Communications Council

The Communications Council works with communication issues of common interest to the iron and steel industry.

Collaboration on the steel industry communications

Jernkontoret's communications council consists of communication managers and communicators at Jernkontoret's co-owners and stakeholders. The council collaborates in industry-wide activities such as Ståldagen and events in Almedalen. Some industry-wide issues, such as employer branding and sustainability communication, are discussed in the council.

The council is led by Jernkontoret's communications director Maja Boström. The council meets twice a year and - among other things - study visits, courses or trainings are arranged in different constellations. In order to increase the accessibility of the members, meetings are also held digitally.

The Communications Council

  • comprises a link for the transfer of information from Jernkontoret to the companies.
  • discusses and promotes visibility for the Swedish steel industry.
  • helps to implement decisions of Jernkontoret’s Council in the companies.
  • is a sounding board and generates ideas in the planning of joint industry activities.
  • collaborates prior to visits from politicians and public authorities.
  • shares journalistic contacts, photographic material, school contacts, etc.
  • discusses image-affecting issues.
  • discusses sponsorship issues.
  • is a bearer of the steel industry’s joint Vision 2050.
  • is active otherwise in mutual information exchange.


The Council met in Teams in March 2021. From upper left: Maja Boström och Anna Thorell (both Jernkontoret), Jonas Nordlund (Outokumpu), Tommy Ekholm (Jernkontoret), Ulrika Porath (Sandvik Materials Technology), Margaretha Sönnergaard, (Swerim), Karin Edfast (SSAB), Richard Paulsson (Ovako), Margareta Kropp (Surahammars Bruk), Håkan Deodorsson (Björneborg Steel) and Stian Pharo (Erasteel Kloster). Kristin Nilsson (Ovako) and Maria Karlsson (Suzuki Garphyttan) did also attend at the meeting.

Members of the Communications Council:

Åsa Brolin, AB Sandvik Materials Technology
Åsa Bäcklin, HYBRIT (Luleå)
Eva Dannberg, Erasteel Kloster AB
Håkan Deodorsson, Björneborg Steel
Karin Edfast, SSAB (Luleå)
Tommy Ekholm, Jernkontoret, Metalliska material
Lina Eriksson-Wase, Suzuki Garphyttan AB
Robert Gustafsson, Uddeholms AB
Sari Heikkinen, SSAB (Oxelösund) 
Patrik Johansson, Kanthal AB 
Ivan Kaic, Hjulsbro Steel AB
Maria Karlsson, Suzuki Garphyttan AB
Viktoria Karsberg, SSAB AB
Margareta Kropp, Surahammars Bruks AB
Frida Morell, Outokumpu Stainless AB
Kristin Nilsson, Ovako AB 
Jonas Nordlund, Outokumpu Stainless AB
Elja Nordlöf, Sandvik Materials Technology 
Richard Paulsson, Ovako Hellefors AB
Kirsi Persson, Celsa Steel Service AB
Stian Pharo, Erasteel Kloster AB
Ulrika Porath, AB Sandvik Materials Technology
Margaretha Sönnergaard, Swerim AB
Anna Thorell, Jernkontoret
Mia Widell, SSAB AB
Ann Wulf, Höganäs AB
Pål Åström, Outokumpu Stainless AB 
Anna Östlund, SSAB (Borlänge)
Maja Boström, Jernkontoret, sectretary