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RFCS Workshop on EU funded steel projects

2 February 2016, Brussels


As steel demand increases, Research and Innovation in this sector is crucial to keep the EU steel industry at the forefront of innovation. The RFCS is funding projects that will improve the ways steel is produced and used, with less resources, and under improved working conditions for workers in the steel sector.


The Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) organised a workshop on EU funding in the steel sector, on Tuesday 2 February 2016, to increase the visibility of its activities.


One hundred guests from around Europe engaged in discussions and listened to presentations about the steel industry and its research from both the commission's and the industry's side.


After a welcoming speech and introduction to the Research Fund for Coal and Steel the secretary general of the European Steel Platform, Klaus Peters, presented ESTEP's Strategic Research Agenda. After some questions from the audience ongoing and completed projects, funded by the RFCS presented their projects. The presenting projects were focused in two clusters. The first cluster, Industry 4.0, started with a presentation on Integrated Intelligent Manufacturing which began work in this field already in 2011. The afternoon offered presentations from successful research within the construction cluster. Fire safety and long span bridges were two hot topics.


The president of the German Steel Federation and chairman of the World Steel Economics Committee Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff offered a perspective from the industry, with benefits of steel research and focus on the challenges of increased steel import in the EU.


Jacki Davis moderated the discussions during the day and much valuable input was gathered from the speakers and attendees. Journalist Cordelia Sealy is working on a publication using this input which will be presented on the RFCS website when completed.


Thank you for a great workshop all the attendances and looking forward to meeting you and others at future events!




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Coal and Steel (RFCS) | EC-organised event | Key Enabling Technologies