Luxembourg, July 6, 2023 - On April 1st, Henri Reding, Health & Safety Director for ArcelorMittal Europe Long Products, took over as Country Head Luxembourg from Roland Bastian, who has retired.
Mr. Reding has over 30 years’ experience in the steel industry. His new role is guided by a number of priorities, the foremost of which is to take account of the expectations of ArcelorMittal's various stakeholders in Luxembourg. For that, a consultation of internal and external stakeholders has already been initiated and will be renewed for three years. It will lead to the establishment of a dedicated governance open to the company’s ecosystem in the Grand-Duchy. The attention paid to stakeholders is justified by ArcelorMittal's commitment to develop its activities in harmony with each of them. Our employees and our customers are the keystone of our organization and of our commitments to decarbonize our industrial sites in Luxembourg. Municipalities and residents will be asked to continue efforts to “live well together”. Local and community institutions are our privileged interlocutors to meet the major challenges of the industry.
Decarbonization is a major issue for the global and European steel industry. For Mr. Reding, there is no doubt that ArcelorMittal is well positioned to meet this challenge. In Luxembourg in particular, investments have recently been confirmed to strengthen this approach, notably with the installation of a new electric arc furnace at Belval, a project supported by the Luxembourg government as part of the memorandum of understanding signed last September with the Ministry of the Economy. This new equipment will enable steel production capacity in Luxembourg to be increased by 15% in annual tonnage. As a result, ArcelorMittal Luxembourg's plants will be self-sufficient in crude steel production capacity to cover their needs for finished rolled products in the Grand Duchy.
Country Head Luxembourg
Mr. Reding has over 30 years’ experience in the steel industry. A 55-year-old Luxembourg national, Mr. Reding joined the Group in 1991 as a maintenance engineer, before taking charge of rolling mill C in Rodange, which is specialized in the manufacture of commodities for the construction industry. Between 1998 and 2014, he held a number of positions in sales and marketing before becoming General Manager of ArcelorMittal Rodange et Schifflange. Mr. Reding was able to give the Rodange site a new momentum after the economic crisis of 2012, in coordination with the various sales teams, consolidating the site as the world's leading producer of crane rails, recognized for their quality and equipping all the world's biggest ports. Under his leadership, the Rodange site also developed 17 grooved rail references, which can be found today not only on the section of the Luxembourg City tramway running from Place Hamilius to the Lycée de Bonnevoie, but also throughout Europe, from Portugal to Finland, outside the European Union, from United Kingdom to Turkey, and beyond to Taiwan, Japan, Tunisia and Uruguay.
With a degree in civil and mechanical engineering from the University of Liège (Belgium), Mr. Reding is fluent in Luxembourgish, German, French and English.