Sandvik introduces PowerCarbide the industry’s most powerful carbide grades gathered under one name


Sandvik was the first company in history to produce rock tools with cemented carbide, which is one of the most successful composite engineering materials ever produced. The company has now gathered their most powerful carbide grades under one name: PowerCarbide. The range offers a unique combination of strength, hardness, toughness and wear resistance – to significantly enhance both drilling performance and cost effectiveness.


“Sandvik has been the market leader in the development of cemented carbides for decades. The introduction of the PowerCarbide concept enables us to showcase the importance of carbide grades in drilling operations.” says Marie Lundbäck, R&D Manager Hard Materials, Rock Tools, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “Our key strengths in this area lie in our innovations in advanced material compositions and production processes.”

Sandvik has established itself as a world-leading developer and producer of cemented carbide tools. This has been due to best-in-class R&D, continuous investments and close customer collaboration. Sandvik also controls the entire production chain – from their own tungsten mine to the production of drill bits – which is unique in the market.

“Sandvik PowerCarbide is the most significant carbide innovation in the rock drilling industry for decades,” says Marie Lundbäck. “As we have the most comprehensive range of advanced carbide tools, we can offer our customers tailored solutions to meet their specific drilling needs. At the same time, we are able to contribute to a more sustainable future through our unique global carbide recycling system.”

The Sandvik PowerCarbide family currently consists of the grades DP55, DP65, GC80, SH70, XT49, XT70 and XT90. New grades will be launched and added to the family as we continue to develop the range. All Sandvik products with PowerCarbide inserts will have a PowerCarbide symbol to differentiate them from our standard carbide products.

Sandviken, Sweden March 11th, 2019

For more information, please contact:

Marie Lundbäck, R&D Manager Hard Materials
Rock Tools
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
Tel: +4687266522

Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world-leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2018, the Group had approximately 42,000 employees and sales of 100 billion SEK in more than 150 countries within continuing operations.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a business area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition. In 2018, sales were approximately 43 billion SEK with about 15,000 employees in continuing operations.

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