Morning: Visit at Outokumpu Stainless in Avesta starting with a company presentation by Erik Schedin, Head of R&D, followed by case studies from different views, marketing, product development and technical support by three Avesta R&D specialists. The presentation by Outokumpu’s Ravi Vishnu was one of the highlights of the week, according to the evaluation.

Short time for three PhD- student presentations and a common poster session discussions. Three PhD- students were diverted for detailed personal discussions about their research work with Avesta employees instead of poster sessions. Very good initiative that could be further exploited in coming programmes. Visit to R&D labs.
Participants: Five to eight Outokumpu representatives, PhD- students, JS, ED, LI.

Afternoon: Visit to SECO Tools, Fagersta. Lunch kindly hosted by SECO. Good description of company background, challenges and strategies by Mikael Fallqvist, Research Scientist. Presentation of SECO cases, and three student presentations. Well prepared time for poster sessions and individual discussions.
Guided visit to the Technical Center with demo of state of the art steel machining and visits to different laboratories.
The visit to SECO Tools was rounded up with an exercise (group work) to discuss working conditions in Sweden and at SECO. Very good initiative where students could ask questions and obtain information on a more personal level with SECO employees. Excellent PR for SECO and much appreciated by the PhD-students.
Participants: About ten SECO representatives, PhD-students, JS, ED, LI