The Sweden Day celebrates the Swedish way of life on the forthcoming occasion of the Swedish National Day. This year’s focus is on ”Sustainable Sweden”. Swedish companies shared example of sustainable practices that could be of interest to Korean companies.
According to HåkanBorin, Country Manager, Saab Korea, ““Every year Swedish Embassy celebrates the Swedish National day in Seoul, with a large reception at Grand Hyatt Hotel, with more than 1000 guests. It is a true celebration of Swedish culture and Industrial heritage in a very nice mixture. The event is sponsored by Saab and all major Swedish businesses active in Korea. We participate with a stand and our main theme is “Progress through partnership” with display of Gripen, Arthur and AESA radar images. Arthur represents an already successful partnership while the showcasing of the AESA radar reflects our strong wish to become a partner for the Korean Defense Industry in developing this radar for the KFX project (Korean indigenous fighter project).”
Saab finds large areas of compatibility and congruence in the way in which Korea and Sweden approach technology. Saab introduces sustainability at the very start of designing of our systems and equipment. A good example is the Gripen which was showcased at the Sweden Day.
The cost of designing, developing and manufacturing the Gripen E is significantly lower than its previous generations due to rigorous process of cost savings and use of more advanced material and design concepts. Similarly, the Gripen’s key proposition is higher levels of efficiency. It has the lowest cost per flight hour and the lowest life cycle cost of all comparable aircraft because of the focus on economy and efficiency.
Saab is one of the main suppliers to Clean sky, a Joint technology Initiative financed equally by the EU and the industry. Clean sky aims to bring the European aviation industry together to meet the 2020 environmental goals set by the advisory Council for aeronautic research in Europe (aCare). This includes reducing Co2 emissions per passenger km flown in European airspace by 50 per cent, nitrogen oxides by 80 per cent and noise levels around airports by half. The project is now more than halfway complete and the results are beginning to be seen.The Embassy of Sweden in Seoul, in collaboration with the UnitedNations Global Compact Korea Network, also held a corporate socialresponsibility (CSR) seminar. Under the title "Ethical Supply Chain Management: EnhancingCorporate Social Responsibility for a Sustainable Future," Swedishofficials and businessmen are presenting good CSR practices.