In October, Väderstad’s new high technology material lab opened in Överum.
“With this venture we will consolidate our position as a world leading manufacturer of wear parts”, says Dan Somlin, CEO of Väderstad Components.
At Väderstad Components factory in Överum, about 50 employees and 40 robots are working to manufacture wear parts that can be found in Väderstad’s agricultural machinery. Now they are joined by Väderstad’s new Materials Technology Lab, where we will be able to perform unique tests in search of the absolute best mechanical properties of a material for Väderstad’s wear parts.
To run the lab, Väderstad has recruited Anders Petersson, who is a metallurgist and materials scientist. Metallurgy is the doctrine of the production and properties of metals, there are several different parameters to consider when producing the best material for Väderstad’s wear parts.
“You obviously want a hardness in the material, that creates durability, but you also don’t want the material to be too hard. If it’s too hard it becomes easily brittle and can crack when used in our machines, it’s a balance between hardness and elasticity”, says Anders Petersson.
Since Väderstad’s products are used all over the world, we also have to take into account that the composition of the soil is different in different countries – and produce a wear part in a material that works as well as possible in different conditions.
“We are very proud of this investment, to have a development laboratory alongside our production in Överum will in the long run generate even better production, which in turn will create growth and new jobs”, says Dan Smolin, CEO of Väderstad Components.
Väderstad provides modern agriculture with innovative, highly efficient agricultural machinery and methods. By simplifying work and improving results for the farmer, the company's vision is to become the world's leading partner for outstanding emergence. The group is family owned and the head office is located in Väderstad, Sweden. Väderstad is represented in 40 countries and on all continents. In 2019, Väderstad had 1,500 employees and a turnover of 335 MEUR.