December 27, 1965 Electronics
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Sweden Electronics Market
Market booming for automatic equipment
The Swedish electronics industry expects a 14% boost in domestic business
next year to $343 million, primarily because of a demand for automatic-control
equipment by manufacturing companies - a demand prompted by a labor shortage
and salaries that are the highest in Europe. The computer market is expected
to expand to $40.6 million in 1966 from $35.4 million this year. The $40.6 million
includes $4.8 million worth of process control systems.
"Everyone is using electronics - in power, instrumentation and process control,"
says Stephen Finta, managing director of Nordiska Elektronik AB, which represents
a number of American electronics components manufacturers in Scandinavia.
The industrial business boost is expected to be large enough to offset a
sharp decline in military electronics, deepened by a two-year delay in production
of the Swedish Air Force's type-37 Viggen (Swedish for thunderbolt) aircraft.
The new all-purpose defensive aircraft is now scheduled for service in 1971.
Some other healthy business signs:
• The consumer market, with television sales predicted at $30 million, is
up $1.4 million over 1965. Most sales will be for replacement sets and will
be made by three firms - Svenska AB Philips, Luxor Industri AB and AGA AB. Next
year, the government is expected to announce the start of a second Swedish tv
channel in 1968 and color telecasting in 1969.
• In communications, the major achievement will be the installation
of an electronic telephone switching system by the L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co.
The system, using space division, will serve 5,000 subscribers. Space division
employs a separate wire path for each conversation. In time division, logic
gates sample several conversations in rapid sequence, then switches connect
pairs of telephones in sequence.
• The opening in Sweden, a country that imports most of its components,
of a semiconductor manufacturing plant by Societá Generale Semiconduttori,
of Italy in 1966.
Saab Electronics, the civilian electronics sales division of the Swedish
aircraft, automobile and electronics manufacturer, is typical of a number of
Swedish companies moving fast to take advantage of industrial electronics growth.
Jan Bakstrom, sales manager of Saab Electronics, says his firm's "main line
is to develop and market products for automation for both Swedish and foreign
In the process-control field, Saab has developed a system for automatic control
of dyeing machines in the textile industry. Saab is also selling a new line
of equipment, which can be controlled remotely by computers. Arenco Electronics
AB, sees 1966 as the year of the big breakthrough for numerical control (NC)
with between 50 and 100 systems being sold.
The industrial market is also being eyed by other firms, such as L.M. Ericsson.
Although concentrating on communications, the company is watching the industrial
control field, says Christian Jacobaeus, chief technical officer.
Military need slowing down
In addition to the delay in producing the type-37 Viggen aircraft, there's
been a general slowdown in the military market, according to Frank Hammar. Hammar
is the managing director of Standard Radio & Telefon AB, which is the Swedish
subsidiary of International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. "The order books are
filled because of previously heavy orders, but new military orders are down
about one-third from what they have been," he says. "We look at the future with
some concern." He expects Standard Radio's business to be up in 1966 though,
partly because of its export sales in air-traffic control equipment. The company
recently delivered a traffic control system to Arlanda International Airport
Spokesmen see no strong improvement next year in the price war in components,
which has affected the Swedish agents and the American, British, French and
German manufacturing companies which supply the market.