SSAB supplies fossil-free steel to Manitou, John Deere

SSAB has signed a letter of intent for deliveries of fossil-free steel to Manitou Group, a France-based major maker of industrial equipment for construction, agriculture, earth-moving and other fields.

Deliveries are set to start in 2026 and ramp up as SSAB’s fossil-free steel production capacity increases, Kallanish hears from the Swedish steelmaker. It already delivers specialised and high-strength steels to Manitou, and future deliveries will include SSAB Fossil-free and SSAB Zero in the mix

According SSAB, the fossil-free steel will allow Manitou to bring to market a new generation of sustainable products, including telehandlers, aerial work platforms or forklift ranges. Manitou aims to reduce its direct and indirect carbon emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 46.3% and its CO2 emissions for every hour of use of the machines by 33.7% (scope 3) by 2030.

In an agreement with another maker of heavy equipment, SSAB this month has signed up with John Deere Forestry Oy. The maker of forest machinery will replace some of the steel it uses with sustainably made steel from 2026 onwards. John Deere Forestry’s sustainability target for sustainably manufactured products is 65% by 2030.

Christian Koehl Germany