Sandvik Materials Pod

The Materials Pod is a podcast based on technical articles and special topics, that can be found on our website. Here you can listen to the episodes or read the articles if you prefer the printed word. If you, like us, are a bit of a materials nerd, don’t miss this!

History specials

Join us in listening to our newly released podcast series on Sandvik founder Göran Fredrik Göransson and his fascinating journey to create one of the world’s most innovative companies – stronger than ever after 156 years.

Episode 1. Göransson and Bessemer

Göran Fredrik Göransson, born in Gävle in 1819, joins Elfstrand’s, the trading firm his father manages and eventually becomes manager himself. As Elfstrand’s is about to go broke, Göransson buys a decisive patent from the English inventor Sir Henry Bessemer.

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Episode 2. A new factory and a new town

Intensive experimentation in Edsken with the Bessemer method for steel production takes place during the first half of 1858. By July that year he has succeeded and decides to build a new factory and accommodation for workers in Sandviken by lake Storsjön.

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Episode 3. Bankruptcy and beyond

Huge loans and too little income forced both Fredrik personally and his company into bankruptcy in 1866. But after a few lean years, the company was bought back and steadily grew. By the 1870s the company was the largest producer of pig-iron in Sweden.

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