TPT November 2019


technologically sophisticated approach: SMS group has developed an innovative plant for producing high-quality metal powder for 3D printing. The powder, currently produced at the Demo Center in Mönchengladbach, Germany, is then used in a 3D printer from the strategic cooperation partner Additive Industries to manufacture functionally optimised products. In this way, the powder atomisation system, powder and printer are perfectly coordinated to produce optimal end products. The joint venture Boxbay, founded together with DP World, a port operator in Dubai, also stems from the New Horizon strategy. This project involves a new interpretation of the storage and transport technology from SMS subsidiary Amova for handling metal coils that weigh up to 50 tons. The High Bay Storage system triples storage capacity on the same floor area, resulting in efficiency gains. SMS group GmbH – Germany Email: Website:

first ‘learning steel plant’, SMS group has won several other major projects that will serve as important references. Further details will be announced shortly. Michael Rzepczyk, COO, said: “We achieve this through technologically superior solutions and first-rate project management.” One long-term focus of SMS group is the CO 2 footprint of the steel industry. As a central development partner of the steel industry along the entire value chain, SMS group pursues the clear goal of minimising CO 2 emissions in the medium term and eliminating them in the long term. An important part of this vision is the strategic investment in and technological partnership with Sunfire GmbH, the developer and manufacturer of a highly efficient process for producing “green hydrogen”. For the SMS subsidiary Paul Wurth, this partnership is an important step on the path towards green steel production and an opportunity to enter the growing market for e-fuels. Prof Ferkel said: “We want to accompany our customers on the

path towards hydrogen-based steel production and help them meet climate protection targets. Our goal is clear: the world’s first CO 2 -free slab shall be produced on SMS equipment.” The ‘New Horizon’ strategy of SMS group opens up additional new business areas. For instance, SMS group boasts a pioneering role in additive manufacturing. This is another area that benefits from an integrated and



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