Erric Heitmann, Senior Vice President R&D and Johan Brynås Head of Research & Innovation, TMHE.

Linköping, known as one of Sweden’s leading technology hubs, is home to a wide array of startups and scaleups, as well as Linköping University and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden). Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) has long collaborated with Linköping Science Park through the matchmaking program IndX. This program provides startups from around the world the opportunity to form qualified partnerships with TMHE, Saab, Väderstad, and Husqvarna.

Establishing the new innovation centre in Linköping benefits the entire region. It allows the innovative strength from Linköping’s knowledge-intensive environments to be more directly utilized throughout the region. This will be advantageous for both Linköping and Mjölby, where TMHE has operated for many years.

The newly established innovation center will serve as a dynamic meeting place, providing workspaces and flexible areas for cross-functional teams to collaborate on targeted innovation projects.

– “Our primary goal is to accelerate innovation within the company and attract new talents by establishing a presence in a vibrant, knowledge-intensive environment. We aim to be active in Linköping’s innovative landscape,” said Johan Brynås, Head of Research & Innovation at TMHE.

Strategic Location

The centre’s location in Vallastaden, near the university and Mjärdevi, will enhance TMHE’s collaboration network and increase the potential for new partnerships and growth. It will boost TMHE’s employer brand visibility and facilitate connections with the region’s top talents.

The innovation centre will be a hub for companies, entrepreneurs, and students. It will welcome TMHE’s R&D staff, startups, student workers, temporary partners, and other stakeholders.

The innovation centre is being prepared to meet the diverse needs of TMHE’s R&D teams and projects. It is planned to open in September. Beyond being a physical workspace, it will serve as a hub for events, hackathons, workshops, pitches, competitions, and more.

Read the press release from Toyota Material Handling Europe here.