Join us on our Sustainability journey

CHALLENGE  –  2020/21

The competition has ended

For the Gimo  Challenge 2020/21 we asked for students' input to our green initiative "Green factory and sustainable facilities".

Back in 2017 Sandvik Coromant started a sustainability initiative, aimed at halving the CO2 impact of its factories. Since no tool to evaluate such efforts exists on the market, we created our own: Green Factory & Sustainable Facilities. But we aren't yet satisfied with our sustainability journey, which is why we turned to students to ask: What else can we do to develop our Green Factory?

The winners were:

First prize – Karl-Gustav Elf, Måns Tivenius and Axel Svensson:

For their idea “Learning to make the shift”, an AI-based education platform that aims to disseminate Sandvik Coromant's climate movement “Make the Shift” within the organization. By teaching and involving the staff in the climate issue, the platform aims to bring out the best ideas within the company – no matter whether they come from the production teams or the corporate level. . 

Second prize – Tharun Narayanadhas:

For his idea of how Sandvik Coromant can use carbon capture and storage, CCS, to halve the factory's emissions.

Third prize – Vishal Shanmugam:

For his idea of filtering the exhaust air from the factory with algae. In conjunction with bio reactors, algae are up to 400 times more efficient than trees at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

 University students in all academic fields and all levels from first year and up are welcome to participate in Gimo Challenge. Our aim is to discover ideas and talents that could help and improve our sustainability journey at Sandvik Coromant in Gimo. Students can enter as an individual or as a group.

Missed out on this year's competition? Don't worry, Gimo Challenge will be back next year!

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How can our green factory be further developed?


1. Find out more about Sandvik Coromant in Gimo

2. Develop your idea

Your idea should help us take steps towards achieving our goals of full circularity and cutting our CO2 impact in half, enhancing our role as a world leader in the metal cutting industry. This could be achieved in a number of ways such as:

  • environment

  • new technology

  • products

  • production process

  • distribution process

3. Formulate your concept and submit it

  • a brief description of your idea – one page is ideal

  • include a motivation on how your idea can improve Sandvik Coromant Gimo

  • fill in the formula and submit your idea before the closing date


Your concept may be written in English or Swedish. 
The jury will select winners according to:

  • creativity

  • feasibility

  • possible outcome


Gimo Challenge is an annual contest.
Check out last year's winners!

Entrants in the Gimo Challenge 2019/2020 were asked to present innovative ideas on how to use 5G at our plant in Gimo. We got a lot of exciting ideas, but the following ideas were the prizewinners:

First prize – Elias Klaman:

For his idea of how Sandvik Coromant can use small drones for error identification and reparation of machines. 

Second prize – John Welsh:

For coming up with the idea of how an integrated ear protection system can improve employee well-being.

Third prize – Azin Salek:

Azin's idea built on giving visitors & employees SIM-ID tags for enhanced safety at the plant.