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Thomas Hörnfeldt

Vice President Sustainability & Public Affairs

Direct phone: +46 8 5623 2140

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Harri Leppänen

Head of Environment, Health & Safety

Direct phone: +358 20 592 2389

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Liisa-Maija Seppänen

Investor Relations Manager

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Jonas Larsson

Director Environmental Affairs

Direct phone: +46 2 437 2648

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Kristin Nordström

Vice President and Head of Ethics and Compliance

Direct phone: +46 8 454 5749

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Maria Långberg

Executive Vice President and Head of HR and Sustainability

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Sustainable offering

One of the most important drivers in our sustainability efforts is the idea that sustainability and performance go hand in hand, relating to our customers’ products and processes. By managing our business in a sustainable way, not only can we achieve our ambition to become one of the most sustainable steel companies in the world, but we can improve our opportunity to deliver strong financial and operational results. To deliver on our sustainability goals, SSAB is developing new initiatives within our sustainable offering that help us both demonstrate clear abenefits to our customers and strengthen our corporate story of creating partnerships for sustainability and performance. 

Customer business in focus

In close collaboration with customers

SSAB’s strength lies in its high-quality steel products and unique knowledge of the characteristics of steel...

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In close collaboration with customers

SSAB’s business model is built on fostering close, long-term customer relationships. Through intense collaboration, SSAB continuously develops new products, applications, services and processes in order to constantly enhance our market offerings. 

Unlike many steel companies who prefer to act via distributors, SSAB also works directly with end users through our own sales force. We help our customers to develop better and more competitive products. We help them to increase productivity and thereby to reduce costs.

To remain at the forefront in the industry, SSAB will continue to invest in research and development, technical customer support and joint innovation initiatives to get the most out of SSAB’s high-strength steels. At the same time, the organization strives toward the highest standards in terms of product quality, shorter lead times and delivery reliability.


Development in collaboration with customers

As early as possible in the development of a new product – be it a tipper, a dumper or a crane – SSAB’s qualified applications engineers work to support the customer in developing solutions that best utilize the qualities of each steel grade. This is how SSAB enables customers to produce stronger, lighter and more durable end-products.

With an extensive network of local service centers around the world, SSAB provides prefabrication and steel processing services so customers can focus on their core business. Our service centers can supply slit coil, cut-to-length plate and other formats according to customer specifications. This is how we help customers to improve their production efficiency, cut material waste and improve end-product quality.

SSAB Shape combines premium steel products with engineering and processing services offered through our own VAS Centers (Value Added Services) and a worldwide network of processing suppliers.

  • Customized product development and engineering
  • Extensive design support and prefabrication services
  • Reliable, tailor-made logistics and stock services


SSAB Tech Support:

SSAB Tech Support has a high local presence worldwide and can visit customers at short notice to solve acute problems or to initiate longer-term co-development projects. SSAB Tech Support can answer general customer questions about design, welding, forming and wear, and the team works closely with SSAB’s specialist groups at the Knowledge Service Center for questions requiring more specialized expertise. Tech Support is the first contact for customers looking for technical support from SSAB.


Research & development

SSAB’s expertise in high-strength steels is based on continuous and focused research and development. SSAB conducts marketdriven 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 the selected market segments.

Research and development centers:

  • Borlänge and Oxelösund (Sweden)
  • Raahe and Hämeenlinna (Finland)
  • Montpelier (Iowa, USA)

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

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Sustainability and high-strength steels

The potential to reduce the weight, whilst increasing the productivity and durability of end-products is a crucial environmental aspect from the lifecycle perspective.

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Sustainability and high-strength steels

The potential to reduce the weight, whilst increasing the productivity and durability of end-products is a crucial environmental aspect from the lifecycle perspective. SSAB’s high-strength steels provide advantages in the form of stronger, lighter and more durable solutions. High-strength steels are stronger than standard steels. Consequently, less steel is used in the manufacture of a product, which also reduces emissions. This leads to improved total economy, a reduced impact on the environment, and products with a longer lifespan.

Environmental advantages of using high-strength steels

Weight reduction

High-strength steels are stronger than ordinary standard steels. In particular, the yield strength is higher. Withstanding any given physical load requires less high-strength steel than it does standard steel. Consequently, designs that use high-strength steel are lighter. The higher yield strength can give weight savings of up to 30% for parts that have been upgraded to high-strength steel.

Reduced consumption of natural resources in production

Research shows that weight savings in high-strength steel designs can be up to 30% for parts that have been upgraded. This means around 30% less steel is used. Meanwhile, the quantities of the resources involved in manufacture (iron ore, alloying elements, coke, coal and energy) are also similarly reduced, since less steel needs to be produced.

Reduced consumption of fuels

Transport accounts for around 20% of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. The environmental research program of the Swedish Steel Producers’ Association shows that the use of high-strength steel in heavy goods vehicles can reduce global carbon dioxide emissions in the transport sector by 5%. 

Use of high-strength steels can lead to a 10% reduction in the entire weight of a vehicle.This results in an approximately 5% reduction in fuel consumption, and thus a corresponding 5% reduction in the consumption of a fossil fuel, which is a finite resource. Similarly, there is also a 5% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Increased payloads in timber trucks

In designs where weight is critical (e.g. goods vehicles, containers and cranes), weight reduction can be directly converted into increased payload and a corresponding reduction in environmental load.

The use of light-weight designs with high-strength steel offers great potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In timber trucks, a weight reduction of approximately 10% corresponds to a 2-tonne increase in load carrying capacity (i.e., with a timber load of 40 tonnes, a 2 tonne increase in load capacity corresponds to 5%). As a result, an additional 10 timber logs can be transported for each journey, which is equivalent to a 5% reduction in transportation distance. Consequently, over the 10-year service life of such a truck, there is a 120,000 kg reduction in CO2 emissions and a saving of 90,000 km worth of diesel fuel. 


Increased service life

Greater strength and higher wear resistance increase service life. Made of high-strength steel, goods vehicles and containers can carry more – both per journey and, because they can be used longer, totally throughout their service lives. Furthermore, over a vehicle’s service life, designs that use high-strength steels (rather than standard steels) reduce the consumption of resources, fuels and materials. Longer, “more efficient” service lives are always good for the environment.

 

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Strenx performance steel

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