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Human Made Stories
Maria & Josefin
In the spring of 2007 Maria & Josefin had a sailboat they needed to scrap.
After weeks of research into how they could scrap the boat responsibly with no danger to the surrounding environment, they came to realise that there was no effective system for the disposal of ‘end-of-life’ boats in Sweden.
"We had to do something, and we had to do it together"
Maria & Josefin
‘’At the beginning there was a lot to learn and to find out, a lot of rules, techniques and processes. We also felt it was important to find good collaborators so that we could stand the whole of the system.’’
Today they receive boats from all over Sweden, from smaller tug boats to well ships, from wooden boats to sailboats in fiberglass. They have also received a great response to the market, and been granted a prize from the Ministry of Industry as successful entrepreneurs.
Their universal belief in the need for people to look after their environment is what drives them to do what they do, and transcends the shores of Sweden. Matched with their future-facing thinking, entrepreneurial flair and problem solving attitude, their story taps deep into the Swedish values we stand by at Volvo today.
Driving the feeling
Whatever the journey, whatever the conditions and whatever your mood, the new Volvo V60 will inspire and delight, explains chassis expert, Kenneth Ekström.
The Defiant Pioneers
The race for perfection
In this article, we visit the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal. Here, we meet the team of experts responsible for repairing and re-fitting the entire fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 boats that will compete in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. We describe each team member’s individual area of expertise and show how the team works together to ensure that each boat is repaired identically, on time and to the highest possible standard. Their expertise in different areas represents the same level of competence you find at a Volvo workshop. We also meet Swedish sailor Martin Strömberg, who won the 2011-12 edition of the race, to find out what a great service programme gives him as a sailor.