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Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers

Year Established



Forskningsgången 6, 417 56, Goteborg (Sweden)


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Contact information

Johan Stahre



Stena Industry Innovation Hub at Chalmers  (SII-Hub) is a Digital Innovation Hub – a Swedish testbed for acceleration of industrial digitalisation, part of the two Governmental initiatives for indutrial digitalisation, Produktion2030 and the Smart Industry. SII-Hub consists of the physical infrastructure SII-Lab and its supporting organisational infrastructure.

The mission of Stena Industry Innovation Hub at Chalmers is to provide a platform for research, innovation, demonstration, education, and training in the area of industrial digitalisation. SII-Hub is an open platform for large industries, SMEs, and society. In addition to industry you will also find collaboration between researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Teachers may come from kindergartens as well as high schools or universities.

The SII-hub provides access to a full range of competencies at Chalmers University of Technology. This includes Chalmers' entrepreneurship, incubator, and venture capital organisation - Chalmers Ventures. SII-hub also collaborates with national government funding agencies, regional government, industry associations, and unions. Chalmers Smart Industry Hub provides services for:

  • Research, Innovation, and Demonstration
  • Education and training 
  • Small end Medium-sized Enterprises (SME)
  • Testbed for industrial digitalisation
  • 5G digital infrastructure
  • Makerspace
  • Entrepreneurship support


Stena Industry Innovation Hub at Chalmers (SII-Hub) är en innovations-miljö för digitalisering – ett nationellt nav och en testbädd för att öka hastigheten i den svenska industrins digitalisering. SII-Hub är en del av Produktion2030:s testbäddssatsning och även en del av Näringsdepatementets satstning "Smart industri". SII-Hub på Chalmers består dels av testbäddens fysiska och tekniska infrastruktur SII-Lab, dels av den organisatoriska och strukturella infrastrukturen.

Målsättningen för Stena Industry Innovation Hub (SII-Hub) är att skapa en plattform för forskning, innovation, demonstration, utbildning och träning inom industriell digitalisering. SII-Hub är en öppen plattform för stora och små företag och även för samhället i övrigt. I SII-Hub finner man samarbete mellan forskare, entreprenörer, och utbildare. Lärarna kan komma ifrån förskola såväl som gymnasium eller universitet. SII-Hub ger industri och samhälle tillgång till en mötesplats och kompetens från Chalmers Tekniska Högskola. Detta omfattar Chalmers verksamhet för entreprenörskap och inkubatorverksamhet i Chalmers dotterbolag Chalmers Ventures. SII-Hub samarbetar även med nationella, statliga innovationsaktörer, med regionala politiska organisationer, samt med arbetsgivarorganisationer och fackliga organisationer. Chalmers Smart Industry Hub erbjuder tjänster för:

  • Forskning, innovation och demonstration
  • Utbildning och träning
  • Små och medelstora företag
  • Testbädd för industriell digitalisering
  • 5G-infrastruktur
  • Makerspace
  • Entreprenörsstöd


Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Stena Industry Innovation Hub at Chalmers  (SII-Hub) is a Digital Innovation Hub – It is also a National Swedish testbed for acceleration of industrial digitalisation and part of the two main Governmental initiatives for industrial digitalisation:

  • Produktion2030 (a national RIS3 Priority)
  • Smart Industry initiative by the Swedish Government

SII-Hub contributes to the strategic priorities (RIS3) of Västra Götaland County (NUTS 3 : SE232), supporting investments in scientific and economic domains across all application areas of the county.

On national RIS3 level (NUTS 0 : SE), SII-Hub is an core part of of the RIS3 strategic priority Produktion2030 - advanced manufacturing. SII-Hub is an appointed national pilot testbed within Produktion2030. The SII-Hub is focused on smart industry innovation and provides digital 5G infrastructure connectivity; additive manufacturing facilitiet; collaborative robots; and automation for human-automation interaction.

SII-Hub/Lab is presently involved in several European projects focused on industrial digitalisation, e.g.

  • BOOST 4.0
  • DIH^2
  • Climadye2
  • Virtual Learning Factory Toolkit (Erasmus+)

SII-Hub/Lab and Chalmers previously been part of many European projects and EU-funded networks, including I4MS.


SII-Hub/Lab is an active member of several European and international organisations within the industrial digitalisation domain, e.g.

