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Euroblech Digital Innovation Summit 2020

Euroblech Digital Innovation Summit 2020

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This year everything is different: However, we would like to continue to convince you with first-class services. And we look forward to helping you take your business to the next level with our innovative solutions.

After all, in addition to our expertise in materials solutions, we are also constantly developing further and our new digital possibilities offer you the best possible support for your supply chain.

Experience our new digital services:

With mpe connect we provide you with up-to-date information on your order data around the clock - quickly and compactly. You can track the status of your order at a glance and, if you wish, be automatically informed of any changes. At the same time, you can download important documents such as factory certificates and invoices.

Get to know mpe connect today and benefit in future from even more transparency and efficiency in your supply chain: mpe-connect.thyssenkrupp.com.

thyssenkrupp's own barcode solution, mpe easy entry, provides you with tailor-made information on goods receipt posting. Use material labels with individual information that you can book and continue to use directly and without conversion into your own system. In addition, further information such as storage location or further processing can be linked directly to the product. Sounds simple? It is!

Please get in touch with your contact persons at our locations.

Impressions of Blechexpo 2019

9/21/21

More speed in the supply chain: The AI solution "Pacemaker" by thyssenkrupp

With distributed production sites and global supplier relationships, complex supply chains have emerged in almost all industries. Even the slightest disruption or deviation in the material flow can lead to costly downtimes. thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe has developed "Pacemaker", an AI-based software that ensures a smooth material flow and lower resource consumption. The name "Pacemaker" describes the function of the software: among other things, the aim is to increase supply security, reduce inventories and thus increase production output. The algorithm is already being used by some suppliers in the automotive industry in the Portuguese industrial park of Autoeuropa.

To ensure efficient production, the parts for the production lines must be delivered just-in- time and material jams must be avoided. "An important component of an ideally functioning supply chain is intelligent material management that can react flexibly to deviations and disruptions in production. Pacemaker helps us here as a visualization and forecasting tool," says António Novais, Managing Director of Palmetal, the Portuguese site of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe.

Sustainable effects along the supply chain
The AI-based software collects real-time production data from the car manufacturer, recognizes deviations from the plan from patterns and visualizes the data. Compared to the previous supply chain process, Pacemaker predicts earlier the customer's actual demand and enables the supplier to adjust the material flow accordingly. A study conducted by the Nova School of Science and Technology in Lisbon, tested the performance and precision of Pacemaker's forecasts, confirming that Pacemaker can outperform the accuracy of clients' forecasts in many situations.

With Pacemaker, thyssenkrupp Materials Services also makes an important contribution to the more resource-efficient use of materials: Incorrect deliveries are avoided, inventory and storage costs as well as the number of transports are reduced. There are 10 to 15 percent savings in transport and coordination. Another plus point is that the algorithm can be used at any level of the supply chain as well as between several levels and does not require any adaptation of the IT systems on the customer side. Existing data from the customer is fed in. "With Pacemaker, we ensure that the material flow does not break off. In this way, we ensure that the right material of several suppliers arrives at the right time in the several tiers of the supply chain ," Novais explains.

Systematic further development of the solution
In order to further develop the solution systematically and for other customers, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe in Germany is pushing ahead with the next expansion stage of Pacemaker. At thyssenkrupp Bilstein, a system partner to the automotive industry, the Pacemaker team is currently working on scaling the business model.

Strategic expansion of supply chain activities
The use of the software is another building block in the strategy of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. As part of the strategic development "Materials as a Service", the materials trader and service provider is consistently expanding its supply chain service business. "In the medium to long term, our goal is to manage more parts of our customers' value chain in addition to materials trading, so that they can concentrate fully on their core business," says Ilse Henne, Chief Transformation Officer of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. "Our clear goal is to better meet the needs of our customers."

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services:
With around 480 locations – 271 of them warehousing locations – in over 40 countries, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is the biggest mill-independent materials distributor & service provider in the western world. The wide-ranging capabilities offered by the materials experts enable customers to concentrate more on their individual core business and span two strategic areas: global materials distribution as a one-stop-shop – from steel, tubes and pipes, nonferrous metals and specialty materials to plastics and raw materials – and tailored services in the areas of materials management and supply chain management. An extensive omni-channel architecture offers 250,000 customers worldwide round-the-clock access to more than 150,000 products and services. A high-performance logistics system ensures that all deliveries are integrated smoothly into customer production processes on a just-in-time or just-in-sequence basis.

