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Duisburg and Essen, Germany 

Company Overview

ThyssenKrupp is a worldwide conglomerate with over 100,000 employees that consists primarily of separate industrial and technological enterprises. In fiscal 2020/2021, the company earned €34 billion in sales across 56 countries. Materials Services, Industrial Components, Automotive Technology, Steel Europe, Marine Systems, and Multi Tracks are the six segments that make up the company's operations.

The enterprises develop cost-effective and resource-friendly solutions to future difficulties, backed by considerable technological know-how. Across 3,600 individuals work in research and development at 78 locations worldwide. Their focus is mainly on climate change, energy transition, industrial digitalisation, and future transportation.

The ThyssenKrupp group now has 18,100 patents and utility models in its portfolio. The group develops long-term value through new goods, technology, and services under the ThyssenKrupp umbrella brand, aiming to create a better future for succeeding generations.


The Thyssen Group started as a coal mine named Gewerkschaft Deutscher Kaiser and was founded by two brothers, August and Joseph Thyssen, in 1891. In September of the same year, the company decided to build a steelmaking shop and rolling mill, which led to the growth of its coal base iron and steel mill.

On the other hand, Friedrich Krupp, alongside two partners, founded a steel product manufacturing company in 1811. He pioneered the creation of Crucible steel, and shortly after this, he started the production of tanner's tools, coining dies, and unfinished rolls. Krupp also built the first Bessemer Steel Plant in England, leading to more company expansion opportunities.

Throughout the years, both companies have strived to succeed. Thyssen is a famous coal company recognised as Europe's biggest producer of crude steel and ranks number five worldwide. Krupp, on the other hand, started as a sole proprietor of steel manufacturing to become a multinational conglomerate company that focuses on steel production and engineering. Furthermore, the merger between Krupp Stahl AG and Thyssen Stahl AG was finalised in 1983

Steels they make

ThyssenKrupp provides solutions to the food and beverage industry needs with its advantages in mining raw materials, alloys, and minerals. ThyssenKrupp produces high-quality stainless steel used by many designers and brands in Knife Making. 

Here are some of the ThyssenKrupp Steel Grades that are available.

  • 4116 Stainless Steel

Knifemakers that use them

Knife maker Kessaku uses ThyssenKrupp German HC Steel with their collection series like Kessaku Dynasty series, 7-inch Santoku Knife, 6-inch Boning Knife, 3.5-inch paring knife, 5-inch steak knife, 14-inch slicing, and carving knife.

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