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Going beyond

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

More speed in the supply chain

AI solution "Pacemaker"
More speed in the supply chain

thyssenkrupp PlasticsNew green product range

Green Product Range by thyssenkrupp Plastics
New green product range

CTO Ilse HenneManaging Complexity

Ilse Henne, Chief Transformation Officer
Managing Complexity

Strategic investments in growth market North America

Strategic investments
Strategic investments in growth market North America

Latest press releases


Contract extensions on the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services: Martin Stillger and Daniel Wodera appointed for another five years

Today, the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services resolved the early reappointment of Martin Stillger to the segment's Executive Board for another five years from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2026. He will also be appointed Chief Executive Officer at the same time – he previously held the post of Chairman. In addition, the Supervisory Board approved the extension of the contract of Daniel Wodera, Chief Financial Officer of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, by a further five years from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2027. 


thyssenkrupp Plastics develops green product range

thyssenkrupp Plastics is increasing the proportion of products made from naturally renewable and recyclable raw materials:  Under the term "green products" the plastics distributor and service provider is developing a portfolio of sustainable products that customers can use in visual communication.

The range initially comprises six sheets, all of which meet thyssenkrupp Plastics' strict sustainability specifications. Environmentally friendly production, natural resources or good recycling properties and waste minimization are just some of the criteria for product selection. The areas of application for the sheets are diverse: short-term or long-term applications, trade show construction, store fitting or point-of-sale. 

Nicolas Neuwirth, Chairman of the Management Board of thyssenkrupp Plastics: "As part of the sustainability strategy of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, we are working on environmentally friendly, innovative products and solutions for our customers, which are increasingly in demand. In doing so, we exchange ideas closely with our suppliers. This is the only way we can ensure that the entire life cycle of a product – from raw material procurement and production to disposal or recycling – is taken into account."


Focus on customer benefits: thyssenkrupp Materials Services expands digital solutions

Flexibility in production workflows and business processes: Aspects that are becoming increasingly important for customers in the dynamically changing framework conditions. Individually tailored solutions and digital tools help customers quickly procure and easily manage the materials they need for their business. thyssenkrupp Materials Services has expanded these for this purpose: thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe has extended the functionalities of the "mpe connect" information platform in the same way as thyssenkrupp Schulte has grown the functional scope of the B2B portal.

With mpe connect, customers have the option of receiving up-to-date information on their order data around the clock – quickly and compactly. They can also check the delivery status of their order and view any changes to it. New functions include direct downloading of the delivery bill and order confirmation. The recently integrated coil calculator also allows customers to determine the coil weight and outer diameter of the material. In addition, the "Material Search" function can now be used to find the right material quickly and easily.

The B2B portal gives customers direct access to thyssenkrupp Schulte's complete standard range. Around 17,000 products can be ordered quickly and easily at the click of a mouse – around the clock, seven days a week. In the near future it will be possible for business partners to create their own quotations online. Electronic catalogs and electronic data exchange will also be available in the future.

The biggest materials distribution and service provider in the Western world is pursuing a holistic approach to digitalization, which, among other things, offers customers the greatest possible convenience in the procurement and anagement of materials via an integrated omnichannel structure. At thyssenkrupp Schulte alone, sales with the B2B portal increased fivefold in the past fiscal year. The innovations are therefore a key element in thyssenkrupp Materials Services' "Materials as a Service" strategy, under which the company is systematically driving forward the expansion of its service portfolio in addition to gaining access to global supply markets.

thyssenkrupp Materials Services at Blechexpo 2021

These and other digital solutions will be presented by thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe and thyssenkrupp Schulte at Blechexpo in Stuttgart from October 26 to 29, 2021. We look forward to seeing you in hall 10, booth 10407.


thyssenkrupp Materials Services: Control Tower ensures greater supply chain flexibility and resilience

The intelligent control of material flows has become an enormously demanding task. In response to this situation, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe is expanding its range of services to include "Control Tower": a complete package for coordinating the entire supply chain. At its core is a data dashboard that provides an overview of planning and call-off data for the customer and its various suppliers at all times.


