Outokumpu is redefining the steel industry by positioning data and AI at the core of their global operations. It’s not just about improving efficiency—it’s about changing the entire business concept and the culture to create a more sustainable future.

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The nice thing about success is that you get addicted. Suddenly more departments ask, ‘Oh, can we do it as well?’

Stefan Erdmann Chief Technology Officer Outokumpu
Stefan Erdmann
Chief Technology Officer
Outokumpu

AI in action

Rolling out AI across Outokumpu is helping better connect process steps in steel production. In doing so, AI is allowing downstream operators to make decisions based on organization-wide data, improving processes such as: 

Heat tracking

Knowing where materials have been before processing provides insight into their carbon footprint and possible defects.

Electricity measurement

AI can identify temperature variations of just 50 to 100 degrees Celsius, data that helps drive efficiency and lower electricity costs.

Recommendations to operators

AI provides repeatable, measurable data to support better decision making at the plant and enterprise level.

Turning to AI for a more sustainable future

Designed to stand the test of time, stainless steel is a material that ultimately supports a more sustainable world. But to meet their short- and long-term sustainability goals, Outokumpu is optimizing their processes to produce that steel by using AI—discovering opportunities to operate more efficiently and with less waste.

Stefan Erdmann, Chief Technology Officer at Outokumpu, talks about the opportunity and personal legacy of achieving Outokumpu’s sustainability goals.

Stefan Erdmann Chief Technology Officer Outokumpu
Stefan Erdmann
Chief Technology Officer
Outokumpu
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Learning from Outokumpu

Outokumpu is successfully implementing AI because they realized that employees embracing technology is more essential to transformation than the technology itself. They followed a careful strategy to secure buy-in from management to the shop floor.

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