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We at Opticom are happy and grateful for the valuable partnerships and inspiring journey we have been part of the last 30 years!

We thank all our clients for trusting Opticom with important projects, and we also thank all of our co-workers and business partners for their hard work and commitment to Opticom.

Our roots stem from research and analysis, which has provided our clients with true customer understanding. This understanding has served as the foundation for decisions that aim at creating substantial value for our customers in Health, Forest Products and Industrial Goods. Numerous client testimonials show that research pays off.

Over the years, we have added Consulting to our offering, helping our clients to use real-world insights to improve business decision making. Research and Consulting are the two disciplines that we have built our success upon: it has been our privilege to serve an incredible list of globally leading companies.

In 2014, we added Communication as the third leg of our business, and thus today we at Opticom Group feel honoured to offer global research, consulting and communication.

Today we are very much looking forward to the next 30 years and beyond. We can assure you that we will continue to be passionate about understanding your key challenges and in finding solutions that deliver true value.

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Seven lives

Take a closer look at the cardboard box that you just opened, or the newspaper you finished reading, or the bag of toilet tissue you recently bought. In an earlier life, they all used to be trees. Or rather, the cellulose fibres these products are made of used to be trees. But since then, the fibres have made a long journey.

Let’s start from the beginning, out in the deep forests. Chances are that these trees grew in the Nordics, and were planted in the beginning of the 20th century. Then they were cared for, decade after decade. While they grew, they absorbed enormous amounts of CO2 and produced oxygen, year after year.

Then they got harvested. And while new seedlings were planted, the best timber became floor boards, kitchen cabinets, or even complete houses. The rest was meticulously processed into fresh fibre pulp. Which eventually allowed publicists to issue their glossiest magazines. Confectionaries to pack their most delicate chocolates. And IT-companies to market their smartest mobile phones.

End of act one. Time to recycle. These recycled fibres return as tabloid newsprint, heavy-duty packaging board, trendy wall-paper, best-selling books or almost anything else. And so it evolves. Time after time, in an eternal cycle of life. Or?

The truth is that not even cellulose fibre have eternal life. After six or seven iterations they’re done. Their tenacity is gone, and they turn into dust. And here’s the catch of the very important and ambitious recycling systems deployed all over the world today. Unless they’re fed with a certain amount of new, fresh fibre, they collapse.

Where will this insight take the recycling industry in the long run? How will it affect the policies of the environmentalists? And what opportunities will it present to adaptive and inventive pulp & paper companies that want to focus even more on sustainability?

We don’t know yet. But we can find out.

Because we create value for companies around the world by transforming data and knowledge into strategic advice and effective communication.

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Knowledge explains.
Communication changes.

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Locally Grown

You probably don’t have the faintest idea. But, it is an important question to ask. Not only for you, but the entire globe.

Think about how much you care about the food you eat. You ask questions, such as; were the hens happy laying the eggs? Did the cows eat well? Are the carrots grown organically? Or did the peas get sprinkled with pesticides? It’s also become more important to know about the entire value chain, if the products come from a farm nearby, or have they been flown across the globe?

These are facts consumers use to drive their buying behaviour. So manufacturers now supply accurate information and are increasingly doing so. The proof can be found on a pack of eggs, or a bag of peas; there it all is, clearly declared.

Could this also be a way forward for the forest industry? Or rather in all industries making products from trees?

Consumer power is a forceful way to create the necessary peer pressure for change. Most people know from early age that trees are the lungs of mother Earth, transforming CO2 to the oxygen we breathe. But much fewer consumers know that trees are a steadily growing resource thanks to a century of responsible forestry.

Now look at this from a corporate perspective. Supplying sustainably produced goods has become one of the strongest brand promises today. So imagine the following. Next time you buy a new kitchen table, there’s a label with the GPS coordinates indicating where the trees grew. Your floorboards will be marked with how much water was used in production. And cookbooks will explain their environmental credentials by presenting both the ingredients and the recipes of the pulp they are made from.

Would that work? We don’t know yet. But let’s find out.

Because we create value for companies around the world by transforming data and knowledge into strategic advice and effective communication.

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Knowledge explains.
Communication changes.

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inciteIn 2014, Opticom adds communication to its research and consulting offering.

At Opticom, our roots stem from research and analysis which provide our clients with true knowledge. This knowledge serves as the foundation for decisions that aim at creating value on the bottom line. Carl Michael Bergman, CEO at Opticom International Research says: “Numerous client testimonials show that research pays off”.

Over the years, we have added consulting to our offering, helping our clients to reach insights that allow even better decision making. These two disciplines have built our success, and allowed us to work with an incredible list of globally leading companies. “It is a privilege to serve all these companies on a long term basis”, concludes Mikael Selling, CEO at Opticom Consulting Group.

Still, it is our profound belief that although knowledge may explain even the most complex matters, only communication has the power to create lasting change. That is why we now add a third leg to our business, communication.

We do so by starting a new company, Opticom Incite, run by some of the most acclaimed advertising experts in the Nordics. They have a long experience from working with complex, international tasks for major, global corporations.

“It is our ambition to help Opticom clients – old and new – to improve their business using efficient creative concepts”, states Martin Kubu, CEO at Opticom Incite.

With these three functions, we can now offer a seamless process – from Analytic Research, via Strategic Advice to Creative Concepts – aiming at making a difference on the bottom line.

For more information, please contact Mikael Selling or Carl Michael Bergman at +46 8 50 3090 00 or by e-mail at mikael [at] opticom [dot] se or carl [dot] michael [at] opticom [dot] se.

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