Business area Europe

Europe is our biggest business area. We serve our broad and well-balanced customer base in the European, Middle-Eastern, Asian and African markets.

Outokumpu is the market leader in Europe. Besides Europe, our sales and service center network covers Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, where we export high value-added products.
Page last updated: 11.03.2024

Customers rely on our technical expertise

We have a broad and well balanced customer base among distributors and end-use segments. The product performance and technical expertise that our customers have come to expect from us have their roots in over 100 years of innovation in stainless steel. Our R&D experts in Finland, Germany and Sweden help our customers in material selection, technical support and product development.

Market leader in Europe with 33%

With sales of 4,818 million euros in 2023, business area Europe brings some 70% of our net sales, and we are the market leader in the European cold rolled stainless steel market. 

Cost leader in high-volume products

Our target is to strengthen our cost leadership in high-volume stainless steel products, manufactured in Finland and in Germany. 

Global leader in advanced products

We are a global leader in specialty stainless steel for the most demanding end uses, which we manufacture in Germany and Sweden.

Lowest carbon footprint in the industry

We have the lowest carbon footprint in the industry, up to 75% lower than the global average. On top of that, we introduced Circle Green, which has up to 93% lower carbon footprint. 

Two differentiated strategies

For the second phase of the strategy, Outokumpu has launched two customer differentiated strategies for business area Europe. The company aims to strengthen cost leadership in high-volume stainless steel products and a global market leadership in advanced products. Business area Europe will strengthen its position as the customer’s first choice in sustainable stainless steel. 

To ensure the execution of the differentiated strategies in Europe, Niklas Wass leads the business line of high-volume products and Thomas Anstots the business line of lead advanced products. 


World-class mills with clear roles

Our Europe business area focuses on cost position and customer engagement building on our #1 market position. Our world-class mills form an integrated entity in which each mill has a clear, defined role in the production, and nearly 6,900 employees work at our mills in Europe. Our Tornio mill in Finland, Krefeld mill in Germany, and our finishing unit in Terneuzen, the Netherlands focus on the high-volume products, while advanced products are manufactured at our mills in Avesta, Degerfors, and Nyby in Sweden as well as Dahlerbrück and Dillenburg in Germany, In addition, we have a metal powder plant in Krefeld, Germany. 

Our mills in Europe

Avesta, Sweden
Dahlerbrück, Germany
Degerfors, Sweden
Dillenburg, Germany
Krefeld, Germany
Nyby, Sweden
Terneuzen, The Netherlands
Tornio, Finland