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The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. A second office in Beijing, China, opened in April 2006.

worldsteel is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production. 

It was founded as the International Iron and Steel Institute on 10 July 1967. It changed its name to the World Steel Association on 6 October 2008. The association celebrated its 50th year anniversary in 2017.


Our goals

  • To act as the focal point for the steel industry providing global leadership on all major strategic issues impacting the industry, particularly focusing on economic, environmental and social sustainability
  • Deliver benchmarking analysis and drive global improvement initiatives in the areas of environmental protection, technology, safety and people development
  • Promote global market development opportunities for steel and promote steel to the world at large
  • Provide on a timely basis world-class economic data and analysis on the global steel industry and its value chain, as well as assessments on life cycle aspects of steel
  • Increase awareness, understanding and support for the steel industry amongst all external stakeholders and key target audiences worldwide
  • Promote market competition that is free of government interventions preventing fair trade.

Our activities

worldsteel is active in key areas of interest to the steel industry, including:

  • Automotive, climate  change, communications, construction, life cycle assessment, raw materials, safety and health, steel market analysis, steeluniversity, sustainability, and technology and environment.

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Our relationship with international organisations

worldsteel maintains relations with several international organisations, including: