ArcelorMittal has acquired John Lawrie Metals Ltd., as part of the company’s strategy of increasing the use of scrap steel to lower CO2 emissions from steelmaking.
John Lawrie Metals, which is based in Aberdeen, with three other sites in northeast Scotland, is a leading consolidator of ferrous scrap metal. The business currently exports to steel producers mainly in western Europe.
John Lawrie Metals has access to diversified sources of high-quality scrap steel from the UK’s oil and gas industry. The company sources around half its material from the oil and gas market; with decommissioning of oil and gas wells in the North Sea increasing due to the energy transition, supplies of scrap are expected to grow significantly over the next decade.
Increasing the use of scrap steel in both the electric arc furnace (EAF) and blast furnace routes of steelmaking is one of the five key levers of ArcelorMittal’s decarbonization roadmap.