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Materials Services will operate on a climate neutral basis worldwide as early as 2030.
Going beyond

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Calculating CO2e footprint for the entire supply chain

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Calculating CO2e footprint for the entire supply chain

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thyssenkrupp Materials Services calculates CO2e footprint for the entire supply chain

Knowing exactly how big a product's CO2e footprint is along the entire supply chain is one of the major challenges companies face when it comes to reducing emissions. As the largest mill-independent materials distributor and service provider in the Western world, thyssenkrupp Materials Services has now developed a calculation model that is unique on the market to date aimed at creating precisely this transparency for its entire product portfolio and its customers: The Product Carbon Footprint – PCF for short – calculator calculates the exact CO2e emissions for each product from production to delivery. "The Product Carbon Footprint Calculator is an important milestone on the way to achieving our own climate targets, but also those of our customers,” says Martin Stillger, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services.

Product Carbon Footprint - individual calculation according to recognized standards

The complex calculation of the Product Carbon Footprint incorporates specific data on warehouse locations, delivery and shipment, as well as all supplier and material data. This means that all data along the entire supply chain up to the customer, the so-called "cradle to gate" approach, is taken into account. In accordance with the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol - the globally recognized standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions - this data is allocated to the individual order items at thyssenkrupp Materials Services. This allocation is based on the one hand on the extensive process and material knowledge of thyssenkrupp Materials Services and on the other on the support of external experts in assessing the corresponding greenhouse gas effects. In this way it is possible for each item to transparently show all steps from production, delivery, storage and processing to delivery to the customer in terms of greenhouse gas impact.

Frank Thelen, Head of Governance and Procurement at thyssenkrupp Materials Services and largely involved in the development of the model: “With the data from the calculations, our customers have exact baseline data for their own PCF calculations. On this basis, we can advise our customers so that, for example, products from other manufacturing processes with lower CO2e values can be used in the future. In this way we make an important contribution to the climate neutrality of our customers' products." thyssenkrupp Materials Services' calculation model has been certified by the international classification society DNV.

Green Steel - less CO2e through renewable energies and intelligent recycling

One of the steel grades in the thyssenkrupp Materials Services product portfolio that customers can use to reduce their Scope 3 emissions will be "green steel" from the Swiss Steel Group from 2023 - the green forged and rolled bright and bar steel is used by thyssenkrupp Aerospace, among others, to build aircraft parts. The manufacturing process for this material is particularly environmentally friendly, with emissions 80 to 95 percent below the industry average.

 "Even if it is not yet possible to produce steel in a climate-neutral way, a reduction of 10 or 20 percent is already an important step, particularly for this very CO2e-intensive material," says Frank Thelen. "With the new transparency across our entire supply chain, we can now work with our partners to make it as climate-friendly as possible in the future."


thyssenkrupp Aerospace and Swiss Steel Group forge green plans

When an aircraft takes to the skies in the future, it's quite possible that "green steel" from the Swiss Steel Group will be part of it. Because from next year the Swiss Steel Group will supply only green steel to
thyssenkrupp Aerospace, a supplier to the world's leading aerospace companies and a thyssenkrupp Materials Services company. From 2023 the Swiss Steel Group will supply thyssenkrupp Aerospace with green forged and rolled bright and bar steel. The production process for this material is particularly environmentally friendly, with emissions 80 to 95 percent below the industry average. 

As well as aiming to make its own operations climate-neutral from 2030, thyssenkrupp Materials Services also supports its customers in decarbonizing their supply chains. Green products and services are essential and support the ambition of the largest mill-independent materials distributor and service provider in the western world to also become an industry leader in sustainability. Patrick Marous, CEO of thyssenkrupp Aerospace: "We are seeing an increasing demand for CO2-reduced materials from our customers. The aerospace industry in particular is heavily involved in the topic. We are therefore pleased to be able to serve this need together with a long-standing partner." 

Commenting on this green collaboration, Frank Koch, CEO of the Swiss Steel Group, said: "This agreement is another highlight in our previous collaboration with the thyssenkrupp Group. We have known and appreciated each other for years and are looking forward to a common "Green Future"! 

