Swedish Steel Prize finalists selected

The time is approaching for conferring the 2009 International Swedish Steel Prize design award. Innovations from Europe and North America have been nominated for the Prize, which will be presented on 18 November at the China Theatre in Stockholm. The Swedish Steel Prize, which is now entering its second decade, was set up by SSAB with the aim of promoting the use of high strength steels around the world and inspiring a new approach in design thinking. The nominees are: Andreoli Engineering S.r.l of Italy for radically redesigning the lattice framework for a sprayer unit spreader arm; Hydroform Design Light AB of Sweden for developing unique roller skis; Labrie Environmental Group Inc. of Canada for using steel to lower the weight, while also increasing both the strength and the wear resistance of the containers and loading arms of a front-loader refuse collection truck; and Lecitrailer SA of Spain for developing a trailer with a sandwich construction platform of advanced high strength steel which, in combined action with the remainder of the chassis, has minimized the number of the trailer chassis cross-members. In addition to a statuette designed by the artist Jörg Jeschke, the winning entry will receive a grant of SEK 100,000.
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