STRENGTHENING THE INNOVATION SYSTEM IN MÄLARDALEN
In May 2012, SICS Västerås, a subsidiary to SICS Swedish ICT, opened in Västerås. The purpose of SICS Västerås is to strengthen the innovation system in Mälardalen by offering contract research to companies in the region. Contract research often has a shorter time horizon and focus on delivering tangible results based on the latest research results; creating direct value for the customer.
SICS Västerås consists of a flexible group of researchers with strong connections to researchers at universities and SICS in Kista. SICS Västerås has a very strong network of researchers in several areas including; embedded systems, the future of internet and services, industrial efficiency, optimisation , systems and software engineering, future energy, innovation and product realisation. A team of researchers is quickly put together adapted to the research mission. The strength lies in the ability to put together a tiger team of great researchers to deliver tangible results to the customer.
WORLD CLASS RESEARCH
SICS has close relationships with several of the strongest players in Mälardalen, including ABB and Bombardier but also with smaller and medium sized companies as well as with the cities of Västerås and Eskilstuna. The SICS establishment in Västerås strengthens the innovation system in the whole region, primarily in contract research. The venture is in close collaboration with Mälardalen University and in collaboration with the network Automation Region.
- The availability of this type of advanced research is crucial for new products and companies to develop in Västmanland. When companies need assistance with the development it must be possible to kick-start research projects. That ability was previously partially missing in the region, said Governor Ingemar Skogö in connection to the opening of SICS Västerås.