07. May 2024

ROGESA concludes 5-year contract for iron ore from Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC)
Canadian company receives “TOP supplier” award in the iron ore category for fourth consecutive time

ROGESA Roheisengesellschaft Saar mbH and Zentralkokerei Saar GmbH (ZKS) introduced a supplier management system in 2019 as part of their sustainability strategy. Suppliers have since been recognized for their performance – based on defined sustainability and quality criteria – in the areas of product quality, adherence to quantity and deadlines, flexibility in responding to changing conditions, technical support, and sustainability.

The Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) has consistently met the expectations of its customers in Saarland and was recently recognized by ROGESA and ZKS for the fourth consecutive time as a TOP supplier in the iron ore category.

“We want to not only recognize IOC’s reliable performance and high product quality with this award, but also to underscore our intention to continue our cooperation with this partner. We want to work together to shape and accelerate the transformation to low-carbon steel in the coming years,” said Stefan Rauber, Chairman of the Board of Management of Dillinger and Saarstahl AG, at the award presentation. A 5-year supply agreement for the period 2024-2028 was subsequently signed by the two contracting parties.

Frank Becker, Managing Director of ROGESA and ZKS, added: “We are delighted to once again recognise IOC Iron Ore Company of Canada as a TOP supplier in the iron ore category. Their continuous fulfilment of our expectations and outstanding performance in terms of product quality and reliability have made them an indispensable partner, for which we would like to thank them with this award.”

The iron ore supplied by IOC can be used to cover part of the future requirements for the blast furnace converter route as well as for the planned direct reduced iron (DRI) plant. In addition to construction of the blast furnace route over the next few years, Saarland’s steel industry will also see construction of the new production route, with an electric arc furnace (EAF) at Saarstahl in Völklingen and an EAF and direct reduction plant (DRI) on the Dillinger site. Starting in 2027, the direct reduction plant and the two electric arc furnaces will produce low-carbon steel by using hydrogen to convert the iron ore into sponge iron, instead of using coking coal, as has been the case up to now.

Mike McCann, President and Chief Executive Officer for IOC, after a recent visit to ROGESA’s steelmaking facilities in Saarland: “IOC is extremely proud to have our high-quality iron ore products recognized by ROGESA and ZKS for the fourth consecutive year. This recognition and our ongoing partnership highlight the meaningful opportunities we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in steelmaking using IOC’s DRI quality pellets. We greatly value working together to find better ways to produce low-carbon steel.”


Photo: © Dirk Martin/Saarstahl
From left to right: Dr. Michael Bott (Director Decarbonisation Dillinger and Overall Project Manager Power4Steel), Frank Becker (Managing Director ROGESA and ZKS), Mike McCann (President and Chief Executive Officer IOC) Stefan Rauber (Chairman of the Board of Management of Dillinger and Saarstahl AG), Rafael Azevedo (General Manager Sales & Marketing IOC)


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