Prince Daniel visits SKF and Rut&Circle

Prince Daniel meets pupils at SKF Technical High School, who explain how they use 3D printers in their schoolwork. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Prince Daniel is welcomed to SKF by CEO Tom Johnstone. Photo: Stella Pictures

On Tuesday 22 April, Prince Daniel visited the industrial company SKF and the fashion company Rut&Circle in Gothenburg. Rut&Circle's founder Caroline Hjelte is a trainee with Prince Daniel's Fellowship and its entrepreneurial programme.

The visit began at SKFexternal link, opens in new window, where The Prince was given a presentation of the company's history, its current situation, the work carried out on site in Gothenburg and international operations.

AB SKF, originally AB Svenska Kullagerfabriken, was founded in 1907 in Gothenburg at the initiative of engineer Sven Wingquist. His pioneering ball bearing designs proved to have great potential for development. Today, AB SKF is one of the world's leading groups within fields such as rolling bearings, gaskets, mechatronics and lubricating systems. SKF has manufacturing operations at more than a hundred locations worldwide.

Anders Claesson at SKF shows Prince Daniel around an exhibition that gives an insight into the company's development and its wide range of products. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Anders Claesson at SKF shows Prince Daniel around an exhibition that gives an insight into the company's development and its wide range of products. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The Prince also visited SKF's interactive exhibition, which shows applications for the company's products, for example in wind turbines, ships and cars. At SKF's Manufacturing Development Centre, The Prince was given a demonstration of future processes.

The visit to SKF ended with The Prince meeting students and teachers at SKF Technical High School, where the industrial technology programme includes courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Prince Daniel with students at SKF Technical High School. The school is owned by SKF Sverige AB, and was founded in 1937. Photo: royalcourt.se

Prince Daniel with students at SKF Technical High School. The school is owned by SKF Sverige AB, and was founded in 1937. Photo: royalcourt.se

The afternoon at Rut&Circle

The day in Gothenburg concluded with a visit to the fashion company Rut&Circleexternal link, opens in new window. The company was founded in 2007 and now has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 100 million. The brand has several concept boutiques, and is represented by more than 300 retailers around Scandinavia and Europe.

The company's founder Caroline Hjelte is a trainee with Prince Daniel's Fellowship and its entrepreneurial programme.