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5/5/21

Investment in tailored service: thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe opens new narrow strip center for stainless steel in Mannheim

thyssenkrupp Materials Processing is opening its new narrow strip center for stainless steel at its Mannheim site. The company is investing a total of €5 million in expanding its range of services in response to the increasing demand for additional services in this product area. Following the completion of construction work at Mannheim's Rheinauhafen harbor, the first stainless steel strip will roll off the GEORG precision slitting line this week.

 Strips up to 25 kilometers long

Just as at thyssenkrupp Materials Processing's carbon steel sites in Willich and Dąbrowa Górnicza, customers can have up to 25 kilometers of long strip produced at the new center in addition to individual rings. This is made possible by the connected coiling of packs, in which several narrow strips are welded together and coiled in such a way that they achieve set-up advantages in the subsequent value-adding stages and can therefore be used particularly efficiently.

 "In addition to our high quality standards for narrow strip production, we attach particular importance to individual service and the further development of our services in close dialogue with our customers," stresses Andreas Schwöbel, head of the stainless steel business unit at thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe GmbH.

 With this investment, the company is taking an important step in the strategic development of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, the holding company of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing. With "Materials as a Service" the materials distribution and service provider aims to systematically link the supply of raw materials and materials with individual services, above all in the area of supply chain services.

 In the future the new stainless steel narrow strip center will increasingly serve small-batch requirements such as sampling and spare parts. In doing so, the company will support customers in the resource-saving use of materials, as small-batch production helps reduce inventory levels and thus capital employed at the customer.

 Diverse industrial applications

In addition to the automotive sector, a wide range of industrial applications, such as joining technology companies and tube manufacturers, benefit from the new production possibilities, which range from 0.4 to 4.0 mm strip thickness and 8 to 650 mm strip width. In addition to the precision in production, the main advantages are the line speed and the fast delivery capability: The new, fully automated slitting line from GEORG produces the fine strips at a speed of up to 400 meters per minute. In addition, it meets the most stringent requirements for cut edge geometry and features material-friendly conveying systems and packaging equipment that optimally protect the stainless steel slit strips until further processing.

 A wide range is offered in the area of packaging: From reusable systems with wooden or plastic pallets to the use of intermediate timbers and scaffolding for safe transport, numerous options are available.

 As a leading steel and aluminum service center, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe serves processors from the automotive, electrical, construction or even furniture industries at twelve locations in six countries. With its many years of supply chain expertise, the processing specialist provides its diverse customer base with tailored services and digital solutions for flat steel and nonferrous metals throughout Europe in line with its “Materials as a Service” strategy.

 

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services:

With around 480 locations – 271 of them warehousing locations – in over 40 countries, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is the biggest mill-independent materials distributor & service provider in the western world. The wide-ranging capabilities offered by the materials experts enable customers to concentrate more on their individual core business and span two strategic areas: global materials distribution as a one-stop-shop – from steel, tubes and pipes, nonferrous metals and specialty materials to plastics and raw materials – and tailored services in the areas of materials management and supply chain management. An extensive omni-channel architecture offers 250,000 customers worldwide round-the-clock access to more than 150,000 products and services. A high-performance logistics system ensures that all deliveries are integrated smoothly into customer production processes on a just-in-time or just-in-sequence basis.

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5/14/20

New start of the Industry business unit at Willich

In mid-May the Industry business unit of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe with its activities moved from Leverkusen to the modern Willich site. This will increase the number of employees in Willich by around 70 to 120. In addition to a larger production team, the administrative department is now also located in Willich. The focus of the location is on specializing in segments such as manufacturers of profiles, furniture or even equipment and apparatus engineering. Here the steel service center can now offer its customers an expanded product and service portfolio in addition to higher capacities in order to meet the continuing high demand in the industrial customer sector.

The state-of-the-art facility in Willich has five slitting lines and one cut-to-length line. Slit strip is now available in thicknesses from 0.4 to 7.0 mm and widths from 7.0 to 1,600 mm, with sheet lengths of up to 6,000 mm possible. Compared with the previous site in Leverkusen, customers now have 20 percent more production capacity at their disposal.

Thanks to the additional narrow strip center including jumbo coiling, which is also available on site, customer requests for strips in special lengths of up to 25 kilometers can be met. A new feature is a welding unit for stainless steel that can be used to weld together narrow strip up to 2 millimeters thick. In addition, customers benefit from an expanded portfolio for their applications with the newly added Color product area.

As a leading steel and aluminum service center, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe serves processors from the automotive, electrical, construction and furniture industries at thirteen locations in six countries. With its many years of expertise in procurement, consulting and prefabrication, the processing specialist supplies tailored services and digital solutions for flat steel and nonferrous metals to a diverse customer base throughout Europe.

