The first delivery of iron ore to Höganäs AB took place in 1909. Building on 100 years of relationship, the companies celebrated at a gathering at LKAB’s operations in Kiruna.
Höganäs was founded in 1797 in southern Sweden and is today a world leader within the metal powder industry. Over the years, Minelco has supplied Höganäs with iron ore (Magnetite) products from the mines in Northern Sweden for production of what is called sponge iron powder. In the Höganäs process, iron ore is mixed with coke and reduced in large tunnel kilns. This process turns the ore into sponge iron, which is then crushed, milled, annealed and mixed to customer specific products for making high performance automotive parts.
The companies celebrated at a gathering at LKAB’s operations in Kiruna to mark the significant milestone of starting the business relationship 100 years ago as well as the several million tonnes of iron ore products supplied by LKAB/Minelco to date.
"We are proud to have been able to serve such a respected company as Höganäs for this long”, says Per-Erik Lindvall, President and CEO of Minelco. “I think the reason for this successful relationship is trust and the desire by both parties to be the best in what we do. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship for the coming 100 years."
“Without the support and the supplies of world-class products from LKAB/Minelco, Höganäs AB would not have been able to develop into a world leader in metal powders”, adds Alrik Danielson CEO, Höganäs AB.