worldsteel announces the 10th steelChallenge

                30 October 2015 Brussels, Belgium

                steelChallenge-10 will begin with the regional championship round on 20 January 2016 and will finish with the world championship round on 11 April 2016. There are two categories: ‘Student’ and ‘Industry’. Entrants in both categories will compete online from their own countries in the first round and the winners will come together in London, UK for the world championship. 

                The online regional championship will run for 24 hours starting from 12:00 UTC, 20 January 2016. The task will be to produce a specific grade of steel at the lowest total cost, while meeting the steel quality requirements, using the electric arc furnace steelmaking simulation at Participants take part as individuals only and can make an unlimited number of attempts to achieve the specified steel product grade. Registration is now open.

                At the end of this round, regional champions from the ‘Student’ and ‘Industry’ categories will be identified for each of the following four regions: (a) North & South America, (b) Europe, CIS, Middle East & Africa, (c) Asia & Oceania, excluding China, and (d) China, meaning that there will be 8 regional champions. They will be invited to take part in the world championship in London with expenses paid for their trip. In addition to the 8 regional champions, the best performing runner-up worldwide in both categories will be invited to the world championship.

                The 10 finalists identified from the regional championship will compete for the title of World Champion in London on 11 April 2016. Leaders of the global steel industry will be present to witness the event and award ceremony. The World Champions in each category will be awarded certificates, cash prizes, a tablet and trophies.

                The 2015 World Champion in the Industry category, Ye Wang, Baosteel, China, said: “I updated my knowledge of the steel industry. I am proud of my current career and the World Champion title will make my life much more colourful.”

                The 2015 World Champions in the student category, Yongping Wei and Yongxu Wang, Chongqing University of Science and Technology, China, said: “steelChallenge taught us about teamwork and using divergent thinking to solve problems. It was good to have a healthy competition with colleagues from around the world to deepen mutual exchanges.”

                More information on steelChallenge-10 is available at Or watch the video announcement. To follow up on the Challenge, visit the steeluniversity Facebook and Twitter pages.

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                Notes to Editors:

                • The website delivers innovative e-learning resource focused on all aspects of steel, including steelmaking technology and the multitude of steel applications. It provides highly interactive, game-like simulations of the major steelmaking processes in real-time. This award-winning, online initiative is developed and sponsored by the World Steel Association.
                • resources are used by more than 100 steel companies and 200 universities worldwide.
                • The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world. worldsteel members represent approximately 85% of the world's steel production, including over 150 steel producers with 9 of the 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.

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