Joon Yang Chung, chairman and chief executive officer of POSCO, was named ‘Steelmaker of the Year’ at AISTech 2013 — The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, organised by the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST).

The Steelmaker of the Year Award is presented annually by AIST to recognise notable leaders and their contributions to the steel industry.

Mr Chung received the honour on 7 May during the conference’s annual President’s Award Breakfast, in recognition as a visionary for the global steel industry for his knowledge of steel operations, his dedication to safety, his awareness to secure raw materials, his enthusiasm to incorporate new technologies, his foresight to expand POSCO’s foreign presence, and his prudent strategy to promote mutual growth with steel-consuming industries. Mr Chung exemplifies the remarkable spirit that is POSCO.

Mr Chung was introduced by John P Surma, chief executive officer of United States Steel Corporation, as a man of steel with a personal zest for life. While accepting the award, Mr Chung said, “I am honoured and humbled to be here today. I would like to thank Pierre Dauby for the nomination and unwavering support. AIST has made remarkable contributions to the iron and steel industry through various programmes. POSCO has taken part in many technical transfers with Pittsburgh-based companies. These technical sharing opportunities have provided POSCO with opportunities to compete in today’s steel market. POSCO will continue to collaborate with the US steel industry to continue to develop technologies.”