2. June 2023

Green Steel Partnership between KNIPEX and the Swiss Steel Group - Reduction of the CO2 footprint through the use of Green Steel CLIMATE+

KNIPEX, the world market leader in the production of high-quality pliers for professional users, has a strong focus on sustainable production and environmentally friendly use of resources, just like Swiss Steel Group.

"Sustainability has always played an important role in our 140-year-old family business. As a company, we live from the conditions and resources that we share responsibility for preserving. We are part of the environment and society, to whose improvement we want to make an active contribution," says KNIPEX Managing Partner Ralf Putsch.

KNIPEX has set itself the goal of halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 2020.

More than half of the greenhouse gas emissions of the plier’s professional are generated in the so-called Scope 3. Scope 3 also includes the emissions of externally sourced raw materials. The lion's share is attributable to the steel used to manufacture the quality pliers. In addition to investments in state-of-the-art plant technology and the implementation of optimization potential in production and logistics, KNIPEX relies on the use of climate-optimized raw materials to achieve its climate targets. Here, the long-standing partner, Swiss Steel Group, was able to help. With its "Green Steel Climate+" product, it has a Green Steel product with outstanding values in terms of CO2 footprint. The emissions of a ton of Green Steel Climate + crude steel are around 98% below the industry mix. Swiss Steel Group, as one of the European market leaders for Green Steel, manufactures it, as well as its other products, in the electric arc furnace process and uses only renewable energy for this product. In this case, the energy comes from hydroelectric power plants. The starting material is always recycled scrap. In other words, a value chain that is thoroughly characterized by the idea of reducing the CO2 footprint.

Since December 2022, KNIPEX has been the first tool manufacturer to purchase Green Steel Climate+ from Swiss Steel Group, a successful partnership that can look back on a history of well over 30 years, because that is how long the two companies have been working together.  

"We are very pleased about this partnership with such a long-standing and successful customer as KNIPEX. Supporting our customers' climate goals with our products is more than just a concern for us. We see the decarbonization of the steel industry not only as a legal mandate but also as our social obligation," says Frank Koch, CEO of Swiss Steel Group.


About Swiss Steel Group

The Swiss Steel Group today is one of the world’s leading providers of individual solutions in the special long steel products sector. The Group is one of the leading manufacturers of tool steel and non-corrosive long steel on the global market and one of the largest companies in Europe for alloyed and high-alloyed constructional steel. With close to 10,000 employees and in-house production and distribution companies in over 30 countries and on 5 continents, the company guarantees its customers a global supply and customer service, and offers them a complete production portfolio as well as sales and services around the world. 



Anina Berger
Vice President Corporate Marketing and Communication

Steeltec AG  
c/o Swiss Steel Holding AG
Landenbergstrasse 11
CH-6005 Lucerne
Tel: +41 (0) 41 581 4121


Helmut Freiherr von Fircks

Steeltec AG
c/o Swiss Steel Holding AG 
Landenbergstrasse 11
CH 6005 Lucerne
M: +41 795484895
M: +49 172 296 2222


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