Outokumpu awarded in safety, new technology and new development by the ISSF
Outokumpu has received three awards from the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) on May 23 at their conference held in Chicago, USA. Outokumpu received two gold-level awards in the categories of New Technology and New Development as well as a silver-level award in the Safety category.
The gold award for best new technology was given for the bend-formed body structure of small electrified vehicles. The material properties of the temper-rolled austenitic stainless steel combined with the folding principle halve the number of individual components and welds. This results in a much lighter structure (less than 180 kg) with increased crash safety that is constructed by more simple, cost-effective manufacturing processes with shorter cycle times as well as lower CO2-emissions over the whole vehicle lifetime. The technology was developed together with fka Aachen GmbH.
The gold award for best new development was given for the first use of duplex stainless steel Forta LDX2404 in a major bridge building project. The new duplex stainless steel form developed by Outokumpu was selected for the Söderström rail bridges project in Stockholm, Sweden due to its strength and life cycle costs. The final fabrication of the 48 bridge parts and assembly was done by our partner Stål & Rörmontage.
The silver safety award was given to the improvements in material loading and unloading. After analyzing near misses and serious incidents, material loading, and unloading was recognized as one of Outokumpu’s biggest hazards. The problem was tackled in more than one way using the hierarchy system or error proofing theory and creating new ways of working. Outokumpu now has an agreed standard for truck loading and unloading which is being implemented at all sites.
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Thomas Anstots, SVP, Sales, BA Europe received the award for Best new development.
Olli-Matti Saksi, President of Business Area Americas, received the award for Best new technology.
Alastair McCubbin, Head of safety, received the silver award in the Safety category.
Outokumpu is the global leader in stainless steel. We aim to be the best value creator in stainless steel by 2020, through our competitive edge of customer orientation and efficiency. The foundation of our business is our ability to tailor stainless steel into any form and for almost any purpose. Stainless steel is sustainable, durable and designed to last forever. Our customers use it to create civilization’s basic structures and its most famous landmarks as well as products for households and various industries. Outokumpu employs 10,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki. www.outokumpu.com