Thyssenkrupp Materials advocates alternative drivetrains for US logistics

Thyssenkrupp Materials Services is evaluating alternative drivetrains for its road transport vehicles in North America, where it has numerous subsidiaries, in order to reduce emissions, says chief executive Martin Stillger.

Speaking on the occasion of the International Logistics Day last week, Stillger said more than 72% of US freight is transported by road each year. Trucks travel more than 300 billion miles annually, and generate emissions that need to be reduced drastically.

“As one of the world’s leading mill-independent materials distribution and service providers, we are aware of our great responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Kallanish heard from Stillgers. “In California, a large proportion of our truck fleet already runs on renewable diesel R99. The engines do not need to be specially converted, but the CO2 savings are still enormous.”

Also in the USA, some units are currently testing the use of RNG trucks that run on renewable natural gas. In Germany, the first hydrogen-powered trucks started this year, while the UK subsidiary uses trucks that run on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The sustainability strategy of thyssenkrupp Materials Services is called “BEYOND” and is based on internationally recognised ESG standards, the company notes.

On the occasion of another recurring international date last week, the UN World Day of Creativity and Innovation, tk Materials Services presented its new solution entitled “Forward Sensing”. It describes the tool as a cross-industry digital platform that gives users a complete view of their entire end-to-end supply network and its dependencies in real time.

“This is done by sharing transactional data, such as orders and their confirmations. Of course, this involves a lot of effort in terms of data provision, but it more than pays off in the end,” explained Sebastian Smerat, head of subunit Smart Services.

Christian Koehl Germany