EUROFER to govern automotive steel 'Quality Tracking system' project

Brussels, 4 February 2016 – As of today, the European Steel Association (EUROFER) becomes the governing body for the Quality Tracking system project for automotive steel, initially established by a consortium run by ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel.

The aim of the Quality Tracking system is to reduce material wastage through the automotive supply chain, and reduce risks associated with localised defects slipping through all quality systems into semi-finished parts. It also offers the potential to feedforward and use any on-line measured properties, such as roughness.

Chihyuan Liu, the newly appointed EUROFER Quality Tracking Project Manager said, “The Quality Tracking System leads to a lower risk of defects, an increased yield of prime steel across the industry (enhanced resource efficiency), and a greater facility for steel makers to optimise and/or reduce the repair processing of coils”.

Axel Eggert, EUROFER’s Director General said, “EUROFER, as the new governing body, is charged with the rollout and industrialisation of the technology, including promotion, as well as turning it into a European technical standard”.

“We look forward to this challenging and important responsibility”, concluded Mr Eggert.



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Charles de Lusignan, Communications Manager, +32 2 738 79 35 (charles@eurofer.be)


“The successful development of Quality Tracking technology” available: here

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