Industries in Sweden operated at 91.4 percent of their production capacity in Q3 2019, up from an upwardly revised 90.9 percent in Q2, and the highest since series began in Q1 1990. Increases were seen in manufacturing (91.2 percent vs 90.8 percent in Q2), namely chemicals and pharmaceutical products (84.7 percent vs 78.3 percent); basic metals (94.1 percent vs 92.1 percent); computer, electronic and optical products (91.3 percent vs 90.8 percent) and machinery and equipment n.e.c. (95.0 percent vs 94.2 percent); and mining and quarrying (97.4 percent vs 94.6 percent). A year ago, capacity utilization was lower at 91.0 percent. Capacity Utilization in Sweden averaged 87.07 percent from 1980 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 91.40 percent in the third quarter of 2019 and a record low of 76 percent in the second quarter of 2009. source: Statistics Sweden


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Sweden Capacity Utilization

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
91.40 90.90 91.40 76.00 1980 - 2019 percent Quarterly
Seasonally Adjusted



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-02-20 08:30 AM Q4 -0.6% 0.2% -0.6%
2019-05-22 07:30 AM Q1 0.5% -0.5% 0.3%
2019-08-29 07:30 AM Q2 0.0% 0.3%
2019-11-20 08:30 AM Q3 0.5% 0.1%


News Stream
2019-05-22
Swedish Capacity Utilization Rises 0.5% QoQ in Q1
Industries in Sweden operated at 91.0% of their production capacity in Q1 2019, up from 90.5% in Q4, reaching its highest level since Q2 2018. An increase was seen in manufacturing (91.0% vs 90.5% in Q4), namely in production of motor vehicles (98.7% vs 95.2%); machinery & equipment (94.0% vs 92.7%); computer, electronic and optical products (89.4% vs 85.5%) and chemicals & pharmaceutical products (77.8% vs 77.6%). In contrast, capacity utilization declined in mining & quarrying (91.1% vs 92.1%). A year ago, capacity utilization was lower at 90.2.

2019-02-20
Swedish Capacity Utilization Falls 0.6% QoQ in Q4
Industries in Sweden operated at 90.4 percent of their production capacity in Q4 2018, down from 91 percent in Q3, reaching its lowest level since Q1 2018. A decline was particularly seen in mining & quarrying (91.4% from 93.0% in Q3). In addition, capacity utilization fell in manufacturing (90.4% from 91%), namely in production of chemicals & pharmaceutical products (78.1% from 79.7%); motor vehicles (95.2% from 97.6%) and machinery & equipment (92.3% from 92.4%). A year earlier, capacity utilization was higher at 91.1 percent.


Sweden Capacity Utilization
In Sweden, Capacity Utilization is the difference between the potential and actual use of an input. Capacity utilization is high when actual output is close to potential output because the most use is being made of labor and capital.

Sweden Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 94.00 96.70 119.60 65.30 points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 47.10 45.70 70.40 34.00 points [+]
Services Pmi 48.70 47.90 67.20 34.50 points [+]
Industrial Production 0.80 -3.00 12.60 -26.40 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 2.10 -1.70 8.90 -16.70 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 0.60 -3.00 19.20 -23.70 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 91.40 90.90 91.40 76.00 percent [+]
New Orders 109.80 110.60 133.80 73.00 points [+]
Changes in Inventories 1179.00 11825.00 38594.00 -28657.00 SEK Million [+]
Bankruptcies 551.00 680.00 2148.00 276.00 Companies [+]
Car Registrations 48365.00 31126.00 67553.00 7205.00 [+]
Internet Speed 22543.09 22846.85 22846.85 4526.74 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 5500163.00 5448834.00 6962118.00 3403447.00 IP [+]
Mining Production 3.50 2.70 104.90 -49.80 percent [+]
Steel Production 308.85 330.02 564.00 11.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Competitiveness Index 81.25 81.66 81.66 5.40 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 8.00 9.00 10.00 2.00 [+]
Business Inventories -6136.89 1475.29 18820.86 -15697.46 SEK Million [+]
Ease of Doing Business 10.00 12.00 18.00 9.00 [+]
Electricity Production 13924.00 11356.00 16434.00 8753.00 Gigawatt-hour [+]
Corruption Index 85.00 84.00 95.00 84.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 3.00 6.00 6.00 1.00 [+]