Sandvik’s Nuclear Core: Meet the Team – Peter Waller

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. Tell us about yourself, your background, when you joined Sandvik, and your current role? Where did you study? And what did you study?

I joined Sandvik in 2006; since then, I’ve had positions in Process development, R&D, and Marketing & Sales. I’ve been working with Nuclear Products since 2012 and my current position is Senior Technical Sales for Steam Generator Tubes. I have a University degree in Mechanical Engineering.

2. How do you stay updated on the nuclear industry?

Conferences, fairs, nuclear news sites, social media, and of course from frequent conversations with our customers.

3. What are the most frequently asked technical questions that you get from customers?

The most common question is if Sandvik is able to meet the challenging technical requirements that are specified in the latest nuclear standards and specifications. The answer is yes, in more or less all cases, and that’s one of the reasons that Sandvik has been in the nuclear industry for almost 60 years.

4. What does Sandvik bring to the nuclear industry?

Sandvik has almost 60 years of experience in nuclear products, so we have a lot to bring to this industry. For example, Sandvik has a fully integrated production process from steel melting to delivery which gives a unique opportunity to control manufacturing and ensure the products are traceable all the way back to the start material. The full control from raw material to finished products makes Sandvik unique in this industry segment.

5. What do you think is next for the nuclear industry?

From a short-term perspective, I believe that the view on nuclear power will be more positive, and several countries will realize that nuclear power is the only way to manage the increasing need for energy while reaching global CO2 goals.
In the long-term, the next big things will be Small Modular Reactors and Generation IV Reactors, two areas where Sandvik is very active in development.

6. And finally, what makes you excited to go to work every day/what advice would you give to someone thinking of entering the nuclear industry?

As part of the nuclear industry, I’m excited to contribute to more environmentally friendly energy production. It’s also an industry where the requirements are as high, or even higher, than all other industries which means all parts of the process need to perform at its best.

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Name: Peter Waller
Title: Senior Technical Sales
Business Unit: Energy
Location: Sweden