ThyssenKrupp Establishes Metal Services Business

Effective October 15, 2009, the ThyssenKrupp Group has, within the Materials Services business area, reorganized and merged under ThyssenKrupp MetalServ GmbH its central domestic materials trading business activities. The new company employs a workforce of around 800 throughout Germany. It provides logistics and services for such production materials as stainless steels, non-ferrous metals, pipes and tubes. The Management Board consists of Dr. Volker Paetz (CEO), Achim Boner, and Marcus Wöhl.

Included under Düsseldorf-based ThyssenKrupp MetalServ are: the central stainless steel and non-ferrous metal warehouses, the stainless and aluminum service centers, the central pipe/tube warehouses, Stahlkontor Hahn, and the fittings center DAZ (Das Armaturenzentrum). Together these activities generate a sales volume of about one billion Euros. In cooperation with numerous affiliates, the Company serves customers on all European markets and specifically materials processors in industry, the craft, and construction trades.

ThyssenKrupp MetalServ's lineup covers over 100,000 items available ex-warehouse. Customers can obtain standard dimensions off the shelf and, if the order is big enough, as a drop shipment. Rounding off the range are extensive size-cutting and other customer-focused services to the formula "made-to-measure materials." ThyssenKrupp MetalServ's central warehouses combined with the additional extensive processing capabilities allow the operating outlets to supply a range of products of vast breadth and depth. In fact, the Dortmund location is among Europe's biggest central warehouses for stainless steels and non-ferrous metals and allows cost-efficient inventory management for optimized local service.

"Our infrastructure is rigorously focused on the needs of our customers with their short-notice and varying requirements," summarizes CEO Dr. Volker Paetz. "Each customer obtains their order not only just in time but also to the exact size and shape needed, a one-off prefabricated part or series-produced mass items."

The formula for such high-speed availability combined with overall inventories that are as low as possible is a sophisticated logistics strategy that interlinks the service centers and the central warehouses with the locations of the affiliates and customers.

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