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ArcelorMittal Hamburg delivers the first tonnes of XCarb® recycled and renewably produced wire rod to Waelzholz

As part of their business partnership, ArcelorMittal will supply Waelzholz with XCarb® recycled and renewably produced wire rod from ArcelorMittal Hamburg. These low carbon emissions steels are produced on the basis of a high levelof scrap and 100 percent renewable electricity. The calculation of the low carbon footprint of 504 kg CO2/t of steel used in this order was realised by an external third party based on Life Cycle Assessment standard ISO 14040. The delivery of the first 20 tonnes took place on 12 January at the cold rolling company's site in Hagen, Germany. Waelzholz will use the material to manufacture heat-treated profiles for industrial applications. 

“Together, we are taking another step towards climate neutrality.”

“We are seeing increased interest in low carbon emissions steel on the customer side,” says Uwe Braun, CEO of ArcelorMittal Hamburg, “and are pleased to be able to offer our XCarb® products to a long-standing customer like Waelzholz. Together, we are thus taking another step towards climate neutrality.”

 “Sourcing low carbon emissions wire rod is now the logical continuation of our cooperation, with which we are expanding our portfolio of climate-friendly wire products. ArcelorMittal has been a valued partner for the supply and continuous joint development of materials for many years. The first 20 tonnes are a prelude to further talks on increasing the supply volume of low carbon emissions wire rod”, explains Dr. Matthias Gierse, Managing Director Sales and Purchasing at C.D. Wälzholz GmbH & Co. KG.

A business partnership aiming to reduce environmental impacts thanks to low carbon emissions steel

ArcelorMittal and Waelzholz have been partnering towards common low carbon emissions steel for a couple of years already, with ArcelorMittal supplying them with XCarb® green steel certificates in 2021.

This long-lasting cooperation underlines the decarbonisation plans of both companies. Waelzholz is pursuing an ambitious roadmap that envisions carbon neutrality by 2045. The technology leader is the first company in the cold rolling industry to implement a validated process for calculating the product carbon footprint on an item-by-item basis. At the same time, Waelzholz is creating the technological conditions to be able to replace natural gas with hydrogen in its own production.


Want to know more about XCarb™?

The XCarb initiative, launched by ArcelorMittal in March 2021, brings together all of ArcelorMittal’s reduced-, low-, and zero-carbon products and steelmaking activities.

Scrap and renewable energy: the levers of low CO2 steel

To produce XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel, ArcelorMittal uses up to 100% scrap and renewable electricity coming from renewable sources such as solar and wind power.

ArcelorMittal estimates that XCarb® recycled and renewably produced steel has a carbon footprint as low as 0.3 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of steel product when the metallics are 100% scrap, which is certified by a published Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

We pass the CO2 savings of our investments to our customers

The ArcelorMittal’s XCarb™ initiatives also include XCarb® green steel certificates which are specifically designed for ArcelorMittal’s steel products made from iron ore in a blast furnace. They are based on real CO2 savings as well as wider initiatives which reduce ArcelorMittal’s carbon footprint.

We can add up these important CO2 savings and then pass them onto our customers in the form of a certificate, which has been verified by an independent auditor. 

Delivery of the first low-carbon emission wire rod coils at Waelzholz in Hagen, Germany (from left): Marcus Englberger (Purchasing Manager, Waelzholz), Joachim Scheibe (Area Manager Bars and Rods, Northern Europe, ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products), Markus Schmidt (Manager Purchasing Raw Material and Energy, Waelzholz), Dr. Michael Thiele (Head of Quality Assurance, ArcelorMittal Hamburg), Dr. Matthias Gierse (Managing Director Sales and Purchasing, Waelzholz), Mark Brunner (Technical Customer Service, ArcelorMittal Hamburg), Lisa Durst (Purchasing, Waelzholz), Igli Kerleshi (Sales Manager Bars and Rods, Northern Europe, ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products)

Uwe Braun, CEO of ArcelorMittal Hamburg

Dr. Matthias Gierse, Managing Director Sales and Purchasing at C.D. Wälzholz GmbH & Co. KG.


Copyright images: © Waelzholz

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