is a Swedish
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founded in 1862 by Göran Fredrik Göransson in Sandviken
Sandviken may refer to:* Sandviken, a Swedish town and the seat of Sandviken municipality* Sandviken Municipality, a Swedish municipality around the town of Sandviken* Sandviken, Norway, a neighbourhood in Bergen, Norway...
. It is a high-technology engineering group and a world-leader in tooling, stainless steel alloys and materials technology, mining and construction. It has about 47,000 employees in 130 countries, with annual sales of approximately SEK
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Sandvik consists of three business areas
- Sandvik Mining and Construction
- Sandvik Material Technology
- Sandvik Tooling
Sandvik Mining and Construction
The Mining and Construction
business area offers solutions for many applications in the mining and construction industry, including surface rock excavation, tunneling, demolition, recycling and road rehabilitation.
- Drill rigs and tools for rock drilling
- Hydraulic breakers (hammers) for Excavators and demolition
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- Manufacture cutters and ground engagement wear parts (Cutting tools and replaceable teeth)
- Mining machinery
- Conveyor components
- Services, including performance contracts delivered with 'On Demand' pricing models.
Sandvik Materials Technology
The Materials Technology
business area specializes in development and production of advanced stainless steel
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(such as Sandvik SAF 2507, Sandvik SAF 2707 HD and Sandvik 12C27), special alloys and titanium. The materials are produced in a variety of product forms, such as tube, bar, strip, wire and various near-net shapes.
business area is primarily concerned with the production and development of metal cutting
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tools. Manufactures of carbide
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tipped tooling for metal cutting applications.
- It is composed of several brands as a result of Sandvik acquiring other corporations and keeping their brands. Tooling began as Sandvik Coromant and Sandvik Coromant remains one of Sandvik Tooling's most important brand.
- Another "Brand" is the Dormer Tools company of Sheffield
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, England. Formerly known as the "Sheffield Twist Drill and Steel Co. Ltd" whose brand name is "Dormer".
Sandvik's first overseas arm was in Birmingham
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, England. The UK headquarters is now in nearby Halesowen
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, and each year the company provides the city's official Christmas Tree
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, which is erected in Victoria Square
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