the higher employment rate generates higher consumption and thereby also investments. In contrast, Europe risks facing a triple dip, and the Ukrainian crisis has already had a dampening impact on the economy. Many of the emerging economies are also growing slower compared to recent years. This far, Sweden has resisted the downturn in the rest of the world quite well, but recent data shows signs of a slowdown.

    The entire macro forecast (in Swedish) can be downloaded from:
    Konjukturprognos: Risk för trippel-dip i Eurozonen

  • 2014-09-18 09:56

    Release of new report on the shale boom’s impact on energy markets (in Swedish)

    On September 30 2014, Blue Institute will launch the report Skifferboomens konsekvenser at a breakfast seminar at the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA). The report treats the consequences of the shale boom for global product and service markets. The study focuses on the dynamics throughout the entire value chain and highlights the risks, challenges and opportunities that will be present in the coming years.

    More information on the breakfast seminar can be found here (in Swedish):
    Skifferboomens konsekvenser breakfast seminar

  • 2014-04-23 09:53

    New economic outlook presented (in Swedish)

    Blue Institute’s project Svensk Tillväxtbarometer (the Swedish Growth Barometer) today released an outlook for the global economy and for Sweden. In summary the outlook recognizes a slowdown in the underlying trend growth, due to declining productivity growth and a demographic situation less amenable to growth. This is valid not only for OECD countries but also for China and India. In this ”New Normal” we have to recognize that even a recovery to trend is a recovery to lower rates of growth. Capacity utilization is still relatively low in many countries, including Sweden, which means that interest rates will only rise slowly.

    The full report and an executive summary in Swedish is available at:
    Konjunkturprognos: ”The New Normal” bromsar återhämtningen

  • 2014-03-19 09:48

    Mats Kinnwall comments on the Ukrainian crisis on Swedish Radio

    Blue Institute’s Chief Analyst, Mats Kinnwall, commented on the Ukrainian crisis on Swedish Radio on March 17. He said that if the crisis escalates, there is a risk that energy prices will soar.

    ”The big risk, as I see it, is that things will happen in the energy markets, that is to oil and gas prices. I would say that it is the major risk. If you look back at the great crises since the 70’s, soaring prices of oil and energy have been the major threats to the world economy”, Mats Kinnwall said.

    ”No one would benefit from a severe conflict between large countries, and I think that is a heavily restraining factor, both for Russia and for the rest of the world.”

    Listen to the full clip here (in Swedish):

    Read Mats’ analysis on the crisis in Ukraine here (in Swedish):
    Ekonomiska effekter av Ukrainakrisen: Vad kan vi förvänta oss?

  • 2014-03-04 09:45

    Blue Institute to present at Manufacturing & Automation Expo

    Örjan Larsson, senior advisor at Blue Institute, is a speaker at the Manufacturing & Automation Expo on the topic of how digitization affects industry and the opportunities it presents. The Expo takes place in Stockholm 18th-21st of March and Örjan is to present on Friday the 21st. For more information visit http://www.maexpo.se. Some information about Örjan’s talk in Swedish:

    Big Data, Internet of Things och Molnet har blivit symboler för den digitala revolutionen och är på väg att också erövra fabriksgolven. Därmed förändras också sättet att betrakta industriell produktion.

    Att utvecklingen baseras på teknik som är lika tillgänglig överallt i världen men avgörs av förmågan att tillvarata den är ur ett svenskt perspektiv både ett hot och en stor möjlighet.

    För svensk IT- och automationsindustri är det en möjlighet därför att det kommer att skapas mycket stora marknader när världens industri digitaliseras på riktigt.

    Missa inte när Örjan Larsson, som arbetar med industri- och energirelaterade frågor inom Blue Institute, en svensk tankesmedja och ett forskningsinstitut för näringslivet, kommer till M.A.X för en föreläsning om svensk konkurrenskraft och digitala produktionssystem.