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Services Jul 31, 2017 9:00 AM

Improving the environmental situation: thyssenkrupp puts new firing hoods into operation at the steel mill Duisburg-Beeckerwerth

thyssenkrupp MillServices & Systems, a company of the Materials Services business area, has further optimized the recycling processes at the oxygen steel mill 2 in Duisburg-Beeckerwerth. As a result, the experts for steel mill-related services have commenced operation of two modern firing hoods, and will be responsible for the crushing of steel production surplus during the next ten years.

Dust and fume extraction

A firing hood is a covered, sealed fire place. Underneath, large-volume steel scrap is crushed. The employees are outside the hoods and are thus protected. The new firing hoods at the thyssenkrupp Steel site are equipped with a modern exhaust air purification system. Hundreds of filter tubes ensure that no dust enters the environment. "With this system, we make a significant contribution to environmental protection", says Michael Löcken, Head of Melting Plant of steel mill 2 at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe. "This is particularly beneficial for the neighborhood of our location.”

Machine processes up to 30,000 tonnes of steel scrap a month

"We are delighted that we have been able to succeed against the competition and to optimize recycling in Duisburg for the upcoming years", explains Klaus Winters, division manager of thyssenkrupp MillServices & Systems at Duisburg-Beeckerwerth. Each month, up to 30,000 tonnes of high-quality metal will be crushed and fed back into production. The decisive factor for the contract with thyssenkrupp MillServices & Systems was the sustainable concept and the know-how in the field of occupational safety. "With our modern burners, we meet all environmental requirements and guarantee a high operational safety",says Winters. Overall, around 35 employees work at the two new firing hoods.

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services:

With around 480 locations in over 40 countries, the Materials Services business area specializes in materials distribution, logistics and services, the provision of technical services as well as services for industrial plants and steel mills. In addition to rolled steel, stainless steel, tubes and pipes, nonferrous metals, specialty materials and plastics, Materials Services also offers services from processing and logistics to warehouse and inventory management through to supply chain and project management.

About thyssenkrupp:

thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and service businesses. Over 156,000 employees in nearly 80 countries work with passion and technological know-how to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2015/2016 thyssenkrupp generated sales of around €39 billion.

Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for current and future challenges in their respective industries. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. Our technologies and innovations are the key to meeting diverse customer and market requirements around the world, growing on the markets of the future, and generating strong and stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.