TECO, the World Steel Association's (worldsteel) Technology Committee, met in Linz from April 26 to 29.
voestalpine was the host of this year’s TECO meeting at which over 30 TECO members from 17 steel manufacturers, associations and research institutes met for an intensive exchange of ideas.
Global tasks for the steel industry
Key Technology Committee (TECO) tasks include cooperative research, benchmarking and the transfer of technology within the steel industry. The globally active companies cooperate when it comes to challenges such as minimizing CO2 emissions and increasing sustainability. During the first day of the meeting the committee focused on shared projects including slag management and wear on blast furnace plate coolers.
The second day was used for individual presentations on the state on technological research, given by the China Steel Corp., the University of Warwick and voestalpine. Despite competing in the global marketplace, there is a growing willingness to cooperate. Henk Reimink, worldsteel director for Technology, Environment and Safety, quantifies the global steel industry research budget at around US$ 6.5 billion. Thanks to TECO, this budget can be used more efficiently. “We encourage our members to make the data and information about our projects available to all employees involved.”
voestalpine sets standards
Franz Androsch, Head of Group Research at voestalpine, was appointed the voestalpine representative at the TECO meeting.
"Thanks to TECO we are getting an excellent overview of state-of-the-art technologies in the steel industry whilst simultaneously providing know-how at benchmark level."
The company can compare itself against the state of global research, pick up new ideas and pass on experiences from its own international research to the committee. The Steel Division has been setting global standards in blast furnace technology for years.
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