Swedish Stell Prize 2015 finalists

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The idea of the Swedish Steel Prize was first raised in the mid-nineties. At that time we were heavily focused on sales and marketing efforts for highstrength steel. We saw that many companies were quick to understand and appreciate high-strength steel’s ability to save weight and energy consumption.

As the world’s leading expert in high-strength steel, we saw it only fit that we should reward the people that use that product to it’s best, most innovative advantage. And from the beginning we understood the importance of having a prize that was open to all (not just SSAB customers) and having a jury that consisted of independent experts: in short, a prize that holds real value and prestige.

In 1999 our plans became reality when we launched the first Swedish Steel Prize: a prize to recognize and reward creative, innovative products or solutions that utilize high-strength steel.

That first year we received more than 100 entries and the prize-giving event was hosted by the Swedish King, Carl XVI Gustaf. Today the prize has grown in stature and importance and just to be nominated is an honor for most companies involved. It’s not unusual to see a tear in the eye of nominees at the event.

SSAB has for many years worked to develop and improve high-strength steel. For this reason, it feels right that they should be the ones who take the lead on this prestigious prize. If anyone is to reward companies working with high-strength steel, it should be SSAB.

TEREX Cranes Germany, adaptable crane section (Boom Booster), Germany.

With their innovative Boom Booster Kit, the global crane manufacture Terex Cranes has made it -possible to use the same crane for a wider variety of jobs by dramatically increasing performance.

As a manufacturer of some of the largest and strongest cranes in the world, the company Terex Cranes Germany had a vision: to create a new boom system that could be retrofitted onto existing crane models. It would eliminate the need to buy an entirely new, larger crane when project demands became too big.

“The Terex Boom Booster is an add-on boom structure that can almost double the efficiency in steep and long boom configurations of our CC 8800-1 crane model,” explains Harald Riedinger, Director Technology & Innovation, Terex Cranes Group.

The Boom Booster Kit is built up of two 11m adapters and five intersection parts that are 10m long. When completely assembled, the add-on boom length is 72m. With the boom booster attachment, a total height of 156 m in the main boom and 234m in the main boom with a jib configuration can be easily realized.

The Boom Booster is a highly innovative design and completely different to all the boom systems that can be found on the market. It was developed without the need for additional reinforcements on the base crane and is easy to assemble. Setup of such a system takes about two days. It is also easy to transport.

It can be partially or completely disassembled, depending on the specific road transportation regulations, thanks to the pin bolt structure. It fits in standard 40 feet open top containers. This leads to an improved handling and transportation functionality with better utilization of standard means of transport, with the need for fewer trucks, which comes with decreased fuel consumption and emission rates.

The Boom Booster utilizes a variety of high strength steels for components like the trusses, tube members and bolted joints, including Strenx 700MC, 770Ql, 960QL, Strenx 700 profiles, and SSAB Domex 460NL.

Terex has over 20 production sites worldwide, but these highly sophisticated lattice boom cranes are developed, designed and produced in Germany exclusively.

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