09/03/2023 – Milestone in decarbonization
Waelzholz purchases low carbon emissions wire rod
As part of their business partnership, Arcelor Mittal will supply C.D. Waelzholz GmbH+Co. KG with low carbon emissions wire rod – known as “XCarb” recycled and renewably produced – from the Hamburg plant in the future.
These steels are produced on the basis of scrap and renewable electricity (100%). The low carbon footprint of 504kg CO2/t of steel is confirmed with an official Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The delivery of the first 20t took place today at the cold rolling company's site in Hagen, Germany. Waelzholz uses the material to manufacture heat-treated profiles for industrial applications.
Arcelor Mittal had already supplied the internationally operating company from Hagen with “XCarb” green steel certificates in 2021. The reduction of carbon emissions in these certificates is 2.11 metric tons of carbon dioxides per metric ton of steel and originates from various sustainability projects at Arcelor Mittal production sites. The savings are mass balanced on a central account and independently verified.
“Sourcing low carbon emissions wire rod is now the logical continuation of our cooperation, with which we are expanding our portfolio of climate-friendly wire products. Arcelor Mittal has been a valued partner for the supply and continuous joint development of materials for many years. The first 20 tons are a prelude to further talks on increasing the supply volume of low carbon emissions wire rod”, explains Matthias Gierse, Managing Director Sales and Purchasing at C.D. Waelzholz GmbH+Co. KG. "We are seeing increased interest in low carbon emissions steel on the customer side and are pleased to be able to offer our “XCarb” steel to a long-standing customer like Waelzholz. Together, we are thus taking another step towards climate neutrality," says Uwe Braun,
CEO of Arcelor Mittal Hamburg. news release This cooperation underlines the decarbonization plans of both companies. Waelzholz is pursuing an ambitious roadmap that envisions carbon neutrality by 2045. The technology leader is the first company in the cold rolling industry to implement a validated process for calculating the product carbon footprint on an item-by-item basis. At the same time, Waelzholz is creating the technological conditions to be able to replace natural gas with hydrogen in its own production.
Arcelor Mittal aims to achieve Net-Zero by 2050 at the latest. By 2030, emissions in Europe are already to be reduced by 35%. Along the steel value chain, the two companies want to jointly pursue a climate-friendly path – from raw material production through its further processing to the end product.
The following persons can be seen in the picture above: Marcus Englberger (Purchasing Manager, Waelzholz), Joachim Scheibe (Area Manager Bars and Rods, Northern Europe, Arcelor Mittal Europe – Long Products), Markus Schmidt (Manager Purchasing Raw Material and Energy, Waelzholz), Dr. Michael Thiele (Head of Quality Assurance, ArcelorMittal Hamburg), Dr. Matthias Gierse (Managing Director Sales and Purchasing, Waelzholz), Mark Brunner (Technical Customer Service, Arcelor Mittal Hamburg), Lisa Durst (Purchasing, Waelzholz), Igli Kerleshi (Sales Manager Bars and Rods, Northern Europe, Arcelor Mittal Europe – Long Products)
About Arcelor Mittal Germany
With a production volume of around 8 million tons of crude steel, Arcelor Mittal is one of the largest steel producers in Germany. Automotive, construction and packaging industries belong to the customer base as much as the household appliances sector. The group operates four large production sites in Germany. These include two integrated flat carbon production sites in Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt as well as two long carbon production sites in Hamburg and Duisburg. In addition, the group maintains Arcelor Mittal Construction in Sandersdorf/Brehna, a production site for sandwich panels and profiling systems for cassette, trapezoidal, supporting, design and corrugated profiles. The group also runs a strong distribution network in Germany with four steel service centers and ten distribution centers. Arcelor Mittal runs a production site for tubular products in Altensteig. The group employs around 8,500 people in Germany.
The Waelzholz Group, headquartered in Hagen, Germany, has 2,300 employees worldwide. With various production locations in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, approximately 780,000t of precision cold rolled steel strip and profiles are manufactured annually. With its wide range of steel materials Waelzholz offers customized solutions for the automotive industry, power generation and for the industrial sector, e.g. thin electrical steel strip for environmentally friendly electric vehicle drives and efficient power generation machinery or high-strength spring steels for automotive seat-beltsystems. Waelzholz collaborates with its customers individually and manufactures steel materials with tailored performance features.