Thyssenkrupp Steel wants to significantly reduce its production capacity in Duisburg. This also has an impact on employees. Because this “will also imply a reduction in jobs that cannot yet be quantified”, as the steel division of the industrial group announced on Thursday afternoon in Duisburg. This will also affect subsequent processing stages, as well as administration and service areas.

Around 27,000 people currently work in the division, 13,000 of them in Duisburg. An employment guarantee applies until the end of March 2026. “The stated objective is to continue to avoid layoffs for operational reasons,” the statement said.

Thyssenkrupp Steel: Measures necessary to maintain competitiveness

“The planned measures are absolutely necessary to maintain competitiveness and ensure a secure future for steel production at the Duisburg plant,” the company explained. This would also ensure high-quality jobs in the long term and make the basic steel supply resilient for industrial value creation in Germany. “Deep optimizations in the production network should significantly increase competitiveness and profitability.”

The target is Thyssenkrupp Position steel for the future in persistently challenging market conditions. The core of the realignment will be a reduction in installed production capacity to around 9 to 9.5 million tonnes per year. This corresponds approximately to the level of the last three years. “The current production capacity, however, is planned for about 11.5 million tons.” These 11.5 million tonnes also include the quantities of steel produced by the Duisburg company HKM, in which Thyssenkrupp Steel has a 50 percent stake.

Target: production in a completely climate-neutral way by 2045 at the latest

The planned realignment is a response, on the one hand, to the persistent weakness of the economy, but above all to the medium and long-term structural changes in the European steel market and in the main customers and target markets. In Germany in particular, these include high energy costs, which continue to rise due to climate policy targets, as well as unbridled increasing pressure from imports, mainly from Asia.

Plans for realignment are becoming even more concrete. The company then wants to advise them with co-management and the committees responsible for the steel sector.

The company stressed that it will continue to adapt its production towards climate-neutral steel production. “The construction of the first direct reduction plant in Duisburg will be carried out as planned, supported by the funds released for this by the federal government and regional governments.” the latter also has no restrictions.