“We can see a clear trend, where sustainability is becoming more and more important for all of us,” says Tuomo Salo, Director, Global Product Management Waste & Recycling, Hiab. “It’s important for us, our customers, our customers’ customers and for end-consumers.”
One of the biggest contributors to Hiab’s carbon footprint when it comes producing its equipment is the steel used. “Many of our customers are measuring their carbon footprint, not only through their operations, but also through their whole value chain,” adds Salo. “This means if they purchase one of our products for their operations, when they calculate the impact on their carbon footprint, they not only take into account what the product emits when in operation but also the emissions generated in producing that product. So, if we’re able to create products that can help customers reduce their carbon footprints, that would be a clear competitive advantage.”
The only challenge is finding a carbon-neutral alternative to traditional steel – and soon.
Cargotec and Hiab: early adopters of fossil-free steel
Last September 2022, at the IAA trade fair in Hanover, Germany, Hiab took a huge step forward in this endeavor by unveiling a world-first: a MULTILIFT hooklift manufactured using fossil-free steel. The feat was made possible by fossil-free steel provided by SSAB, using HYBRIT technology. The process involves replacing the coke coal traditionally used in iron-ore based steelmaking, with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen. The result is steel produced with virtually no carbon-dioxide emissions.
SSAB’s fossil-free steel will be available at a large scale in 2026, but Cargotec is already exploring the full potential of the technology, with the long-term ambition of becoming the leader in sustainable cargo flow. The intention is that the new MULTILIFT hooklift is just the first of many loading equipment products that will be manufactured using fossil-free steel.