Alleima has won the Best Component Award at Appliance & Electronics World Expo (AWE) 2024 for compressor valve steel Freeflex® Core. This award recognizes components and materials that make outstanding contributions to the overall performance of products.

Alleima, a global manufacturer of high value-added products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys, is a world-leading supplier of valve steel for compressors in, for example, air conditioning equipment, heat pumps, refrigerators, freezers, and clothes dryers.

The latest compressor valve steel, Freeflex® Core, from Alleima withstands stricter operating conditions and offers higher energy efficiency, which can contribute to significant CO₂ savings worldwide.

“We are delighted that Alleima has been honored with the Best Component Award at AWE 2024 for our compressor valve steel Freeflex® Core. The winning component or materials have demonstrated advanced technology and innovation, coupled with excellent quality and performance properties and positive feedback from customers. For us as a team, this achievement is as a testament to our dedication to innovation, and demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality materials that exceed industry standards," says Remco Jongen, Global Product Manager.

The motivation for the award was:
“In order to enhance consumers' awareness of innovative and upgraded home appliances and consumer electronics, as well as high-quality and high-performance products, activate their potential demand for next-generation products, and promote the progress and upgrading of industries, technologies, and products, the Organizing Committee of the China Home Appliances and Consumer Electronics Expo found the AWE Award. Awards recognize products or solutions that have made outstanding contributions and significant impacts in various aspects such as industry technology trends, product innovation, consumer guidance, energy conservation and environmental protection".

In 2012-2022, the energy efficiency of cooling systems was improved by about 18% using new valve materials and improved design, strength, and mechanical properties. This is equivalent to the output of five modern nuclear power plants (50 TWh) and provides CO₂ savings of over 21 million tons.
Freeflex® Core was launched in 2021 and is a compressor valve steel optimized for air conditioning units, and can also be used in heat pumps, refrigerators or almost any type of compressor. The compressor valve steel has enhanced fatigue properties, developed to be exposed to tougher operational conditions that are critical for designing more energy efficient compressors.
“Freeflex generally has better wear resistance, better bending fatigue, and better impact fatigue resistance, which means that it lasts longer and is particularly suitable for AC requirements likelow noise level,” says Guofan Zhang, Senior Application Specialist.

About AWE Award
AWE Award sponsored by the AWE Organizing Committee (China Household Electrical Appliances Association [CHEAA]),was founded since 2011. Its popularity has expanded from the home appliance field to the consumer electronics field and surrounding fields. It is currently one of the most influential and credible product selection and recognition event in the home appliance and consumer electronics field. Due to its high level of product selection and wide coverage, representing the highest level of industry new products and the latest technological trends of the year, it is widely praised as the "Oscar in the field of global smart life". This award is renowned for its Honor, Leadership, Openness, Accumulation, Responsibility, Highness, Authority, Fairness.
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AWE Award “The best component award
The core technical components and materials supporting the product are progressiveness and innovative in technology, with excellent quality and performance, which play a key role in supporting the quality and performance improvement of the whole product, with good user feedback.

Shanghai, March 27, 2024
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About Alleima
Alleima is a global manufacturer of high value-added products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as solutions for industrial heating. Based on long-term customer partnerships and leading materials technology, we develop products for the most demanding applications and industries. Our offering includes products like seamless steel tubes for the energy, chemical and aerospace industries, precision strip steel for white goods compressors, air conditioners and knife applications, based on more than 900 active alloy recipes. It also includes ultra-fine wires for medical and micro-electronic devices, industrial electric heating technology and coated strip steel for fuel cell technology for cars, trucks, and hydrogen production. Our fully integrated value chain, from R&D to end-product, ensures industry-leading technology, quality, sustainability, and circularity. Alleima, with headquarter in Sandviken, Sweden, had approximately 6,500 employees and revenues of about 21 billion SEK in about 80 countries in 2023. The Alleima share was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm’s Large Cap list on August 31, 2022, under the ticker ‘ALLEI’. Learn more at