SSAB, a Sweden-based producer of high-strength steels, has awarded its Swedish Steel Prize to New Zealand-based equipment company A-Ward Ltd. The equipment company was recognized for its design of a flexible system that is built from high-strength steel and allows users to compress and pack scrap metal into containers.
According to SSAB, the goal of the Swedish Steel Prize is to inspire and disseminate knowledge about high-strength steels and the possibilities to develop lighter, stronger and more sustainable products with the material.
In recognizing A-Ward, SSAB, which established the prize in 1999, notes that the company worked for two years to perfect the design of the scrap loader, which is designed to improve the management and transportation of scrap. The loader uses SSAB’s Hardox wear plate.
Additionally, horizontal loading reduces the risk of damage to the containers.
“We are pleased to announce our first winner from New Zealand,” says KG Ramström, chairman of the jury and SSAB’s chief technical officer. “A-Ward demonstrates the advantages of high-strength steel with an innovative and well-planned solution. Productivity and service life have been improved significantly and their products contribute to a more sustainable society.”
Simon Ward, managing director of A-Ward, says, “I would like to thank SSAB for putting on such an amazing global event like the Swedish Steel Prize. After spending the last couple of days at SSAB, I must say that my expert team just got a lot bigger. The innovative A-ward Mi-Slide product may come from one of my crazy ideas, but to turn it into reality I have surrounded myself with a team of experts. Apart from the feeling of watching your brand new product work for the first time, also winning this prestigious award means a great deal to me.”