Volume V | May 2022
fSpotlight interview with Alfa Laval North America President Ester Codina, SACC DC Business Services Launch, BAE Systems accelerating the EV industrial vehicle market, Sweden's Prime Minister on a visit in DC, Upcoming Swedish National Day Celebration, Golf Tournament Announcement d
Since 1989 SACC-DC has offered a platform for developing U.S. – Swedish lucrative commercial ventures and professional opportunities through our network and business and social events. The SACC-DC Newsletter will help you stay on top of what’s happening in the Swedish-American business community and find the perfect opportunity to create new business connections in the greater Washington D.C. area and Mid-Atlantic region.
From the Executive Director
Dear Friends,

50 years ago, global leaders from 113 governments came together in Stockholm for the first ever United Nations Conference on Human Environment. To commemorate that moment, when governments started collaborating on addressing the negative environmental impacts from human actions, the Stockholm+50 meeting will be held June 2-3 and will be live streamed (online programs will begin May 31). During these 50 years, we have taken steps forward but also backwards. It will be interesting to follow what is being highlighted and discussed at this event.

In this newsletter we share some insights on Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's visit with President Biden earlier this month, get to know Alfa Laval's new President for North America, Ms. Ester Codina, and familiarize yourself with our new Business Services that we just launched. 

Do not miss all the events coming up, the June 5 Sweden's National Holiday celebration hosted by the Embassy of Sweden is filling up fast, and we have a SACC DC Happy Hour on June 9! And I hope to see some of you at the SACC USA Executive Forum on June 2.

Happy reading!

Lotta Kramer
Sweden's Prime Minister visits Biden and brings a gift from our member SSAB
In the wake of Sweden's proclamation to join NATO, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson visited President Biden in D.C. along with Finland's President Sauli Niinistö. Biden welcomed Sweden as a valuable addition to NATO in these times of serious security policy and reinforced the already strong bonds between the U.S. and Sweden. As a gift for welcoming her to D.C., Andersson gave Biden the first ever object made from fossil-free steel - a candleholder produced by SACC-DC Corporate member SSAB. At our Scandinavian Innovation event on April 26, SSAB's fossil-free steel was one of the highlighted innovations. Andersson clearly aimed to highlight the importance of sustainable innovations, not only by gifting Biden the fossil-free steel but also by verbally addressing areas such as steel, batteries and minerals, that are essential to the green energy transition that Biden is keen on achieving.
SACC-DC's Business Services are officially launched!
On May 17, we introduced our new Business Services Trade Services and B2B Matchmaking at SACC-DC Corporate member Axis Communications' experience center in Rosslyn, VA just across the bridge from Georgetown. On the rooftop, with spectacular views of the Potomac river and Georgetown as the backdrop, our member Alan Gregerman facilitated a networking activity for all attendants while we enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Our hosts at Axis Communications also introduced their products and services as well as their innovative office space where they regularly welcome customers and other guests for different types of events and gatherings.

If you were not able to attend the event and are interested in learning more about our Business Services, or have ideas for B2B matchmaking, please reach out to lotta.kramer@sacc-c.org.
Member Spotlight: Ester Codina, President North America at Alfa Laval
You’ve worked in Sweden for several years - please tell us about your experience of the Swedish corporate culture and life in Sweden in general.
Yes, for six years! It was a great time of our life, so I only have positive things to say of my time in Sweden. Our family's personal and professional experience in Sweden created a big impact on our lives. Both my kids were born there, and I feel extremely lucky to have experienced it.

My main takeaway form Swedish corporate culture concerns people orientation culture. Companies in Sweden understand that people are key to success and therefore you get a great deal of support as an individual. For young families in particular, the support you get as an employee to combine family life with a professional career is unique to Nordic cultures. Having worked mainly for Swedish companies throughout my career, my experience is that they tend to focus heavily on the future. Despite performing well today, companies like Sandvik and Alfa Laval, have a strong sense of constant transformation which I can relate to other Swedish companies in general. That is the reason why a lot of them have been present since the 19th century and continue to be successful to this day.

Please provide a brief overview of Alfa Laval’s history and mission, as well as your role at Alfa Laval.
Alfa Laval has 139 years of history in the making, starting in 1883 with separators and is now the leading supplier of separation, heat transfer and fluid handling technology. The mission is clear - we exist to accelerate success for customers, people, and planet!

I am leading the sales company in the U.S. and Canada markets. My role as president of our operations here is to ensure that we are fulfilling the mission of Alfa Laval in our U.S. and Canada markets. Lately, Alfa Laval has played an even bigger part in the sustainability field, as our products help industries to be more sustainable, and we can create solutions and services having a direct impact on CO2 emissions. Additionally, we are also able to participate in the energy transition by enabling new energy sources to become a reality. My role in realizing this makes me really proud of being part of Alfa Laval and leading this transition.

As a newly appointed president of Alfa Laval North America, how do you envision the future of the company in the U.S.?
I find the future extremely exciting for Alfa Laval and I am very proud and happy to be part of this journey. Do you imagine to be directly part of finally transitioning to cleaner energy and reversing the effects of climate change? This is what we are focusing on Alfa Laval. If you talk with any of the big shipping companies, their principal concern right now is how to reduce carbon emissions. We are right there supporting this transition. New generation proteins; new types of foods; pharma solutions to problems like pandemics; new types of energy like green hydrogen; carbon capture solutions; efficient wastewater treatments, you name it - Alfa Laval has a solution that will enable these transitions. In all those processes you might need to exchange heat, separate or extract a substance, or you might need to manage fluids efficiently, which is where Alfa Laval enables a successful process.
It is aways nice to be part of a company that has a bright future ahead, and to be honest, that's what I see in Alfa Laval right now.

