On Wednesday 29 January, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel visited Höganäs Municipality to find out more about how the municipality and local industries are working to create favourable conditions for local enterprise.
The Crown Princess Couple began the day by visiting Välinge Innovation, which manufactures products for the flooring and furniture industry. The company was founded in 1993, and now holds more than 2,000 patents including for technology that enables flooring to be installed mechanically without using adhesives. Välinge Innovation has a large research facility for laminate, wooden and powder-based flooring technology.
The Crown Princess Couple were given a tour of Höganäs Market Hall, during which they were shown the old ceramic kilns. Salt-glazed pottery has been made here since 1835. Today, only small-scale ceramic production remains here. Instead, much of the premises have been converted from a factory into a local gastronomic meeting place.
During lunch in the market hall, representatives from Höganäs Municipality explained how the municipality works with industry. One of the municipality's four vineyards, Kullaberg Vineyard, also described its operations. Lunch was also attended by the head teacher of Tornlycke School, who spoke about the school's work with mental health, student health and exercise.
After lunch, The Crown Princess Couple visited Höganäs Workshop which produces components for machinery and workshop products. The company's CEO gave a tour of the factory which concluded with a description of how the company works with skills supply, integration and cooperation with Höganäs Municipality.
Höganäs has a long and strong tradition within ceramics, which The Crown Princess Couple learnt about at Höganäs Ceramic Centre. There, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel saw an exhibition about the centre's history and visited the ceramics workshop.
In the evening, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel attended a dinner with upper secondary school students from Skåne who are running businesses within the framework of Young Enterprise. The dinner at the County Governor's official residence in Malmö was hosted by County Governor Anneli Hulthén.