Our new R&D manager and member of the executive management team, Peter Fredriksson, brings vast experience from management and high-tech product development. He has a clear view of how R&D at ScandiNova needs to develop when the company is growing.
Hi Peter, what’s it like being new at ScandiNova?
“It’s great! I get to work with an exciting product at a company about to embark on an exciting growth journey, together with talented people in a collaborative, open environment. That nice gut feeling I got during the interviews has proved to be true.”
So, you have found what you were looking for when you applied for the position?
“Yes, you could say that. After several years in broader positions, I wanted to work closer to technology development again. I also wanted to work for a company that hadn’t yet grown into a large group, with an advanced technological product established on the market. When I met with the people here at ScandiNova and got to experience the company culture, it all came together.”
What did you do before you started at ScandiNova?
“I have a rather broad background. After my M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, I started as a development engineer within hardware, software and radar applications. After a few years, I was promoted to engineering manager, leading some 55 engineers of various disciplines. That was a tough step, but very rewarding and educational. I have since held several management positions in high-tech companies, including working as Director and Site Manager for Trimble in Danderyd, Sweden and Jena, Germany, and as Director of the Survey Division of Trimble Navigation, where I was responsible for the divisional global R&D function with multidisciplinary groups in US, EU, and Asia. I also held positions as managing director and CEO at Optronic, until it was merged with Autoliv through acquisition. I was recently Senior Product Manager at Veoneer, the active safety spinoff company from Autoliv.”
That’s quite a background. How are you going to use your experience at ScandiNova?
“ScandiNova is planning to grow, and R&D will be an essential part of that growth. We will need to broaden our line of products and work with product development differently than before. How we do things now is all good, but it needs to be adjusted as the department becomes larger. In my previous work, I have been responsible for R&D departments of the same scale as what we have at ScandiNova now, and I have been responsible for departments of the size that we are aiming for. It feels good to be able to use those experiences to make a difference.”
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
“I live in Sollentuna, 45 km from Uppsala, with my partner. I have three sons and a bonus son who have all now flown the nest. I am an engineer at heart and enjoy exploring my artistic side, both with my camera – mostly landscapes and macro photography – and in the kitchen. I once used to be an avid runner, and I still enjoy it, but I rarely race anymore. Nowadays, I run just to stay in shape.”
Thank you, Peter; great to have you here
Peter Fredriksson takes the place of Klas Elmquist, who stays in the company as a Product Manager.
For more information, please contact:
Erik Sundström, Head of Communications, ScandiNova Systems AB
+46 70 395 33 95
Thanks to its breakthrough technology, ScandiNova is a world leader in the development and production of Pulsed Power Systems with high power levels. The company’s product range covers pulse modulators, generators, turnkey radio frequency (RF) systems, and e-gun modulators. All equipped with Solid State technology.
The systems have key functions in several research-based applications and radiotherapy, as well as in cargo scanning, nondestructive testing, industrial X-ray, E-beam sterilization, Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), food processing, and other industrial uses.
More than 95% of production is exported to clients in over 45 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia, and North America. ScandiNova Systems AB, a spin-off from Scanditronix, was founded in 2001 by individuals with long commercial and technical experience in pulsed-power applications. The company, which has its head office in Uppsala, Sweden, has 100 employees plus sales representatives in key regions around the world.