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Swedish Steel finalists named

The international Swedish Steel Prize will be awarded on November 18. Four companies have been nominated for their high strength steel designs: a Swedish-made bed spring, a German sky lift, a South African truck body, and Australian bucket teeth.

The Swedish Steel Prize is awarded for innovative designs in high strength steel. The aim is to inspire, encourage, and disseminate knowledge about high strength steel and the possibilities for developing lighter, safer, and more environmentally friendly products.

The 2010 Swedish Steel Prize nominees are:
• Wranne/Fåhraeus Design AB (Sweden) was nominated for a new type of bed spring that meets the requirements for comfort, hygiene, cost, and attractive design. The designer uses the elastic properties of the steel in an innovative manner.
• BluPoint Pty Ltd (Australia) was nominated for a cost-effective solution for renovating worn teeth of excavators used in large loaders in the mining industry.
• Ruthmann GmbH & Co KG (Germany) was nominated for the use of advanced high strength steel in the telescopic boom of a sky lift which has increased lift height and load capacity within the total weight limits for light trucks.
• Van Reenen Steel (South Africa) for a new truck body. The company has developed a truck body with more torsional stiffness and impact resistance in a new structure made of steel with high wear resistance and strength. A new bottom profile and rounded corners provide more even wear and faster tipping. The result is longer durability, lower weight, improved environmental performance, and greater productivity. 

The prize will be awarded by SSAB CEO Olof Faxander at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. SSAB started the Swedish Steel Prize in 1999.

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