Lech-Stahlwerke: Steel manufacturer and recycling company
Lech-Stahlwerke was founded in 1970 as Bayerische Elektrostahlwerke GmbH with the aim to recycle steel scrap and into high-quality steel. LSW belongs to the 'Steel & Production' division of the Max Aicher Foundation (Max Aicher Stiftung) being the foremost of the two steel mills in the group and the only one in Germany.
Our steel-bars production has a dual orientation which spans the production of high-quality and special steel grades as well as concrete reinforcing steel. The broad structure of our group covers all the steps of the value adding chain enabling us to operate in an ever-changing market and to react quickly to customer’s demands. This flexibility allows us to thrive, to guarantee job security to our employees and to be a loyal partner for our customers.
With around 700 employees LSW produces about 1.1 million tonnes of raw steel each year. Since 19th March 1972, when the first heat was produced on our premises, more than 33 million tonnes of scrap have been recycled, equalling almost 42 million wracked cars. This means that on average more than 4,000 tonnes of steel scrap are recycled each working day.
As Bavaria's largest recycling company we make a significant contribution towards sustainable resource conservation and environment protection. The rate of CO2 emissions per tonne of steel produced in an electric arc furnace is almost 75% lower than that of conventional production in a blast furnace!
In the high-quality and special steel segment LSW is a key supplier of the automotive industry and its subcontractors. Our steel is also used by other companies in the 'Steel & Production' division of the Max-Aicher Stiftung, be it in engineering and construction or in the production of high-quality seamless pipes and tubes. The field of applications of our steel is so wide that it is correct to say that most of our daily life activities rely on it.