October 6


Preliminary. Annual SPARK-conference including a pre SPS-Workshop on co-production in research, program and seperate registration


Registration, food and refreshments

October 7


Keynotes and parallel sessions


Conference Dinner

October 8


Keynotes and parallel sessions

October 9


Preliminary. Industry tour

Detailed program

To be announced.

Industry tour

An industry tour is arranged together with Husqvarna AB (to be confirmed). The tour will take us through the interesting facilities at Husqvarna and show their latest development concerning both products and production. The tour is finished with a joint lunch. There will be a bus service between Jönköping University and Husqvarna AB.


Husqvarna AB

Edge – Our Journey Toward Perfect Production

  • Speaker: Anders Wiberg, Director Manufacturing Edge Factory

We are constantly under the pressure to maximize operational performance and making sure to strive towards perfection. To stay relevant in the market competition we need to increase uptime, stay true to our quality and apply the art of automation in an effective way. In this session we will take you through how an idea transformed into a high-end manufacturing plant and how we as a manufacturing company will face tomorrow challenges in the name of Industry 4.0 and digitalization. Changes happens in a rapidly fast way and we are here to bring ideas into solutions – We are a creative hub for innovation and passionate minds. Together, we are on a mission. To shape greater experiences than ever.

Sandvik Coromant Gimo

Factory of the future

  • Speaker: Claes Nord, Senior Visitor Experience Specialist, AB Sandvik Coromant

The Sandvik Coromant Gimo tool production plant in Sweden has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as an advanced Industry 4.0 facility.
The Sandvik Coromant tool production plant at Gimo, north of Stockholm, is a highly-automated facility that fully embraces the many benefits of digitally-connected manufacturing. This was recently acknowledged by the World Economic Forum which announced Gimo as one of its global “lighthouse” sites. Each lighthouse is selected from a survey of over 1,000 manufacturing units based on their success in adopting digital technologies and demonstrating tangible benefits.

According to the World Economic Forum, the Gimo facility has created a digital thread through its production processes that has significantly raised productivity. One example is its ‘touchless changeover’ which allows design patterns to be changed automatically, even during unmanned shifts. Such best-in-class advances means Gimo will now become part of the global lighthouse network, opening its doors and sharing knowledge with other manufacturing businesses.

Sandvik Coromant is the world’s leading supplier of tools, tooling solutions and know-how for the metalworking industry. With extensive investments in research and development, we create unique innovations and set new productivity standards together with our customers. These include the world’s major automotive, aerospace and energy industries. As a market leading supplier of tools, tooling solutions and know-how for the metalworking industry, Sandvik Coromant employs almost 8 000 brilliant minds spread across both geographical and cultural borders. Development is in our DNA and we’re proud to create unique innovations and set new productivity standards in close collaboration with our customers. We are also aiming ambitiously to reduce our environmental footprint and drive the shift towards a more sustainable world. Quite simply, shaping the future together!



During the conference there will be workshops on different topics.

Workshop on collaborative research: Best practice in co-production of education and research

  • Moderators: Malin Löfving, Träcentrum and Jenny Bäckstrand, School of Engineering, Jönköping University

Workshop on education: Lifelong learning and developing shared modular education between Academia and Industry – the Civilingenjör 4.0 pilot project

  • Moderator: Bengt-Göran Rosén, Professor, Halmstad University

During the workshop visions and status on education in collaboration and ”Life-long learning” as a concept will be discussed. The discussion starts off from a concept developed based on small (1-3 credits) education modules from the ongoing national project Civilingenjör 4.0. The project is exploring joint academia-academia- and academia to industry education as one (of many) enablers of the life-long learning concept. Invited speakers from industry and academia will initiate the discussion. In the end of the session challenges identified for the co-operation will be penetrated by the aid of the audience and a plenary panel.

Workshop on education: Experiences from the production2030-doctoral course in international production – this year based on a field trip to USA and Silicon Valley, is presented and discussed

  • Moderator: Bengt-Göran Rosén, Professor, Halmstad University

The workshop is presented by participants from the Production 2030 Graduate School course International production who will share their experiences from study visits both at Swedish companies and in California to discuss aspects of internationally based production. A discussion will be initiated around the conclusions from the course and ideas and suggestions of topics and layout for coming versions of the course will be welcomed from the audience.

Workshop on research: Building knowledge together in product and production development research

  • Moderators: Anna Öhrwall Rönnbäck, Professor, Luleå University of Technology (project manager, Kunskapsförmedlingen) and Tero Stjernstoft, Vinnova (chairman of Kunskapsförmedlingen)

All researchers in Sweden in the fields of Product Development and Production Development are invited to present their research profiles at the web portal ”Kunskapsförmedlingen” – the knowledge dissemination channel. It is jointly run by the funding bodies (Vinnova, SSF, KK Foundation and Tillväxtverket), the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries (Teknikföretagen) and scholars. In total, Kunskapsförmedlingen involves a network of several hundred researchers and their research projects. Over the years, Kunskapsförmedlingen has been used primarily as a shopwindow, with links to various resources for dissemination. Besides announcing news, events and calls, recently also PhD courses were added. Please join us in a workshop where the aim is to further develop our common channel for announcing product development and production development research dissemination activities. As on outcome, we hope that our research will be even more accessible and easier to find for the external website visitor.

Workshop on industrial application: Challenges and solutions for supplier collaboration in the automotive industry

  • Moderator: Josip Stjepandic, PROSTEP

Innovative products and services are key success factors for the automotive industry. Development of such products and services usually takes place in partnerships in which the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) distributes the development of new products to many locations in several countries across the world. Suppliers, especially first-tier suppliers (FTSs) are involved in the development process as early as possible, because they have knowledge that is strategically important for developing the new product and services. Historically, the OEM-supplier relationship is characterized by a sequential interaction whereby the OEM gives product and production requirements to the supplier and the supplier delivers his product or service to the OEM. However, collaboration between FTS and OEM is essential to fruitfully use the knowledge of the FTS, anticipate potential downstream errors, and reduce costs and risks. We present current challenges and solutions for supplier in order to achieve a successful collaboration with OEMs.