Global mobility

We caught up with Mikael Andersson at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante. Mikael is an Instructor/Demonstrator at Volvo Construction Equipment. He tells us about powerful machines and round the world adventure!
Mikael Andersson

What is the Volvo Ocean Race to you?
I follow the race closely. Sailing has come a long way since the first Round the World races when you took some friends and a guitar on a boat for a good adventure. The Volvo Ocean Race has grown to become the pinnacle of extreme sports. It is tougher than any other sailing competition because of the length of time the sailors are out at sea and the unpredictable weather conditions they face. To see the start of the race in Alicante was something truly amazing.

How is Volvo Construction Equipment involved in the race?
We have two L25Fs compact wheel loaders in each port city and a team of operators working every day during the construction of the Race Village. The L25F is very flexible in limited spaces so it is perfect for unloading material from the containers when we build the Volvo Pavilion.

Mikael Andersson
What opportunities have you explored by working in the Volvo Group?
I started working at Volvo Aero in 1986 and joined Volvo Construction Equipment in 1997. My work has varied between being in the development department, parts planning, working as a service engineer, a trainer and a product service manager. This is the nice thing about Volvo - one can easily make career shifts within the company. My work has taken me to 39 countries, and in my current position as a instructor/demonstrator, I have the exciting opportunity to meet customers from all over the world.