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Swiss Steel Group relies on precise data for sustainable steel production from scrap

Emmenbrücke / Witten July 2024Swiss Steel Group, one of the market-leading producers of steel on the electric arc furnace route, emphasises the importance of precise data in sustainable steel production. With over 2.2 million tonnes of scrap processed each year, the company is not only one of the largest recycling companies in Europe, but also a pioneer in the production of “green steel” – high-quality, environmentally friendly steel made from recycled material. 

Precise data for the highest scrap quality 

The use of precisely pre-sorted scrap is crucial for energy-efficient and low-CO2 steel production. The better the quality of the scrap, the higher the quality of the steel produced from it. Precise data on the composition of the scrap is essential for this. New scrap, unmixed scrap material from metal processing, makes it possible to control the composition of the new steel to the exact gram and thus produce high-quality products.

Scrap is not waste, but a valuable raw material

Steel is the most recycled material in the world. Scrap has developed from a waste product into a sought-after and expensive raw material. With its locally based steelworks, the Swiss Steel Group plays a decisive role in establishing regional circular economies. In Germany, France and Switzerland, most of the scrap for the Swiss Steel Group’s plants comes from within a radius of 90 to 100 kilometres, which minimises the environmental impact of transport.

Scrap dealers as system partners and “big data” service providers

In the past, scrap dealers were mainly negotiated on price. Today, they are fully integrated system partners who are paid for quality and punctuality. Scrap quality is continuously improved using a five-stage process maturity model. In a joint project with scrap suppliers and several universities, the Swiss Steel Group is working on the development of a digital twin of the incoming scrap. This “big data” project enables the steelworks to recognise the exact type of scrap delivered in advance. This leads to more efficient delivery, production and ultimately to higher steel quality.

The digital twin – leading the way for the steel industry

The digital twin of scrap will revolutionise the production of green steel and intelligently drive forward the circular economy. Frank Koch, CEO of the Swiss Steel Group, emphasises: “This programme is groundbreaking for us: we are following our strategy of positioning ourselves as a leader in the field of sustainable steel production.”

The innovative use of precise data and state-of-the-art technology shows that it is no coincidence that the Swiss Steel Group is the current winner of the German Sustainability Award. It attaches great importance to being one of the pacesetters in the decarbonisation of the steel industry. It was also the first steel company in the world to receive the SBTI Validation.


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Über Swiss Steel Group

Swiss Steel Group mit Hauptsitz in Luzern (Schweiz) gehört zu den weltweit führenden Produzenten von Spezialstahl-Langprodukten. Dank des ausschliesslichen Einsatzes von Stahlschrott in Elektrolichtbogenöfen zählt die Gruppe zu den europaweit relevantesten Unternehmen in der Kreislaufwirtschaft und ist im Bereich nachhaltig produziertem Stahl – Green Steel – unter den Marktführern. Swiss Steel Group verfügt über eigene Produktions- und Distributionsgesellschaften in über 30 Ländern und bietet über ihre starke Präsenz vor Ort eine breite Palette individueller Lösungen in den Bereichen Edelbaustahl, rostfreiem Stahl und Werkzeugstahl an. Swiss Steel Group ist an der SIX Swiss Exchange kotiert, erwirtschaftete einen Umsatz von rund EUR 3.2 Mrd. im Jahr 2023 und verfügt über eine Belegschaft von rund 8’800 Mitarbeitenden.