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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

Mobile phone: +358 50 314 4455

Direct phone: +358 20 593 9232

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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

Direct phone: +46 8 454 5727

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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 benefits 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 business model is built on fostering close, long-term customer relationships.

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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 only act via distributors, SSAB works also directly with OEMs, manufacturers and subcontractors through our own sales force. We support our customers in developing 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 and advanced 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, 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 our 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 Shape Centers and a worldwide network of processing partners.

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

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 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


Balanced project portfolio

To remain a market leader in high-strength steels, SSAB must maintain a long-term perspective for research and development efforts. SSAB therefore recognizes the necessity of long-term development. Long-term projects can last as long as five to ten years.

Development projects begin with specific customer requirements, changes in the outside world, market analysis or develop around basic research on the steels' core properties. SSAB strives for a good balance between these categories.

Aftermarket business

The aftermarket has always been an important part of SSAB’s business. Much of SSAB’s know-how comes from experience gained in the spare parts, repair and maintenance business, where new ideas are born and many new products developed.

Hardox Wearparts:

  • An international network for customers manufacturing parts made of Hardox wear plate 
  • Experience and data gained from the network are being used to further develop the offerings, including developing solutions for customers’ aftermarket needs

Hardox Wearparts is a one-stop shop for wear parts – servicing customers in the aftermarket, in industries like mining, quarrying, cement and recycling. To serve customers in these segments, SSAB’s wear steel portfolio has been broadened to include overlay and other complementary products. As part of the offering, we can even measure and identify abrasion on existing equipment, analyze utilization conditions and needs, and calculate advantages using new and improved tools such as 3D scanning or the WearCalc calculation tool. 

Along with the more than 270 companies included in the Hardox Wearparts network, SSAB continues to grow and develop the business worldwide. 

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Sustainable offering

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

SSAB offers customers a broad range of high-strength and wear-resistant steels that enable better energy and material efficiency, as well as strength and durability for the applications in which they are used. Lighter vehicle weight also means higher payload capacity and improved fuel economy.

In 2016, SSAB launched the SSAB EcoUpgraded concept, which highlights the environmental benefits of upgrading to high-strength steel, including the reduced emissions from lower weight, improved fuel economy and extended product lifetime, but also from SSAB customers using less steel, when upgrading to high-strength steels.

30% lighter trailer bodies when using SSAB’s high-strength steels compared to using traditional steel grades

Optimized weight and fuel consumption in the transportation segment

The environmental and financial advantages of using high-strength steels are significant in active construction applications such as trailers, trucks, materials handling and lifting equipment, and construction machinery. Used in these applications, SSAB’s high-strength steels reduce the weight of vehicle structures by enabling minimum steel thickness through new structural design. 

Structural redesign can also reduce production costs, e.g., through less welding and improved usability. Lower vehicle weight leads to increased payload capacity and lower fuel consumption and emissions. For example, the weight of trailer bodies made with SSAB’s high-strength steels can be reduced by up to 30% compared to using traditional steel grades. 

In applications such as lifting equipment, where high load-bearing capacity is required, the use of high-strength steel enables stronger designs. At the same time, structural wall thickness is reduced, resulting in material weight savings which can lead to lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

Automotive manufacturers are also calling for lightweight, durable materials with beneficial environmental properties that are manufactured with resource efficiency. SSAB’s cold-rolled advanced high-strength steels help to make it possible to develop safer and lighter vehicles with lower emissions. 

Our advanced high-strength steels have been especially engineered for safety applications in cars with stringent requirements for reduced weight and high energy absorption. 

Prolonged service life of machinery and equipment

SSAB’s wear steels are Quenched and Tempered (Q&T) steels that are used in a range of machinery and equipment in mining, quarrying, recycling and road building segments. All of these applications require the hardness and toughness that are characteristic of Q&T steels. 

Use of Q&T steels in buckets, crushers, blades, shredders and tippers provides greater resistance against wear, which in turn improves machinery performance and extends service life. Additionally, lighter weight machinery offers cost benefits to end-users and reduces the environmental impact over the machinery’s lifecycle.

Improved energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness with coatings

SSAB develops new functional surface coatings that lower energy consumption and maintenance costs, improve surface durability and extend the lifespan of buildings. There are several coatings that contribute to more environmentally friendly and sustainable construction.

Thermal coatings reflect solar radiation when used on the building’s exterior and thermal radiation when used on the building’s interior leading to decreased energy consumption for heating and cooling. 

Some coatings are partly based on plant oil instead of traditional fossil oil – a technology that has been patented by SSAB and is unique in the market. The result is an improved coated steel product, with a prolonged service lifetime and reduced environmental footprint.

Read more from our product pages: 

Strenx performance steel

Hardox wear plate

Docol high strength steel