Steel Production Business Unit
The Steel Production Business Unit comprises the steel producing companies Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH and Peiner Träger GmbH as well as DEUMU Deutsche Erz- und Metall-Union GmbH as an important internal transformation partner for our SALCOS® program. Furthermore, it includes the companies Salzgitter Mannesmann Stahlservice GmbH, Salzgitter Bauelemente GmbH and Salzgitter Europlatinen GmbH.
Within the Steel Production Business Unit, the largest company is Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, which will implement the transformation process from primary metallurgy to low-CO2 steel production at the Salzgitter location over the next few years.
The existing plant technology gives us the ability to achieve the smallest tolerances in metallurgical analysis as well as in dimensions, which are indispensable prerequisites for the production of steels of the highest quality. This enables our flat steel to be used for the most demanding applications in a wide range of customer industries. The company is one of the most efficient producers of hot-rolled strip in Europe and is one of only a small number of steel producers offering sheet in automotive outer skin quality.
More than 65 percent of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH's sales go to the automotive sector, and not only to vehicle manufacturers, but also to suppliers, cold-rollers and steel service centers. Another 20 percent is purchased by industry (e.g. household appliance manufacturers and mechanical engineering). A further 8 percent is supplied to the tube sector - from large-diameter tubes to tubes for fuel injection systems. Around 3 percent is produced for the construction sector (roof & wall). Within the Group, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH also supplies the plants of the Steel Processing Division with slabs.
Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH acts as a series supplier and development partner to the technology leaders in its target segments. For steel products in the automotive chassis and body, as well as cold-rolling mill and household appliance sectors, we strive for innovation leadership. In order to achieve and defend this goal, intensive research and development cooperation takes place with Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung GmbH and other partners in industry and science, among others.
Part of the flat steel produced in Salzgitter is further processed by companies belonging to the business unit. Salzgitter Europlatinen GmbH , for instance, produces laser-welded blanks from various grades of flat steel (tailored blanks) for the automotive industry, and Salzgitter Bauelemente GmbH manufactures trapezoidal sheets and sandwich elements for the construction sector.
The flat steel business is rounded off by the two steel service centers of Salzgitter Mannesmann Stahlservice GmbH in Schwerte and Karlsruhe with extensive processing facilities and a total processing capacity of more than 600,0000 tons per year. Together with the Fellbach branch, service for customers is assured throughout Germany.
Peiner Träger GmbH demonstrates the Group's deep roots in the Salzgitter-Peine region. Not only does it produce at a location with a steel tradition going back into the 19th century, it also has around 150 years of technological know-how. Sections have been rolled in Peine since 1876. The Peiner Träger, patented in 1914, is world-famous and one of the Group's earliest innovative achievements.
Today, Peiner Träger GmbH has an electric steel mill in which around one million metric tons of crude steel are melted from steel scrap each year in an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient way. Peiner Träger GmbH is thus an important part of the materials cycle (circular economy) and demonstrates with its products the quality-loss-free recyclability of steel. Certified in accordance with the VERIsteel standard of TÜV Süd, Salzgitter AG is able to reduce the CO2 footprint there compared with the conventional blast furnace route by more than 75 percent in the CO2 balance of the slab and by more than 66 percent in the CO2 balance of the hot-dip galvanized coil.
With DEUMU Deutsche Erz- und Metall-Union GmbH, the Salzgitter Group has access to its own scrap and metal supplier. Further expanding its scrap recycling activities in the form of closed-loops with our partners, DEUMU is ensuring greater availability of scrap, thus forming another important part of the circular economy.