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Thyssenkrupp Materials Services and mantro launch joint venture for steel recycling

By Mary Page Bailey |

thyssenkrupp Materials Services  and mantro GmbH have founded a new steel-recycling joint venture called mt industry recycling GmbH. The joint venture aims to achieve a more effective return of steel scrap to the production processes of the manufacturing industry and thus offer added value to customers.

“Few raw materials in the world can be recycled as effectively as steel. Already today, almost half of the steel production comes from recycled steel scrap. In Germany alone, this corresponds to over 20 million tons of scrap every year. We are convinced that coordinating and processing them offers enormous innovation potential,” says Jan Crommelinck, Managing Director of mt industry recycling GmbH and Lead New Business Model at thyssenkrupp Materials Services.

In the future, customers, such as steel mills and foundries, will be able to purchase pure steel scrap directly from mt industry recycling GmbH. The intermediate step via the scrap dealer is no longer necessary. Thanks to the streamlined process, customers will benefit from significantly lower costs and thus lower purchase prices. The purity of the material also enables them to melt down and reprocess the scrap without any loss of quality. In addition, efficient logistics processes promise to make a positive contribution to more sustainability in recycling processes. “Material recycling is the last missing component after steel production, processing and trading, which we can now offer our customers with the joint venture. We consistently see ourselves as part of the complete recycling management system,” explains Crommelinck.

With the new joint venture, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is systematically expanding its service portfolio in line with its “Materials as a Service” strategy. The aim is to intensify customer relations and drive forward integration into customers’ entire supply chains.

As an expert in setting up innovative companies together with industrial partners, mantro ensures that the organizational structure is optimally set up and accelerates development. “In all our ventures, one thing above all is important to us – finding a setup that makes the success of the business model possible. Often the key to this is to generate independence and speed without losing the advantages of the existing networks of mantro and our partners”, explains Manfred Tropper, Managing Director of mantro GmbH. The spin-off of the new business as a separate and independent GmbH should enable the development and growth of customer solutions particularly quickly and flexibly.

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