  • EFFRA - European Factories of the Future Research Association 
  • European Data Space
  • Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs initiative (I4MS): I4MS-Growth project

 SII-Hub has close collaboration with European and international organisations, e.g. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST-USA)

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Education
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of basic metals and fabricated metal products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Research, Innovation, and Demonstration at SII-Lab

Research, innovation, and demonstration

Example project:

The 5G-Enabled Manufacturing Project - 5GEM

The potential of 5G wireless technology for connectivity digitalisation in smart manufacturing systems can be extremely high. In Stena Industry Innovation Hub at Chalmers 5G technology was tested in a collaborative project between SKF (a global roller-bearing manufacturer), Ericsson (a global telecom technology provider), and Chalmers University of Technology. Catalyst funding was provided by the National Swedish Agency for Innovation and Research - VINNOVA. 5G connectivity standards do not exist yet and the pilot digitalisation effort serves a technology as well as business case development.

In the 5GEM pilot project, the SII-Hub served as an open testbed for a first stage development of four demonstrators of 5G's capabilities in manufacturing applications. The SII-Hub testbed provided a robust and precompetitive development environment.

Based on results in the SII-Hub, technology was implemented in a manufacturing pilot plant at SKF for debugging and harmonization. As a third stage the implementation was moved into a real full-scale and highly automated manufacturing system at SKF (a 20 M€ investment).

The results indicate positive effects on SKF’s manufacturing in terms of flexibility, productivity, traceability, and sustainability. Ericsson is preparing to upscale the demonstrators for implementation in new global business models for 5G in manufacturing. Full-scale 5G-technology infrastructure is now installed at all three sites and can be used by future testbed projects in the SII-Hub for research, development, and demonstration of  industrial digitalisation through 5G-connectivity.

Contact at:

Chalmers/SII-Hub: Prof. Johan Stahre

SKF: Martin Friis

Contact at Ericsson: Torbjörn Lundahl

More details:

Industrial Digitalisation Education for industry

The SII-Hub provides customized education in industrial digitalisation for people from industry as well as from academia and institutes. Industry education is channeled Chalmers University's own subsidiary, Chalmers Professional Education and performed by trainers at SII-Hub.

Client profile

Large, medium, and small size industries

Client needs

Professionals needing further education in industrial digitalisation for multiple application areas.

Solutions provided by SII-Hub

Industry education for professionals on different organisationl levels is channeled through Chalmers University's own subsidiary, Chalmers Professional Education. education and training is then performed by professional teachers  at the SII-Hub lab and training facilities, creating a relevant industrial context on TRL4-5. Courses taken are awarded credits.

The education provides a base for life-long learning in industry. The SII-hub and its lab greatly facilitates cross-sectorial collaboration and training clusters.

More details:

SII-Hub Testbeds for SMEs

SII-Hub provides tested facilities for SMEs in the area of industrial digitalisation. Several SMEs have participated in externally funded projects where the SMEs have the possibility to use for example collaborative robots or VR/AR equipment. Thereby risks are reduced and SMEs have subsequently been able to order their own industrial equipment from providers.

Client profile

Small and medium-sized industries (SMEs)

Client needs

SMEs frequently lack test and testbed facilities for new equipment, and process or product development that would greatly reduce their risks before investments.

Solutions provided by SII-Hub

SII-Hub has helped several smaller companies to test and validate the functionality of new equipment. One example is a company with a challenge in the final assembly of small mechanical components. The assembly workstation created both productivity and ergonomics problem. By moving a test assembly station to the SII-Hub, multiple new solutions could be tested through virtual and physical tools , including VR/AR equipment and a multi-arm robot for assembly operations. The resulting proof of concept was very successful, resolving productivity as well as ergonomics challenges at the company.

SII-Hub is a national testbed for industrial digitalisation. It is a pilot installation integrated in the Swedish Government's national research and innovation programme, Produktion2030. Leading technical and knowledge resources are provided, including 5G-technology for connectivity, VR/AR-equipment, and advanced collaborative robots.

More details:


Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources


Teknikföretagen - Teknikföretagen

Chalmers Professional Education - CPE


Volvo Group


Volvo Cars

Partner Type

Large enterprise


Chalmers University of Technology - Chalmers

Västra Götalandsregionen - VGR

SAAB Group

Technological competences

  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
Last updated: 29/08/18 06:54