Ovako and NCC Roads in long-term agreement for sustainable roads
Ovako in Smedjebacken and NCC Roads have signed a 10-year contract for the supply of steel slag. The by-product is used as aggregate in asphalt, providing more stable and quieter roads that require less re-laying.
"We have worked extensively to identify applications where our residual products generate added value. It is therefore gratifying that NCC Roads regards our steel slag as an important component in building sustainable roads," says Torbjörn Sörhuus, Quality & Environment Manager at Ovako Bar SmeBox.
The agreement starts on October 1, and runs for 10 years. During the first three years, NCC Roads will purchase Ovako's annual steel slag production in Smedjebacken (approx. 50,000 tonnes/year). Over the remaining seven years, NCC will purchase approximately 85,000 tonnes/year, which also includes slag that is currently stockpiled.
Steel slag is used as aggregate in asphalt production. Slag asphalt is superior to ordinary asphalt in applications with very high loads and tyre rotation, such as at roundabouts and for industrial surfaces. It also contributes to noise reduction. The use of steel slag contributes to improved utilisation of quarried resources, reduced mining and crushing of new aggregate, reduced emissions and the need for less re-laying. This means less severe, and less frequent, disruption to traffic as well as lower costs.
Further information can be obtained from:
Viktoria Karsberg, Head of Group Communications, +46 70 209 93 96
Torbjörn Sörhuus, Quality & Environment Manager, Ovako Bar SmeBox, +46 240 668 355
Ovako develops high-tech steel solutions for, and in cooperation with, its customers in the bearing, transport and manufacturing industries. Our steel makes our customers’ end products more resilient and extends their useful life, ultimately resulting in smarter, more energy-efficient and more environmentally-friendly products.
Our production is based on recycled scrap and includes steel in the form of bar, tube, ring and pre-components. Ovako is represented in more than 30 countries, and has sales offices in Europe, North America and Asia. Ovako’s sales in 2014 amounted to EUR 862 million, and the company had 2,925 employees at year-end. For more information, please visit us at www.ovako.com