SynopsisOn September 18, 2023, SHS - Stahl Holding Saar completed the acquisition of Dillinger Hafen-Umschlagsgesellschaft from HES International, aiming to optimize its supply chains. DHUG, a logistics partner in Dillingen/Saar, serves various industries, including steel, energy, and construction. The purchase aligns with SHS's transformation strategy, leveraging DHUG's strategic location for future electric steel plants. This move supports SHS's goal to produce 3.5 million metric tons of carbon-neutral steel annually in Saarland by 2027, promoting sustainability and efficient material delivery.ArticleSHS - Stahl Holding Saar has taken a significant step to enhance its supply chain with the acquisition of Dillinger Hafen-Umschlagsgesellschaft from HES International on September 18, 2023. This strategic move aims to further optimize SHS's supply chains, aligning with the company's transformation strategy.Located in Dillingen/Saar, DHUG plays a pivotal role as a logistics partner, serving a broad spectrum of customers in the steel industry, as well as the energy and construction sectors. Among its offerings are services like loading, unloading, and transshipment of various bulk materials. Additionally, DHUG boasts five hectares of paved areas and versatile covered storage facilities. On-site facilities include a roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) loading ramp, a quay for lifting operations, and a multipurpose crane for handling general cargo.Stefan Rauber, Chairman of the Management Board of SHS – Stahl Holding Saar, expressed the significance of this acquisition in the context of their transformation strategy, stating, "With the acquisition of DHUG, we are taking another important step in our transformation strategy and strengthening our locations in Saarland."Jonathan Weber, SHS Board Member for Transformation, elaborated on the strategic advantage of DHUG's geographical proximity, particularly for future electric steel plants in the Saar region. He emphasized the growing importance of waterways, alongside rail and road transport, for efficient and environmentally conscious material delivery.In line with their commitment to sustainability, SHS aims to produce up to 3.5 million metric tons of carbon-neutral steel annually in Saarland by 2027, under the Pure Steel+ brand. This endeavor is expected to save an impressive 4.9 million tons of CO₂ emissions. Furthermore, SHS and its French subsidiary, Saarstahl Rail, anticipate the need for easily accessible storage areas like those provided by DHUG for plate and rail materials.Jeroen van der Neut, Managing Director of the Dry Bulk Division of HES International, expressed his gratitude to the DHUG team and highlighted SHS's reputation as a market player in Germany. He expressed confidence that SHS would support DHUG's ongoing success, with proceeds from the sale reinvested in projects crucial for HES's long-term sustainable growth and transformation.Conclusion,The acquisition of DHUG by SHS represents a strategic move to bolster supply chain efficiency and sustainability, positioning both companies for a future of environmentally conscious steel production and material delivery.