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services:

With around 480 locations – 271 of them warehousing locations – in over 40 countries, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is the biggest materials distributor & service provider in the western world. The wide-ranging capabilities offered by the materials experts enable customers to concentrate more on their individual core business and span two strategic areas: global materials distribution as a one-stop-shop – from steel, tubes and pipes, nonferrous metals and specialty materials to plastics and raw materials – and tailored services in the areas of materials management and supply chain management. An extensive omni-channel architecture offers 250,000 customers worldwide round-the-clock access to more than 150,000 products and services. A high-performance logistics system ensures that all deliveries are integrated smoothly into customer production processes on a just-in-time or just-in-sequence basis.

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3/11/20

Focus on resource-friendly industries: thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe supplies tailored supply chain solutions to the solar industry

Sustainability is a core component of thyssenkrupp’s corporate strategy. The diversified industrial group aims to offer innovative products, technologies and services worldwide that contribute to the sustainable success of its customers as well as climate protection. The solar industry, for example, is one of many other sectors that has special requirements when it comes to the organization of the value chain. thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe has identified these requirements and provides tailored supply chain services to manufacturers of industrial solar power systems used for sustainable electricity generation. 

The processing specialists from thyssenkrupp Materials Services offer their customers material specifications specially configured for locations with particularly challenging weather conditions such as coastal regions. It is also very important to coordinate supplies with the relevant subcontractors, and to manage and monitor logistics.

 

Cooperation with the solar industry expanded

The best example of the cooperation with the solar industry is the company’s Spanish site El Puig. Since mid-2019 numerous project orders have been booked and supply volumes continuously expanded. The projects are for large-scale systems with photovoltaic elements around the world, with a particular focus on solutions for producing solar trackers which follow the position of the sun, making a significant contribution to sustainable energy generation and supporting climate protection. This year the steel and aluminum service center group is aiming to increase its sales in this sector by 30%.

 

thyssenkrupp’s climate strategy

Under its climate strategy, the thyssenkrupp Group aims to be climate-neutral by 2050, not only in its own processes and the energy it purchases but also based on its products’ emissions. As early as 2030 the Group plans to cut emissions from production and outsourced energy by around 30%. Emissions from the use of thyssenkrupp products are to fall by 16% by 2030.  

Marcus Wöhl, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe, says: “Our goal is to intensify collaboration with manufacturers of sustainable products and support sectors such as the solar industry with custom materials and tailored services.”

thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe offers the solar industry a range of services for optimizing their value chain: In addition to advice on material selection for profiles, the company organizes just-in-time deliveries and logistics to ensure problem-free transportation to fabricators and end customers. Here the company group benefits not least from its many years of experience in the profile industry and the development of Europe-wide logistics solutions.

As a leading steel and aluminum service center, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe serves customers from the automotive, electrical, construction and furniture industries from thirteen locations in six countries. Backed by many years of expertise in procurement, consulting and prefabrication, the processing specialist supplies tailored services and digital solutions for flat steel and nonferrous metals to a wide range of customers throughout Europe.

 

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services:

With around 480 locations – 271 of them warehousing locations – in over 40 countries, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is the biggest materials distributor & service provider in the western world. The wide-ranging capabilities offered by the materials experts enable customers to concentrate more on their individual core business and span two strategic areas: global materials distribution as a one-stop-shop – from steel, tubes and pipes, nonferrous metals and specialty materials to plastics and raw materials – and tailored services in the areas of materials management and supply chain management. An extensive omnichannel architecture offers 250,000 customers worldwide round-the-clock access to more than 150,000 products and services. A high-performance logistics system ensures that all deliveries are integrated smoothly into customer production processes on a just-in-time or just-in-sequence basis.

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12/5/19

thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe supplies Volkswagen in Portugal on a just-in-time basis

One of Europe’s most popular compact SUVs rolls off the production line in the Portuguese city of Setubal: the VW T-Roc. For the production of this top-selling model, Volkswagen puts its faith in the supply chain experts from thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe’s unit Palmetal in Palmela, just a few kilometers away. Employees work in 19 shifts seven days a week to ensure that the right material for the T-Roc is delivered to the Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant in the right quality at the right time. thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, offers its longstanding client custom services along the entire value chain and develops them further when required to meet the growing requirements of its customer with new, tailored solutions. 

“For example, based on an in-house development we have automated almost all our assembly and delivery processes to match Volkswagen’s requirements. We can identify when material is needed at an early stage and trigger new delivery orders. Volkswagen can focus fully on its core activities while we provide tailored logistics and just-in-time deliveries,” says António Novais, Managing Director of Palmetal. The basis for this approach is a clear and precise process chain which helps reduce waiting times to a minimum and enhance the efficiency of deliveries for customers. Quality of delivery is therefore consistently of the highest standard in meeting the required volumes.

