SHS - Stahl Holding Saar acquired Dillinger Hafen-Umschlagsgesellschaft mbH from HES International

19 September 2023

Dillingen/Rotterdam. SHS – Stahl Holding Saar GmbH & Co.KG (SHS) acquired Dillinger Hafen-Umschlagsgesellschaft mbH (DHUG) from HES International on 18 September 2023. The declared aim of the purchase is to further optimize the SHS supply chains. Following a strategic review, HES International decided that DHUG is better positioned to fit into the portfolio of SHS.

Based in Dillingen/Saar, DHUG is a major logistics partner, especially for local and international customers from the steel industry and from the energy and construction sectors. In addition to loading, unloading and transshipment of various bulk materials, DHUG offers five hectares of paved area and multifunctional covered storage facilities. A roll-on/roll-off (or ro-ro) loading ramp, a quay for lifting operations and a multipurpose crane for general cargo are available on site.

“With the acquisition of DHUG, we are taking another important step in our transformation strategy and strengthening our locations in Saarland,” says Stefan Rauber, Chairman of the Management Board of SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar.

Jonathan Weber, SHS Board Member for Transformation, explains the reasons for the purchase: “The geographical proximity to DHUG is a strategic advantage for future electric steel plants in the Saar region. For the upcoming transformation process and the input materials required for it, waterways, alongside rail and roadways, are becoming increasingly important for efficient and environmentally conscious delivery. We welcome our colleagues from DHUG to the company and look forward to working with them.”

Starting as early as 2027, up to 3.5 million metric tons of carbon-neutral steel will be produced annually in Saarland in line with the Pure Steel+ brand, saving 4.9 million tons of CO2. In addition, SHS and the French subsidiary Saarstahl Rail will in the future increasingly require easily accessible storage areas such as those at DHUG for plate and rails.

Jeroen van der Neut, Managing Director Dry Bulk Division of HES International:

”I sincerely like to thank Terminal Manager Fabian Hahn and his team for their ongoing commitment and valuable contribution to the company. SHS is a reputable market player in Germany and we are confident that they will support DHUG to build on its successful history. Proceeds from the sale will be reinvested in projects that are pivotal for the long-term, sustainable growth and transformation of HES.”                                                                                                                             


About SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar:

SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA is an operational management holding company with around 14,000 employees and a sales volume of roughly EUR 7 billion. As Germany’s third largest steel producer, its companies produce around 5 million tons of steel that is ready for shipment.

It actively performs tasks for the two major steel companies in Saarland, Aktien-Gesellschaft der Dillinger Hüttenwerke (Dillinger) and Saarstahl AG. This has enabled both companies to work more closely together beyond the previously existing cooperative ventures and to have a stronger presence in their markets. The companies are working in unison to grow, to become more flexible and to increase competitiveness in their respective markets.

The SHS Group (the parent company of Saarstahl) is wholly owned by the private-law industrial foundation Montan-Stiftung-Saar, which aims to strengthen and safeguard the two major steel companies in the Saar region.

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About HES International:

Contributing to the world of tomorrow – that’s what we do at HES. With 16 terminals in 5 countries at strategically located ports in Europe, we are an important switch in the continuous delivery of essential building blocks needed for everyday life and to develop, sustain and improve the world around us. Our professional staff ensure that bulk commodities are safely stored, handled and processed 24/7 for customers from all corners of the globe.

We have a strong ambition to further broaden our product portfolio and also want to respond optimally to the opportunities that the energy transition offers us for products such as hydrogen, refrigerated gases and chemical recycling. In addition, we want to further strengthen our existing market position in agriculture, minerals and iron ore.

We want to create long-term growth and value for all our stakeholders, including employees, customers, shareholders and the communities and countries in which we operate. This is underpinned by our focus on safety and our core values of integrity, respect, accountability, openness and entrepreneurialism.

HES International is headquartered in Rotterdam and has been carefully handling bulk raw materials since 1908. Macquarie Asset Management, via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5, and West Street Infrastructure Partners III, managed by the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Infrastructure business, each indirectly control 50% of the shares of HES International B.V.

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