Joint venture for steel recycling

Materials Services and mantro launch innovative new business model.

State-of-the-art logistics center at Rotenburg


thyssenkrupp Schulte secures route to the Zugspitze

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thyssenkrupp Aerospace and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace Inc. (MHICA) extend cooperation

thyssenkrupp Aerospace is pleased to announce a three-year extension to its contract with MHI Canada Aerospace (MHICA). Under the agreement, which began in 2018, thyssenkrupp Aerospace manages material for aluminum wing planks, including procuring, receiving, inspecting, and storing planks directly from the mills at its facility in Montreal. The material is drilled and tapped on demand for just-in-time delivery.

 “The continuation of our contract with MHICA is a sign of their confidence and trust in our relationship,” says Jürgen Funke, Chairman and CEO of thyssenkrupp Aerospace North America. “Under our ‘Materials as a Service’ approach, we reduce the complexity of MHICA’s supply chain with access to global markets, custom supply chain solutions, material processing, and just-in-time delivery.”

 MHI Canada Aerospace Inc., located in Mississauga, Ont., manufactures heavy aero structures for Bombardier, including the Challenger 350 wing and the Global 5500/6500 wing and center fuselage section. In addition to performing systems and flight control assembly installations and testing, its facility boasts a 24/7 supply chain and logistics center.

 As part of the worldwide thyssenkrupp network in 22 countries, thyssenkrupp Aerospace offers an unmatched logistics infrastructure to support customers around the world. Services range from raw material management to finished parts kitting. The company’s Montreal facilities feature 177 k square feet of warehouse space, with about 80 employees.


thyssenkrupp Schulte sets standards in digital transformation

  • B2B portal continuing its positive development

  • Individual development in line with customer needs

  • Digital solutions are integrated seamlessly into omnichannel strategy

Since the start of its e-commerce activities, thyssenkrupp Schulte has been systematically continuing the success story along its omnichannel approach. Digital solutions are continuously being developed to meet individual customer needs. Access to the broad range of materials is provided via a wide variety of distribution channels. The best example is the B2B portal launched for existing customers

B2B portal with positive development

At the click of a mouse the B2B portal allows orders to be placed with Germany's biggest materials distributor and service provider of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. Around a year after its launch, the platform can now be regarded as having achieved a positive interim result. In the past six months only, the number of registered customers has almost tripled. Sales growth via the B2B portal also showed a positive increase, reaching new monthly peaks.

 The materials experts at thyssenkrupp Schulte want to build on this success – with numerous customer dialogues already held and further planned on the possibilities and advantages of using the purchasing web shop. These have already been successful with around half of all customers and have resulted in registration with the B2B portal. "The intensive exchange allows us to individually identify the right channel with the maximum customer benefit. In this way we can support our customers specifically in their digital transformation and drive digital innovations together with them," says Michael Bäuerlein, Head of Digitalization and E-Commerce at thyssenkrupp Schulte.

 The advantages of online shopping at a glance

Regardless of which sales channel is used – the advantages of the B2B portal are obvious: Registered customers can access the complete product range of the materials distributor and service provider around the clock and seven days a week. Detailed product information on availability, price and delivery time, up to and including material data sheets, can be requested at the click of a mouse. This allows fast and convenient access to a number of approximately 15,000 products. In addition, registered customers receive attractive special offers or discounts via the portal. Additional comfort functions, such as retrieving or managing various documents themselves – from delivery notes to certificates – will be possible in the future. In the long term, new customers will also be able to access the platform.

 Digital transformation holistically and integrated

The B2B portal is one of many innovative solutions with which thyssenkrupp Materials Services is systematically continuing its digitalization offensive – holistically and integrated. Whether by app, phone, fax, e-mail or web shop – the aim is to meet customer needs with tailored offers and services across all channels. The biggest materials distributor and service provider in the western world is systematically pursuing its omnichannel strategy, as Martin Stillger, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Services explains: "We must be present exactly where our customers are searching for us. This requires not only rapid and dynamic adjustment to individual needs. We are also required to drive digital innovations with our customers holistically. And we are continuing to work at full strength on this.“ This is also demonstrated by the use of more and more technical innovations based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the automation of quotations and orders, for example, a self-learning system helps to increase the speed of processing while at the same time reducing the error rate. Step by step, these and other AI-based technologies make an important contribution to further increasing customer benefits in the future.


Jacob Bek receives Supplier Award from John Deere

Excellent scores in all key performance indicators: Jacob Bek has received the Achieving Excellence (AE) Award from its customer John Deere. The company, which is part of thyssenkrupp Schulte, was thus awarded partner status in the AE program of the agricultural machinery manufacturer. The materials specialists from Ulm have been supplying John Deere since 2017 and have been able to continuously expand their delivery volume during this time. The supplied material has been used among others in combine harvesters, balers and front loaders.


As part of the "John Deere Achieving Excellence Program", all suppliers are evaluated annually in various key performance indicators (KPI). The most important KPI include delivery performance and product quality, cost management and technical support.


"The award is very important to us and underlines the excellent business relations with our customer, which we have been able to continuously expand," says Robert Seeberger, Managing Director of the company, looking forward to further cooperation.


