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Ruukki from the 1960s to the present day

Ruukki history

Ruukki’s history dates back to the 1960s, when Rautaruukki was established to ensure the availability of raw materials for the Finnish shipbuilding and other metal industries. Over the years, Ruukki has transformed from a traditional steel producer into a multi-skilled actor in the steel and engineering industries. Today, our operations comprise the construction and steel businesses.


Ruukki 1960s

Rautaruukki was established in 1960. The company was originally founded by the Finnish government, Outokumpu, Valmet, Wärtsilä, Rauma-Repola and Fiskars to ensure the availability of raw materials for the Finnish shipbuilding and other metal industries. Rautaruukki's steel mill in Raahe was the first in western countries to start producing steel using the cost-efficient continuous casting technique, which replaced the traditional ingot casting method. In 1960, the company employed six people, but by the end of the decade the number of employees was more than 1,700.


Ruukki 1970s

During the 1970’s Rautaruukki focused on upgrading operations. The company decided to serve a wider range of customers and added sheets and pipe products into the portfolio. For this purpose, a cold rolling mill was established and tube production started in Hämeenlinna. In Raahe a second blast furnace was also opened in 1976. With the new Hämeenlinna works and the second blast furnace in Raahe, the number of employees increased rapidly and in the late seventies Ruukki employed over 7,000 people.


Ruukki 1980s

The company began to seek growth opportunities in Western Europe by establishing sales offices and making acquisitions. Rautaruukki acquired, for example, Metalcolour A/S, a Danish colour-coating works, CCB-Gruppen, a Norwegian steel wholesale business and Schmacke Rohr GmbH, a German tube mill. A new cold-formed section production plant, Stelform A/S, was also established in Denmark in 1989. These new companies enabled Rautaruukki to serve a wider range of customers. By the end of the decade, the number of employees was almost 10,000.


Ruukki 1990s

Ruukki invested heavily in increasing the degree of upgrading in production. In the early 1990s, Ruukki also expanded into the construction business, with the acquisition of Finnish steel roof manufacturer Rannila. In the 1990s, the markets in Eastern Europe opened up to the company, first in the Baltics and Poland, and later in Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Hungary. This decade was a time of strong internationalisation. By the end of the 1990s, Ruukki employed over 12,000 people, 5,000 of which were employed outside of Finland.


Ruukki 2000s

In 2004 all the different companies in Rautaruukki Corporation started using the marketing name Ruukki. At the same time, Ruukki began to focus strongly on the solutions businesses in the construction and engineering industries. The company's steel business focuses on special steel products. Ruukki supplies metal-based components, systems and solutions to its customers and helps them build superior products more efficiently and to win and execute demanding construction and projects around the world.


Ruukki Solar PanelRuukki’s strategic direction became more focused than before when units of Komas and Ruukki Engineering division to form a new company, Fortaco. In 2013 Ruukki Construction divided into two business areas, Ruukki Building Products and Ruukki Building Systems. Ruukki Metals is shifting increasingly more clearly to special steels.


Ruukki logo

Ruukki logo

Ruukki logo

Rautaruukki's first logo
from 1962 to 1975.

Second logo from
1976 to 2003.

The present logo
from the year 2004.