“There is a sense of pride and belonging that is obvious when you meet Björkborn employees. For me, and for my colleagues, working in a team and knowing that we can succeed together is the most important thing we do, regardless of what role we have here at the company.”
Katarina manages a cross functional team to secure the production process and ensure that orders from clients are on schedule for delivery. She splits her time between the shop floor inspecting the production process and speaking to the team on the line, with managerial meetings in the office. The quest for constant improvement drives her, and is a cornerstone of the work that is done across the board at Saab Björkborn.
“It’s my job to ensure that we deliver on time and efficiently to our clients. There is always room to be more efficient, and to improve what we do”, she says.
Long history of defence industry
Tony Ring, Head of Karlskoga’s Municipal Executive Committee, explains that having Saab located in Karlskoga is good for the community.
“We are very proud of our longstanding link to the defence industry here. Alfred Nobel had his laboratory here and conducted dynamite experiments in the late 1800’s not far from where the Björkborn industrial area is located today”, he says.
Bofors, the company Nobel owned, was the precursor to the modern defence industry in Karlskoga today. There was a period of time however, when the business landscape changed and the municipality had more people moving out, than moving in.