Shareholders and Partners

Thinking and

Sustainability, dynamic, efficient, flexible, committed and motivated:
This is what DESMA stands for.
This is what our customers, our owners, Salzgitter AG and our global partners appreciate about us. A long-term cooperation with our customers, partner companies and suppliers, technology centers, universities, research institutes and also the close interaction with the global press are the basis for your and our success.


A modern Group with tradition

For more than 150 years, the companies of the Salzgitter Group have been synonymous with the innovative and sustainable manufacture of steel and technology products. What started with the idea of making iron and steel from ore sourced in Lower Saxony has evolved into a international group that includes world-renowned brands such as Peiner Träger, Mannesmann or KHS. Today, around 25,000 people work to provide customers from a range of sectors with innovative and sustainable products of the highest quality. Our core competencies are in the production of rolled steel and tube products, as well as their processing and the global trade in these goods. In addition, we are also successful in the field of specialist machinery and plant Engineering.


Under the leadership of Salzgitter AG as the holding company, the Group’s structure is divided into five divisions.
The divisions comprise the operating companies which independently develop market, customer and product-related business activities and operate with a high degree of decision-making autonomy.

The divisions comprise the operating companies which independently develop market, customer and product-related business activities and operate with a high degree of decision-making autonomy. In addition, it has industrial holdings, including the leading European copper producer Aurubis, as well as numerous service companies that are not assigned to any business segment.


Independence is the cornerstone of our group policy. This is the basis for our strategic initiatives with a long-term horizon. We do not see ourselves as a world champion in announcing speculative measures to increase the share price in the short term, as we believe that these are not suitable for increasing the value of our company in the long term. We are looking for sustainable growth potential and, with the acquisitions of Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG and Klöckner-Werke AG and the successful ‘Salzgitter AG 2015’ optimisation programme, we have already demonstrated the superior benefits of a long-term corporate strategy on several occasions.

For us, this also includes a down-to-earth financial policy. A solid balance sheet and capital structure is important to us in order to have sufficient financial manoeuvrability to successfully pursue opportunities as they arise, regardless of capital market sentiment. We consider this to be an indispensable prerequisite for realising a sustainable increase in value for our shareholders.


The prudent utilization of resources is an essential prerequisite for the economic success of our Group, not least from a financial point of view. For example, the byproduct gases from the steel production in the Salzgitter iron and steel works are used in the company’s own power plant to generate electricity and process steam. Our modern steels also play a decisive role in lightweight engineering in many industries, while our special machinery producers are also constantly working to optimize the resource consumption of their products.

According to our understanding, however, sustainability extends far and beyond merely minimizing the input of raw materials: Demographic developments are making it essential to react in good time with suitable measures to the changing age structure of the workforce. The Salzgitter Group therefore not only relies on focused training and professional development programs for young employees, but also on the specific promotion of health among the workforce. We believe that our attractiveness as an employer is an important factor in the overall competitiveness of the Group.

Our Partners


DESMA is a high-performance and competent partner for its customers. The aim is to have not only satisfied but also enthusiastic customers who are constantly in the focus of DESMA’s partnership-based thinking and acting. In addition, DESMA opens up additional competitive advantages for its customers with a fast and comprehensive technology development. Excellent know-how and high quality standards for our injection moulding machines and injection moulding technology form the basis for our success as a supplier of turnkey plants for the production of elastomer articles and silicone processing.


Our close cooperation with the international press and trade press ensures a targeted exchange of information both within and outside our industry. Current information is thus disseminated internationally within a very short time. We have maintained intensive contact and exchange of experience for many years.


For us, customer orientation and customer benefit already start with the suppliers. Therefore DESMA expects from its suppliers what it wants to offer to its customers: competence, quality, reliability, a balanced price/performance ratio and flexibility.


Membership of and support for associations and institutions ensure the exchange of knowledge within our industry and provide a forum for the standardization of new applications by defining interfaces. In addition, public events and trade fairs are organized via professional associations, which represent important platforms for the presentation of new developments and stand for the exchange of experience within our industry.


DESMA is an important and at the same time respected employer in the region. With DESMA’s performance and reputation, the market value of the town of Fridingen and the region also increases. DESMA is a powerful and reliable employer.