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Arcelor Mittal the winner of the first ever Kanthal Award

The first ever Kanthal Award 2015 goes to Arcelor Mittal for their innovative use of Kanthal APMT™ rollers. By excluding water cooling in the process Arcelor Mittal has managed to significantly reduce energy consumption, thereby contributing to a sustainable reduction in energy use. The prize was presented at the Thermprocess Exhibition in Dusseldorf.

The Kanthal Award includes a prize sum of 5000 euros, a statuette and a diploma. The prize sum is, however, not for the winner to keep but is to be donated to a charitable organization which supports the same criteria the Kanthal Award is based on – sustainability, health and safety. Arcelor Mittal will donate their award to the French bone-marrow organization France Greffe de Moelle.

The annual Kanthal Award will be open for nominations in the autumn of 2015. A jury will present the award to the nominee who has found an innovative and sustainable way to use products or services related to thermal processing and improvements to health and safety.

"The world is facing new challenges and perhaps the major ones are to support the world's growing population with food, water and energy in order to make the world a better place for everyone. We want to be a part of solving this challenge and we would like to invite our customers and partners to be a part of that challenge", says Nicklas Nilsson, Vice President Sandvik Materials Technology and Head of Product Area Strip, Wire and Heating Technology.

"Innovations are part of the DNA of both Sandvik and Kanthal and a successful innovation often results from sharing ideas and combining them into new ones to create win-win solutions. Sharing is therefore also one of the basic features of the Kanthal Award", Nicklas Nilsson continues.

"The aim of the Kanthal Award, innovation, justifies the acceptance of the award by Arcelor Mittal. We also saw that the Sandvik culture was similar to our own in prioritizing safety. As explained by the guest speaker Fredrik Härén we focus on tomorrow challenges where energy savings is one of them. The event was friendly, allowed an exchange of ideas between people and was well organized", says Laurent Mondy from Arcelor Mittal.

Fredrik Härén was one of the guest speakers at the Kanthal Award and he talked about business creativity and how combining ideas can lead to new, important solutions.

Professor Bo Jönsson, talked about that everyone in the value chain has to work together in order to improve tomorrows thermal processes regarding technique, productivity, energy efficiency and use of limited resources. Professor Jönsson is an adjunct professor at Chalmers Technical University and also serves as chairman of HTC, the High Temperature Corrosion Competence Centre. He is also a Senior Technical Specialist at Sandvik Materials Technology.

Part of Sandvik Materials Technology, Kanthal® is a global brand in heating technology with access to Sandvik's world-class resources, including research and development and advanced processing technologies. The company has a strong tradition in innovation and makes extensive investments in R&D.

For more information contact:

Nicklas Nilsson
Vice President Sandvik Materials Technology
Head of Product Area Strip, Wire and Heating Technology
Tel: +46 702 117 730
nicklas.nilsson@sandvik.com

Lena Wiig
Marketing Communication Manager
Product Area Strip, Wire and Heating Technology
Sandvik Materials Technology
Mobile: +46 70 690 90 55
lena.wiig@sandvik.com

Arcelor Mittal received the Kanthal Award 2015. (Photograph: SiteSing Interactive AB)

Arcelor Mittal will donate their award to the French bone-marrow organization France Greffe de Moelle.

Fredrik Härén talked about business creativity and how combining ideas can lead to new, important solutions.

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