Facts and key ratios

The Swedish steel industry in brief 

Production plants

  • Three integrated ore-based iron and steel plants.
  • Eleven scrap-based steel plants.
  • About fifteen finishing plants.

Production

  • Crude steel production in 2020: 4.4 million tonnes (world production: 1,864 million tonnes).
  • Special steels represent a high share of total production. Alloy steels comprised 55 % of the production in 2020.
  • Very niche-oriented production with ever greater focus on steel that delivers environmental benefits from a life-cycle perspective.
  • One third of the crude steel production is scrap-based and two thirds are ore-based production (learn more: Processes).
  • Production of approx. 2 million tonnes of residues (2018), of which 78 % is used internally or sold and 22 % goes to landfill.

Foreign trade

  • Most of the manufactured steel products are exported.
  • Export value in 2020: SEK 53 billion.
  • Export volume in 2020: 3.4 million tonnes.
  • In 2020, steel exports went to 144 countries. Nearly 65 % of the total went to the EU and Great Britain.
  • Major share of the feedstock input is Swedish, e.g. iron ore, scrap, electricity and limestone.
  • Coke and alloying elements as well as oil and natural gas are imported.

Energy 

  • Energy consumption in 2019: 21 TWh.
  • Electricity consumption in 2019: 4 TWh.
  • Sale of about 2 TWh of energy annually in the form of process gases, electricity and district heating.

Emissions 

  • Emissions in 2019: 1.9 ktonnes of nitrogen oxides and 1.2 ktonnes of sulphur oxides.

Employment 

  • Employment in 2017: 15,700 persons.
  • Indirect employment in 2017: 26,500 persons*.

*) Estimated with an employment multiplier of 2.69 based on an input/output-analysis.