The Swedish iron and steel industry – like the steel industry in the rest of the world – has undergone a process of major restructuring since the mid-20th century. This has led to a specialisation on fewer products.
The companies today are acknowledged specialists within specific areas where they manufacture highly processed steel grades and products which are mainly sold in export markets. This has led to the companies, to a very large degree, no longer competing with one another nationally.
Leading steel producers
Alleima (formerly Sandvik Materials Technology) – largest in seamless tubes
Outokumpu Stainless – leader in stainless plate and high-alloy special steels
Fagersta Stainless – one of the leading specialists in wire rod in Europe
Carpenter Powder Products – largest in powder steel
Uddeholm – largest
Erasteel Kloster – largest
Ovako – largest
SSAB – a leader in extra high-strength steel and largest in hardened steel
Iron alloys for electrical resistance heating:
Kanthal – largest
Höganäs – largest
Valve spring quality wire:
Suzuki Garphyttan – largest