Tomorrow's materials - key to a sustainable future

To develop the materials that customers and society will demand tomorrow, we need material science. With its world leading materials expertise, Sandvik is well positioned to help create tomorrow’s world.

Tomorrow's materials

Watch the film about how our materials make a difference in creating a sustainable future.

When it comes to thinking about tomorrow’s materials today, the biggest focus is on sustainability. And material science is key to making secure, clean and efficient energy systems possible as well as making a whole range of industries, from transportation to manufacturing, sustainable.

Annika Borgenstam, Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, uses the Eiffel Tower as an example of how material science can lead to a more sustainable world. “If we used the advanced high-strength steels that we have today, we could build four Eiffel Towers with the same amount of material that was used originally,” she says. “Building lighter constructions will mean that less transportation of material is necessary and less material needs to be produced. Both factors lead to less CO2 emissions.”

Tomorrows materials has to be lighter, be able to withstand higher temperatures and more corrosive atmospheres which is exactly a core competence within Sandvik.

“Our customers are always looking for ways of saving energy, making more energy efficient products, and products that have higher performance, longer life and can be recyclable,” says Dilip Chandrasekaran, Head of Research and Innovation at Kanthal, one of three divisions within Sandvik Materials Technology.

Higher energy efficiency by Sandvik Hiflex® flapper valve material

One concrete example of how Sandvik has contributed to the energy efficiency in the world is the Sandvik Hiflex® flapper valve material that is used in freezers and different kinds of AC systems.

“The flapper valve may look quite simple but it has high demands on the material properties. Today's compressors for refrigerators and residential AC systems with smarter designs and new technology can be up to 50% more efficient compared to earlier compressors. This material has played an important role in the development of these new compressors,” says Peter Harlin, Senior Research and Development Engineer at Sandvik Materials Technology.

“Without Sandvik Hiflex® the high energy efficiency levels of some of the new designs would not have been possible,” concludes Peter Harlin.

Sustainable business within the Sandvik Gorup