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Klöckner Partners with Nucor for New Plate Processing Facility

Written by Becca Moczygemba

Klöckner & Co SE is fortifying its relationship with Nucor by investing in a new plate processing facility on the campus of Nucor’s new steel mill in Brandenburg, Kentucky.

KloecknerAnticipated to be a state-of-the-art facility, Nucor Steel Brandenburg will house an electric arc furnace that will produce heavy plate for infrastructure projects such as wind towers. The 1.2-million-ton mill is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of this year.

Klöckner’s new plate processing facility is anticipated to begin operating in the third quarter of 2023, pending environmental approvals.

As the US government announces planned investments in renewable energy and infrastructure, Klöckner is positioning itself to provide valuable services throughout the supply chain. The Duisburg, Germany-based company’s current sustainability initiative is driving the expansion of its products and services offerings, including carbon-reduced products. As the need for innovation arises, the company is moving to align itself with projects that not only contribute to growth in the US, but ones that demonstrate company values.

Supporting projects that fit the company’s strategies should be relatively smooth as Klöckner announced its strongest first half since 2006. Overall, Klöckner reported net income of €323 million ($331 million) in the first half of 2022, compared to €301 million ($308 million) in the first half of 2021. Sales rose from €3.4 billion ($3.48 billion) in the first half of 2021 to €5.0 billion ($5.12 billion) in the first half of 2022, resulting in a whopping 48.8% increase.

“Due to at times significantly higher prices in the market, we are able to look back on an outstanding first half-year. At the same time, we have continued implementing our group strategy, laying the foundation for an even more successful Klöckner & Co in the future. We have strengthened our partnership with Nucor in the USA, added to our stainless steel product and service portfolio by relevant acquisitions through our subsidiary Becker Stahl-Service and expanded our advisory capabilities for green products and services. As this shows, even in economically challenging times, we continue to work systematically on our strategic priorities. In this way, we are strengthening our position as a reliable partner at the side of our customers and suppliers, and as a pioneer for a sustainable future,” said Guido Kerkhoff, CEO of Klöckner & Co SE.

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