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Ponsse wins Swedish Steel Prize 2015

Ponsse is the winner of this year’s international Swedish Steel Prize. The prize was awarded for the new generation of harvester, the Scorpion, which utilises the properties of high-strength steel.
“Ponsse has not only significantly improved operator ergonomics, but also enhanced functionality and safety, and increased productivity with this new design,” says Gregoire Parenty, chairman of the jury and Executive Vice President and Head of Market Development SSAB.

Since the 1980s, harvesters have remained pretty much the same. They have traditional designs that focus primarily on function. Scorpion, however, was built around the operator, with a focus on ergonomic, which also improves both performance and harvesting quality. For improved comfort, the crane is located behind the cabin, which offers unobstructed view of the working area. In Scorpion, the operator sits right in the middle, both from the point of view of the machine’s structure and operation. 

“High-strength steel gives several benefits. We have been able to reduce the total weight which, in combination with the low surface pressures, makes harvesting with Scorpion more environmentally friendly especially in soft terrain. Our machines are used under extreme conditions, including very low temperatures, where steel needs to offer high impact ductility and reliability,” says Juha Inberg, Ponsse’s Director of Technology and R&D.

The Swedish Steel Prize was awarded for the 17th time in conjunction with a three-day event at which 700 participants from around the world gathered to share the latest innovations on high-strength steel. Among 77 candidates, an external panel of experts selected the four finalists, including Facil System from Brazil, Milotek from South Africa, and Terex Cranes from Germany. The Swedish Steel Prize was established by SSAB in 1999 to inspire and disseminate knowledge about high-strength steel and how it can be used to develop stronger, lighter and more sustainable products.

Vieremä, November 20 2015

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Ponsse nominee presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEwtypdH_s8#t=33

Photos from the ceremony:
http://www.steelprize.com/en/gallery/gallery-ssp-2015/#.Vk9MX01xCB0

Ponsse interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJYtypqA9iU
  

For more information, please contact Ponsse Plc: Juha Inberg, Director, Technology and R&D, tel. +358 400 661 368