Sandvik’s Nuclear Core: Meet the Team – Brian Irving

Meet the core of Sandvik’s nuclear division–our team. In our new Nuclear Core series, we’ll introduce the faces behind this team and hear their insights on the nuclear industry.

1. Can you tell us about yourself and your background?

I’m from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a marketing degree. I’ll be celebrating my 10th anniversary with Sandvik this July and I’ve been a member of the nuclear team throughout that time. I was attracted to the company because of its local presence where I live and its international offering, which is a rare combination in my area. Also, I felt the attention to detail and strict guidelines required by the nuclear industry were a good fit for my skill set.

Outside of work, being with my family is very important to me. My hobbies include traveling, eating delicious food, and coaching my son's baseball team. My ideal way of unwinding is combining all three at any chance I get.

2. What does your role involve?

I started as a product specialist and my role has evolved over time. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world as a part of Sandvik, and I don’t think that would have happened otherwise. The most interesting aspect of my work right now is on projects to support the development of small modular reactors (SMRs); they’re the next step in nuclear power. It’s interesting to see how the different designs are developing and how we can contribute. Most of the questions we get asked are about our capabilities to meet tight tolerances and stringent testing – two strong points for our quality materials.

3. What benefits does Sandvik bring to the nuclear industry?

The quality of our products, our unique knowledge and expertise in materials technology, and our history of supporting the nuclear industry for over half a century sets us apart. However, we’ve been providing materials solutions to a range of industries since Sandvik started in Sweden back in 1862. People are often surprised when I tell them how many industries we support.

4. What industry trends do you see in the nuclear industry?

From a business perspective, the COVID-19 pandemic has obviously limited face-to-face interaction and in-person events. However, we’ve maintained good relationships with established customers and have been developing relationships with new ones.

In terms of the industry, SMRs are the next phase of nuclear energy. The next five years will be an exciting time for the development of SMRs for commercial use. Sandvik is in contact with many players in the supply chain for SMRs and we have been in discussions about developing the supply chain from the early phases. Sandvik brings extensive material expertise and vast experience from the nuclear industry to the development of SMRs. Nuclear power is an established energy source but large traditional nuclear power plants require a significant initial investment to get them up and running. SMRs offer many benefits but the one that may be most appealing to the market is the smaller initial investment.

Want to learn more about Sandvik’s nuclear products and services? Read more about our history of expertise in nuclear power generation.

Brian Irving

Name: Brian Irving
Title: Product Manager
Business Unit: Energy
Location: Scranton, PA, USA