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Swedish automotive engineering company chooses Venture Centre as UK base

leannova-2.jpgAn expanding Swedish automotive engineering service company has established its first UK operations at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Venture Centre.

LeanNova Engineering AB was set-up in Trollhättan by former Saab Automobile engineers Tomas Camén and Martin Öman in 2012 to supply engineering services to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers in the automotive engineering industry.

The UK’s Embassy in Stockholm suggested LeanNova contact UKTI to help and, amongst other support, they helped with choosing a location for their new UK premises by providing a list of possible bases.

“We went to see four or five locations but the Venture Centre was ideal,” said Sales & Business Development Manager Tommy Sundin.

“Working with, among others, Jaguar Land Rover means the Venture Centre is a good place to be located because it is close to its Whitley and Gaydon sites as well as Birmingham Airport because I split my time between Sweden and the UK. Further, it will be easy to expand at the Venture Centre when we are in a position to be able to do so and we are working with the University of Warwick to discuss taking on new graduates to support them into the world of work.

Karen Aston, manager at the Venture Centre, said LeanNova Engineering UK has a great deal of experience within its ranks.

“The Midlands is renowned for its excellence in automotive engineering and LeanNova Engineering UK will add to this,” she said. “Their employees have an average of 15 years’ experience in the industry which can only benefit their expanding client list. The Venture Centre has all the necessary transport links for the business to reach its customers in the UK easily as well as travel to their headquarters in Sweden and we look forward to playing our part in helping the company to grow.”