The BILSTEIN GROUP secures CO2-reduced steel from two thyssenkrupp companies.

The BILSTEIN GROUP has signed letters of intent with thyssenkrupp Steel Europe and thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg for the supply of CO2-reduced bluemint® Steel from 2023.

The plan is for the Hagen-based supplier of premium of cold-strip solutions to offer climate-friendly products across its entire product range, thus reducing its carbon footprint.

According to thyssenkrupp Steel Europe and thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg, MOUs with the Bilstein Group lay the foundation for long-term supplies of certified CO2-reduced steel products and increasing volumes until 2030.

On the basis of CO2-reduced wide strip directly from the Duisburg steelworks as well as climate-friendly bluemint® precidur® precision strip from Hohenlimburg, the BILSTEIN GROUP will be able to offer its customers CO2-reduced cold-rolled products across its entire product range.

The volumes purchased will increase gradually up to 2030, and from 2026 onward will come from thyssenkrupp Steel's direct reduction plants with melters in Duisburg, Germany, which will be operated with green hydrogen and renewable electricity. With thyssenkrupp's high-precision hot strip in a wide range of grades, the BILSTEIN GROUP manufactures products for highly demanding cold rolling applications in the automotive sector as well as the processing and toolmaking industries. Whether in saws and tools, door fittings, coins or vehicle seats, the BILSTEIN GROUP's cold-rolled products are used in numerous industrial and household applications. The properties of the CO2-reduced products do not differ from those of conventional steel grades and remain true to the company's globally acknowledged quality, says thyssenkrupp.

The agreements between the BILSTEIN GROUP and thyssenkrupp claimed to be 'an important contribution to a climate-friendly steel value chain'.

"For all partners, the memoranda of understanding are a big step towards sustainability due to the scale of the volumes agreed upon."

Dr. Heike Denecke-Arnold, chief operating officer at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe.

"For all partners, the memoranda of understanding are a big step towards sustainability due to the scale of the volumes agreed upon. The production and use of high-precision hot strip with reduced CO2 intensity makes a substantial contribution to reducing overall CO2 emissions at all the players," stresses Dr. Heike Denecke-Arnold, chief operating officer at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe. For BILSTEIN GROUP and thyssenkrupp Hohenlimburg, located in the immediate vicinity of one another in Hagen, the agreement underlines their long-standing partnership based on mutual trust.

"To implement our sustainability strategy, it is fundamental for the BILSTEIN GROUP to source CO2-reduced and, in the future, CO2-neutral input stock – after all, well over 90% of the carbon footprint of finished cold rolling strip currently comes from the manufacture of hot strip, our input stock. The agreements with thyssenkrupp are another important step for us on the way to significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of our products as quickly as possible, and becoming carbon-neutral within the foreseeable future," explains Marc T. Oehler, CEO and shareholder of the BILSTEIN GROUP.

"The agreements with thyssenkrupp are another important step for us on the way to significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of our products as quickly as possible."

Marc T. Oehler, CEO and shareholder of the BILSTEIN GROUP.

Both the BILSTEIN GROUP and thyssenkrupp have declared climate protection and sustainable action to be overriding strategic goals. With bluemint® Steel, thyssenkrupp is offering steel grades with up to 70% lower C02 intensity. In the production of the certified climate-friendly steels, sponge iron (HBI) produced upstream or specially processed steel scrap replaces coking coal proportionally in the blast furnace process. From 2026, the steel is to come from direct reduction (DRI) plants in conjunction with melting units powered by green hydrogen and green electricity. By 2045 at the latest, thyssenkrupp Steel aims to have completely carbon-neutral production in place.

The BILSTEIN GROUP has launched a green steel roadmap for far-reaching reductions in Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions. It is aiming to make its internal production, logistics, and administrative processes in Germany carbon neutral by 2035 at the latest. Since most of the C02 emissions from the cold-rolled steel strip come from the upstream material chain, the BILSTEIN GROUP must pay particular attention to it, in order to achieve its chief goal, that of significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the finished cold strip. By 2035, the specialist for cold rolling applications intends to switch completely to steel grades produced in a climate-friendly way.