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Ring Mill 11 inaugurated in Hofors

Published 2013-03-20

Ring Mill 11 in Hofors was inaugurated yesterday. More than 100 guests attended the inauguration and the accompanying seminar, and speakers including SKF’s president and CEO, Tom Johnstone, and Ovako's head of group research and development, Patrik Ölund, discussed the steel market of the future.  

Approximately one hundred customers, suppliers, politicians, journalists and employees took part in the inauguration, and Barbro Holmberg, governor of Gävleborg County, pressed the start button for the new ring mill.

The afternoon seminar on the theme “From scrap to clean energy” discussed how the steel industry can adapt to the new energy market. Two of the speakers were Ovako’s head of group research and development, Patrik Ölund, and SKF’s president and CEO, Tom Johnstone.

Tom Johnstone says this investment is important for both business and sustainability:

"We're focused on sustainability and energy efficiency for us and our customers. How can we help our customers reduce their energy consumption and how can we help them improve the performance of their products? I think what Ovako is doing, investing in good ultra clean steel and new development, is very important", he says.

 

What is Ring Mill 11?

 

Ring Mill 11 is Ovako’s fifth production line for the manufacture of hot-rolled rings, and can produce rings up to four metres in diameter.

Ring Mill 11 is an important investment to ensure that Ovako will be able to address increased demand for bearing steel, for applications such as large wind turbines used in offshore power generation.

 

VIDEO: Inauguration of Ring Mill 11