French automotive supplier Snop has continued its low-emission steel shopping spree, by signing a memorandum of understanding with Tata Steel Nederland for the long-term supply of Zeremis Carbon Lite steel.
This will enable the tier-one automotive supplier to manufacture high-strength structural car components, as well as outer panels for light commercial vehicles and high-end sports cars for various major car manufacturers, Tata Steel says. When the IJmuiden steelworks switches to the direct reduced iron-electric arc furnace steelmaking route from 2030, Tata Steel will supply Snop with Zeremis embodied green steel.
“An agreement of this duration and size is testament to SNOP’s commitment to driving sustainability in the automotive industry and to their confidence in our green steel plan. We are pleased to take our partnership to the next phase,” Tata Steel Nederland commercial director Heather Wijdekop says in a note sent to Kallanish. “We observe a growing interest in steel with a lower environmental footprint. The automotive industry is looking to reduce the carbon footprint of its entire value chain and steel is a key enabler.”
In June, Snop signed an agreement with ArcelorMittal to trial the steelmaker’s Usibor steel, made from XCarb recycled and renewably produced steel, in structural car parts. In August, it signed an agreement with Salzgitter Flachstahl to secure CO2-reduced steel from the SALCOS (Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking) route (see Kallanish passim).
Adam Smith Poland