Press Release

Quality Tracking Project highlighted at EUROFER Workshop

Brussels, 14 September 2016 – The European Steel Association (EUROFER) today welcomed 36 participants from 18 companies for a quality tracking workshop. This unique event brought together stakeholders from the field of quality tracking: steel coil processors, parts and component manufacturers, steel producers, blanking line builders and device suppliers.

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Attendees were welcomed by Ullrich Heidtmann and Olivier Hudin, respectively the Chairman and Co-chairman of the Quality Tracking Project steering committee, as well as by Chihyuan Liu, EUROFER’s Quality Tracking Project manager.

“The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview to all attendees of the Quality Tracking system for steel coils: technical solutions, EUROFER governance and European standardisation. It is also a great opportunity for attendees to meet other stakeholders in this project”, said Ullrich Heidtmann.

“The Quality Tracking Project operates to achieve a common goal: to support the zero defect vision for final products, and to optimise the resource efficiency of the steel supply chain.”



Notes for Editors


Chihyuan Liu, Quality Tracking Project Manager, (C.Liu@eurofer.be)

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


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About the Quality Tracking System

EUROFER became the governance body for the quality tracking project in February 2016. The Quality Tracking system is an innovative solution to provide more quality information to coil processors by using a 1D barcode as unique address for each ‘steel unit’.

The system was the result of a successful 5-year technical collaboration between ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel Europe and thyssenkrupp. The deployment of the system is supported by ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel Europe, thyssenkrupp, voestalpine and Salzgitter.

To find out more about the Quality Tracking Project, please visit the EUROFER website: www.eurofer.eu

About the European Steel Association (EUROFER)

EUROFER is located in Brussels and was founded in 1976. It represents the entirety of steel production in the European Union. EUROFER members are steel companies and national steel federations throughout the EU. The major steel companies and national steel federations in Switzerland and Turkey are associate members.

About the European steel industry

The European steel industry is a world leader in innovation and environmental sustainability. It has a turnover of around €170 billion and directly employs 320,000 highly-skilled people, producing on average 170 million tonnes of steel per year. More than 500 steel production sites across 24 EU Member States provide direct and indirect employment to millions more European citizens. Closely integrated with Europe’s manufacturing and construction industries, steel is the backbone for development, growth and employment in Europe.

Steel is the most versatile industrial material in the world. The thousands of different grades and types of steel developed by the industry make the modern world possible. Steel is 100% recyclable and therefore is a fundamental part of the circular economy. As a basic engineering material, steel is also an essential factor in the development and deployment of innovative, CO2-mitigating technologies, improving resource efficiency and fostering sustainable development in Europe.


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