Both our Product Metallurgy and Advanced and Smart Surface Solutions departments are contributing to this challenging project on the improvement of magnetic properties of both NGO and GO electrical steels. In total over 25 project leaders discussed the most recent technical results of the project together with the external advisory board of the project. We combined project discussions and preparation of the project review meeting at the EU Commission with visits to the facilities of CRM Group and Lasea. These exchanges will facilitate further contacts within the full partnership. ESSIAL is a project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 766437.