Sauda, in the northeast part of Rogaland county, is a community of 5000 inhabitants. The local rivers were harnessed for hydroelectric power generation in the early 20th century, paving the way for industrialization in Sauda.
Eramet Norway’s processing plant in Sauda employs about 175 people and, with its two 40 MW furnaces, is the largest ferromanganese producer in northern Europe. Production has more than doubled since the 1960s, and nearly 60 per cent of the plant’s revenue is from refined products.
An American discovery
In 1915, the American-owned Union Carbide Corporation set up a new company, Electric Furnace Products Limited (EFP), with a view to producing carbide in Sauda. After World War I, demand for this product declined sharply, and the plant was converted to produce ferroalloys.
In 1981, Union Carbide sold the Sauda plant to Elkem, a Norwegian metal company. The 1990s proved a difficult time for the ferroalloy industry, and in 1999 Elkem sold its manganese alloy plant to the French mining and metals company Eramet. Unlike Elkem, Eramet Norway benefits from an ample supply of manganese ore from the parent company’s mine in Gabon, West Africa.
The main market for Eramet Norway Sauda is the international steel industry, especially producers in Europe and North America. Steady economic growth in Asia, primarily driven by China, has resulted in a doubling of global steel production over the past 15 years. This in turn has led to new growth in the sector during the early years of the new millennium.
Measured in tonnes produced, Sauda is the largest plant in the Eramet Norway family. Sauda has the highest output of refined ferromanganese alloys, processing about 60 per cent of the manganese ore imported by Eramet Norway.
Cornerstone company with long traditions
Eramet Norway Sauda is a cornerstone of the local economy and takes its corporate social responsibility seriously, benefiting both the company and our stakeholders.
The plant will soon celebrate its centenary, and its vision is reflected in the motto “All set for another hundred years in Sauda!” The first step towards this vision is an attractive workplace offering secure jobs with prospects. Eramet Norway Sauda has a particularly good, mutually productive relationship with the local education system, especially Sauda Upper Secondary School. The plant hosts 20–25 apprentices at any given time. This provides the plant with a good recruiting base, which is crucial to meeting the need for new skilled labour.
The plant continues to build on the solid expertise that has been accumulated over its hundred years of operation. At the same time, there is a constant updating of working methods, production processes and the plant itself to ensure competitivnes in the long run.
Ever since its founding almost a century ago, the company has played an active role in the development of the local community. Housing for plant employees, amenities for employees and other members of the community, contributions to joint funding schemes, and direct financial support over the years have left an indelible footprint on the industrial town of Sauda.
Sauda has a compact and unique downtown area. The town boasts an excellent sports centre, a cinema, a library, cafés, restaurants and ample shopping opportunities. In addition, the municipality has made it a priority to provide excellent kindergartens, schools, and nursing and care facilities.
Besides being a safe and wholesome environment in which to grow up, Sauda is also a popular place to visit. On weekends and holidays, the population increases significantly. Extensive holiday-home developments, a small-craft marina, a golf course, a motocross course, a heated outdoor sports centre, southwestern Norway’s largest alpine ski centre, and groomed ski trails in seven cottage and recreational areas a short distance from downtown – these are all factors that make Sauda an attractive location for residents and visitors alike.
Eramet Norway Sauda is constantly involved in joint projects with local schools and kindergartens and with sports and cultural organizations. The company is particularly involved in commercial development through Sauda Vekst. Eramet is also a partner in regional continuing education and lifelong learning through Utdanning i Regionene (UiR), a program offering tailored skills development on-site where people live. Over the past 15 years, Eramet has been instrumental in promoting the growth of existing businesses and newly established enterprises through the Business Park located on the smelter site. The Business Park today houses more than 15 companies.
- The commercial development company Sauda Vekst is a collaborative network that promotes the development of diversified business activities in Sauda.
- Adresse Sauda is a project initiated by Sauda Vekst to enhance the workforce by recruiting candidates for vacant positions and encouraging newcomers to settle in Sauda.
- Sauda municipality’s website contains information on services, policies and administration, and facts about Sauda.
Eramet Norway Sauda AS
Postal address: PO Box 243, 4201 Sauda, Norway
Street address: Birkelandsv. 1, Sauda
Tel: +47 52 78 50 00
Fax: +47 52 78 50 00
Business identification no.: 980 518 647