Expansion of supply chain expertise

The Portuguese site was established in 1993 to supply Volkswagen Autoeuropa and has grown constantly since then. It now has five buildings covering almost 30,000 square meters. Solving complex challenges for customers and developing tailored supply chain services are core competencies of thyssenkrupp Materials Services. Increasingly, the western world’s biggest materials distributor is also managing large parts of the supply chain for its customers so that they can focus fully on their core business.

As a leading steel and aluminum service center, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe, a company of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, serves customers from the automotive, electrical, construction and furniture industries from thirteen locations in six countries. Backed by many years of expertise in procurement, consulting and prefabrication, the processing specialist supplies tailored services and digital solutions for flat steel and nonferrous metals to a wide range of customers throughout Europe.

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services:

With around 480 locations – 271 of them warehousing locations – in over 40 countries, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is the biggest materials distributor & service provider in the western world. The wide-ranging capabilities offered by the materials experts enable customers to concentrate more on their individual core business and span two strategic areas: global materials distribution as a one-stop-shop – from steel, tubes and pipes, nonferrous metals and specialty materials to plastics and raw materials – and tailored services in the areas of materials management and supply chain management. An extensive omnichannel architecture offers 250,000 customers worldwide round-the-clock access to more than 150,000 products and services. A high-performance logistics system ensures that all deliveries are integrated smoothly into customer production processes on a just-in-time or just-in-sequence basis.

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11/6/19

Award for thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe’s supply chain services

Best in class – thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe has received the “Supplier Recognition Award” from the NORMA Group. The global market leader in engineered joining technology has honored thyssenkrupp’s service center network for outstanding performance in the areas of product quality, reliability, logistics, financial stability and sustainability in 2018.

Customer-specific challenges

thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe was required to meet special, customer-specific challenges. This included security in the supply of materials to its customer’s sites in Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic. The aim was to achieve this by optimizing and expanding the supplier structure for products with particular specifications and quality requirements such as stainless steel and Galfan. In addition, it was essential to support the growth strategy of the NORMA Group and to coordinate all processes via a central contact.

Integrated approach

Its logistical and technical expertise and closely linked network of locations across Europe enabled thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe to offer an integrated approach. In close collaboration, they succeeded in meeting the stated customer requirements. For example, the company’s narrow strip centers in Leverkusen and Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland, offer the customer advantages in the setup process as they can produce very narrow coiled slit strip in lengths up to 25 kilometers. Optimization of the logistics strategy with two consignment warehouses close to the customer also ensures flexible access to a variety of products. Cooperation across the Europe-wide network of the service center group continues to be coordinated from its site in Mannheim, ensuring that NORMA Group retains its familiar contacts.

“The award is great recognition for us,” says Marcus Wöhl, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe. “It shows that our Europe-wide service center network meets the highest standards of material supply and tailored supply chain services, creating clear benefits for customers.” Access to global supply markets and continuous expansion of the service portfolio make a key contribution toward the development of the company’s “Materials as a Service” strategy.

Dr. Friedrich Klein, Chief Operating Officer of the NORMA Group, says: “We are delighted to have thyssenkrupp as a dedicated partner that promises and delivers high quality standards. thyssenkrupp has repeatedly shown that customer focus is its top priority.

”As a leading steel and aluminum service center, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe, a company of thyssenkrupp Materials Services, serves customers from the automotive, electrical, construction and furniture industries from thirteen locations in six countries. Backed by many years of expertise in procurement, consulting and prefabrication, the processing specialist supplies tailored services and digital solutions for flat steel and nonferrous metals to a wide range of customers throughout Europe. 

thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe is showcasing its tailored supply chain services at the Blechexpo show in Stuttgart until November 8 and can be found at booth 10407 in hall 10.

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services

With around 480 locations – 271 of them warehousing locations – in over 40 countries, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is the biggest materials distributor & service provider in the western world. The wide-ranging capabilities offered by the materials experts enable customers to concentrate more on their individual core business and span two strategic areas: global materials distribution as a one-stop-shop – from steel, tubes and pipes, nonferrous metals and specialty materials to plastics and raw materials – and tailored services in the areas of materials management and supply chain management. An extensive omnichannel architecture offers 250,000 customers worldwide round-the-clock access to more than 150,000 products and services. A high-performance logistics system ensures that all deliveries are integrated smoothly into customer production processes on a just-in-time or just-in-sequence basis.

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