Tenova, together with 12 leading industrial and research stakeholders from the wider steel value chain across Europe, will cooperate to implement solutions for and in the EU steel industry under a newly independent entity – the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) AISBL.
The legal establishment of ESTEP as an international non-profit organisation under Belgian law was announced by Klaus Peters, Secretary General of the new organisation, on 26 March 2018.
ESTAP’s mission is to engage stakeholders in collaborative actions and projects on technology and innovation, tackling EU-wide steel innovation challenges in order to create a sustainable European steel industry. These challenges include digitisation, fostering a low-carbon future for industry, the circular economy, and resource and energy efficiency.
The 13 founding members are EUROFER, ArcelorMittal Maizières Research, Dillinger, Outokumpu, Tenova, Rina Consulting – CSM, Swerea, Tata Steel Nederland Technology, Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, voestalpine Stahl, VDEh – BFI, Jernkontoret, and Salzgitter.
ESTEP has already a track record of success over a number of years, during which it has operated under the umbrella of the European Steel Association (EUROFER).
Tenova CEO Andrea Lovato stated that the company decided to be one of ESTEP’s founding members of because Tenova believe that, as provider of innovative and sustainable solutions, the company can bring a valid contribution to the attainment of the new organisation’s strategic mission.
“Collaboration among multiple stakeholders creates synergies to further step up the efforts towards a sustainable EU steel industry”, she said.
Tenova’s strong commitment to support ESTEP in enhancing innovation and sustainability across the industry was confirmed by the appointment of Roberto Pancaldi, Tenova Metals CEO, to the Board of Directors – together with Axel Eggert (EUROFER), Carl De Maré (ArcelorMittal) and Eva Sundin (Swerea).
“It’s an honour to be granted a seat on the Board. I really appreciate the activities that ESTEP has been carrying out over the years, and I am confident that Tenova’s commitment and positive attitude at cooperating will be an asset to the organisation”, said Mr. Pancaldi.