The Volvo Group is again the largest employer in the private sector in Sweden. While most companies in recent years have downsized the number of employees, Volvo has increased and regained the lead. Today, a total of 26,000 people work within Volvo in Sweden.
Following the sale of Volvo Cars to Ford in 1999, the number of employees in the Volvo Group fell sharply, in Sweden and abroad. However, the strategy that Volvo then chose, involving streamlining of operations toward commercial transports, resulted in the number of employees within the Group rising significantly in recent years. The acquisition of the Mack and Renault truck manufacturers in 2001 added slightly more than 15,000 new employees, at the same time that the possibilities of integration gains and an extensive focus on product development resulted in organic growth and increased scope for employing new personnel.
Streamlining also resulted in a sharp rise in sales and in 2003 Volvo again became Sweden’s largest company in terms of sales volume.
June 4, 2004
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