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Alternative drives for the logistics industry: Statement by Martin Stillger, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services

Logistics spending in the U.S. has grown rapidly in recent years. More than 72 percent of the country's freight is transported by road each year, with trucks traveling more than 300 billion miles annually. However, road transport generates a large number of emissions that need to be reduced drastically. Martin Stillger, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, evaluates alternative drives and their relevance for the logistics industry:

"As one of the world’s leading mill-independent materials distribution and service providers, we are aware of our great responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of operating on a climate-neutral basis by 2030. Part of this involves switching to alternative drives to get our products from A to B in a more climate-friendly way. Thanks to technological progress in recent years, the first alternatives to fossil fuels are ready for use today – and will be scalable in the future.

At thyssenkrupp Materials Services, we are intensively examining the feasibility of possible alternatives for more sustainable road freight logistics in both North America and Europe. Let me give you four examples:             

In California a large proportion of our truck fleet already runs on renewable diesel R99. The engines do not need to be specially converted, but the CO₂ savings are still enormous. In addition, our North American subsidiary, Copper and Brass Sales, is currently testing the use of RNG trucks that run on renewable natural gas. In Germany, the first hydrogen-powered trucks have been operating for us since this year. Our British subsidiary, thyssenkrupp Materials UK, uses trucks that run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). Compared to conventional diesel, this reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95 percent.      

As you can see: There are many options. Since it is not yet possible to predict which technologies and solutions will ultimately prevail, we are not restricting ourselves to one approach, but are focusing on diversification in the pilot phases, with the aim of expanding the proven options at a later stage."

The sustainability strategy of thyssenkrupp Materials Services is called "BEYOND" and is based on the internationally recognized ESG standards – but goes beyond these requirements. In addition to reducing its own CO₂ emissions, the focus is on developing sustainable products and services for customers that enable them to demonstrably reduce their carbon footprint and increase efficiency.


thyssenkrupp Materials Services and thyssenkrupp Steel sign memorandum of understanding for the purchase of CO2-reduced bluemint® Steel

On April 16, 2024 thyssenkrupp Materials Services and thyssenkrupp Steel Europe signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase of climate-friendly steel. As part of the agreement, the subsidiary of the materials distribution and service provider, thyssenkrupp Schulte, commits to purchasing fixed quantities of C02-reduced bluemint® steel with immediate effect. In the following years, the quantities are to increase gradually and the purchase agreement is to run up to and including 2030. thyssenkrupp Schulte will not only supply its own customers in the German domestic market with the CO2-reduced steel, but will also make it available to other stockholding units in Western and Eastern Europe. The signing underlines the consistent expansion of the sustainable product portfolio. 

Detlef Schotten, CEO of thyssenkrupp Schulte, says: "With the increasing requirements for sustainable business processes, we are seeing growing demand from our customers for CO2-reduced alternatives. This trend will continue to grow in the coming years. As a materials distributor, we are not just a supplier, but a partner for our customers and support them in their endeavors to become more sustainable. This includes a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions that create ecological added value. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with thyssenkrupp Steel is an important step that underpins our commitment to sustainable material solutions."

Jörg Paffrath, Head of Sales Industry at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, adds: "In the age of sustainability, partnerships like this are crucial. By signing this Memorandum of Understanding, we are sending a strong signal in favor of a forward-looking industry. Our commitment to CO2-reduced steel also emphasizes our role as a responsible partner for our customers. We are determined to meet the growing demand for sustainable material solutions and, together with our partners, to make a positive contribution to tackling the global challenges of climate change."


Together against youth unemployment and skills shortage: thyssenkrupp Materials Services and JOBLINGE continue to join forces

  • Collaboration to place disadvantaged young people in the labor market extended for another year

  • thyssenkrupp Materials Services provides 1:1 mentoring and application support in the search for an apprenticeship

  • JOBLINGE contributes its expertise in job placement, thyssenkrupp Materials Services offers internships and apprenticeships as well as insights into career fields

More than one in two companies in Germany considers the shortage of skilled workers to be one of the greatest business risks. These are the results of the latest economic survey conducted by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) in February. There are approximately 260,000 unfilled apprenticeships in Germany, while about 180,000 unemployed people are looking for an apprenticeship. To help close this skills gap, thyssenkrupp Materials Services has become a regional partner of the non-profit organization JOBLINGE. After a successful start in 2023, the cooperation has now been extended for another year. The focus of the cooperation is on placing young people in apprenticeships who are often at a disadvantage in the application process due to their social or migration background.


thyssenkrupp Aerospace and Mecachrome Group sign MoU to continue their long-term partnership

thyssenkrupp Aerospace and the Mecachrome Group, one of the five largest manufacturers of aerospace parts in Europe, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a five-year extension of their existing long-term partnership. thyssenkrupp Aerospace, part of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, one of the world’s leading mill-independent materials distribution and service providers, will deliver material management solutions to the Mecachrome Group, including the supply of cut-to-size aluminum plates to France and North Africa.

The contract covers a range of services, including optimizing the use of raw materials, logistics planning to anticipate distribution and delivery challenges. It also incorporates purchasing management, specifically managing Conbid, the consolidated material supply process used for Airbus. New additions to the partnership agreement take advantage of the “Materials as a Service” offering from thyssenkrupp Aerospace, especially the use of a digital control tower for highly effective performance and forecast management


Reducing energy costs and increasing eco-efficiency: thyssenkrupp Materials IoT expands IIoT and MES platform toii® with energy monitoring

The energy transition confronts companies with major challenges. Renewable energies and energy-efficient operations have become a key economic factor. The new energy monitoring tool toii®.Energy from thyssenkrupp Materials IoT, a spin-off from thyssenkrupp Materials Services, supports manufacturing companies in optimizing their energy efficiency and achieving their sustainability goals.


Transparency through energy measurement

With the new energy monitoring tool toii®.Energy, software developer and digitalization service provider thyssenkrupp Materials IoT is expanding the range of services offered by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) platform toii®. The integrated tool forms the basis for successful energy management and creates transparency in manufacturing companies with regard to the power consumption of machines and plants. Previously, it was unclear how much power the machines were consuming and when peak loads were reached, but now this data is visible and can even be associated with individual orders and products. In this way, toii®.Energy supports companies in achieving their own sustainability goals and significantly reducing operational energy costs. "Thanks to our digitalization expertise, we create transparency on the shop floor, make energy consumption visible across all locations and identify potential savings – a crucial basis for effective energy management," says Sebastian Lang, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials IoT.


Built for the green transformation of the automotive industry: thyssenkrupp Materials de México inaugurates its new service center in the country

  • The facility will specialize in addressing key elements of the future of the automotive industry (sustainability and electromobility) and offer exclusive services to satisfy the production of light vehicles.

  • The investment for the creation of this new service center, which will incorporate around 65 new jobs, is 37 million USD.

  • With this, thyssenkrupp Materials Services, a global provider of materials and related services, has so far deployed a total investment of more than 100 million USD in North America in the last 15 months.

  • The new site in San Luis Potosí joins the other three centers in Mexico.

thyssenkrupp Materials de México, the leading company in the commercial area of the same name, inaugurated its new service center in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, on January 25, 2024. In total, the holding company thyssenkrupp Materials Services, one of the world’s leading mill-independent materials distribution and service providers, invested 37 million USD that will lead to the creation of around 65 new jobs. One of the main objectives of this site is to have a decisive impact on the future viability of the automobile supply industry, which has grown significantly in the region in recent years.