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News and press releases
Press release/Jun 01, 2020
Ovako publishes its Sustainability Report for 2019
Sustainability is a fundamental element of Ovako’s business that enables its steel products to have a carbon footprint 80 percent lower than the global average. This year’s Sustainability Report highlights the continued progress in Ovako’s sustainability efforts, including the achievement of an intermediate target to reduce the ‘cradle-to-gate’ carbon footprint of its finished hot rolled steel products by 30 percent per metric ton.
News/May 14, 2020
New President of Business Unit Hofors and new Acting President of Business Unit SmeBox
Rickard Qvarfort has been appointed as the new President of Business Unit Hofors. He starts his new role July 1, 2020 and succeeds Erik Bohman, who has decided to leave Ovako for new opportunities. In conjunction, Björn Wiborg has been appointed Acting President of Business Unit SmeBox.
Press release/Apr 28, 2020
Ovako first in the world to heat steel using hydrogen
Together with Linde Gas AB, Ovako has conducted a full-scale trial using hydrogen to heat steel before rolling. The trial was performed with good results in one of the company’s pit furnaces at the Hofors rolling mill in Sweden. This historic development for the steel industry proves that carbon dioxide emissions from rolling can be eliminated provided the right financial support and infrastructure are in place.
We make more than steel
Meet Anneli Anhelm, head of technical customer service and product development, who tried out a number of opportunities before she knew what she wanted to work with.Read more
Moa works as Head of Safety in Boxholm and is also responsible for operational development. Her job is to manage future safety initiatives and to work with development projects. Moa joined Ovako in the summer of 2014 after rather randomly coming to Hällefors via Ovako’s Student Program, which involved her writing her thesis on Ovako. The Student Program was Moa’s way in and, since she has been so happy with the company and the company with her, her career path at Ovako has continued both onward and upward.Read more
There is a difference between steel and steel
Safety as the number one priority
Ovako has chosen to place a particular emphasis on safety to coincide with the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28. Ovako’s Safety week forms part of our systematic safety work, and this year it concludes on the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The theme for the week is “Dare to Care – Dare to Act”, which is an important part of Ovako’s safety culture.
Katarina Hundermark, Head of Sustainability and Safety Ovako Group, shares her thoughts on the importance of safety at Ovako.Read more
Focusing on gender equality
Our co-workers are Ovako’s most important asset. For us, it is primarily about finding the right skills for the right role at the right time. The steel industry is traditionally male-dominated, and Ovako works continuously to increase the number of women among its employees. Today on the International Women’s Day, Ovako’s EVP Group HR, Communication & EHS Phetra Ericsson shares her thoughts on what the industry can do to attract more women.Read more
Eva Friberg has worked at Ovako for almost eight years, and is today steel mill manager at Ovako in Smedjebacken. The Managing role was not part of her original plan, but after taking on a temporary managerial post when a colleague was on paternity leave, her interest grew. Before Ovako she studied chemical engineering design with a focus on mineral technology and metallurgy at Luleå University of Technology, so when an opportunity opened up to become a process metallurgist at Ovako it suited Eva very well.Read more
Janne Pirttijoki found his place in the steel industry immediately after graduation, and has now been working with steel for over 20 years. The diversity of the sector has given him broad experience in various fields, which he can now draw on as head of the Ovako Imatra business unit.Read more
Helena Erkkilä manages Ovako’s steel mill in Imatra. On her direct, but also convoluted, path here, she has been able to try a lot of different things. She has developed, and has been able to work closely with both production and customers. It is precisely this that she sees as the advantage of Ovako – no two days are alike.Read more