For press pictures, please visit http://pictures.soic.se Svenska Ostindiska Companiet (the Swedish East India Company), Sweden’s most successful brand ever, was formed in 1731. The company traded with China up until 1813. Altogether the trading company carried out 132 expeditions with 37 ships. In 1993 SOIC was founded once again. Its aim was to bring back to life, manage, cultivate and further develop the art of Swedish shipbuilding and old shipping knowledge. Knowledge that otherwise risked being lost forever. But above all the goal was for the ship to go on expeditions to distant countries and be a relation-building door-opener for Swedish trade and culture in the world.