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What was ATS?

The French Steel Technical Association (ATS, Association Technique de la Sidérurgie) was founded on 29 March 1946 in order to promote the technical progress in the French Steel Industry.

ATS was one of the professional bodies incorporated in the French Steel Federation. All the activities of ATS have been stopped in the end of 2008 because of the economic turmoil that forced the member companies to cancel the financing of this activity.

The main goal for ATS was to continuously improve the technical and managerial knowledge of staff in the steel companies. To achieve this mission, ATS had a skill oriented organization and the Committees were the backbone. These Committees were the place where experts can exchange their experiences, knowledge, information and common works.

Another important mission was to develop contacts with steel industry from other countries by:

- common working in the European Committees

- developing technical cooperation with other countries on the basis of reciprocal exchanges

- participating in major meetings and conferences

- participating in the work of international organizations in particular the World Steel Association (former IISI)

- maintaining contacts with other Associations involved in Steelmaking.

From 1980 to 2007, ATS organized a yearly conference in Paris named Journées Sidérurgiques Internationales (International Steelmaking Days) gathering 700 experts coming from all over the world. The 2012 and 2014 editions of these Days were organized by the French Steel Federation. You can find in the Archives the technical programme of each of these conferences. The spirit of these Days is transferred at the European level to ESTAD (European Steel Technology & Application Days). The 1st ESTAD was held on occasion of the last JSI in April 2014. The 2nd ESTAD will be held on the occasion of METEC in June 2015 in Düsseldorf, and then every second year in a different European country.