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The Swedish Manufacturing R&D Clusters; logistics

The cluster for logistics is one of eight clusters within the Swedish Manufacturing R&D Clusters. The cluster focuses on research and development to increase sustainability in economic, social and environmental development in the area logistics.

The Swedish Manufacturing R&D Clusters is an organisation with the objective to identify and initiate common areas for research that will strengthen the competitiveness of all manufacturing companies in Sweden. In 2020 RISE was commissioned to coordinate the clusters that at the same time have broadened their target group to all companies with manufacturing in Sweden.

Today there are 8 clusters focusing on different manufacturing expert areas. Four of the clusters cover manufacturing processes and four clusters cover areas that support all manufacturing processes.

Logistics is an integral part of the production system, where customer expectations and market competition require high volumes, high availability and high variation of components through the supply chain. At the same time, the system must not violate environmental sustainability, it shall be cost-effective and ensure material availability and quality, as well as be flexible and agile, yet robust and resilient.

Priority research​ areas:

The goal of the cluster is to increase the sustainability of economic, social and environmental development, by:

  • Efficient, environmentally sustainable and competitive supply chains, enabling increased productivity, agility and resilience
  • Cost efficiency, flexibility and low environmental footprint in ordering process and supply chain
  • Sustainable and high performance material handling systems
  • Material handling where system design, equipment and packaging provide efficiency, quality, flexibility, robustness and good ergonomics
  • High-performance user-friendly planning systems that can handle uncertainty and flexibility
  • Use of industry 4.0 that enables streamlining of material handling, logistics and supplychain

What is the advantage of participating in a cluster?

The aim is to develop economically and environmentally sustainable manufacturing systems capable of effectively providing the market with the innovative products of the future. Through the cluster's working methods, we strengthen Sweden's continued success as a sustainable industrial nation. You can win this by participating:

  • New valuable contacts for cooperation.
  • A support for own strategic research and development work.
  • Opportunity to set a strong common agenda with national and international influence.  
  • Early information and invitations to project cooperation.


FKG, Volvo Cars, Scania, AB Volvo, Chalmers, KTH, RISE

The cluster welcomes more companies! For more information, contact Martin Kurdve



Project name

Cluster logistics



RISE role in project


Project start


Eight years

Total budget

700 000 SEK


RISE IVFs Intressentförening Service AB

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