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At the signing of the contract (from left): Salvatore Mariano, Team Leader Series Purchasing Wagon Automotive, Rolf Gaßner, Managing Director Wagon Automotive, Isabelle Weiss, Team Leader Sales Automotive (Team D), Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, Christina Warbruck, Clerk Sales Automotive (Team D), Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH and Eike Brünger, Managing Director Sales and Logistics, Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH.
Salzgitter AG

Salzgitter supplies SALCOS steel for Wagon Automotive

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Autor: Redaktion

Datum: 04. Okt. 2023

Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with systems supplier Wagon Automotive Nagold GmbH. In the future, the Baden-Württemberg-based company is to use CO₂-reduced steel from the SALCOS® route in the production of complex body modules.

Salzgitter and Wagon Automotive are long-standing partners who cooperate in direct business as well as in the resale program. As part of the new cooperation, Wagon Automotive’s Nagold site in Baden-Württemberg in particular is to be supplied with low-emission surface-coated flat steel products.

The system supplier has a total workforce of around 1,000 at its Nagold and Bremen sites. Areas of expertise include sheet metal forming, body construction and surface coating. The company produces complex body modules from steel or lightweight materials for passenger cars and commercial vehicles of leading international auto manufacturers. Automotive Wagon is part of the Italian Tiberina Group.

Rolf Gaßner, Managing Director of Wagon Automotive: “Our aim is to produce products that exceed our customers’ expectations. And with the “green” steel from Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, we will be able to provide our customers with precisely these products in the future.”

CO₂-free production by 2033

With the SALCOS® transformation program – “Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking” – the Salzgitter Group intends to gradually convert its steel production to hydrogen-based processes. In the process, the classic blast furnace route is to be replaced by direct reduction and EAF. The company recently ordered a 100 MW electrolyzer from the Graz-based technology group Andritz.

The aim is to achieve virtually CO₂-free production from 2033. At present, Salzgitter supplies its customers with CO₂-reduced steel via the so-called Peiner route. The slabs are produced there from scrap using the EAF.

Phillip Meiser, Sales Director Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH: “We are very pleased that we were also able to convince Wagon Automotive Nagold GmbH of our SALCOS® project. We think that by everyone working together, the “green” transformation can succeed.”

(Source: Salzgitter AG/2023)