All of Sweden is dependent on the Gothenburg Port and the city's automotive industry, which is booming thanks to the Chinese capital.
Therefore, the government should urgently make the decision to contribute with funds in order to increase the depth of the port from 14 to 17 meters.
Not until then will Gothenburg be able to compete and handle the deep draught ships that today are forced to choose other ports.
Gothenburg is on the right track to become one of northern Europe's major business cities. This is underlined not least by the West Swedish region around the city, which during recent years has become China's largest global development center for future vehicles. The Chinese are pouring money into research and development within the automotive industry.
China's role in Gothenburg is very interesting.
I don’t think Volvo Cars has ever been doing as good as they are doing now. The holding company Geely seems to have infinite resources. To stay on the leading edge when speaking of electrification and autonomous vehicles, last year the company started one of their largest ever recruitment campaigns. In total, 400 engineers are going to be recruited!
Another Chinese company, which few people know about, is Cevt – China Euro Vehicle Technology.
The company has about 2,000 employees in Gothenburg. In 2016, there was a staggering development and research budget of 3.2 billion SEK.
Add to that Nevs (National Electric Vehicle Sweden), which is housed in the former Saab factory in Trollhättan. Although they have struggled in terms of earnings and have been forced to put in large sums of money, today there are 900 employees; a number that is constantly growing.
If you also add to the equation that Gothenburg already has the Nordic region's largest port, it is not difficult to understand the potential the whole country benefits from because of this.
In order to remain competitive, the port must be dredged and widened to accommodate larger and deeper draught vessels. Currently, the depth of the port is 14 meters. The new container ships require 17 meters. In the present situation, this means that the big ships have to unload in Hamburg before continuing to Gothenburg. In the long run, this is unsustainable.
The cost of dredging the port amounts up to about 4 billion SEK. This is something that the municipality of Gothenburg cannot cope with on its own.
As I pointed out, the Gothenburg port is of national interest.
Therefore, I believe that the government must get involved in the matter as quickly as possible.