23 March 2017

Kiruna Wagon nominated for the Swedish Steel Prize

Kiruna Wagon is one of four nominees for the Swedish Steel Prize 2017. Kiruna Wagon is nominated for its innovative Helix Dumper system, a logistics solution that offers unparalleled productivity when it comes to unloading heavy fine-grained bulk goods at a high discharge rate.

The Swedish Steel Prize has been awarded annually since 1999 by Swedish steel manufacturer SSAB, to small and large companies as well as institutions and individuals who have developed a method or product that utilises the full potential of high-strength steel, or other steel optimised for high-strength, wear-resistance, tooling, protection or any combinations thereof.

The Swedish Steel Prize attracts competitors from all over the world and this year a record number of applications were submitted; 102 applications from 32 countries. The finalists besides Kiruna Wagon are Fermal from South Africa, JMG Cranes from Italy and Wabash National from the United States. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center on May 11.

“It’s an honour for us to be nominated for the Swedish Steel Prize and we hope to win it someday. We want to thank Northland and Robert Näslund who had the courage to invest in this new and revolutionary technology, which led to the realisation of this concept,” says Fredrik Kangas, Managing Director of Kiruna Wagon.

Helix Dumpers from Kiruna Wagon unloading.

Helix Dumpers from Kiruna Wagon unloading by rotating 148 degrees while the chassis remains on the rails.


The Swedish Steel Prize jury’s motivation:

“Kiruna Wagon has developed an innovative dumper wagon system for long-haul rail transport and efficient unloading of minerals. Use of advanced high-strength structural and wear-resistant steels made it possible to design lightweight wagons combined with a stationary Helix terminal for on-the-fly rotary unloading. With its nearly doubled unloading rate, the Helix system is superior to all conventional solutions and solves many problems related to sticky aggregates. The terminal system is very cost effective, in terms of both investment and operation.”

Wagon design from Kiruna has been nominated for the Swedish Steel Prize once previously; in 2008 LKAB’s Bottom Dumper F050, manufactured by Kiruna Wagon, was among the finalists.