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Products and Solutions Nov 25, 2015 4:00 PM

thyssenkrupp supplies components for building LNG tanks

In recent years, there has been a continuous rise in the consumption of liquefied or liquid gas and along with it demand for modern ways and means of storing this precious commodity. One option is the use of liquid natural gas (LNG) tanks. thyssenkrupp has now developed a method by which manufacturers can more easily assemble these gigantic structures. "Together with thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, we've been looking for possibilities of offering potential partners a holistic solution," explains Julia Eschenbruch, Services team at thyssenkrupp Schulte.

No sooner said than done! While the steel specialists in Duisburg were busy producing the plate their counterparts at the Business Area Materials Services were developing a logistics strategy to allow the customer to fully concentrate on their core business. "We take over a whole spectrum of functions from storage management via materials processing to just-in-time delivery. In this way, we're offering our customers added value" says Maximilian Schefz, Services Marketing Manager.

One such major customer specializing in the power sector has awarded thyssenkrupp the second contract to deliver the materials for building two new LNG tanks and to take over large parts of the supply chain. Altogether 4,000 tons of steel plate are being processed to customer specifications and shipped out to the customer. One such tank can hold around 160,000 cubic meters of gas.

"We're pleased that the lengthy preparations have paid," says Eschenbruch. Almost a year was spent by the Project Manager and her team together with Dr. Pfeifer from thyssenkrupp Steel Europe and a team from thyssenkrupp Steel North America in close discussions with the customer in order to take down all the requirements and map out an individual solution. "As the project progressed we realized the importance of togetherness at thyssenkrupp since only by working together as a team from various Business Areas (Steel and Services) did we succeed in clinching the contract," explains Eschenbruch.

About us:

With around 3,200 employees, sales of roughly 2.5 billion euros, 600,000 m² of storage capacity, 400 processing facilities, and 100,000 articles available ex stock, the thyssenkrupp Schulte GmbH is one of Germany''s leading service partners for materials distribution and processing. Some 70,000 customers from all sectors of manufacturing industry enjoy fast and reliable services from a network of over 50 locations throughout Germany. Our extensive range of products includes rolled steel, stainless, nonferrous metals and specialty steels. thyssenkrupp Schulte supplies these materials as flat products, sections or tubes from stock or precisely tailored in line with customer specifications. With supply chain and system component solutions for all aspects of materials distribution, ThyssenKrupp Schulte creates additional competitive advantage for its customers by working closely with them and delivering just-in-time to their production lines.