Automotive supplier Snop has signed a memorandum of understanding with Salzgitter Flachstahl to secure CO2-reduced steel from the SALCOS (Salzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking) route.
Snop is a long-standing partner of Salzgitter Flachstahl, the strip making unit of Salzgitter Group, and procures mainly surface-coated flat steel products. In addition to locations in Germany, Salzgitter Flachstahl also supplies to Snop production sites in Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and France, Kallanish notes.
In June, Snop signed with ArcelorMittal to experiment with the use of its high-strength, low carbon-emissions “Usibor” steel in structural car parts. While tests are underway, the two firms signed an agreement that also covers the supply and purchase of other XCarb solutions, including XCarb green steel certificates.
In the course of the SALCOS transformation programme, Salzgitter will gradually convert its steel production to hydrogen-based processes. The goal is to achieve virtually CO2-free production as from 2033. This involves replacing the conventional blast furnace route with a production route harnessing direct reduction and electric arc furnaces.
Christian Koehl Germany