Not a plane in the sky, not a ship in the harbor. New York has no skyscrapers, and Paris no Eifel Tower. Tires roll through the streets past sidewalks lined with abandoned car upholstery. The houses have no handles on their doors, and there are no sinks or faucets in the kitchens and bathrooms. Everything goes dark after sunset, and people have to dress warmly against the cold, because radiators and lamps don’t work without electricity. Wind power, solar panels, high-voltage pylons, transformers – none of these exist. It isn’t the end of the world. It’s a world without steel.
Nearly everything we hold dear contains steel. In Europe, company founders Friedrich Krupp and August Thyssen are partially to thank for this. The Krupp cast steel works was founded in 1811, and in 1891 the Thyssen group began with the expansion of Gewerkschaft Deutscher Kaiser and the tapping of the first steel at the new steelworks. Both companies played a crucial role in accelerating the pace of industrialization through the development of heavy manufacturing.
Today, thyssenkrupp Steel is the largest steel manufacturer in Germany, and Germany the largest in the EU. And German steel production ranks seventh worldwide. Roughly two thirds of the steel comes from integrated steel mills, where the material is melted in blast furnaces, and basic oxygen steel plants. The remaining third comes from electric steel furnaces. From tin cans, baking trays, and household appliances to building facades, construction equipment, and pipelines, steel is everywhere to be found. And each year thyssenkrupp produces 12 million tons of it in Germany – 1,800 different grades and 2,000 alloys, with ever increasing ingenuity, value, and distinctiveness. They are often produced for special products originally developed in Duisburg and sold throughout the world.
thyssenkrupp Steel stands for effective solutions that originate from the Group’s combined expertise and inventiveness and depend on close and trustworthy collaboration with our customers. These are important factors that help set apart both Germany as an industrial location and thyssenkrupp Steel itself.