Milestones at SSAB

  • 2016


    SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall joined forces to create HYBRIT for world’s first fossil-free steel-making technology.

  • 2015


    Strenx – the new brand for high-strength steels launched.

  • 2014


    SSAB acquired Finnish Rautaruukki Oyj.

  • 2014


    The product brand Hardox turns 40 years old.

  • 2012

    Quenching line 6 was inaugurated and became operational in Mobile, Alabama.

  • 2012

    The product brand Domex celebrated 50 years and the first strip of Hardox 400 and 450 were produced in Borlänge.

  • 2011

    The new cooling section in the hot strip mill was installed and became operational.

  • 2010

    SSAB underwent a restructure and was divided into three geographical areas of business, EMEA, Americas and APAC.

  • 2008

    The Board adopted the decision to invest in direct quenched products in Borlänge, with a new cooling section in the hot strip mill and a new cut to length line.

  • 2008

    Blasting-painting facility with large warehouse is built, as well as cured line 4 in the rolling mill.

  • 2007


    SSAB acquired the American steel company IPSCO.

  • 2006

    Olof Faxander came in as the new CEO of the SSAB Group and started the process of creating One Company.

  • 2002

    The Toolox stable of tools is launched.

  • 1999


    The first Swedish Steel Prize was awarded.

  • 1998

    The new quarter roll mill is put into operation in Oxelösund.

  • 1989

    The electro-smelting work was discontinued in Borlänge.

  • 1988


    SSAB was listed on the stock exchange.

  • 1980

    Casting is now only done as continuous casting in Oxelösund.

  • 1978

    SSAB Svenskt Stål AB was formed with the Swedish government as the main owner.

  • 1975

    The coking plant becomes operational.

  • 1974

    Sales of tempered steel pick up (later known as the brand Hardox).

  • 1973

    Blast furnace 2, RH-furnace and the first continuous casting machine become operational in Luleå.

  • 1972


    500,000 tons per year was produced at the Domnarvet Ironworks.

  • 1970

    The new cold rolling plant with a capacity of 700,000 tons per year was ready to use.

  • 1968

    The new coating plant was inaugurated and the sixth roll stand in the hot strip mill became operational.

  • 1967

    Continuous casting facility 1 is deployed.

  • 1963

    The first galvanizing line was installed, which would pave the way for more refined products.

  • 1961

    A continuous hot strip mill and a cold roll mill became operational.

  • 1960s

    Hot strip mill, cold strip mill and kaldo furnace become operational. Products from the cold strip works are named Zinnja and Plannja.

  • 1956

    The first kaldo furnace became operational in Domnarvet.

  • 1955

    Gränges is the new owner of the operations in Oxelösund.

  • 1953

    Thomasverket, fine and thread rolling mill becomes operational in Luleå.

  • 1953

    New coke plants built.

  • 1951

    First blast furnace becomes operational in Luleå.

  • 1942

    The first women were employed in Domnarvets Ironworks.

  • 1941


    Government decision made to construct the Tackjärnverk (Pig iron works) in Luleå. The two furnaces became operational in 1943-45.

  • 1940

    Partial closure of the operation due to shortages of raw materials during the war.

  • 1939

    A new quarto type of sheet was in use. The works was now producing 200,000 tons per year.

  • 1921

    The annual production was down to 21,000 tons. The aftermath of the first world war and the subsequent recession hit the Domnarvet Ironworks hard.

  • 1914

    1914-1919 The first plant is built with blast-furnaces, coke plants, power stations, mechanical workshops, marinas, offices and residences.

  • 1913


    The Domnarvet Ironworks was now responsible for 1/8 of Sweden’s pig iron production.

  • 1913

    Oxelösunds Järnverk AB was formed by private shareholders.

  • 1899

    The Domnarvet Ironworks began manufacturing strip.

  • 1878

    The Domnarvet Ironworks became operational.