European Refractories and Steel Research Experts meeting at ECREF


June 1st 2016 - Höhr-Grenzhausen. Within the scope of the ECSC (European Coal and Steel Community from 1952 to 2002) specific projects were funded, which focused on research activities within the steel and coal sectors, beginning on the basis of a European Economic Community (EEC). For the first time, technological developments were promoted in a targeted manner and developed further, thanks to comprehensive support and sponsoring of trans-European co-operation between industrial companies and universities, and other research institutions.

As a successor to the ECSC (European Coal & Steel Community) the Research Fund for Coal & Steel (RFCS) was founded in 2002 to build on the successes of the European Coal and Steel Community. It gives funding of over 50 million EURO every year to innovative projects to enhance the safety, efficiency and competitive edge of the EU coal and steel industries.

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The current and future research of the RFCS is coordinated and evaluated in a total of 9 working groups. The working group (TG) Steel 2 "Steelmaking processes" of steel experts from across Europe met on May, 31st and June, 1st 2016 in the European Centre for Refractories (ECREF) in Höhr-Grenzhausen, on the occasion of their annual meeting.  These meetings of 25 independent experts serve to coordinate and discuss ongoing research projects on topics of secondary metallurgy, where refractories play an essential role for the respective technological processes.

For this reason, the “Forschungsgemeinschaft Feuerfest e.V.(FGF), with its headquarters at the ECREF (European Centre for Refractories) in Höhr-Grenzhausen, has been successfully supporting RFCS projects for many years now, together with German SMEs of the refractory industry and, thus, members of the Association of the German Refractory Industry (VDFFI e. V.).