Research and development
SSAB's expertise in high-strength steels is based on continuous and focused research and development.
SSAB conducts market-driven research and development with a focus on product development, customer applications and process development. Relevant customer segments are identified through a structured process, where the lighter, stronger and more durable steel applications fill critical functions and add value.
SSAB's research work is governed by the mandate that SSAB's products will be the first choice for customers worldwide and will set the standard for performance in selected market segments.
Research and development centers:
- Borlänge and Oxelösund (Sweden)
- Raahe and Hämeenlinna (Finland)
- Montpelier (Iowa, US)
Nearly a quarter of the employees at these research facilities hold doctorate degrees in technical fields from top universities. This high-end knowledge base ensures cutting-edge research in the industry. In addition to product improvements, research and development teams also focus on ways to enhance production and processing.
SSAB’s research and development is focused primarily on advanced high-strength steels and wear steels, with an emphasis on those segments where demands on the steel are particularly critical. Increased environmental awareness has also been an important driving force in development work, as evidenced by high-strength steels that enable more energy-efficient transportation and lower CO2 emissions. Lastly, knowledge about production processes, material recycling and efficient use of resources is also of great importance to SSAB’s research and development.
SSAB key factors for successful research and development:
- Market-driven research and development
- Qualified and skilled employees
- Effective portfolio and project management
- Focus on effective problem-solving
- Work environment that encourages collaboration and innovation
- Strong external networks