What drew an international transport tech & survey company to Skåne
As ARRB Systems, a company specialised in technology and services for road maintenance with locations all over the world, was determining where to set up next, three countries stood out the most. “We needed to establish an office in Europe,” says Garry Warren, Managing Director of ARRB Systems, “and narrowed it down to Germany, Denmark and Sweden.”
In the end, the company picked Sweden, specifically Skåne. According to Warren, there were several different factors that were conducive for bringing the business to the area, including what he notes as “the excellent support provided by the team at Invest in Skåne.”
“They thoroughly won me over!”
“I actually have a long history with Skåne,” Warren says, explaining that he’d previously worked with a company based in Höganäs and first came to the area in 1982. But despite his past dealings with the Skåne business community, Warren actually credits his work in the United States with why he initially connected with Invest in Skåne. “Having had experience in setting up our operation in the USA, I realised the value of regional economic development agencies,” he explains. So ARRB Systems researched and contacted organisations in all the regions where they were considering establishing an office.
A world leader in road survey equipment and services
Spun out from a division of the Australian Road Research Board, ARRB Systems is a leading provider of road assessment technology and services. It enables roadway proprietors, both public and private, to understand the full state of their roads and effectively plan maintenance and upkeep.
ARRB Systems manufactures and sells equipment for the survey of road condition, as well as collects and organises this data on behalf of clients themselves. It has two signature products the Hawkeye Survey Platform – a modular system that can be customised for clients’ needs, essential for assessing the condition of road networks, and the Intelligent Pavement Assessment Vehicle (iPAVe) – the first system of its kind to collect comprehensive surface and sub surface data on a major roadway’s pavement while driving at the speed of traffic.
According to Warren, ARRB Systems’ revenue in 2019 was approximately A$21 million with 80 employees on four continents and distributors in 24 countries.
“One stop from Melbourne to Malmö...”
Once ARRB Systems had decided to make Skåne the location for their new European office, they settled on the Malmö area to focus the search for an office space of approximately 300smq, as well as warehouse space of about 300-400sqm with specifications to house and service the iPAVe.