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Sustainable offerings and long-term profitability

Sustainable development needs partnerships

In our experience, sustainable development needs partnerships and knowledge sharing, and Höganäs has a long tradition of working on projects with customers, universities, research institutes, and other industry partners.

The projects’ scopes often include both our and our customers’ technology areas at all technical readiness levels. In most cases, projects are funded by governmental authorities, with Höganäs as a co-funding partner, together with other companies with similar interests. 

Besides these projects, we are also active in several centres of excellence and competence, focusing on, for example, materials science and raw materials. Below are some examples.

Both set-backs and steps forward

Despite all efforts, success is not always granted for cooperation projects. The ERMAT-project focused on creation of a platform for increased usage of residual materials as a complement to virgin raw materials within Europe.

As the project did not reach its goals, it was a joint decision within the project team and EIT Raw Materials that it should be terminated before the closing time. The main reason for the closing was that – due to a change in project pre-conditions – there was no solution for ownership and financial sustainability of the web tool. More information about the project.

In the Buspro project, potential concepts for re-use and recycling of residual products between steelworks and other industrial sectors, so-called industrial symbiosis, have been evaluated. The intention of this cooperation between a research institute and the metal and mining industry was to increase resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Sadly, the project showed that re-use and recycling technically and practically is feasible, but to find a solution that is also commercially viable is today more complicated. More about this project.

In contrast, the investigations of a consortium of Swedish steel companies and a research institute on “Enhanced use of slags by online monitoring of slag processes” showed very positive results and will be followed up with a continuation project. The challenge is to develop a fast method for chemical analysis of slag and similar side stream products, applicable in-situ without sample preparation. The purpose is to provide the possibility for increased re-use of side streams. Positive side effects are increased process control capabilities and better control of the slag and steel composition, which could also potentially lead to energy savings.