Who we are

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) was founded as the International Iron and Steel Institute on 19 October 1967. It changed its name to the World Steel Association on 6 October 2008.

The association is celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2017.

worldsteel is a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. A second office in Beijing, China, opened in April 2006.

 worldsteel represents over 160 steel producers (including 9 of the world's 10 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. worldsteel members represent around 85% of world steel production.  

worldsteel is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world.

worldsteel's role

  • worldsteel acts as the focal point for the steel industry.
  • worldsteel provides global leadership on all major strategic issues affecting the industry, particularly focusing on economic, environmental and social sustainability.
  • worldsteel promotes steel and the steel industry to customers, the industry, media, financial markets and the general public.
  • worldsteel assists its members to develop the market for steel, managing major projects in a range of industry sectors.

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
  • Technology and environment.

Check out our Profile 2016/2017 for more information on each of these activities.