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Salzgitter: Gunnar Groebler accompanies Federal President Steinmeier to Sweden

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Salzgitter: Gunnar Groebler accompanies Federal President Steinmeier to Sweden
State Visit to Sweden – Arrival at Stockholm Airport and reception by members of the royal family. Photo: Guido Bergmann

07.09.2021. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is on a state visit to the Kingdom of Sweden from 7 to 9 September 2021. Gunnar Groebler, Chief Executive Officer of Salzgitter AG, is a member of the delegation.

Focus on future-oriented technologies

The many events and meetings are focused on future-oriented technologies, including discussions with representatives of the business and science communities. Topics will include the harnessing hydrogen in steel production and battery technology.

A further highlight of the program is a visit to the town of Kiruna in the north of Sweden where the emphasis will be on the LKAB iron ore mine located there and on the topics of structural change and new technologies. LKAB has supplied Salzgitter AG with high grade iron ore for many years.

Gunnar Groebler: “It is an honour for me to accompany the Federal President. Sweden’s economy is engaging intensively with the issue of decarbonising industrial processes. With our SALCOS – SAlzgitter Low CO2Steelmaking project, we are pioneering this field in Germany. Therefore, this exchange of ideas is very important to me.


The gradual transition to hydrogen-based steel production will enable us to lower our CO2 emissions by up to 95 %. We are making every effort to realise our ambition of producing the first green steel based on hydrogen at the Salzgitter site by the end of 2025. In building wind turbines, hydrogen electrolysers and a direct reduction plant, we are creating the entire process chain to industrial demonstration scale and gaining valuable insights for scaling up the implementation.”


(Source: Salzgitter AG)