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Polish container manufacturer JK switches to SSAB stainless

SSAB Tunnpl : 21 October, 2018  (Application Story)
ZPUH JK Milosz Kiedrowski, a container manufacturer located in northern Poland, started in 2001 to closely cooperate with the Swedish company ILAB Container AB, thus accessing the Scandinavian market. In 2008, JK launched the production of light containes made from high-strength steel.

From the very beginning, JK used SSAB exclusively due to quality and because a majority of Scandinavian customers expected containers made from SSAB steel. The initial challenges for ILAB and JK included understanding the new material and learning how to take advantage of its benefits.

JK purchased state-of-the-art machines for cutting and bending, as well as new welding trucks. Some of the trucks are semi-automated. The purchase of the machinery was partly funded from the EU budget.

The new containers are claimed to be lighter and stronger than other makes and reportedly take up to one tonne more per load. Along with a more streamlined shape, they offer fuel savings during transportation of around 14%. Thus the profits are both environmental and financial. Sales in Scandinavia have since risen, and today they remain at a steady and high level.

Since taking over control of the company, CEO and owner Milosz Kiedrowski has overseen a rise in production from 11,000 containers in 2015 to 15,500 in 2017.

Ninety per cent of all containers produced by JK for the Scandinavian market are light containers made from SSAB high-strength steel. The main steel grades that JK buys from SSAB are Strenx 700 CR, Strenx 700 MC, Hardox 400 and Hardox 450.

The Polish company is also a member of the two SSAB customer programs: Hardox In My Body and My Inner Strenx.

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