The professional bodies safeguard the traditions of the industry and, at the same time, help to nurture professional relationships. They may also have the purpose of strengthening cohesion, disseminating knowledge, safeguarding special interests and they may act as a link between those who are still actively employed and those who have retired. Moreover, these professional bodies are frequently ambassadors for Sweden’s steel industry.
Here we present certain of the steel industry’s professional bodies:
- Hera-n, network for female engineers
- Bergshandteringens Vänner (BHV) (Society of Metal and Mining Industries)
- Svenska Bergsmannaföreningen (SBF) (Swedish Association of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers)
- Nordiska Valsverksingenjörsföreningen (NVIF) (Nordic Rolling Mill Engineers’ Association)
The first societies of engineers were formed in the mid-19th century. These were often regional in character and arose for the exchange of experiences between their members. Activities often consisted of meetings and lectures with subsequent discussions. The metal and mining industries were trailblazers in this respect; the first society in this industry was Värmländska Bergsmannaföreningen which was established at the famous Fastingsmarknaden (market for the trading of iron) in Kristinehamn in 1849.
Subsequently, other iron industry districts were to follow with Bergsmannaföreningen i Dalarna in 1856 and Bergshandteringens Vänner i Örebro in 1864. Lectures held at annual meetings were published together with the subsequent discussions in the societies’ own journals. This meant that the knowledge within the metal and mining industries was disseminated throughout the district in question and that problems that arose could be discussed jointly.