ArcelorMittal has a new CEO for its German subsidiary. Reiner Blaschek has taken over as CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany Holding from Frank Schulz at the beginning of the year.
Schulz, who had held the position since 2014, has retired after 37 years of service to ArcelorMittal. In his role at ArcelorMittal Germany, he has decisively advanced the preparations for the conversion to climate-neutral steel production. The transformation of production for CO2-free steel remains the central topic of the future at ArcelorMittal: “I am taking on frank Schulz’s task at an exciting time and I will massively advance the campaigns in cooperation with our four production sites in Bremen, Duisburg, Eisenhüttenstadt and Hamburg.”
By 2030, ArcelorMittal plans to reduce around seven million tons of CO2 annually in Germany – about ten percent of the Federal Government’s savings target for industry in Germany. “The transformation of steel production – away from coal towards green hydrogen – is a mammoth task that requires a change in technology. We will only be able to cope with this together with our workforce, our customers and with the support of politicians,” emphasizes Blaschek.
The activities for the transformation are already in full swing: new engineers are being hired for the conversion of production technology, the establishment of a Group-owned research department in Germany is planned and preparations are being made for the construction of new plants and the construction of infrastructure for the supply of hydrogen and renewable energy. “We want and need to master these tasks in order to be able to produce steel in Germany competitively and sustainably in the future,” explains the new CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany Holding.
Reiner Blaschek holds a degree in engineering from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, studying manufacturing engineering. He has been with ArcelorMittal for more than 25 years in various roles. Among other things, he worked for the Group in France and Brazil and was Sales Manager for the Northern European flat steel business. He will assume his new role as CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany in addition to his responsibility as CEO of the flat steel mills in Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt.