WV Stahl

About us

The German Steel Association (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl) is the political voice of the steel producing companies in Germany. These companies have set themselves the goal of producing their steel in a CO2-neutral way by 2045 - thus saving one third of total industrial greenhouse gas emissions in Germany.

Founded in 1874 and headquartered in Berlin, the German Steel Association promotes a political framework that will make it possible for Germany to become a climate-neutral steel location and remain strong in the future. With around 40 million tons per year, Germany has the largest steel production in Europe.

The sector represented by the German Steel Associaton forms the basis of numerous industrial value chains such as the automotive industry and mechanical engineering. Virtually every energy transition technology – from offshore wind turbines to electricity pylons – is made to a large extent of steel. Almost 70 percent of exports from Germany consist of steel-intensive products.

The German Steel Association contributes its expertise in the areas of energy and climate policy, economic and trade policy, and environmental and sustainability policy to the political discourse at federal, state and EU level. With targeted communication activities, we give the industry visibility in the public eye.

The German Steel Association is a member of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the European steel association EUROFER and the world steel association worldsteel. It is also a member of the Platform of Energy-Intensive Industries in Germany (EID) and the Alliance for the Future of Industry.

Management Team

Bernhard Osburg

Bernhard Osburg
President (honorary)
Chief Executive Officer of thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG

Kerstin Maria Rippel, LL.M.
+49 30 23 25 546-0

Dr. Martin Theuringer
Managing Director
+49 211 67 07-0


Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl
Französische Str. 8
10117 Berlin
+49 30 2325546-0

Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl
Rue Marie de Bourgogne 58
1000 Brussels
+32 2 8011387

Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl
Sohnstraße 65
40237 Düsseldorf
+49 211 6707-0
+49 211 6707-676

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