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Granlund expands its data center business to Sweden

The team in Sweden: Marcus Karlsson, Johan Thornberg, Ulrika Millqvist and Jonas Olsson
The team in Sweden: Marcus Karlsson, Johan Thornberg, Ulrika Millqvist and Jonas Olsson.

New office specialising in data center engineering and expert services opened in Lidköping

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Granlund Group is expanding its data center business to Sweden by opening an undertaking specialising in data center engineering and expert services in Lidköping. Starting off, the unit will employ four local experts, with plans to increase its manpower up to 10 employees during the spring of 2020. 

Granlund currently works with several data center clients in Sweden, with whom many projects have been done during the past years. With the establishing of Granlund Sweden AB, the Group can significantly strengthen their foothold in the Swedish market. In recent years, Granlund has heavily invested in the data center business, which now employs nearly 100 experts of the 1,000 employees in total working in the Group.

“Expanding our business to Sweden gives us an excellent opportunity to strengthen our data center business. Data center construction is a significant area of growth. Of the Nordic countries Sweden, in particular, has managed to attract a number of actors in the field. The market is considerably larger than the market in Finland”, says Jari Innanen, Business Director of Data Center Design at Granlund Oy.

“In the long term, we aim to grow into one of the leading actors within data center design in Sweden, and of course Sweden is an attractive market to us as it is. We believe that Granlund possesses specialized expertise that is of interest also in our neighboring countries”, Pekka Metsi, CEO at Granlund, says regarding future plans.

“As for the future of data centers, the outlook is very positive in Sweden as well as in the rest of the world. This is due to the growth in both the amount of data to be transferred and the demands for data transfer rate. The team being launched has solid experience in the global data center business as well as extensive local networks. This enables a fast start of operations in Sweden”, says Marcus Karlsson, the new Managing Director at Granlund Sweden AB.

Data center investments in the Nordics up to 20 B€

In recent years, digitalisation has sped up the construction of data centers. According to projections, data center investments in the Nordics could reach up to 20 B€ in the next five years (*Nordic Council of Ministers). “The Nordic countries are an ideal location for data centers due to, for example, the stable political environment, cold climate, skillful labour force, and low operative costs”, says Jari Innanen.

Additional information

Jari Innanen, Business Director of Data Center Design, Granlund Oy, jari.innanen@granlund.fi, +358 50 563 8233

Marcus Karlsson, Managing Director, Granlund Sweden Ab, marcus.karlsson@granlundgroup.com, +46 766 48 88 13

Pekka Metsi, CEO, Granlund Oy, pekka.metsi@granlund.fi, +358 40 529 6509

*Data Centre Opportunities in the Nordics – An analysis of the competitive advantages. Nordic Council of Ministers.

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