Our owners include Atlas Copco AB, Electrolux AB, Ericsson AB, FAM AB, Investor AB, LKAB, Saab AB, SEB AB, Sigma AB, SKF AB and Stora Enso AB. Through Combient we represent an owner group of some 330,000 employees and a total turnover of about 665 BSEK.
Our vision is to Bring Digitalized Industrial Innovation to the industry. We believe collaboration is our most important tool. Thereby we have an active interaction and governance with our owner companies, work closely with academia and explore new partnerships that can help us achieve our aspirational vision.
To further strengthen our unique collaboration model, Combient launched the Associated Member Program. This is a by invitation membership program into which we will look to bring in additional enterprises from various industries - with the objective that each new member will add value to the already existing collaboration model and community.
As of July 1st 2016 we had the pleasure to welcome three new Associated Members, namely Husqvarna, Södra and Wärtsilä and as of January 1st 2017 we also welcomed Scania and KONE to our collaboration model.
Combinatorial Innovation & Development is a fundamental belief and approach to what we do. This is one of the critical success factors to improve execution capacity, access to competence and time to market. Combient differentiates through the industrialization of best-of-breed practices in the internet and open source community.
Collaboration is our most important enabler. We have active interaction and exchange with our owner companies and with select industry & technology partners. Alongside our close relationships with academia and research we continuously explore new partnership opportunities that can help us achieve our aspirational vision.
We enable collaborative development of software-based Automation Systems by sharing of best practices and knowledge within and between our owner group of companies, realized through demonstrators, automation test beds and proof of concepts born out from collaboration Automation Work Streams – by and for the industry.
The term Industry 4.0, or “Industrie 4.0”, refers to the fourth industrial revolution. It originates from a project in the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the computerization of manufacturing. The term Industrie 4.0 was first used in 2011 at the Hanover Fair. In October 2012 the Working Group on Industry 4.0 chaired by Siegfried Dais (Robert Bosch GmbH) and Kagermann (acatech) presented a set of Industry 4.0 implementation recommendations to the German federal government. On 8 April 2013 at the Hanover Fair the final report of the Working Group Industry 4.0 was presented. In 2015 a similar report was done involving Swedish Industrial companies. Combient have interaction and exchange with the Industrie 4.0 initiative in Germany.
The Industrial Internet Consortium is the open membership, international not-for-profit consortium that is setting the architectural framework and direction for the Industrial Internet. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel in March 2014, the consortium’s mission is to coordinate vast ecosystem initiatives to connect and integrate objects with people, processes and data using common architectures, interoperability and open standards. Combient is a member of the IIC since 2015.
The Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program, WASP, is a forceful research program focusing on basic research, education, training and recruitment in the field of autonomous systems and software development. The program is being run at Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and the Universities of Linköping, Lund and Umeå, with Linköping University acting as host for the program. The research program is the result of collaboration between the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, universities and Swedish industrial companies.
Linköping University (LiU) is one of Sweden’s larger academic institutions and among those that offer the largest number of professional degree programs, in fields such as medicine, education, business, economics and engineering. Research is conducted within a variety of disciplines, with strong internationally recognized research environments, e.g. materials science, information technology and disability studies. Since gaining university status in 1975 LiU has worked with innovation in education and research. For example, we were first in Sweden to introduce interdisciplinary thematic research, problem-based learning (PBL), graduate schools and several innovative study programs.
Since its founding in 1827, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key Centre of intellectual talent and innovation. KTH is working with industry and society in the pursuit of sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s greatest challenges: climate change, future energy supply, urbanisation and quality of life for the rapidly-growing elderly population. We are addressing these with world leading, high-impact research and education in natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.
Luleå University of Technology (LTU) is a world-class research and education provider with some 1,700 employees and 16,000 students. The research is conducted in close cooperation with leading companies and international universities. Areas of excellence in research and innovation are attractive built environment, effective innovation and organisation, future mining, renewable energy, innovative art and science, sustainable transportation, intelligent industrial processes, enabling ICT and smart machines and materials.
Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden’s fifth oldest university. Today, we have a strong international presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. As one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation, we are alive with enthusiasm, innovation, creativity and fresh ideas. We have developed interaction between research, education, collaboration and innovation that challenges boundaries and plays a crucial role in the region’s development.
The University is a dynamic meeting place where interdisciplinary knowledge is generated and disseminated. Creative environments attract students, researchers, teachers and collaborating partners nationally and globally.
Uppsala University, founded in 1477, is the oldest university in the Nordic region and one of northern Europe’s top-ranking higher education institutions today. Its key asset is all the individuals who with their curiosity, commitment and creativity place it among the 100 best universities in the world. Within the University, world-class research and first-rate education are in progress, with global benefits to society, the economy and culture.
The University fosters exchange with and between other universities, the business sector and society and offers vocational skills development. Through active cooperation with partners — public and private, national and international — knowledge is put to good use.
SICS Swedish ICT is a leading research institute for applied information and communication technology in Sweden, founded in 1985. SICS is non-profit and carries out advanced and focused research in strategic areas of computer science, in close collaboration with Swedish and international industry and academia. The research creates cutting-edge technology, invigorating companies beyond their own R&D.
Stockholm University is a leader in education and research in the areas of quantum physics, computer and systems science, materials chemistry etc. Stockholm University cooperates with Combient in several of these areas for streamlining and automating Swedish industry.