thyssenkrupp Materials Services: Climate neutral by 2030

  • Key sustainability target achieved 20 years ahead of schedule

  • First batches of C02-reduced steel already available from stock

  • Data and digitalization crucial levers for green supply chains

thyssenkrupp Materials Services is reaffirming its own sustainability ambitions and significantly increasing the climate protection targets it has set itself: The company will operate on a climate neutral basis worldwide as early as 2030 – around 20 years earlier than originally set. "With this decision, we are taking responsibility in the fight against climate change and making clear our claim to leadership in the industry. After all, as the biggest mill-independent materials distribution and service provider in the Western world, we can exert an influence in over 40 countries around the world," says Martin Stillger, Chairman of the Executive Board of Materials Services.


thyssenkrupp Materials Services with strategic investments in growth market North America

  • Strengthening the "Materials as a Service" strategy with investments of more than 70 million euros

  • Creation of additional capacity to meet growing demand from the manufacturing industries at various locations across the

  • Set-up of a greenfield steel service center in Texas

 thyssenkrupp Materials Services is significantly expanding its North American business and investing in several states in one of its core markets. The focus is on the sustainable expansion of the significantly growing and high service-oriented business. In its customer-focused service portfolio and supply chain business, the biggest mill-independent materials distributor and service provider in the western world is exploiting the market potential for expansion as well as for the implementation of new, scalable business models. "Demand for our products but especially for our services is high and has grown strongly in recent years," says Martin Stillger, Chairman of the Board of Management of Materials Services. "We now want to use our affinity for services in particular to improve our market position even further – if possible also with further acquisitions. Today we are already number 3 in America. That is not enough for us."

Business in North America alone accounts for around 25 percent of total sales of Materials Services. With 94 service centers and more than 4,000 employees, Materials Services already has a strong, nationwide network that serves more than 55,000 customers with precision fit. These include, for example, various Fiat/Chrysler plants with around 70,000 parts a day from three "just in sequence" delivery centers.

Investments in service businesses open up new market opportunities

Materials Services is investing over €70 million in the expansion of its service business. In addition to new capacities at their sites in Alabama, Wisconsin, and Tennessee, a completely new service center in Texas will play a particularly important role for this: In Sinton, Texas, the company is building a service center on the recently constructed production site of Steel Dynamics, Inc., an American steel producer. Among other things, thyssenkrupp Materials Services will in the future manage the supply chain between the steel plant and individual OEMs – in particular for the automotive industry. The investment of around €28 million includes a building with an area of 14,000 m2 and processing equipment for slitting and cut-to-length.

The other expansions will also help to further strengthen the company's position as a preferred strategic partner for the automotive industry: capacities at their steel service center in the southern USA are being doubled. The service center in Woodstock, Alabama, supplies around 60 North American suppliers to international automotive manufacturers and customers from the household appliance and HVAC sectors. Growth here has risen significantly in the last five years, and existing customers have already announced the prospect of further substantial production increases in the coming period. 

In the USA Midwest, in Wisconsin, Materials Services is expanding its processing capabilities for the sheet metal sector to better meet growing customer demand from the commercial and residential kitchen equipment sectors, and truck and truck equipment markets. This will achieve a significant increase in processing volumes, sustainably enhance value added and significantly optimize overall process control.

At the site in Memphis, Tennessee, the range of supply chain services is being further expanded. In the coming years, the supply chain experts there will design a logistics hub for further cooperation with TK Elevator that will enable the seamless tracking of the flow of goods to the end of the supply chain.

"Our extensive expertise enables us to integrate increasingly deeply into our customers' supply chains. A competitive advantage that will benefit us all the more as in the future more than ever there will be a need for secure flexibility and even faster response times to unforeseeable developments," says Ilse Henne, member of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp Materials Services and Chief Transformation Officer.

Expansion of the digital offering and development of new business models

The range of digital services including various e-commerce offerings in the distribution business is also being continuously expanded.

At the beginning of the year Materials Services added a new component to its service solutions: Via the e-commerce portal it is now possible to rent offices, individual desks or even conference rooms and storage space at their 60 locations in the USA. In addition, services such as materials handling, returns processing or other easily accessible logistics services are also available. In this way, Materials Services achieves even more efficient utilization of its own resources. Free space can be found and reserved via the website, and booking is flexible and demand-based without long-term contracts.

"The successful further development of our business in North America shows that we are on a progressive path with the implementation of our 'Materials as a Service' strategy – the smart networking of the retail and service business," says Ilse Henne. "'Connecting smarter' is our mission statement for the future. We want to shape the materials supply chains of tomorrow, and to do this we are also taking what at first glance appear to be unusual paths.