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Research Association for Steel Application (FOSTA)


The Research Association for Steel Application (FOSTA) is a non-profit and legally autonomous research association within the steel sector. As an association, it represents the interests of the steel industry – as well as those of the users of the material steel and its various products – in the field of application research.

Research at the forefront of progress

FOSTA’s research focuses on a wide range of topics, whereby the research work is also oriented upon public debate. Topics such as resource efficiency and the reduction of CO2 emissions are also of relevance to FOSTA. The following areas of interest characterise FOSTA’s profile:

  • material behaviour
  • machining and processing
  • traffic technology
  • the building industry
  • environmental technology

Research management for steel

Applications and further developments for the material steel are continuously driven forward within the framework of research management. In addition to organising the necessary funding for research projects from public national and European sources as well as industry, FOSTA provides advice regarding the generation of ideas. It also provides support in the formation of appropriate consortia for new research projects, manages the progress of projects together with the research centres, runs the committee overseeing a project with the industrial partners, and contributes towards distributing the research results within a network of over 7,000 specialists.


Hans-Joachim Wieland PortraitDr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Wieland
Managing Director

Forschungsvereinigung Stahlanwendung e. V. (FOSTA)
Sohnstraße 65
40237 Düsseldorf
Telefon: +49 (0) 2 11-67 07-426
Telefax:  +49 (0) 2 11-67 07-421
E-Mail: hans-joachim.wieland@stahlforschung.de