The SSP provides a stable platform for protection against the traditional cyclical nature of the steel and graphite electrode industries leading to much higher resilience to the business cycle. With flexibility in pricing and demand, the SSP secures the supply of electrodes from Showa Denko to Sidenor and allows both to focus on continuous improvement, process development and digitalization.
This partnership also enhances sustainability by keeping competitive graphite-electrode production in Europe, while ensuring Sidenor can continue to supply its customers with innovative steel solutions via EAF steel production.
As part of the SSP, Sidenor and Showa Denko will be able to maximize the positive impacts of SDK’s ΩMEGA product – a ladle furnace electrode produced in Europe with 100% renewable energy; as well as SDK’s new partnership with AMI Automation.
The agreement was signed in Sidenor, Basauri by Marco Pineda, General Corporate Director for Sidenor, Jose Cruz Zirion, Procurement and Logistic Director for Sidenor, Cesar Castineira, EMEA Regional Head for Showa Denko, and Francisco Santoalla, Market Segment Leader for Showa Denko.
Pictured (L-R) are Oscar Olariaga Epelde, Jose Cruz Zirion, Cesar Castineira, and Fran Santoalla.