SSAB’s high strength steels are Norrbotten’s strength
SSAB is a leading global supplier of high strength steel. The group has 8,700 employees in over 45 countries, of whom 1,300 are in Luleå. In 2009 SSAB had sales totalling around SEK 29.8 billion.
The steel billets that SSAB produces in Luleå are used mainly within the engineering, construction and automotive industries. The steel is further processed into hot-rolled or cold-rolled advanced high-strength thin sheet. Hot-rolled thin sheet is used for such things as trucks, cranes and containers. Cold-rolled thin sheet is used above all for safety components in the automotive industry.
Advanced high strength thin sheet reduces product weight, and increases strength and service life.
“SSAB’s ambition is to grow within advanced high strength steel to become one of the world’s leading players. We will maintain our leading position within the entire thin sheet product range in our Scandinavian home market,” says Lars Bogren, HR Manager at SSAB in Luleå.”
Steel produced at SSAB in Luleå is transported by rail to Borlänge where SSAB has a rolling mill and finishing and after-treatment lines that refine the steel into thin sheet.
In keeping with the rest of the world, steel purchasers place ever higher demands on cost effectiveness, and energy and resource economy. SSAB has developed specialist expertise with high strength cooled steels that provide the end customer with productivity and environmental benefits.
“This niche strategy has shown higher growth and profitability than the steel industry as a whole,” says Lars Bogren.