The intention of both partners is to further expand the relationship and include other business areas where appropriate. 

As one of the world's leading service providers in the market for raw materials, processing services and the management of complex supply chains, thyssenkrupp Aerospace supplies the required materials just-in-time, cut and machined exactly to customer specifications. The aim is for customers to be able to concentrate fully on their core business. The company has a global network of 21 countries.


thyssenkrupp Schulte: Finding the right customer solution with just a few clicks

Germany's leading materials distributor has developed the Supplier Network Tool, a web-based database which enables its employees to connect with processing providers and request services with just a few clicks. The database provides direct access to a comprehensive cross-border supplier network with an ever-expanding portfolio of services. As a result, customer requests can be processed and implemented more quickly and in a more targeted manner.


The advantages of the Supplier Network Tool at a glance

In order to define its portfolio as precisely as possible, the service provider can choose from a selection of around 70 machining options. In this way, the Supplier Network Tool forms a universal platform for the employees of thyssenkrupp Schulte, with which a cross-border search for the right suppliers can be carried out throughout Europe. Continuous enhancement and management of the tool ensure that the information is up-to-date. In line with individual customer requirements, the search is precisely defined in the Supplier Network Tool and, in turn, the most optimal service provider for material processing is found. This not only significantly simplifies direct contact and negotiation, but also cross-supply chain cooperation.


"The tool forms a bridge between our customers and suppliers. Our business partners benefit from the fact that we have direct access to a comprehensive network of services. This enables us to process customer inquiries quickly but also accurately," says Sefa Dogansoy, Head of Supplier Network at thyssenkrupp Schulte. With the expansion of its service portfolio, thyssenkrupp Schulte is systematically pursuing its "Materials as a Service" strategy. Thanks to innovations such as the Supplier Network Tool, customers will be able to focus even better on their core competencies.


thyssenkrupp Schulte GmbH, headquartered in Essen, is part of thyssenkrupp Materials Services and the leading materials distributor and service provider for steel, stainless steel and nonferrous metals in Germany. A network of over 40 locations serves customers from a wide range of manufacturing sectors, including industry, the skilled trades and construction. The portfolio ranges from a broad product assortment of flat products, profiles and tubes to expert technical advice and a comprehensive range of services along the value chain.


thyssenkrupp Schulte invests in new high-rack storage system

thyssenkrupp Schulte has invested in a new high-rack storage system at its Radebeul site.

Since commissioning in February 2022, the new system has increased process efficiency in operations and paved the way for automated materials warehousing. In the future this will allow the loading sequence and warehouse handling to be optimized with the help of a system.


Efficient use of space creates growth opportunities

With dimensions of 21 meters high, 17 meters wide and 59 meters long, the high-rack offers many advantages for the eastern district of the materials trading experts. The efficient use of space creates additional storage capacity. In total, over 6,000 tons of long material can be stored in the 2,020 cassettes of the high-rack. This offers further growth potential: "The new high-rack storage system will enable us to further expand our business and optimally meet increasing customer requirements in the future," says Tobias Huppenthal Sales Manager in the Eastern District.


Contribution to CO2-reduction

The high-rack storage system supports the company-wide goal of CO2-savings in many aspects. Energy is recovered via dynamic energy storage systems during automated processes. The increased storage capacity for materials will also significantly reduce transports from other warehouses in the future, which will reduce CO2-emissions. These and other companywide measures are small but important steps towards achieving the goal of climate neutrality at thyssenkrupp Schulte by 2030.


thyssenkrupp Materials Trading and Ucore Rare Metals Inc. sign memorandum of understanding for the supply of rare earth carbonate

thyssenkrupp Materials Trading has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (TSXV: UCU) (FSE: U9UA), a Canadian-based rare earth carbonate processing company, for the purchase of the carbonate. Through the MoU, thyssenkrupp Materials Trading, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, strengthens its position in the global distribution of rare earths.

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. is developing the Alaska Strategic Metals Complex (SMC) in Alaska, USA, a facility for processing rare earths and other critical minerals, which is scheduled to start production in 2024. For this, thyssenkrupp Materials Trading will provide at least 1,000 tons per year of rare earth carbonate through its global supplier network from that date. Optionally, advance delivery to Ucore Rare Metals Inc. for testing purposes is possible. In addition, both parties are discussing offtake options from the oxide production of Ucore Rare Metals Inc.