In which industries would you say Alfa Laval has the highest growth potential in the U.S.?
I would say a lot of them - Alfa Laval is diverse and so is the United States. The U.S. is definitely a future player in new energy and leading the clean energy transition, as it has the capacity and capabilities to produce most of the energy sources of tomorrow. This is indeed probably one of our highest growth potential areas. At the same time, there are other areas like protein extraction and new generation foods, as well as biodiesel and pharma, that will also play a very important role in the future. Our biggest potential also concerns to service rather than being merely an equipment manufacturer. We are a partner to our customers to improve their operations on a daily basis, and right now, with the baby boomers retiring and manufacturing companies struggling to recruit maintenance personnel, we believe we can support our customers with our know-how and 139 years of experience!
BAE Systems at the forefront of industrial vehicle transformation
With a groundbreaking design and electric propulsion technology, SACC-DC Corporate member BAE Systems is set to deliver electric drive systems to the heavy-duty industrial vehicle industry, enabling manufacturers to lower cost and speed up the manufacturing process. Their drive systems possess an increased electrical efficiency and are constructed with fewer components, while still allowing for solutions to be scaled and customized. This venture also aims to help boost the industrial vehicle market towards a greener industry, using BAE Systems’ long experience in several sectors of the electric vehicle field. 

Read more about these exciting news here.
It is time to say hejdå
My year at SACC-DC has gone by way to fast, and as I am leaving this incredible traineeship, I can look back at immense professional and personal growth. The network I have gained from the Chamber has been invaluable and working alongside business leaders from both the U.S. and Sweden has been a unique opportunity.

My time at SACC-DC has been exciting - ranging from leading a pilot project with a member company for the development of our business services, to coordinating the first Scandinavian Innovation Forum together with the Norwegian Chamber in Washington D.C.

I am grateful to my brilliant, smart, amusing, and hard-working team at SACC-DC. Thank you Lotta, Noel, David, Louise, Alma, Sara, and Jakob for making my traineeship such a great experience. I would also extend a thank you to the extraordinary SACC-DC Board, it has been an honor to work with all of you. A special thanks to Andrew Dunn and Jesica Lindgren who have taken me on as a mentee.

You can read my full trainee testimonial here.

På återseende! / Julia Jäger
Upcoming events
June 2, 2022
SACC-USA Executive Forum
House of Sweden, Washington D.C.
The theme of this year, Navigating Turbulent Waters, will take stock of new market solutions, groundbreaking technologies, and strategies to tackle challenges such as climate change, and much more.The executive forum is a full day, in person event and will feature several highly regarded speakers.

Tickets are offered to a highly reduced price for SACC members. Sounds interesting? Make sure to save your seat at Executive Forum, seeing as the event has sold out six years in a row.
Stockholm+50 environmental meeting June 2-3
Stockholm will host the Stockholm+50 United Nations environmental meeting on June 2-3, covering the important topic of “Stockholm+50: a healthy planet for the prosperity of all – our responsibility, our opportunity”. The meeting has been proceeded by months of discussions and consultations to prepare to tackle multilateral opportunities and challenges in addressing the planet's climate crisis, and commemorating the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Evnironment.

The event will be held in-person, however online participation is also available - if you're interested please visit our member We Don't Have Time for registration.

Sweden's National Day Celebration at the Embassy of Sweden
The Swedish National Day on June 6 will be celebrated at House of Sweden on Sunday June 5! Come and enjoy strawberry cake, the current exhibitions on display, and live music from 11AM-1PM.

Read more about the event and register here.
Happy Hour Invitation - June 9 at Sequoia!

Celebrate the coming of summer with us at Sequoia's outdoor bar on June 9. Get ready for an afternoon of drinks and networking in a relaxed setting!

If you want to attend, please RSVP to Business Associate Julia Jäger at julia.jager@sacc-dc.org
Join Sweden Summit 2022
Business Sweden, commissioned by the Swedish government and inudstry, is hosting a Sweden Summit 2022 on June 20-June 21. A high-level conference in Stockholm addressing the opportunities that international companies have in investing in Sweden's highly innovative companies will be broadcasted on a livestream.

Please click here for more information and registration.
Save the date Sept 13
for our annual and popular Crayfish Party
The annual SACC-DC Crayfish Celebration at House of Sweden is set for September 13, so make sure to clear your schedules in advance! Tickets will go on sale in June and we will send out a separate announcement by email.
Mark your calendars for SACC-DC Open 2022 on October 13!
We have started securing sponsors and attendants for the biggest SACC-DC of the year - SACC-DC Open 2022. Our annual golf tournament is scheduled for October 13 at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, VA. You can expect a day filled with great networking with the Swedish-American business community and golfing at all levels followed by an evening dinner reception. This year's tournament is held to benefit DC community health center Whitman-Walker Foundation. New for this year is also the benefit of a complimentary SACC-DC membership for the remainder of 2022 granted to new members sponsoring the tournament at certain levels.

If you want to put your company in the spotlight at our biggest and most anticipated event, or if you just want to play and mingle, don't hesitate to reach out to our Business Associate Noel Rodhe at noel.rodhe@sacc-dc.org
Remember to renew your membership for 2022
Visit membership portal to renew or our membership page to join.

SACC DC organizes many events throughout the year to give our members access to professional networking. We also tailor trade missions for Swedish companies interested in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. Whether an individual with a keen interest in or connection with Sweden living in D.C. or a company looking to establish new relationships, we can help you reach your next goal.
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