ISSF has five working committees.
Promotion and market development have been the most important functions of ISSF since it was established in 1996. The cornerstones of ISSF’s market-development policy are knowledge and information. ISSF aims to grow the overall market for stainless steel and to promote the use of appropriate grades for individual applications. This goal is achieved through education (of both stainless specialists and the general public) and by promoting stainless steel and its potential applications to decision makers.
Health concerns and environmental protection are some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. ISSF is committed to assess the environmental and health impact of the manufacture and use of stainless steel. This information is passed on to the stainless steel community worldwide so that ISSF members can deliver fact-based, coherent messages to local regulators, customers and project partners.
Climate Change is a very important part of environmental protection. ISSF is very active in this area together with worldsteel and the stainless steel industry’s most important raw material supplier organisations. The objective is to reduce emissions by higher process efficiency, more recycling and a growing usage of durable (no corrosion), high strength (low weight) stainless steels.
The safety of the staff and contractors who work in the stainless steel industry is a key priority. Today, the industry’s safety performance is at benchmark levels worldwide. The HSE Committee collects and spreads information on safety in the industry.
ISSF is the voice of the world stainless steel industry, ensuring that its views are presented in a forceful, consistent and coordinated way to policymakers, the business and financial communities and the general public. Accurate and up-to-date information and statistics are essential tools to achieve this aim.
Through its Committee on Economics and Statistics, ISSF collects detailed economic and statistical data on the stainless steel sector. The information is disseminated to ISSF members, to the industry, and to the general public via media contacts around the world, the worldstainless.org website, and the worldstainless Extranet.
The Long Products Committee focuses on product-specific issues. This includes market statistics and market development activities for long products. Both of these areas require long product specialists. The Long Products Committee cooperates with other ISSF committees for stainless steel or product-neutral issues (such as health and environment, general statistics and certain market sector analyses).
The committee investigates the availability of raw materials and look into the price volatility and its consequences for the stainless steel industry markets and growth; furthermore the risks for the stainless steel industry will be assessed. In addition the financial markets and especially those elements quoted on the commodity stocks exchanges (e.g. Ni and Mo), will be studied in more detail. The substitution of certain raw materials will be explored. The work of the committee will lead to a global vision of the supply chain and the life cycle of raw materials and scrap, which should allow ISSF members to make better informed decisions.
The annual conference of ISSF is held each year, normally in May. The conference brings together the heads of the world’s major stainless steel enterprises and national and regional associations. Approximately 90 chairmen, chief executive officers and other senior managers of ISSF member companies attend. The next annual conference, ISSF-24, will be held in Brussels, Belgium in May 2020. Previous ISSF conferences have been held in: