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Swedish Steel Prize finalists announced for 2014

It's that time of year again. Fall means it's time for the Swedish Steel Prize jury to announce its finalists in its yearly competition. Four finalists have been chosen, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Stockholm on November 20, 2014.

The aim of the Swedish Steel Prize is to inspire, encourage, and disseminate knowledge about high-strength steel and the possibilities for developing lighter, safer, and more environmentally friendly products. SSAB, a Nordic and US-based steel company with a global reach, instituted the Swedish Steel Prize in 1999.

The winner will receive an award of SEK 100,000 (over $15,000), a statuette, and some envy from industry peers, because this is a very highly regarded prize. The prize ceremony will conclude with a two-day-long event, where hundreds of international representatives from the engineering and industrial sectors will participate in plant visits and seminars.

The jury has chosen innovations from the mining, forestry, and transportation industries. The finalists are:

Dump truck - Belaz, Belaruz

By using advanced high-strength steel combined with a unique design, Belaz has made the world's biggest dump truck, which has considerable advantages in terms of productivity and fuel economy.

Beverage trailer - Santander, Chile
Santander has developed a new lightweight trailer for transportation of beverage pallets. The payload has increased so that seven new trailers can transport the same load as eight conventional ones, which means both economic and environmental advantages.

Feeding rollers for forest harvester - Timo Penttimies, Finland

By using laser cut Hardox plate, Timo Penttimies has succeeded in designing a completely new, innovative, and cost-effective roller feeder for forest harvesters.

Screener system - Vale, Brazil
Utilizing Hardox 450 that combines strength and toughness with wear resistance, Vale has designed a new generation of screening grids for application primarily within large-scale mining and quarries. The new grid gives less downtime due to better flow of material and easier maintenance, which provide marked economic and environmental savings.

"During the 16 years that the Swedish Steel Prize has been awarded, we have been able to follow how the driving forces for the use of high-strength steel have changed, from lower weight and safety to environmental benefits and increased competitiveness," said Jury Chairman Gregoire Parenty, SSAB's Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development.

Stay tuned. Designfax will publish all the details about the winner in our November 25 issue. More information is available at www.ssab.com/en/SteelPrize/.

Editor's note: We're sorry that not all pics were available for the finalists at the time of publishing. We will post them when available and also when the winner is announced.

Source: SSAB

Published October 2014

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