The former chairman of the Steel Institute VDEh and president of the Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl has died at the age of 79.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Ameling, from 1998-2008 Managing Member of the Board of the Steel Institute VDEh and from 2000-2008 also Chairman of the Steel Institute VDEh and President of the German Steel Federation, died on 4 September 2020 at the age of 79.
With the death of Dieter Ameling, the steel industry in Germany loses a personality who was recognised in business and politics, who directed the work of the steel organisations for many years and represented the political interests of the industry. When he began working for the organisations in Düsseldorf at the turn of the millennium, Ameling could already look back on a long career in the German steel industry. After studying metallurgy and materials science at the Technical University of Clausthal, followed by a doctorate, he began his career at the Saarland Röhrenwerke Bous. He then took on management positions at the Hamburg Stahlwerke, Thyssen Niederrhein, Saarstahl and finally Krupp VDM. In 1997 the TU appointed Clausthal Ameling as honorary professor.
Dieter Ameling not only had a comprehensive knowledge of the steel industry, but also the talent to explain complicated technical relationships in a simple and clear way. This made him a sought-after discussion partner in politics and among journalists. He was particularly keen to communicate the industry's achievements in the areas of innovation and sustainable development. He warned early on about the risks associated with a one-sided burden on the steel industry and instead emphasised the central importance of technological progress for climate and environmental protection. Among his achievements is his commitment to steel research, which has made the Max Planck Institute for Iron Research (MPIE) a world leader in the field of materials research.
The Steel Institute VDEh, of which Ameling had been a personal member since 1964 and whose board of directors he had belonged to since 1994, appointed him an honorary member in 2010. He has supported the technical-scientific community work of the iron and steel workers with great personal commitment, developed initiatives to give more attention to technical contexts in industrial policy debates, and made a sustained commitment to the promotion of young talent.
We will honour the memory of Prof. Ameling.