Salzgitter Mannesmann Stahlhandel, the distribution unit of Salzgitter AG, has launched an online platform for auctioning steel products on the internet, Kallanish hears.
The platform is named e-Auction and makes Salzgitter the first steelmaker worldwide to offer such a channel, according to the head of Business Solutions, Thomas Schöler. Apart from the auctioning of steel products, in a process similar to that of eBay, the company plans also in the future to put out production capacities to tender. This could facilitate a better utilisation of heats for given products and qualities that could be pre-booked by customers, to the advantage of both sides, the company claims.
The new system was presented on Salzgitter’s stand at the Hannover Messe trade fair. Another topic highlighted at the fair is the SALCOS-Projekt (Salzgitter Low CO² Steelmaking), the group’s ongoing project to reduce carbon dioxide in the steelmaking process.