Research and development

SSAB's expertise in high-strength steels is based on continuous and focused research and development.

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 enhance our market offerings.

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 driver 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 R&D.

 

Research and development centers: 

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

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。

 

SSAB key factors for successful R&D: 

  • Market-driven
  • 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 recognizes the necessity of long-term development。 Long-term projects can last five to ten years。 Development projects begin with specific customer requirements, recognizing future customer needs, changes in the outside world, market analysis or they develop around basic research on the steels' core properties。 SSAB strives for a good balance between these categories。

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