The origin of LKAB Minerals
Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB) was founded in 1890. The name is derived from the North Sami name for the two mountains in which the rich iron ore was known about as early as the 1600s. Luossavaara means the Salmon mountain and Kiirunavaara mean the mountain of the Snow Grouse. These two snow-covered peaks and the black magnetite iron ore below is depicted in our logotype, encircled by the iron symbol.
Beyond iron ore for steel making
Since the railways connected the mines with the world in the late 1800s and early 1900s, LKAB has evolved into a world-leading producer of refined iron ore products for steel making. The groups more than 4,000 co-workers produce over 26 million tonnes of iron ore products based on the rich deposits in Northern Sweden. But LKAB has developed beyond an iron ore producer.
Entering the industrial minerals market
LKAB Minerals was founded in 1989 with the mission to develop products and applications outside of the steel industry and to refine production side streams. Making sure that resources are used to their fullest potential is as much a priority now as it was when we started our business.
We have, through organic growth and acquisitions, grown from a one mineral company to a multi-mineral company with over 30 minerals in our portfolio, including Magnetite, Mica and UltraCarb from our own mines. We have deposits, processing facilities, and offices in 12 countries and employ ~300 people globally, all committed to minerals. Aside from our own deposits we source and refine minerals from strategically controlled high-quality sources.
Throughout the development of our business, we have chosen to be a niche player in the huge industrial minerals market. We focus our innovation and development in the areas of civil engineering, construction, polymers, coatings, refractories and foundries where our unique product properties and industrial experience allows us to offer high customer value.
That is our history and focus, or as one might say, Our World.