The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) is a non-profit research and development organisation which was founded in 1996 and which serves as the focal point for the international stainless steel industry.
ISSF has two categories of membership: company members and affiliated members. Company members are producers of stainless steel (integrated mills and rerollers). Affiliated members are national or regional stainless steel industry associations. ISSF now has 49 members in 25 countries. Collectively they represent 95% of the stainless steel industry.
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Although ISSF acts completely independently from the World Steel Association AISBL having its own budgets, board, etc., ISSF is not a separate legal entity. The World Steel Association provides administrative support to ISSF. Based in Brussels, Belgium, worldsteel has grown to become one of the largest industry associations, with over 180 members in more than 50 countries. The Chairman of ISSF is a member of the worldsteel Board. For more information about worldsteel please consult their website, worldsteel.org.