Trioplast participates in an expert panel for "Smart Industry"

The government presented in 2016 the strategy "Smart Industry", which will help to strengthen Sweden's industrial competitiveness and make attractive investments in the country. The focus is on innovation, digitizing and sustainability. CEO Andreas Malmberg, in dialogue with Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg gave Trioplast's view of the strategy's focus areas.

Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, has chosen four focus areas to strengthen the adaptability and competitiveness in Swedish companies:

  1. How do we get more SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) to benefit from digitizing and automation despite the boom, is it possible to sharpen their competitiveness and win new customers?
  2. What are your most important issues regarding sustainability now and in the future, can the market pay for these? 
  3. Do you have a plan to benefit from the government's new training possibilities? 
  4. Which top three innovations would be made tomorrow if you could decide?​

"It is important to create awareness in the organization", says Andreas Malmberg:

  1. Within Trioplast our competitiveness and the pace of automation in our production are dependent on each other. A key factor is to create awareness in the organization of how automation projects are initiated, run and implemented in time, with balanced risk. We know that many process industries in the region have the same challenge. It would be positive with an increased exchange of experience between industries/companies with similar automation needs, where experience from completed automation projects is reused. 
  2. As one of Europe's largest plastic film producers, we are often at the heart of sustainability discussions and questions about the pros and cons of plastic. Discussions often arise in the need for increased efforts on recycled plastics. Plastic is a unique material with, in most cases, superior qualities, but the plastic used can be manufactured in environmentally friendly ways. The best from an environmental point of view is to use recycled plastic in the products. In the Trioplast Group, we now have a degree of recycled plastic of about 25% of total volume, with an ambition to increase further. The market is very positive about such initiatives and customers are willing to pay a premium for this type of environmentally friendly plastic products. 
  3. Trioplast drives automation development in the group companies so proactively that in recent years we have had a continuously declining staffing force. This is a basic survival strategy in a process company. When we recruit at times, we are therefore selective. We see a great need to adapt programs for automation, process, control and regulatory technology. Here we see that despite our relative size (over 4,3 SEK billion in turnover), we do not always have the right influence the content of available education. Having increased knowledge can be a step in the right direction. 
  4. With the aim set for environment and plastic in combination, I would immediately start the project "Locally grown plastic from the forest", perhaps the most interesting environmental project in Europe at the moment. The project involves using biomass (forestry waste products) to manufacture bio based plastic. A circulation of raw material, which means that we would drastically reduce our need for fossil materials in plastic manufacturing. In addition to this area: rapid expansion of infrastructure and technology plastics recycling.


Text from supplement ”Lönsam Industri”, Dagens Industri, 26 Dec (Nordic region’s largest business magazine with 328,000 daily readers)