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SSAB Special Steels

SSAB Special Steels

Global steel supplier and service partner in Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T) and Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS)


SSAB Special Steels has global responsibility for the marketing and sales of high-strength steels, including all SSAB’s Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T) and hot-rolled Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) with yield strengths from 700 MPa and above. This steel can be further divided into structural high-strength steels, wear-resistant steels, protection steels and tool steels. All SSAB high-strength steels enable customers to build lighter, stronger and more durable products. 

SSAB Special Steels has a broad service offering including local stocks, technical customer support, engineering and processing services. 

SSAB Special Steels is responsible for steel production in Oxelösund (Sweden) with an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, as well as for the sales of the above products made in Mobile, Alabama (USA), Raahe (Finland) and Borlänge (Sweden).  

Fast facts

Number of employees: Approximately 2,800
Sales in 2016: SEK 12,582 million
Share of SSAB Group's total sales: 21%
Share of SSAB Group's total EBITDA: 28%
Head of SSAB Special Steels: Per-Olof Stark, EVP
Steel Shipments 2016: 1.0 million tonnes

Customers and end-users

The division’s customers can be found in both the end-user and machine construction sectors in branches such as materials handling, heavy transport and all forms of lifting. A shared goal is to make lighter, stronger and more durable products that create value by higher payloads or a longer service life.

SSAB Special Steels has one of the widest product and service portfolios in the market, combined with deep knowledge of steel properties and performance. Close contact with end-users enables SSAB Special Steels to work together with equipment manufacturers to create added value by the development of new products.

Examples of end applications for special steels:

High-strength structural steels:

  • Mobile cranes (booms, chassis and support legs)
  • Truck-mounted cranes
  • Aerial work platforms
  • Chassis for trailers and trucks
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Offshore (selected components such as jack-up rigs)


Wear steels:

  • Dumber bodies for both off-road and on-road use
  • Buckets
  • Containers
  • Stationary mining equipment such as crushers
  • Recycling equipment
  • Wear parts for all kinds of machinery that manages material flows of some kind

Protection steels:

  • Vehicles for the safe transportation of people  and valuables
  • Protection for buildings and counters


Tool steels:

  • Molds
  • Tool holders
  • Axles

SSAB Special Steels’ main customer segments and applications:

  • Heavy transport: Bodies and trailers
  • Construction machinery: Dumpers, loaders and cranes
  • Material handling: Crushers, buckets and transportation
  • Agricultural and forest machines: Cranes, grabs and soil cultivation equipment
  • Workshops for the manufacture of spare parts


Products and services

  • Hardox is the leading brand of wear steels. It offers a unique combination of hardness and toughness, which in turn enables lighter, more durable structures for increased payload and longer service life 
  • Strenx is SSAB’s high-strength structural steel product brand. Yield strengths range from 600 MPa to 1300 MPa. Its high strength combined with good impact strength and forming properties enables strong, lighter structures for increased payloads
  • Raex is a distributor brand for wear steel designed to meet standard demands on the market
  • Toolox is a prehardened tool steel available as plate and bars, with very good machinability
  • Armox and Ramor are protection plate with properties designed especially for the protection of life and property


SSAB Services is a business unit set up to increase the focus on service to machine builders and the after-market business. SSAB Services consists of the Hardox Wearparts and SSAB Shape concepts, and is reported as part of SSAB Special Steels.


  • Hardox Wearparts is a network of companies for the production of wear parts and provision of services. The network is represented across over 70 countries and consists of approximately 265 companies, 16 of which SSAB has an ownership interest in. Hardox Wearparts provide spare parts and advice to the local aftermarket in, for example, the mining, quarrying, infrastructure, construction and recycling sectors
  • SSAB Shape combines our premium steel products with engineering and processing services offered through SSAB’s own Shape centers and an independent worldwide network of plate processing suppliers
  • Stock sales from our own stocks is how SSAB ensures good availability of plate as required and where it is actually used

Technical support empowers customers to develop their activities and products to become even more competitive. The provision of broad technical generalists and highly-experienced specialists makes technical support one of the cornerstones of SSAB Special Steels’ approach to growing the market for high-strength steel. 


General market conditions and demand

SSAB Special Steels has operated in a tough market environment as many industries such as the mining sector and the market for construction machinery have been stagnant or in decline. Heavy transportation has been one of the best developing segments over the past year. 

Customer demand for lighter and more sustainable products is driving development toward increased use of high-strength steels. SSAB steels offer the possibility to build lighter products with a longer lifecycle in a way that reduces component wear and lowers fuel consumption, increases lifting performance and enables higher payloads. Market share of high-strength steels is increasing in all markets, although the penetration rate in emerging markets is considerably lower than in mature markets.

Market areas and market share

SSAB Special Steels

  • Is represented in most of the global market. Market shares vary greatly depending on products and geography. The highest market share is in Q&T steels
  • Has a strong market position in main customer segments such as construction machinery, heavy transport and the aftermarket business
  • Focuses on growing the total high-strength steel market through continuous work on upgrading
  • Has about 50% of sales in Europe and almost 20% in North America
  • Considers Latin America, Africa and Asia important regions for future growth


SSAB Special Steels is a leading developer and manufacturer of wear, structural, protection and tool steels.

  • World’s widest product portfolio
  • Close collaboration and joint projects with customers result in more highly paced development and increased competitiveness
  • Well-known and highly-respected product brands
  • Long-standing customer relations
  • Competitive lead-times and service on a global scale
  • Steel service centers and own stocks in approximately 160 locations in more than 50 countries worldwide
  • A unique combination of expertise regarding the development of steels, design and know-how regarding application


Strategy and priorities

SSAB Special Steels aims to be the global leader in wear, structural, protection and tool steels, as well as in related value-added services. 

Strategic priorities:

  • Focus on safety in all parts of the division
  • Maintain position as innovation leader with unique product and service portfolio
  • Expand the downstream processing service portfolio with Hardox Wearparts and SSAB Shape
  • Work closely with potential and existing customers to upgrade to high-strength steels
  • Accelerate growth by upgrading in new segments and new markets



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