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MEET the MEMBER - Saab Japan, Lars Eriksson
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MEET the MEMBER - Saab Japan, Lars Eriksson

21 November 2023 | Written by administrator


Saab AB, founded in 1937, emerged with a mission deeply rooted in safeguarding nations and people, facilitating peaceful coexistence. Originating in Sweden, the company initially focused on developing airplanes for national defense, with the first deliveries taking place in 1941. Over the years, Saab has evolved into a global player, delivering cutting-edge solutions that have propelled the aerospace and defense industry forward. 


Saab serves the market with world-leading products, services and solutions from military defence to civil security. With operations on every continent, the company develop new technology to meet customers’ changing needs. A notable aspect of Saab's ethos is its proactive stance, with 25% of revenue allocated to Research and Development (R&D), ensuring a continual push towards the forefront of technological advancements. 


In addition to its stronghold in the Swedish market, SAAB has made significant inroads in the United States and, more recently, in Asia. Their collaboration in Japan includes the provision of technologies for various Japanese systems such as engines for submarines and fiber reinforced plastic technology for mine sweeping vessels.

The recent Agreement between the Government of Sweden and Japan for the transfer of defense equipment and technology signifies a landmark development. This agreement serves to streamline collaborations between the two nations, aligning technological interests and fostering a stronger partnership.


Lars Eriksson, Vice President of Saab Japan, navigates the challenges and opportunities presented by the Japanese market with a keen understanding of the common ground shared between Sweden and Japan. Recognizing similarities in the need for maritime defense against aggressive neighbors, Eriksson focuses on finding synergies between the Japanese and Swedish defense industries. 

Saab's journey from its early days in Sweden to its global prominence today is marked by a commitment to innovation, proactive engagement, and strategic partnerships. The company continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the defense landscape, bridging gaps between nations and contributing to the collective pursuit of global security.

Meet Lars:

At the forefront of the team with a map and compass in hand, we find Lars Eriksson, the president of Saab Japan. Eriksson is a married family father of two daughters, who is interested in everything between golf , culinary experiences and travel to historical places. With his impressive career path, Eriksson has walked through different industries and different countries. He commenced his professional journey at Luxor Computer in 1983, to eventually venturing to establish his own software consulting company. After selling his venture, he moved to Stockholm where he joined a global actor within graphics, which after a few years resulted in transition to Belgium and Norway and back to Sweden. Before settling in Tokyo, Eriksson worked in a similar role in Saudi Arabia. 


Watch the full interview down below to know him further