Strong performance in 2021 sees Paul Wurth well placed to support steel industry green transition

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Paul Wurth’s 2021 performance was the best in a decade, with significant projects signed or concluded around the world. It is now the leading center for steel decarbonization and hydrogen-based solutions for SMS group. At a press conference today, the leadership of Paul Wurth and its Luxembourg-based subsidiaries highlighted their ambitions and key projects.

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“It has been almost one year since SMS group took full control of Paul Wurth”, said Georges Rassel, CEO of Paul Wurth. Since then, there have been many changes to how our organization works. However, we are committed to Luxembourg, and the planned new head office is a symbolic representation of our permanence in our home state”.

The press conference saw Mr Rassel joined by the CEOs of two of Paul Wurth’s daughter companies, project management and engineering services business Paul Wurth Geprolux and intralogistics specialists CTI Systems. Together, the leaders highlighted their companies’ recent performance, key projects and ambitions for the coming year.

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Paul Wurth’s priority development area is the rollout of green ironmaking technology around the world. The steel industry is responsible for about 7% of global CO2 emissions, and primary ironmaking is the chief emitter in the value chain for products made from steel. Having developed several techniques to reduce CO2 emissions – including ways of sharply reducing emissions from existing facilities – Paul Wurth is offering these to ironmaking clients around the world in order to help reduce their environmental and climate impact.

“2021 was an excellent year for Paul Wurth, and our order intake was the highest it has been in a decade”, said Mr Rassel. “This success is due, in part, to our widened offer of digital solutions and emissions-reducing technologies. Our services segment has also contributed strongly. Decarbonization is a key part of our growth strategy, and it is starting to pay off”.

Paul Wurth is also deeply engaged in hydrogen and e-Fuels. These technologies will help pave the way for CO2 emissions reductions in both the steel industry and in other hard-to-abate sectors, such as aviation. Recently, the Paul Wurth Chair in Energy Process Engineering was taken up at the University of Luxembourg: its holder will specifically be looking at advanced materials and systems for hydrogen technologies.

Russia-Ukraine war

The entire Paul Wurth team has been shocked by the invasion of Ukraine. Paul Wurth has been impacted by the conflict as the company has an established history of engagement in both Russia and the Ukraine.

“In line with our parent company’s policy, we have frozen our operations in Russia, and no work other than safety-critical maintenance is being continued”, said Mr Rassel. “This action was taken as quickly as possible and was the case at least as of 10 March. In addition, the company is complying with all international and EU sanctions. We have supported our colleagues in Ukraine with unlimited support to get them to safety”.

New Paul Wurth campus

The new Paul Wurth campus will be located on the fittingly named Rue de l’Aciérie in the ‘Nei-Hollerich’ district of the city of Luxembourg. Designed by METAFORM Architects, the construction will be overseen by Paul Wurth Geprolux.

“I am delighted to have been able to work with Paul Wurth on this important project. The new facilities will be more adaptable to modern working methods and strategies. The complex helps strengthen Paul Wurth’s ties with the local community, with the site to feature spaces accessible to the general public”, said Shahram Agaajani, Founder and Partner of METAFORM Architects. “In a nod to Paul Wurth’s long history in Luxembourg, the new office will be built directly on the site of its former foundry and workshop”.

Paul Wurth Geprolux

Paul Wurth Geprolux’s success in 2021 is the product of the completion of several key projects across Luxembourg. The company supported the commissioning of the new 180,000 m2 European Parliament Konrad Adenauer-East building, the completion of the Luxembourg National Stadium and the construction management of the new Centre National d’Intervention et de Secours (CNIS).

“Our expertise in building project management is appreciated within Luxembourg, and we are leaders in the supervision and execution of large and complex projects”, said Anne-Marie Solvi, CEO of Paul Wurth Geprolux. “We are now focusing on new business activities in Building Information Management and, in line with parent company Paul Wurth’s portfolio, on services related to decarbonization strategies and new energy concepts in industry and urban districts”.

CTI Systems

CTI Systems proved resilient in 2021. The company is a globally recognized supplier of special machinery and highly-integrated solutions for the handling and storage of heavy loads. Last year, the company completed the commissioning of a dynamic picking and batch preparation system for Hydro Building Systems in France, as well as the first phases of an integrated aluminum scrap container handling and storage system for Aluminium Norf in Germany.

“Despite the difficult environment brought about by the COVID pandemic, CTI Systems has continued to prosper”, said Bob Greiveldinger, CEO of CTI Systems. “Our projects are diverse, covering plants and special equipment for the aviation, paper and foil, metals, and coating industries. Our adaptability has helped us explore new markets during the challenges posed by the past 18 months”.

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