Düsseldorf, March 11, 2022

SMS group helps 100 refugee families at its locations in Hilchenbach and Mönchengladbach

  • In view of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, SMS group has immediately stopped all new business in mechanical and plant engineering in Russia and Belarus
  • All work on current construction sites has already been shut down
  • The maintenance and service business is now limited to safety-critical activities
  • SMS group will shortly take in and care for 100 families from the Ukraine at its locations in Germany


Against the background of the war in Ukraine and the human suffering associated with it, SMS group has ceased its main business activities in Russia and Belarus, with the exception of safety-critical maintenance work. New orders will not be accepted. SMS will also not take part in any tenders, with immediate effect. Our work on eleven construction projects at eight customer sites have already been shut down. All services at customers’ sites are limited to the critical maintenance processes relevant to occupational safety, such as in hot metal operations, in consultation with them.

Burkhard Dahmen, CEO of SMS, said, “We remain deeply shocked and strongly condemn the attack on Ukraine. We continue to hope for a cessation of hostilities and a return to diplomacy. However, as long as an active war is ongoing in Ukraine, our business activities in Russia will be frozen, apart from the aforementioned safety-critical maintenance operations”.

SMS has been active in Russia for over 100 years and employs almost 1,700 people in two offices in Moscow and Chelyabinsk as well as in various service centers at customer locations. SMS has no production sites in Russia.

“We have a long-standing partnership with our customers in Russia. However, in view of the war, our solidarity must rest with the people of Ukraine. We are in as close contact as is feasible with our local employees and their families. Departure from the area is, or has been, organized for foreign colleagues who are still in the crisis zone”, said Burkhard Dahmen.

SMS will shortly be taking in 100 families from the Ukraine at its German locations in Hilchenbach and Mönchengladbach. We will provide them with everything they need, and coordination with the municipalities is ongoing. The companies of the SMS group have started internal fundraisers, which are being matched by the group. In particular, the SMS company in Poland is offering technical support at the border crossings to the Ukraine, as well as in-kind donations and personal aid on site. Employees who want to help are being given every opportunity to do so.

SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. The company applies its 150 years of experience and its digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes – even beyond its core business – and generates worldwide sales of more than 2.7 billion euros. SMS is the right partner for challenging projects, and supports its customers throughout the lifecycle of their plants, enabling profitable and resource-efficient value creation chains. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is the company’s stated goal. As a global player with German roots, SMS takes responsibility for its about 14,000 employees.


SMSgroup Rötzer, Kilian

Kilian Rötzer
Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing
Phone : +49 211 881-4127

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