Towards-Zero Stainless Steel: Outokumpu, thyssenkrupp, and Purem Drive Green Transformation in Auto Sector

Towards-Zero Stainless Steel: Outokumpu, thyssenkrupp, and Purem Drive Green Transformation in Auto Sector

(IN BRIEF) Outokumpu, a leader in sustainable stainless steel, is partnering with thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe and Purem by Eberspaecher to drive emissions reduction in the automotive sector. Together, they are developing towards-zero stainless steel under the Circle Green initiative, which offers up to 92% lower carbon footprint compared to industry averages. This partnership aligns with the EU’s push for low-emission mobility and aims to provide sustainable solutions for the automotive industry. Outokumpu will supply Circle Green to thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe, which will process and deliver it to Purem by Eberspaecher. This collaborative effort intends to usher in a new era of emission reduction in vehicle manufacturing, supporting the automotive industry’s transition towards more environmentally-friendly practices.

(PRESS RELEASE) HELSINKI, 9-Aug-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Outokumpu, a global leader in sustainable stainless steel, is partnering once again with thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe, a prominent steel and aluminum service center, to make strides in emissions reduction within the automotive sector. This initiative is centered around the pioneering creation of towards-zero stainless steel, aimed at significantly curtailing emissions. Joining this endeavor is Purem by Eberspaecher, a specialist in exhaust technology and acoustic solutions, poised to adopt Outokumpu’s Circle Green through thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe. This innovation boasts a remarkable up to 92% reduction in carbon footprint compared to industry averages*. This collaboration underscores their commitment to supporting the European Union’s ambitious transition towards low-emission mobility.

Niklas Wass, Executive Vice President, Stainless Europe, Outokumpu, commented, “We are leading the charge in decarbonizing the steel industry, with the automotive sector being a pivotal arena for emission-cutting solutions. With our 100% recyclable stainless steel and the unprecedented Circle Green, we are devoted to a circular economy model, demonstrating immense potential as a pioneering solution. No other stainless steel manufacturer has achieved such remarkable emission reductions across the entire production chain, spanning from raw material extraction to final production. We are excited to commence this partnership with Purem by Eberspaecher, offering solutions for both private and commercial vehicles, thus advancing sustainable mobility across Europe.”

Marcus Wöhl, CEO of thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe, expressed, “As a robust service partner, especially within the automotive sector, thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe actively addresses industry challenges and ambitious goals. We stand beside our customers from the inception of innovative research and development, steering supply chains towards meeting emission targets. Positioned as a pivotal link between manufacturers and Purem by Eberspaecher, we eagerly anticipate the evolution within the automotive segment. It is our privilege to accompany our longstanding customer as a steadfast partner in achieving this milestone.”

Circle Green: A Catalyst for Emission Reduction in Vehicle Manufacturing

As part of this partnership, Outokumpu will supply the Circle Green material to thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe. These experts will then process the master coil into slit strips and oversee the just-in-time delivery to Purem by Eberspaecher.

Uwe Ackermann, Vice President Global Procurement, Purem by Eberspaecher, highlighted, “This collaboration underscores our commitment to clean mobility with clearly defined sustainable objectives. We are a technological frontrunner, propelling innovations within exhaust gas purification systems for both conventional and future drive systems, including hydrogen engines. Central to these advancements is the materials used in our products, with a focus on minimizing carbon footprints.”

As a global supplier to automotive manufacturers and a subsidiary of the Eberspaecher Group, Purem by Eberspaecher is renowned for its reliable exhaust, thermal management systems, and automotive controls. Their sustainability pursuits encompass goals such as achieving carbon-neutral production by 2030.

*) The average global CO₂ emissions amount to 6.1 tons of CO₂ per ton of stainless steel. In contrast, Outokumpu Circle Green exhibits CO₂ emissions as low as 0.5 tons per ton of stainless steel.

About thyssenkrupp Materials Services

thyssenkrupp Materials Services, the premier mill-independent materials distributor and service provider in the Western world, maintains a presence in over 30 countries, encompassing around 380 locations (including approximately 260 warehouse sites). Catering to a diverse range of services, their materials experts empower customers to focus on their core businesses. With an eye on their strategic advancement “Materials as a Service,” thyssenkrupp Materials Services prioritizes raw material and product supply, alongside supply chain management. By harnessing digital solutions, they foster efficient and resource-efficient processes, forming the foundation for sustainable practices. Aiming for a climate-neutral operation by 2030, thyssenkrupp Materials Services is poised for the future.

About Purem by Eberspaecher

A subsidiary of the Eberspaecher Group, Purem by Eberspaecher contributes to clean and quiet mobility, developing and manufacturing exhaust and acoustic systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and off-road vehicles. These technologies play a vital role in meeting stringent emission standards and noise regulations. Serving the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, the company generated revenue of approximately 5.7 billion euros in 2022. As part of its sustainability endeavors, the group aspires to achieve CO₂ neutral production by 2030.

Media contacts:

Outokumpu media: Päivi Allenius, VP – Communications, tel. +358 40 753 7374 or Outokumpu media desk, tel. +358 40 351 9840 /
thyssenkrupp Materials Services media: Lars Bank, Head of Communications, Tel.: +49 201 844 534416,
Purem by Eberspaecher media: Anja Kaufer, Vice President Corporate Communications, Eberspächer Group, Tel.: +49 711 939-0250,

SOURCE: Outokumpu



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