The Sandviken region encompasses Gästrikland,Hälsingland, with direct proximity to Uppsala, Stockholm, Mälardalen, Bergslagen and East Dalarna. One third of Sweden’s population and just over a third of Sweden’s companies are located within a radius of 2 hours. That means 3.3 million inhabitants and 400 000 companies.
This is one of the most heavily invested regions in terms of capital investments in industrial sectors. Sandvik invests approximately SEK 4 million per day in its site in Sandviken, Billerud-Korsnäs in Gävle invests around SEK 2 million per day, and with the rest of Bergslagen, Dalarna and Gävleborg included, the amount invested is around SEK 10 million per day. That puts the region at the top in terms of industrial investment.
Sandviken is centrally situated in Gästrikland, in an area where there are several large export industries, such as Sandvik, Ovako, Stora Enso, Billerud- Korsnäs, ABB, Kraft Foods Sverige (Gevalia) to name only a few. The region is unique in that all of the basic industries are represented. In Sandviken municipality there are of the order of 3 300 companies that are active in the different sectors.
Sandviken municipality is used to receiving visits from overseas companies. Sandvik AB alone receives more than 10 000 visits per year. Consequently, Sandviken offers an organization and level of hospitality that can handle frequent international visits and make the visitor’s experience even better.
Sandvik AB is one of Sweden´s leading export companies. The internationally well-known high-technology engineering company attracts many persons to Sandviken, which gives the town an international character. The Sandvik group comprises 200 companies in 130 countries. The group has its base for research and manufacturing of tools and special materials in Sandviken. This gives the town an international touch.
Sandbacka Park, which is one of the region´s technological parks houses a broad spectrum of IT and technological competence.