KTH´s focus on Sustainable Production

KTH in Södertälje faces a major expansion: new educational programs and a new research environment in the field of Sustainable Production. A new and attractive campus in the Northern City Center of Södertälje is built for us. KTH will also collaborate with the newly established Södertälje Science Park.

One goal - several stakeholders

There are several stakeholders involved in KTH's commitment to sustainable production - a commitment which complements the existing production research at KTH. KTH is strongly supported by Scania, AstraZeneca, Södertälje Municipality, Acturum and the Stockholm County Administrative Board. In the spring of 2014 the stakeholders approached the Swedish Government about a competence node focused on sustainable industrial production. A positive decision was received from the Government in form of additional study places and faculty appropriation - in addition to the funds that the stakeholders themselves already had entered into the venture. The close collaboration with Scania and AstraZeneca, two companies with extensive and globally competitive production facilities, is a major strength in this venture. The founding of Södertälje Science Park also strengthens the focused initiative regarding Sustainable Production at KTH.

Research towards a Sustainable factory

The new research at KTH will contribute to create “the Sustainable Industry". The research that we focus on is Production Management, Production Logistics and Strategic Maintenance and should together contribute to a sustainable industry. We are recruiting Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. students, industrial Ph.D. students, Adjunct Professors and Postdocs for the new research environment. The initiative complements and strengthens the existing research at KTH.

Production Management
The aim of this field of research is to contribute to the competitive businesses through efficient working methods. The subject includes analysis, design and optimisation of processes in complex industrial production. It also includes development of methods and tools for planning and designing sustainable complex production systems, organisations and workplaces.

Strategic Maintenance
The aim of the research within strategic maintenance is to contribute to a create reliable production systems for a sustainable and competitive production. The research encompasses creation of sustainable techniques and strategies including life cycle aspects, environmental issues, design of products and machines, interpretation of data generated in order to plan maintenance. Technical focus is integrated machine systems involving mechatronics, electtronics and mechanics.The research aims to develop scientific methods and industrial applications.

Production Logistics
The aim of the research is to contribute to sustainable and competitive production and distribution systems in both national and international supply chains. The aim is also to contribute to competitive businesses through effective and environmentally friendly logistics. The main focus is production logistics.

Additional education

As part of the initiative KTH plans to start four new educational programs in Södertälje:

  • Master of Science in Industrial Technology and Sustainability (track within Mechanical Engineering) - Started autumn 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and Production Maintanance - Autumn 2017
  • Technology Elementary School Teacher / Bachelor of Science - Autumn 2018
  • Master of Industrial Engineering and Sustainability - Autumn 2019

There are about 600 students at KTH Södertälje today. With this initiative the number of students has the potential to grow to 1 200.

New Campus

The KTH department in Södertälje will move to a new Campus to be able to conduct outstanding education and research. The new premises will encourage cooperation throught favcilities such as; foyer and exhibition hall, meeting squares and café, multi hall and conference hall, exposed workshops and labs, case rooms and breakout zones.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus took place in February 2016 and the department will be moving to the new Campus during autumn 2017.

The City of Södertälje

An important part of the initiative is the location Södertälje. The closeness with the business community and especially the region's world-leading industry in production elevates the quality in our educational programs, strengthens our research environment and research impact in society.
The city is a logistical node where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea, the highways E4 and E20 passes through, as well as national train service, regional commuter train and bus services.

About 10% of Sweden's export value comes from industrial companies in Södertälje and AstraZeneca is building a new factory for biopharmaceuticals – planned to be ready in 2019. In addition to the national and partly internationally renowned companies Scania, AstraZeneca, Saltå Kvarn and Lantmännen there are over 7000 companies within the municipality.

Södertälje Science Park

Södertälje Science Park is a regional competence and network node for collaboration between industry, academia and society. This is an environment where education, research, innovation and cross-border cooperation create added value and forefront development within the the profile areas Sustainable Production Systems, Life Science, and Sustainable Food. Partners in Södertälje Science Park are Scania, AstraZeneca, Södertälje Municipality and Acturum. KTH is part of the steering committee.


Kristina Palm, Head of Department
Ingrid Kihlander, Project Manager

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