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Will you be joining us at Blechexpo 2019?

See you in Stuttgart, hall 10, booth 10407 on November 5 to 8, 2019

Materials Services at Blechexpo - new digital customer solutions

Under the motto "Empowering You" we present numerous technical solutions along the value chain. What all our solutions have in common is that they serve the increasing complexity of our customers and can be optimally systemically integrated.

At our booth, you can experience the following innovations live, test them and get advice on them:

With these and many other solutions, we are consistently continuing our digitalization path - holistically and integrated. Innovations are a key element in the strategic development of Materials Services. With our "Materials as a Service" approach, we ensure access to global supply markets and systematically expand our service portfolio.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you.

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Latest press releases


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.

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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.

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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.

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From materials distributor to integral part of the entire supply chain: thyssenkrupp Materials UK enters manufacturing of sustainable balconies

  • Five year contract signed between thyssenkrupp Materials UK and key customer

  • Cooperation extended to include multiple services

  • End product is the showpiece among hybrid balconies –  adjustable, lightweight and climate-friendly

A bolt-on balcony system specialist in the UK is relying on the materials expertise as well as the warehousing and logistics knowledge of thyssenkrupp Materials UK. In addition to supplying materials, the British subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Materials Services is becoming even more involved in the value chain of its construction and architecture customers – from supply chain management to first-stage assembly to the warehousing of balcony parts.

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Primetals Technologies and thyssenkrupp join forces to launch an innovative blast furnace technology enabling a key step towards carbon neutrality

  • Increases blast furnace efficiency and reduces costs

  • Reduces CO2 emissions

  • Offers a rapid return on investment

  • Exclusive, worldwide cooperation agreement

Primetals Technologies and thyssenkrupp have signed an exclusive, worldwide cooperation agreement which sees both parties commit to bringing the innovative Sequence Impulse Process (known as SIP for short) technology to the market. The SIP technology has been developed by thyssenkrupp AT.Pro tec, a company of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, and is well established for use in foundry cupola furnaces. The underlying principles of this proven technology have been adapted and specifically tailored to the blast furnace process. To prove the technology, thyssenkrupp Steel Europe has installed the first ever full system on their blast furnace #1 at Schwelgern, Duisburg in Germany.

 Blast furnace operators can conventionally lower operating costs through injection of alternative fuels with the hot air blast (most commonly pulverized coal) in order to reduce the required coke rate in the burden. Additional oxygen enrichment is required to promote combustion for the added fuel. Whilst benefiting the economic aspects for the furnace, this also results in a number of process and operational challenges. Combustion of the fuel localized in the raceway entry leads to higher heat loads on the shell and un-combusted material (char) can accumulate in the burden. This impedes gas flow and drainage, ultimately reducing the furnace performance efficiency.

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More speed in the supply chain: The AI solution "Pacemaker" from thyssenkrupp

With distributed production sites and global supplier relationships, complex supply chains have emerged in almost all industries. Even the slightest disruption or deviation in the material flow can lead to costly downtimes. thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe has developed "Pacemaker", an AI-based software that ensures a smooth material flow and lower resource consumption. The name "Pacemaker" describes the function of the software: among other things, the aim is to increase supply security, reduce inventories and thus increase production output. The algorithm is already being used by some suppliers in the automotive industry in the Portuguese industrial park Autoeuropa.

To ensure efficient production, the parts for the production lines must be delivered just-in-time and material jams must be avoided. "An important component of an ideally functioning supply chain is intelligent material management that can react flexibly to deviations and disruptions in production. Pacemaker helps us here as a visualization and forecasting tool," says António Novais, Managing Director of Palmetal, the Portuguese site of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe.

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