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SSAB AB
Publicly traded Aktiebolag ( Nasdaq StockholmSSAB A)
Industry Steel
Founded1978; 40 years ago (1978)
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Key people
Bengt Kjell ( Chairman), Martin Lindqvist (President and CEO)
Revenue SEK 66.06 billion (2017) [1]
SEK 3.84 billion (2017) [1]
SEK 286 billion (2017) [1]
Total assetsSEK 87.5 billion (end 2017) [1]
Total equitySEK 53.3 billion (end 2017) [1]
Number of employees
15,000 (average, 2017) [1]
Website www.ssab.com

SSAB AB, earlier Svenskt Stål AB (English: Swedish Steel), ( Nasdaq StockholmSSAB A) is a Swedish-Finnish company, formed in 1978 and specialised in processing raw material to steel. The largest shareholders are Aktiebolag Industrivärden and the Government of Finland.

History

The headquarters is in central Stockholm. [2] SSAB initially saw losses during the years 1978 to 1981, and became profitable in 1982. It is involved in the production of steel and steel products, [3] both standardized and specialized for various fields and uses. [4] In addition to steel production, the company also partners with design firms during their execution of architectural projects. [5] Its R&D department works with customers in order to provide custom solutions for new projects. [6] In 2014 SSAB became a member of the four year pilot program organization “Steel Eco-System” sponsored by the Swedish government. [7] In November 2017 the company has a market cap of $35.55 billion, and is traded on the Stockholm NASDAQ exchange. [8] The company is also the sponsor of the SSAB’s Swedish Steel Prize. [9] SSAB's operations [10] which include the SSAB Special Steels, SSAB Europe, and SSAB Americas, and its subsidiaries Ruukki Construction and Tibnor. [11] SSAB’s offering includes such brands as SSAB Domex, Hardox, Docol, Greencoat, Armox and Toolox. [12]

Swedish operations

The production is located at Lulea, Borlänge, Oxelösund and Finspång. [13] SSAB is the largest steel sheet manufacturer in Scandinavia, with its blast furnace, coking plant, and steelworks located in Lulea and its rolling mills and coating plants in Borlänge—the initial product is sent from one location to the other via train. The division also has a coil coating line, lamination line, and special steels production. SSAB Special Steels in Oxelösund is the only steelworks in Sweden to have its entire vertical production base in one place, from raw material handling to its rolling plates. Ninety percent of its production is exported, with its chief export partner being Germany. [13] SSAB produces nearly all of the steel plates created in Sweden. [14] The company also has operations in China. [15]

North American operations

IPSCO Inc. began as Prairie Pipe Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1956, changing its name to Interprovincial Steel and Pipe Corporation, Ltd. in 1960 and IPSCO, Inc. in 1984; [16] [17] the company would later be purchased by SSAB, and is the origin of SSAB’s operations in the region. All SSAB operations in North America are now operated as SSAB Americas. [18]

As of 2000, IPSCO had used mini mills to produce flat-rolled steel for 40 years. [19] Late in 2001, the company officially opened an Axis, Alabama mill (in the Mobile area), with a capacity of 1,250,000 tonnes,. The $US425 million rolling mill, [17] with mill stand housings believed to be the largest one-piece cast mill housings in the world at 350 tons each, [19] uses scrap steel to produce discrete plate and coiled hot rolled plate. Montpelier, Iowa had a similar facility which began operations in 1997, but this one would serve the Gulf coast. [20] [21] On October 21, 2008, SSAB announced a $US460 million expansion of the Axis mill to be completed in 2011. The mill already had 400 employees and 350 contractors. [22]

In May 2007, a deal to acquire IPSCO for $US7.7 billion was announced. [18] At the time, IPSCO's annual production was 4.3 million tonnes, with four steel mills and eleven pipe mills. [23] On July 17, 2008, SSAB announced the completion of the deal. John Tulloch succeeded the retiring David Sutherland as IPSCO president and became an executive vice president of SSAB. [24]

On 17 March 2008, Evraz Group SA announced it would buy SSAB's Canada pipe and plate business and the steel tube business of the American IPSCO unit for $US4.3 billion after steel prices rose and the dollar fell. Evraz also planned to sell some of the American assets for $US1.7 billion to OAO TMK. [25] IPSCO had 4300 employees, with 70% of its operation in the United States and 30% in Canada. [26]

After the sale, SSAB changed the name of its North American operation to SSAB North American Division (NAD), then later to SSAB Americas; headquarters stayed in Lisle, Illinois, USA. Included in this division were steel operations in Mobile and Montpelier, and cut-to-length lines in St. Paul, Minnesota and Houston, Texas, USA; and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. David Britten succeeded Tulloch as president. Paul Wilson, with 36 years of industry experience, ten of those with SSAB including management of Mobile's steel operation, became the vice president in charge of the American steel operations. [27] In 2018 the SSAB Americas division will relocated its headquarters to Mobile, Alabama. [28]

Expanding to Finland

On January 22, 2014 it was announced that SSAB is to purchase Finnish steel manufacturer Rautaruukki for 1.1 bn euro. [29] The headquarters for SSAB Europe are located in Hämeenlinna, Finland. [30]

See also

References

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