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In 2019 again the acompanying conference of METEC trade fair, organized by the Steelinstitut VDEh

METEC & 4th ESTAD (European Steel Technology and Application Days)
24 - 28 June 2019 - Congress Centre Düsseldorf, Germany

Only those who continue to develop their businesses remain competitive. The prerequisite for this development means being constantly informed about the latest and most sophisticated technological advances, exchanging ideas and initiating and expanding networks with clients, partners and suppliers. The 4th European Steel Technology and Application Days (ESTAD) 2019 ran in parallel with the METEC Trade Fair.

The Steel Institute VDEh and its partners offered visitors the perfect opportunity to reach their objectives. At this event you acquired the latest information on new ideas and developments as well as on the state-of-the-art in metallurgical process technologies for iron and steel production, steel materials and steel application.

Watch the wide-ranging program with more than 550 lectures here.

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METEC and 4th ESTAD 2019 in Düsseldorf

Dear Madam / Sir,

The 10th edition of the major international trade fair for metallurgical plant supplier and manufacturing companies, METEC 2019, took place in Düsseldorf from the 25th to the 29th of June 2019. This outstanding event started back in 1979 and always takes place in Düsseldorf. Since the first METEC, the Steel Institute VDEh has organized, in close cooperation with Messe Düsseldorf, accompanying metallurgical steel congresses and conferences.

In 2013, the Steel Institute VDEh proposed a new event located in Europe, called the European Steel Technology and Application Days (ESTAD), which is open to steel producers, steel users, plant suppliers, research institutes, as well as universities from around the world. ESTAD is hosted in joint cooperation between the Austrian Society for Metallurgy and Materials (ASMET), the Swedish Steel Producers Association (Jernkontoret), Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia (AIM), and the German Steel Institute VDEh.

The 1st ESTAD took place in April 2014 in Paris, France, the 2nd together with METEC in June 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany, and the 3rd in June 2017 in Vienna, Austria.
The 4th ESTAD were held parallel to the METEC 2019, started with a get-together in the evening of the 24th of June and ended with plant visits on the 28th of June. Between these dates, participants had the opportunity to attend numerous presentations covering the latest technical developments in the world of steel.

We were very happy to welcome you in Düsseldorf.




Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff
Chairman Steel Institute VDEh
President German Steel Federation

Dr. Peter Dahlmann
Executive Member of the Managing Board
Steel Institute VDEh

Chairman´s address by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bleck

Dear Madam / Sir,

From the 24th to 28th of June 2019, the Steel Institute VDEh hosted the 4th ESTAD 2019 as the accompanying conference to the metallurgical trade fair, METEC. ESTAD stands for “European Steel Technology and Application Days”, an event located in Europe with worldwide participation. The 4th ESTAD 2019 offered participants the opportunity to learn about the most important state-of-the-art technologies and developments in iron and steel production as well as about steel materials and their applications. Approximately 550 technical presentations in 120 technical sessions within 3 days, from the 25th to the 27th of June 2019, covered the following fields:

  • Ironmaking
  • Steelmaking
  • Rolling
  • Steel materials and their application, surface technologies, additive manufacturing
  • Environmental and energy aspects

in addition to all aspects of digitalization and Industry 4.0.

Today, EU policies request drastically reduced CO2 emission levels by the year 2050, which is a challenge for the steel industry to achieve with the existing iron and steelmaking processes. New technologies need to be developed. Steel, with its manifold applications, is a CO2 mitigation enabler, but must also compete with other materials currently on the market or in development. The steel industry has to remain one step ahead and continuously needs to move forward. The METEC and the 4th ESTAD will give answers to many of the pressing technical questions at hand and will therefore contribute to the further success of steel in Europe and in the world.
I would like to thank all the speakers and their co-authors at METEC and the 4th ESTAD for their efforts in preparing the papers for this outstanding event.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you again at the ESTAD 2021.

Prof. Bleck
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bleck
Director, Institute of Ferrous Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen, Germany


Compliance Rules

The Steel Institute VDEh and all cooperating organizations are committed to adhering strictly to all applicable antitrust laws. Within the context of METEC & 4th ESTAD it is strictly prohibited to discuss competitively sensitive subjects such as price-fixing agreements or agreements on quantities.

You will find the antitrust guidelines "Guidelines on Adherence to Cartel-Law Regulations" on this website under the topic INFORMATION.


The topics of METEC & 4th ESTAD 2019 are:

(For further information please select the topic that is the most suitable and click on the banner at the right. The Second Announcement will open as PDF document.)


Call for Papers (pdf)