“SSAB is a global leader in Q&T steels and we have largely driven market growth through application development together with customers. Over the past 20 years, we have increased Q&T volumes by an average of 7% a year. There is great market potential as Q&T penetration is still relatively low in, for example, North and South America, where we now plan to increase capacity,” says Martin Lindqvist, SSAB’s President and CEO.

The investment of around SEK 1 billion is targeted at three areas: formatting, blasting & painting as well as shipping capacity. This will eliminate production bottlenecks and increase annual Q&T capacity in Mobile to around 400,000 tonnes compared with existing capacity of around 300,000 tonnes. The investment will take place over a period of three years, 2019-2021, and the payback time is estimated to be less than four years as of today.

In parallel, a new, accelerated cooling system will also be installed and this will improve the potential to grow volumes of more advanced premium products, while reducing the need for alloys. The investment has been designed to include the potential to build additional Q&T capacity through direct quenching similar to the technology currently used at SSAB’s production facilities in Finland and Sweden.

For further information, please contact:
Kerstin Danasten, Acting Press Officer, Corporate Communications, [email protected], tel. +46 722 227 829 
Per Hillström, Head of IR, [email protected], +46 70 2952 912