Focus on Finland: Men of Steel

Published Jun 17, 2004
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CCB Stål AS is one of Norway’s largest steel and metal wholesalers, supplying carbon steel, special steel, aluminium and construction products. Headquartered with a 17,000 square-metre warehouse in Oslo, the CCB Group comprises twelve branch offices, nine of which have their own warehouse facilities. The group’s main warehouse located in Bryne, Norway – not far from the heart of the Norwegian oil industry in Stavanger – is the Group’s primary provider to the offshore industry. As a part of Rautauruukki, which focuses on new solutions, CCB offers value-adding expertise and reliability in addition to its quality products that comply with the latest revisions of Norsok standards.

Service Centre
CCB Group has invested in a new, modern grit blasting and priming facility at the CCB Bryne warehouse, which means that the highest quality standards are now applied to these services when it comes to products for the onshore and especially the offshore industries. CCB’s Bryne facility also offers flame cutting for tailor-made solutions.

With its acquisition of Avesta Polarit’s wholesaling activities, CCB Group is now the overall market leader in acid-resistant and stainless steel, making the Group a principle source for offshore industry requirements. Additionally, CCB is a total supplier of welding and pickling products, with stocks from both Avesta Welding and AB Sandvik Steel.

Long Offshore Experience
As a part of Rautaruukki, CCB Stål can draw on Norwegian Continental Shelf experience that stretches back to the early 1970’s. CCB steel can be found on many platforms, including Kvitebjørn and Ringhorne. Most recently, CCB has secured contracts to supply steel for the subsea templates located in the Ormen Lange gas field.

“We just won a contract for the Ormen Lange subsea templates, which are being fabricated by Heerema Tønsberg.” Explains CCB marketing Manager Oskar Hauge. “Construction is beginning in mid May, and we are supplying the first steel now, including plates, platestrips, sections, hollow sections and tubulars.”

“For Ormen Lange, the CCB solution has been to supply prefabricated plates and platestrips. The 8- metre long legs are supplied as curved and bevelled plates and the platestrips are individual cut to size and bevelled to facilitate construction,” says Hauge.

A modern logistics enterprise, CCB Stål focuses on optimal solutions for clients and suppliers alike. CEO John Børge Halvorsen explains that, “When it comes to developing new materials and new solutions for how to use materials, we have the advantage of all the expertise from our mother company Rautaruukki in Finland. We concentrate on sales, warehousing and distribution as a complimentary service to our product range. Also, we are the biggest player in Norway when it comes to stainless steel, which makes us complete when it comes to services.”

But CCB does more than simply fill orders to customer specifications. “The customers may have prespecified needs, so we then analyse the specifications and make recommendations for improved alternatives. One example would be suggestions that are more cost effective than what the customer had in mind. In this way, we add value rather than just supplying the steel.” says Halvorsen.

Focus on Finland: Men of Steel-Body

CCB Stål CEO John Børge Halvorsen (left) and Marketing Manager Oskar Hauge at the Oslo warehouse

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