Xiaogang Zhang, President, Anshan Iron & Steel Group Corporation has been elected Chairman of the World Steel Association by its Board of Directors at its annual meeting held this year in Paris on 11 October to serve until October 2012.

Following tradition, the former Chairman, Hajime Bada, President & CEO, JFE Holdings Inc was elected Vice Chairmen as also was Alexey Mordashov, General Director, Severstal JSC.

John Surma, Chairman and CEO, US Steel Corp continues as Treasurer.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Director General of the World Steel Association, Edwin Basson thanked Hajime Bada for his work as Chairman during 2010-11.

The Board of Directors has also welcomed the following companies as new members of worldsteel:

Associate Members (steel companies producing less than 2M short tons per annum):

  • Compañia Siderurgica Huachipato SA (CAP ACERO) of Chile, represented by Iván Flores, General Manager.
  • Iran Alloy Steel Company represented by Eng Mohammad Mehdi Faghieh Khorasani, Managing Director.
  • Sahaviriya Steel Industries Public Company Ltd (SSI), of Thailand, represented by Win Viriyaprapaikit.
  • Sunflag Iron and Steel Co Ltd (SISCO), with headquarters in India, represented by Vipul Jain, General Manager.

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) represents approximately 170 steel producers (including 18 of the world's 20 largest steel companies), national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. worldsteel members represent around 85% of the world's steel output.