German steel maker Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung runs one of its research sites on the premises of Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann in Duisburg-Huckingen. Products and processes focused on the material of steel are developed and tested at this site. Work is concentrated on producing tubes and pipes and heavy plate within the Salzgitter Group. Along with the Group companies, many other small and large customers and partners draw on SZMF’s almost 100-year competence and its research and development services. At the Duisburg location, Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung combines the wide spectrum of the Salzgitter Group’s steel competence for the hydrogen economy, while, at the same time, supplementing the manifold activities at the evolving hydrogen location of Duisburg.SZMF’s General Manager Dr Benedikt Ritterbach said “Sustainability and climate protection are the greatest challenges of our time. Hydrogen and steel play a very significant role here. Substituting coking coal, thereby making the production of steel even more sustainable and climate conserving in the future, requires hydrogen. Conversely, hydrogen needs suitable steel pipes and plate in order to transport and store hydrogen. We can do both and will make our contribution to this process: Salzgitter AG as a pioneer in producing particularly sustainable steel with its SALCOS transformation program, and Salzgitter Mannesmann Forschung where we develop and qualify products for the emerging hydrogen economy. Mannesmann H2ready steel pipes are already being used today in the hydrogen economy in a wide range of applications.” A rapid and successful implementation of the project will be instrumental reinforcing the Salzgitter Group’s technological leadership as well as generally benefiting Duisburg as a hydrogen location.