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Edwin Ekblad, a student at Luleå University of Technology presents the improvements made to the product Side Tipping. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Kiruna Wagon achieves success through LTU Business AB

Published: 2 January 2015

Kiruna Wagon has collaborated with Luleå University of Technology in the student project Sirius with great success during 2014. The company wanted to reach a technological breakthrough that would be used in the company's latest trailer Side Dumper. Now the company is aiming at a long-term partnership with the University.

- For a Norrland companies should be relevant in the global market it is necessary to have the best skills and to innovate to stay ahead of their competitors. This means we try to anticipate our customers' future needs of new generations of our products. We believe that it is difficult for us to maintain our lead today without the cooperation of a university, says Fredrik Kangas, CEO of Kiruna Wagon.

Seven students from Luleå University were involved in the project during the academic year. The main objective was to simplify the design of the carriage with the overall goal of reducing its own weight. To succeed, the students were forced to move mechanisms and lifting points to the lower part of the frame.

- It has been both rewarding and challenging to work with Kiruna Wagon. We have met all points of the specifications, while work has been integrated between production and design, says student Edwin Ekblad.

Kiruna Wagon made contact with Luleå University through LTU Business AB who supports and helps companies that want to develop. The project has now led to Kiruna Wagon want to take the next step towards a long-term partnership with Luleå University of Technology which covers both new student projects but also research development.

- It is an opportunity for us to recruit exciting young engineers. The ultimate goal is to become an attractive and exciting employers who recruit locally and sells the most modern mining technology in a global market, says Fredrik Kangas, CEO of Kiruna Wagon.