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Brazilian state of mind

2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off 12 June! Sandvik has played an important part in renovating the legendary Maracan√£ stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

On July 13, Brazil will be the focal point for soccer enthusiasts around the world as the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup takes place at the legendary Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The stadium has a capacity of 73,531, and has undergone a three-year renovation for the World Cup and for the Olympic Games in 2016. It now features several environmentally smart solutions. Apart from recycling all the debris during the renovation, a ring of 1,500 solar panels on its roof now generates clean energy, new eco-lighting saves energy, and rainwater irrigates the field.

Sandvik played a part in the renovation of the stadium roof. A duplex stainless steel was required to construct 60 cupolas, small light structures that hold the radio cable girders in place at the roof's highest point. The cupolas must withstand extreme wind and rain pressures. In the end, the construction company chose Sanmac™ 2205 duplex stainless steel. Not only does the grade provide the roof with a safety margin greater than 2, Sandvik was the only company able to deliver within the very tight deadline.

The Maracanã stadium was inaugurated in 1950, around the same time that Sandvik was first established in Brazil. The Group's long history in the country has made it strong within market areas such as oil and gas, mining and manufacturing as well as a name connected to CSR and sustainability matters.

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