The SKW Metallurgie Group, which is headed by SKW Stahl-Metallurgie Holding AG, is a world-leading provider of specialty chemicals. Its core businesses are desulphurization and secondary metallurgy solutions for the steel industry. The company operates through North America, Europe and Asia, South America, and Other and Holding segments. It offers cored wire for secondary metallurgy under the Affival brand name; and powder and granules for primary and secondary metallurgy under the SKW Metallurgie, ESM Group, and Tecnosulfur brands. The company also provides hot metal desulphurization solutions based on calcium carbide, magnesium, and/or lime; and specialty chemicals under the Quab name to the producers of industrial starches, whose products are used in papermaking industry, in cosmetics production, and in fracking, as well as used in the extraction of raw materials from shale gas.