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Innovation Challenge to find future steel fingerprint

October 2018

SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology are joining forces to find the best ideas on how to track steel products during their entire lifecycle. They have launched the SmartSteel Innovation Challenge to find new brilliant ideas on what constitutes the future steel fingerprint. Is it digital, does it use artificial intelligence, is it a chemical solution or could it be mechanics? 

“Companies and research groups of all sizes are welcome to participate, and the winner will get the chance to develop the idea in a long-term partnership with SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology, with access to vast business knowledge and international customer networks. The challenge is part of the SmartSteel project related to PiiA, Process Industrial IT and Automation, a Swedish strategic innovation programme financed by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas,” the companies told ISMR.

“At SSAB, we are already working with our concept SmartSteel, which is our first step towards ‘the Internet of materials’. We firmly believe that, in the future, steel will (for example) be able to communicate its properties and processing instructions to the machine that processes it. With this innovation challenge, we hope to generate new ideas that helps speed up development,” explained Niko Korte, Head of SSAB’s digital business development.

“Discovering a viable fingerprint technology for steel would definitely open up new doors for us at Sandvik Materials Technology. The fingerprint would work as a quality stamp, comprising useful information about material, safety and sustainability among other things,” added Mattias Klockars, Head of Strategic Research Labs at Sandvik Materials Technology. 

The challenge is organised by Nordic innovation consultancy, Spinverse. Submission of proposals is open until 2 November 2018. For more information on how to participate, and about the parties organising the challenge, email


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