Sandviken-based Alleima, global manufacturer of highly refined stainless steel and special alloys, has today signed a strategic partnership agreement with Uppsala University. The partnership will deepen cooperation in research and education, increase scientific excellence, strengthen social benefits and increase the power of innovation where society today faces major challenges.

Tom Eriksson, Executive Vice President and Head of strategic research at Alleima and Charlotte Platzer Björkman, vice-rector at Uppsala University

Alleima, then as part of Sandvik, and Uppsala University have long been cooperating within several areas, including through joint research and development projects, exchanges in the form of industrial doctoral students, study visits and guest lecturers. Alleima has also contributed with an industrial point of view to the design of courses at the university, so they match the needs of the market.

This collaboration is further strengthened by the strategic partnership, as it supports both existing and new forms of collaboration between Alleima and Uppsala University. Among other things, it strives to increase cooperation in materials science, an area where both parties conduct research and development at the international forefront. The strategic partnership has a particular focus on the transition to a sustainable society and the challenges it poses to the industry.

"Alleima is a world-class actor in its field and our research at the university has a natural connection to theirs. Through the strategic partnership, our collaboration is anchored for the long term. We will better be able to make visible what we do together, draw attention to our results and strengthen the research conducted within the partnership. But the strategic partnerships are also about spreading the experiences from previous projects and finding new areas within the university where we can work together", says Urban Wiklund, professor of materials science at the Department of Materials Science at Uppsala University and partnership manager for the strategic partnership with Alleima at Uppsala university.

"It feels fantastic to deepen our collaboration together with Uppsala University. The focus of the partnership is on materials science, but we also collaborate with, for example, researchers at the Department of Information Technology and Industrial Technology. One example is that, together with the university, we have looked at how we can use the same technology behind facial recognition on mobile phones and computers to see patterns in steel. Just like Alleima, Uppsala University has a strong tradition of solid research with established methods and experience. We are very much looking forward to strengthening our important collaboration where we can continuously exchange knowledge, experience, and continue our ambitious research," says Tom Eriksson, Executive Vice President and head of strategic research.

Alleima develops products for very demanding applications and industries and has more than 900 active alloy recipes. These include products such as seamless stainless-steel pipes for the energy, chemical and aerospace industries, precision strip steel for appliance compressors, air conditioning and knife applications. Other examples are products for industrial electric heating technology, ultrafine wires for medical technology and coated strip steel for fuel cell technology for cars, trucks and hydrogen production. Of the company's around 6,500 employees, around half work in Sweden and many of them are based in Sandviken.

Uppsala University, founded 1477, is a multidisciplinary, internationally oriented research university that ranks among the best in the world. Research and education are conducted within the areas of humanities and social sciences, medicine and pharmacy, and technology and natural sciences. The university continuously develops strategic partnerships with external organizations to contribute to societal benefit and innovation by strengthening the university's research and education. Uppsala University has 50,000 students and close to 5,000 researchers.

Uppsala University already has four strategic partnerships with the companies Volvo Car Corporation and Hitatchi Energy, as well as with Uppsala Municipality and Region Gotland.
Uppsala, April 18, 2024
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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