Sweden - Chicago Ties

Business Ties
  • There are 50+ Swedish companies at 100 locations in greater Chicago including: Cision’s, Combi Wear, Electrolux, Ericsson, H&M, Sandvik, Scandinavian Airlines, SKF and Trelleborg Sealing
  • There are nearly 60 Chicago-area companies in Sweden including: Abbott, Baxter, CAN Financial, Northern Trust, United Continental, McDonald’s, Motorola Solutions, TBricks and Underwriters Laboratories
  • Consulate General of the Kingdom of Sweden in Chicago
  • Swedish Trade Council in Chicago
  • Sweden-US Chamber of Commerce in Chicago
  • Chicago-Gothenburg Sister City relationship, since 1987
  • There are 5 weekly nonstop departures from Chicago airports to Stockholm, and daily flights in summer.
  • An estimated 136,000 Swedish-Americans reside in the Chicago area
  • A delegation from Swedavia, a government group that owns and operates airports across Sweden, visited Midway International on a fact-finding mission, Mar. 2012
  • WBC participated in the Swedish E-Days event in Chicago, a rotating forum that brought together dozens of American and Swedish companies, Apr. 2007
Recent Expansions
  • Cision/Vocus office move, Chicago, 2015
  • TBricks, financial IT office in Chicago, 2013
  • H&M, retail, multiple locations, Chicago, 2013 and prior years; Lombard, 2014
  • Electrolux, expansion to 965,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Minooka, 2013
  • Ericcson Inc., sales office in Schaumburg, 2010
  • Sandvik AB, acquired Rexam’s beverage can business, 2007
  • SKF, relocation of production from South Dakota, 2006
Total Trade, 2016: US $696 million
  • Total Imports to Illinois, 2016: US $501 million
  • Top Import Categories, 2016: Machinery/parts, iron & steel, aircraft parts, tools, medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, electric machinery and electronics, diagnostic chemicals, spirits, plastics
  • Total Exports from Illinois, 2016: US $195 million
  • Top Export Categories, 2016: Precious metals scrap, earthmoving equipment, trucks, electric machinery, books, chemicals, medical instruments, iron & steel, tools