Karin Palmqvist appointed new Site and Production Manager for SSAB in Oxelösund

3 June 2024

Karin Palmqvist has been appointed new Site and Production Manager for SSAB in Oxelösund starting July 1, 2024. She will lead the work with SSAB’s fossil-free transformation in Oxelösund, which will reduce Sweden’s total CO2-emissions by around 3 percent.

“I’m proud to be trusted with this task. It feels like an exciting challenge to lead SSAB in Oxelösund with all the changes that we are facing. Construction of the new electric arc furnace is in full swing and in 2026 we will be ready to produce emission-free steel on a large scale – it feels incredibly motivating,” says Karin Palmqvist.

Karin Palmqvist will replace interim Site and Production Manager Johnny Sjöström, who will focus entirely on his role as Head of SSAB Special Steels.

“Karin has the competence and drive I’ve been looking for to take Oxelösund through the transformation. She’ll be leading the organization by seeing the big picture and ensuring stable delivery capability,” says Johnny Sjöström.

Karin Palmqvist has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. She has extensive experience of production management in both manufacturing and process industry from large international companies. In 2014, she joined SSAB in Oxelösund to work with logistic development. In recent years, she has been responsible for production planning and logistics and has been a member of the local management team. Earlier this year, she was listed as one of the 40 most influential women in the iron and steel industry in Sweden.

SSAB is transforming its entire Nordic production system to fossil-free steelmaking, and Oxelösund is the first site to transform. Instead of coal and blast furnace-based production, the steel will in the future be made in electrical arc furnaces run on fossil-free energy and with fossil-free sponge iron and recycled scrap as the raw materials. The transformation will reduce Sweden’s total CO2-emissions by around 10 percent and Finland’s by 7 percent.