A small Napier engineering company has been selected as one of only four worldwide finalists for one of the steel industry’s most coveted award, the Swedish Steel Prize.
HT Engineering faces off against the likes of harvester giant Deere & Company and Sweden’s Sweco Structures on November 17 in Stockholm after being chosen as a finalist from a record number of entries from 20 countries.
The Swedish Steel Prize is open to anyone who has developed a product that includes Advanced High Strength steels, as well as construction and wear-resistant steels or a method that expands the field of application for these steels.
It is an annual prize aimed at inspiring, encouraging, and disseminating knowledge about High Strength Steel and the possibilities for developing lighter, safer, and more environmentally friendly products.
The jury selected innovations for agriculture and occupational safety, along with an arena construction project as finalists for the NZ$10,000 scholarship and six months support from the SSAB marketing and product development team.
SSAB is a world-leading supplier of high strength steels with employees in over 45 countries and production facilities in Sweden and the US.
HT Engineering’s nomination was for the design and construction of an innovative operator protection system for excavator cabs dubbed Optiview as it optimises weight reduction and operator vision.
"The cab of an excavator is often used in high-risk environments that require operator protection against objects that can enter the cab causing injury," says HT Engineering managing director Beau Davidson.
"By utilising Advanced High Strength Steel in a new design, HT Engineering has been able to improve the operators’ protection, field of vision, and safety with a considerably lighter guard that can better withstand impact shock," he says.
"To be the first New Zealand company to gain entry acceptance to the award and then be nominated one of the final four in this prestigious international award is recognition of our innovative approach to quality engineering solutions, design and workmanship."
Mr Davidson says the nomination has the potential to attract further engineering opportunities to our region where we have a base of very good engineering businesses.
"Still, our goal is to bring home the prize," he says.
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