Värmland och Climate Arena

Catarina Segersten Larsson
The county of Värmland is home to more
than 273 000 people over an area of 17 586
square kilometers.
Värmland sits on water. There are 10 512
lakes here, including Lake Vänern in the
south; this is the biggest inland lake in
Western Europe.
The University of Karlstad with 10 000
18 000 elks and 50 wolfs
Three airports
The worlds longest ski-tunnel
Four art museums
1000 sports associations with 100 000
And much more…
Since 1950 Rally Sweden, part of the World
Rally Championship, takes place in Värmland.
In 2012 Rally Sweden had around 200 000
visitors, alongside 45 million viewers from 195
Värmland’s inhabitants
are not only interested in
watching rally – famous
Swedish rally co-driver
Tina Thörner was born here.
Automotive Sweden is a non-profit
organisation that started out as an ERDFproject.
The aim is to encourage co-operation and to
stimulate growth in the Swedish automotive
It provides neutral information to national
and international representatives in business,
politics and academia.
Volvo CE – Arvika
Arvika is the global hub
for Volvo’s production
of wheel loaders.
Covers the whole chain
– from product
development to
Volvo CE in Arvika
employs 1000 people,
which makes it one of
Värmland’s largest
Volvo Buses – Säffle
• The factory in Säffle has
produced auto bodies for
Volvo Buses since the
• Body work has been
carried out in Säffle since
• Volvo Buses employed
330 persons.
• In 2013 the factory was
closed and production
moved to Poland.
Climate Arena is a unique industrial project of
both National and European interest with
focus on the automotive industry.
The main goal is to build a world state-of
the-art indoor arena in Sunne, Värmland,
which offers prototype testing for the
automotive industry in winter- and summer
climate all year around, independent of
In early 2000 a group of people decided to build an
indoor arena for skiing all year round in Torsby,
Värmland. The Automotive industry courted the
question of whether they could also get access to
winter testing of vehicles in the same arena – the idea
of Climate Arena was born…
Ten years have gone by and Climate Arena is
now a project ready to be launched:
2003-2005 Market research among OEM:s and suppliers
in Europe
2005-2007 Pilot study and a first draft of the arena
2007-2008 Discussions on the geographic location of the
2008-2009 Negotiations with Construction Company
2010 - Discussions with the automotive industry on the
needs, demands and wishes of the arena
2012 - Finished study, financing phase and dialogue with
the automotive industry on capacity
Climate Arena is suitable for all passenger
cars, heavy vehicles and its suppliers.
7 km of track over 200 000 m² (equal to 10
IKEA stores).
Varying climate zones such as different
temperatures, highways, and surfaces.
New strategic way to work with product planning and R & D
Winter and summer conditions all year round regardless of the season
Varying climatic conditions by preference, from - 40c to +30 c
Varying conditions and environments based on the needs and wishes
Stable, smooth and safe conditions
Repeatable conditions in the same environment
Wide range of testing capabilities
Accelerate product launches and shorten product lifecycles
Accelerate the transition to more environmentally friendly vehicles
Generate direct economic gains through faster and safer product
Service Centre, offices, accommodation, conference, airport, hospital,
Potential customers
AB Volvo
Volvo Cars
GM Europa
• Bosch
• Knorr
• Continental
• Bridgestone
• Valeo
• Haldex
• Michelin
• Semcon
• Etc.
Thank you for your attention!

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