Dortmund, 05.02.2024 – The five astedis partners came together at the end of January for their first network meeting of the year at the NORDWEST headquarters. Together, they shared strategic ideas, exchanged initial experiences and talked about future projects. In addition, various concrete measures for 2024 were decided upon in order to drive forward the vision for astedis (association of steel distributors). The participants rated the meeting as a complete success.
The participants included Jose Miguel Lorente Gómez from Coalsider (Spain), Michał Foryś from the European Steel Group (Poland), Stefano Dall’Aglio from Sider Center (Italy), Marc Sigot from GROUPE SOCODA (France) and Claudio Kemper, Christopher Rüther and Dirk Held from NORDWEST (Germany). This active group represents not only different countries, but also a wide range of expertise in the steel sector. Together, they want to shape the future of the industry in Europe for their partner companies.
The aim is to ensure productive cooperation and further development of the group this year. The clear roadmap includes a package of agreed marketing measures and an intensification of joint networking at trade fairs. For example, the astedis partners will have a joint stand at the SOCODA Convention in Lyon, France, in mid-March. A number of meetings and appointments with around 30 participating steel suppliers are scheduled here, as well as a plenary program on various industry topics.
astedis stands for strong partnerships and joint success. Since its foundation in September 2023, the five partners have been in regular contact, holding many discussions with suppliers and trading partners and working hard to implement the astedis vision. The aim of the cooperative network is to be a significant sales reference for the most important European producers and to establish and focus strategic working relationships with all major European manufacturers. The five purchasing companies Coalsider from Spain, European Steel Group from Poland, Sider Center from Italy, SOCODA from France and NORDWEST are currently responsible for a purchasing volume of around 3.5 million tons of steel products. In total, the new network represents over 200 medium-sized steel trading companies.