06.28.2018

Sandvik Opens Battery-electric Research Center in Finland

Engineering and Mining Journal

 

 

Sandvik recently opened the doors of the Battery Electrification Innovation and Development Center for loaders and trucks in Turku, Finland. This state-of-the-art development facility will create innovative battery products and electric solutions for the global mining and construction markets and develop technology talent in Finland.

“We are bringing together a highly skilled workforce to drive battery innovation, collaborate and develop meaningful solutions that will benefit our company now and well into the future,” said Mats Eriksson, president, product area load and haul. “In this development center, we have and we will continue to bring together a team made up of the best and brightest in battery, hybrid and electrification technologies, advanced engineering, and many other disciplines to help Sandvik create, develop, produce and support the best mining machines in the world.

“Our new innovative battery electric vehicle development center will bring leading talents together from around the world to help develop the electrification and e-Drive technologies of tomorrow.”

The technology center will bolster Sandvik’s presence in Turku and it will inject millions of euros into the region annually.

Strong technology ecosystem and a network of globally recognized technology partners provide a robust talent pipeline for the new innovation and development center. With its close proximity to Sandvik’s major mining product areas in Finland, it gives the company’s developers the opportunity to collaborate on projects as part of a diverse team of professionals. The center will be used to advance Sandvik’s research efforts in core battery technologies, working closely with universities, technology institutes and other key players to do so.

Sandvik has a history of supplying innovative products to mining markets and developing solutions together with customers. “We are now expanding our current electric loader offering to include battery technology through close cooperation with our customers,” Eriksson said.

In addition to continuously modernizing and improving Sandvik products and operations, the battery-electric vehicle team works on technologies that include analytics, systems analysis, sensors, materials and processes, and product standards.