China’s Volvo Cars stop production citing chip shortage

China’s Geely Holding-owned Volvo Cars will temporarily stop production at its Swedish plant in Gothenburg because of a shortage of semiconductors. A global crunch of chips has hit carmakers hard, with many forced to cut down on production. Electronic device makers are also struggling to keep up with a pandemic-led demand for gaming consoles, phones,…

Veoneer Inc starts acquisition talks with Qualcomm Inc

In a statement Veoneer Inc said, it would start acquisitions negotiations with chipmaker Qualcomm Inc after its offer for the Swedish auto parts maker topped a rival bid by Magna International Inc. Qualcomm’s offer could “reasonably be expected to result in a ‘Superior Proposal’, as defined under the terms of Veoneer’s merger agreement with Magna,”…

Hackers breach Swedish IT firm InfoSolutions’ medical database

Hackers have breached the cyber defenses of a Swedish information technology firm; so far it is unclear whether the breach has resulted in the attackers gaining access to a database containing patient data, including COVID-19 test results. In a statement InfoSolutions said, it has “identified and solved what made the intrusion possible.” However, as yet,…

Storytel boost’s audiobook market footprint, partners with Spotify

Storytel , a Swedish audiobook streaming group has teamed up with Spotify to allow its subscribers to listen to its library of audiobooks on Spotify from later this year. Storytel offers listening and reading of more than 500,000 titles across 25 markets and competes with the likes of Amazon’s Audible. “We will also be tapping into the opportunity…

Sweden bans China’s Huawei and ZTE from 5G network

On Tuesday, in a significant development, Swedish regulators have banned China’s Huawei and ZTE from developing its 5G network ahead of the launch of its spectrum auction, scheduled for next month. The decision by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) follows assessments by the by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service. Following widespread concerns,…

Japan’s Isuzu Motors likely to enter into alliance with Sweden’s Volvo AB

On Wednesday, Japanese truck maker Isuzu Motors disclosed, it plans on tieing up with Sweden’s Volvo AB, in order to deepen its grip on next-generation technologies including electrification and autonomous driving, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper reported that Isuzu would be holding a news conference at 0600 GMT in Tokyo on an “alliance” without elaborating.

Shares of Swedish biometric firm Fingerprint Cards come to a grinding halt

“The reason for suspension is due to non disclosure of inside information,” said Nasdaq Stockholm in a statement. Trading in the shares of Fingerprint Cards (FPC) came to a halt on Tuesday following the issuance of a warning by a brokerage firm to analysts that the Swedish biometric firm faced too high market expectations for…

Ericsson likely to cash-in on its goodwill in these struggling times

The digital goodwill impairment does not however impact its cashflow. On Friday, Swedish mobile network equipment maker Ericsson stated it may have to cash-in on a goodwill impairment in its struggling media and digital services businesses. Although the move may potentially hit its operating income, its cashflow however has been safeguarded. Ahead of the roll-out…