New Global President at Sandvik Coromant


On September 1, 2011, Klas Forsström took over the position as global president of Sandvik Coromant, the world-leading supplier of cutting tools, tooling solutions, services, and know-how to the metalworking industry. Forsström has been with the Sandvik Group for about 17 years, mostly at Sandvik Coromant. His work has included leading positions in R&D, product development, marketing, business development, and sales. Most recently he held the position as president of Sandvik Hard Materials.

“It is really exciting and inspiring to be back with Sandvik Coromant. I am truly impressed by what the company has achieved in recent years. As the market leader we are perceptive and forward thinking,” he says.

His first task as president is to manage and further develop the ambitious strategy that Sandvik Coromant has set. This includes an even stronger customer focus through local presence and global knowledge sharing. “R&D is part of the very fabric that is Sandvik Coromant. We are always focused on product innovation, premium application knowledge and speed to market. Our ambition and motivation for the future is strong. I believe we will be successful in the further development of customer oriented solutions,” he explains. Short facts about Klas Forsström:

• Education: Klas Forsström holds a Master of Science in Materials Physics and a BMA from Uppsala University, Sweden.
• Born: 1967 in Gävle, Sweden.
• Family: Married to Marie Forsström; children: Matilda, Lovisa, Amanda and Erik.
• Lives: Sandviken, Sweden
• Interests: Family life, reading, fishing, and carpentry.

Sandvik Coromant is the world-leading supplier of cutting tools and tooling systems for the metalworking industry and is represented in 130 countries. Twenty-five state of the art Productivity Centers located around the world provide customers and staff with continuous training in tooling solutions and methods to increase productivity. Sandvik Coromant is part of the tooling business area of the Sandvik Group. Learn more at