Europäischer Verband der nationalen Fachverbände der Kaltbandhersteller.


... the European Federation of the National Associations of Cold Rolled Narrow Steel Strip Producers.

... est une association européenne regroupant les syndicats nationaux des lamineurs à froid.

November 25th, 2021

With almost 30 participants from Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic and Germany, the annual meeting took place in Düsseldorf on November 25th. In the roughly three-hour meeting there were very interesting lectures, initially by Dr. Juchmann from Salzgitter Flachstahl AG. He reported on the company's activities related to the decarbonisation process and the transformation of steel production, in particular on the SALCOS project at Salzgitter. SALCOS is based on direct reduction with green hydrogen and natural gas. He outlined the company's transformation process and Salzgitter's plans by 2045 to save up to 95 percent CO2 in the final expansion stage. In doing so, Dr. Juchmann also reported about the development of supply and demand for energy from renewable sources and green hydrogen. He presented various Salzgitter projects in order to cover the corresponding demand. Dr. Juchmann assumes that a reduction in CO2 of 97% will increase the price of a ton of crude steel by 36% to 61%.

The second lecture on the topic of climate neutrality and decarbonisation was the contribution of Dr. Buddenberg and Mr. Zelit from C.D. Wälzholz. They gave a lecture on the subject of the calculation of current and future carbon footprint. First, they presented the various general calculation methods and then described the company's internal approach - a product-related calculation of the CO2 footprint and the so-called 'cradle-to-gate' approach. A working group on these topics about carbon footprint and decarbonisation in the steel (processing) industry shall be established.

In the meeting Mr. Schönemeyer reported on the subject of the FMP (Ferrous Metals Processing) BREF. The final publication is expected for 2022. He outlined relevant aspects for the cold rolling sector. For example, that batch annealing is not rated as a combustion plant. If companies are currently planning to change things in annealing they should contact Mr. Schönemeyer for the details of the BREF. A separate meeting will take place when the Final BREF is accepted and published without all corrections.

Regarding the revision of the standard EN DIN 10132, Mr. Brachthäuser was able to announce the successful completion and the final publication of the revision. He has offered various training courses for this purpose (in English and German). Mr. Kunkel took on the task of saying goodbye to Mr. Brachthäuser, as he has been retiring from his job at C.D. Wälzholz. Mr. Brachthäuser has successfully led the standardisation group for years and was also significantly involved in the revision of all standards. We would like to thank him again for his competent support and many years of good cooperation!




After around three years of processing, the DIN EN 10132 has now been officially published and is available in several languages.

Mr. Brachthäuser offered one-hour online training courses on the new standard for employees in the member plants. The German-language workshops took place on December 7th and December 14th. With around 35 participants from management, sales, technical customer service and quality management, the workshops were very well attended. On December 16th and on January 12th, 2022, Mr. Brachthäuser will also be offering the training courses in English, especially for international Cielffa members, but also for English-speaking employees of the FVK.


The Health & Safety Webmeeting took place in end of April with around 30 participants from all member countries. Our speaker was Mr. Sippel, Health & Safety Manager and expert at Tata Steel.

The focus was on behaviour-related accidents. They amount to about 85 per cent of all accidents according to the presentation. With his long and deep experience in health & safety Mr. Sippel gave an answer to the question why despite lots of efforts in technical measures or safety traning a relatively high amount of accidents still happen.

The challenge is to implement a culture of safety awareness among the employees. And this takes time. It is nothing which happen overnight, it is rather a process of years or even decades. Nevertheless it is absolutely necessary to tackle this issue in every company. The safety of employees is one of the management’s top responsibility and should have priority number one (also in all meetings)! The reason for behaviour-related accidents can often be found in poor leadership finds Mr. Sippel. Good and trained leaders which have a role model function are required on all levels. Mr. Sippel advocates a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy in companies. Never look away and seek the dialogue with your employees, this should be the maxim for leadership.

He explained several tools which can be used to push this aspects forward. For example he explains the importance of regular Posi­tive Safety Conversations, of Safety Management Tours and of a Near Misses Reporting System. To implement such routines and processes he hands out some concrete checklists and formulars which were distributed to all. Moreover, he presents a so-called Culture Assessment Tool which can be used to evaluate where the respective company stands regarding health & safety. Also a 2-minutes risk card can be helpful in everyday processes. This card in the size of a playing card gives the employee an answer whether a task can be carried out safely or not.

At the end we had an interesting discussion about conractors’ safe­ty and about a standard or code of practice for coil banding used in Mr. Sippel’s company.

If you need more information about this aspects or the documents mentioned do not hesitate to contact us.