Jacob Bek GmbH is part of thyssenkrupp Schulte – the materials partner for steel, stainless steel and nonferrous metals of thyssenkrupp Materials Services in Germany. thyssenkrupp Schulte provides tailor-made services for more than 70,000 customers from industry, trade and construction. The basis for this is a wide range of flat products, sections and tubes for all requirements and tailored to the individual wishes of customers. Another decisive competitive advantage is customer proximity. With over 40 locations, thyssenkrupp Schulte is always close to its customers and can deliver quickly and reliably anywhere in Germany. The diverse product range, competent technical advice and comprehensive services round off the portfolio of Germany's largest materials dealer.


thyssenkrupp Aerospace supports Hyundai WIA with a one-stop shop solution

thyssenkrupp Aerospace is supplying the Korean aircraft landing gear manufacturer Hyundai WIA with 48 ship sets and is integrating the various supply chains involved in the process. The materials will be supplied to the original equipment manufacturer, Hyundai WIA, over a period of three years and will be used to aid Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) in building the Korea Utility Helicopter KUH-1 Surion. The KUH project was developed by KAI and Airbus Helicopters, a long-standing customer of thyssenkrupp Aerospace. The twin-engined transport helicopter will be used for both military and civil purposes.

Early involvement for best results

A landing gear consists of many different components and is built for heavy loads and extreme reliability. To meet the demands, a wide range of materials with highly specialised properties and very specific features from various sub-suppliers are required, but usually only in small quantities. This often leads to complex material supply chains and challenges in procurement, driving up costs and time required for overall coordination.

thyssenkrupp Aerospace has used its expertise in materials and global supply chains to develop a customized one-stop shop solution for the customer. A profound understanding of the customer’s challenges combined with early involvement in the process to develop a solution were important for success. As a result, thyssenkrupp Aerospace consolidated the various material shipments and put together a series of ship sets. These are then delivered when necessary and synchronised with the customer’s production flows.

This strategy allows thyssenkrupp Aerospace to eliminate supply chain complexity, enabling the customer to focus entirely on its core business. “The project shows that it is not enough to simply supply materials to our customers. They need a partner who can also solve logistical challenges,” says Patrick Marous, CEO of thyssenkrupp Aerospace. “We have developed the one-stop shop solution with and for the customer to save them time and money. Both the material shipments and supply chain management have been customised for our customer.”

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 Materials Services and mantro launch joint venture for steel recycling

As part of its strategic further development "Materials as a Service" thyssenkrupp Materials Services is breaking new ground and investing in an innovative business model: For a joint venture the company has secured the expertise of the industry experienced company builder mantro. Together with the Munich-based company, the materials experts of the thyssenkrupp Group founded “mt industry recycling GmbH” on June 2, 2020 to recycle steel. The joint venture aims to achieve a more effective return of steel scrap to the production processes of the manufacturing industry and thus offer added value to customers.

"Few raw materials in the world can be recycled as effectively as steel. Already today, almost half of the steel production comes from recycled steel scrap. In Germany alone, this corresponds to over 20 million tons of scrap every year. We are convinced that coordinating and processing them offers enormous innovation potential," says Jan Crommelinck, Managing Director of mt industry recycling GmbH and Lead New Business Model at thyssenkrupp Materials Services.

In future, customers such as steel mills and foundries will be able to purchase pure steel scrap directly from mt industry recycling GmbH. The intermediate step via the scrap dealer is no longer necessary. Thanks to the streamlined process, customers will benefit from significantly lower costs and thus lower purchase prices. The purity of the material also enables them to melt down and reprocess the scrap without any loss of quality. In addition, efficient logistics processes promise to make a positive contribution to more sustainability in recycling processes. "Material recycling is the last missing component after steel production, processing and trading, which we can now offer our customers with the joint venture. We consistently see ourselves as part of the complete recycling management system," explains Jan Crommelinck.

Decades of experience meet innovation catalysts

With the new joint venture, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is systematically expanding its service portfolio in line with its "Materials as a Service" strategy. The aim is to intensify customer relations and drive forward integration into customers' entire supply chains. The joint venture of thyssenkrupp Materials Services and mantro combines the best of two worlds: Customers can draw on the decades of in-depth materials expertise of thyssenkrupp's materials specialists. As an expert in setting up innovative companies together with industrial partners, mantro ensures that the organizational structure is optimally set up and accelerates development. "In all our ventures, one thing above all is important to us - finding a setup that makes the success of the business model possible. Often the key to this is to generate independence and speed without losing the advantages of the existing networks of mantro and our partners", explains Manfred Tropper, Managing Director of mantro GmbH. The spin-off of the new business as a separate and independent GmbH should enable the development and growth of customer solutions particularly quickly and flexibly.


thyssenkrupp Schulte secures route to the Zugspitze - Material installed in new bridge at 1,000 meters above sea level

The hiking route through the Höllentalklamm gorge offers summiteers an extraordinary experience on the way to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. In a unique landscape, numerous waterfalls are passed along huge rock and stone formations that open up views of gorges up to 150 metres deep. The materials experts from thyssenkrupp Schulte supplied almost seven tons of steel for this very special scenery as part of a sponsorship. The material was used in the construction of the new arched bridge, which crosses the one kilometer long gorge at an altitude of around 1,000 meters. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen section of the German Alpine Association (DAV Garmisch) was responsible for initiating the joint project. The implementation and completion was carried out in cooperation with the construction company ZÜBLIN, which completed the bridge recently.