Saab Strengthens the Swedish Malaysian Innovation Initiative

Defence and security company Saab takes a number of initiatives in order to strengthen the Sweden Malaysia Innovation Initiative (SMII). SMII is an effort to nurture innovations in Malaysia through a cooperation between the Swedish Embassy of Malaysia, Business Sweden and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM).

Sweden has been continuously ranked among the top countries renowned for innovation in the world. Saab is one of the founding members of SMII, which includes a seminar series on state-of-the-art defence technology.

One part of the Swedish-Malaysian innovation co-operation is to build relationships between academia, industry and authorities to develop the culture of innovation amongst the younger generation.

Saab now invites officers, decision makers, governmental agency representatives, students and researchers to an Open Innovation Learning Week in Sweden in October 2015. One essential focus will be to link the Triple Helix model with aerospace and defence innovation to share with and inspire Malaysian partners. This is a concept successfully performed with Brazil previously.

“Saab’s long history of investing in research and development and turning new ideas into commercial success is something we want to spread to others. We also have very good experience from fruitful collaboration between academia, industry and government that can inspire colleagues in Malaysia,” says Thomas Lindén, head of Saab in Malaysia.