Due to their unique physical and chemical properties, rare earths are an essential component of the energy transition. They are used in the form of rare earth magnets in electric vehicle motors and generators in wind power plants, among other things. Other applications are in the special alloys, chemical catalysts, laser crystals, polishing agents for the glass industry and phosphors.

“thyssenkrupp Materials Trading is a stalwart in the global critical metals industry and the perfect prospective partner for Ucore’s development of an independent rare earth supply chain in North America,” says Pat Ryan, P.Eng., Ucore Chairman and CEO. “The execution of this MoU ensures that Ucore will have diverse sources of feedstock for the Alaska SMC, increasing our security of supply. Additionally, it allows the parties to consider various forms of a contractual supply and marketing relationship as Ucore continues to develop and secure aspects of its envisioned rare earth elements supply chain, and as thyssenkrupp further strengthens its position as a worldwide critical materials acquisition leader.”

Wolfgang Schnittker, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Trading, says: "The partnership with Ucore Rare Metals Inc. underlines the consistent expansion of our sales activities in the global distribution of rare earth products, which is made possible by our strong and broad supplier base. By supplying our partner with high quality carbonate, we now have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a strategically important and reliable supply chain of rare earth products in North America."

thyssenkrupp Materials Trading is an international trading and services company headquartered in Essen, Germany. Its product range includes raw materials such as alloys, nonferrous metals, minerals, coke, coal and ores, various raw materials for future technologies, metallurgical products such as steel and pipes, pipe accessories, finished steel and stainless steel, as well as trading with new and used industrial equipment, machine tools, spare parts, and structural elements for hydraulic steel engineering and the offshore sector, plus materials and logistics services of all kinds. The range is rounded out by tailored offers, including financing and shipment.

About Ucore Metals Inc.

Ucore is focused on rare- and critical-metals resources, extraction, beneficiation, and separation technologies with the potential for production, growth, and scalability. Ucore has a 100% ownership stake in the Bokan-Dotson Ridge Rare-Earth Element Project in Southeast Alaska, USA. The Company’s vision and plan is to become a leading advanced technology company, providing best-in-class metal separation products and services to the mining and mineral extraction industry.


Hamburg: New thyssenkrupp Plastics logistics center starts operation

Since April 4, the German market leader for plastics products in the building construction, visual communication, piping systems and engineering plastics segments has been serving its customers from a new logistics hub for northern Germany: thyssenkrupp Plastics has rented a state-of-the-art logistics center at the Tornesch business park to better serve the needs of major customers in the region. In addition to plastics products, this includes numerous services for product and application advice as well as an extensive processing service.


"With a direct connection to the A23 federal highway, Tornesch is integrated into the Hamburg metropolitan region, and the state capital Kiel as well as the North and Baltic Seas can be reached in less than an hour. The area has undergone constant development in recent years. The modern environment with its diverse sectors offers ideal conditions for our business," says Nicolas Neuwirth, Chairman of the Management Board of thyssenkrupp Plastics GmbH, explaining the company's decision in favor of the new location. The logistics center consists of a single-story hall measuring around 7,800 square meters with a height of 10 meters, housing warehousing, production and sales. A total of 35 employees work at the new Tornesch site.


The move to Tornesch, north of Hamburg, finally completes the disposal of the previous Hamburg site in Waidmanstrasse, which was already sold in 2017. "We have moved into a modern and efficient building that is technically and environmentally up to date and precisely tailored to our needs," says Christian Wisley- Schulz, branch manager of thyssenkrupp Plastics.


Essen-based thyssenkrupp Plastics GmbH is part of thyssenkrupp Materials Services and is a German-wide service provider for product and application advice, processing, procurement and supply. The portfolio of over 40,000 plastics products and brands comes exclusively from well-known, internationally active producers who are among the technology and market leaders in their respective product areas. The sales program is geared to the specific requirements of customers in the DIY and construction trade, building construction, industrial piping systems, engineering plastics and visual communication sectors. (German only)