Our worldsteel Fellowship programme is a management development exchange programme open to all worldsteel members. It is aimed at providing the opportunity for high-potential employees in member companies to work on well-defined projects unique to the steel industry.
It is also an opportunity for worldsteel Fellows to advance their careers and apply the knowledge acquired to future key positions within their company or within the industry.
Examples of recent Fellowship research projects:
The “4th industrial revolution” (as a generally accepted term) presents a lot of opportunities. Presently there are numerous initiatives at both national and regional levels to boost the competitiveness of manufacturing around the world. Steel is one prime example of an industry which can greatly benefit from the digital revolution in not only the production of higher quality products but resource efficiency and higher environmental performance. There are increasing number of digital transformation programs being initiated; however, the level of readiness and knowledge varies significantly within the steel industry. The Intelligent Manufacturing Fellowship sponsored by HBIS Group intends to lay the foundations for worldsteel members to find a strong position in a future which is dominated by the digital revolution. The worldsteel Technology Committee (TECO) has identified the need for the steel industry to have a common specification/taxonomy for digitalization in the steel industry. The Intelligent manufacturing project covers key concerns for the industry to share best practices in information safeguarding. In summary, the project aims at ensuring that the digitalization projects in the steel industry are ‘future-proof’ where the total cost of ownership from implementation to managing and upgrading processes are lower through:
- Industry specification (common terminology)
- Information security
The development and maintenance of a positive Safety culture is frequently identified as critical to safe production and zero harm. What should be done to develop a positive safety culture is generally well understood, however, guidance on how this guidance can be implemented and the results assessed is lacking. This Fellowship sponsored by Severstal focussed on the development of an assessment methodology to allow safety culture to be assessed within the global steel industry. The key deliverable of the project will be a report answering the following questions:
- What is safety culture, what is the link between safety culture and safety performance?
- How can Safety Culture be assessed? What methodologies are used in steel and other sectors?
- What methodology to assess safety culture is recommended for use in the steel industry?
Over the last decade, Process Safety Management (PSM) has been the leading cause of serious injuries within the steel sector. PSM is a blend of engineering, operations and management skills focused on preventing catastrophic accidents, particularly structural collapse, explosions, fires and toxic releases associated with loss of containment of energy or dangerous substances such as toxic gases, molten metal, chemicals and petroleum products.
worldsteel’s PSM project Fellow sponsored by Ternium, researched best practice in Process Safety Management, leading to the subsequent development and dissemination of a set of steel industry Process Safety Fundamentals. The fundamentals were then presented at a comprehensive workshop, which facilitated an exchange of leading Process Safety practices among steelmakers, and exchanges between steelmakers and members of the academic research community. Then next phase of the project focused on the use of the bow-tie methodology to record critical threat, hazards and consequences in high hazard facilities across the steel manufacturing process. Long term benefits include the establishment of a number of expert groups, working with industry expert practitioners to continuously pool knowledge.
Nothing is more important than the safety and health of the people who work in the iron and steel industry. This Fellowship sponsored by HBIS Group looked at safety performance and leading practices within the industry. A comprehensive survey of worldsteel’s membership was undertaken, focused on safety performance, critical risks and the adoption of leading practices. The results were analysed and a comprehensive report was prepared and presented to worldsteel’s Safety and Health Committee as well as a given webinar to worldsteel’s broader membership. The documents are housed on the worldsteel extranet, available to all members. worldsteel also make this best practice compendium available to the wider industrial safety community when requested.
Steel needs to position itself as an economically competitive and environmentally sustainable material to retain its market share in a number of important sectors. This wide-ranging market research Fellowship sponsored by Severstal collected information on the marketing strategies of the aluminium, cement and timber industries, identifying their strengths and weaknesses vis-à-vis steel. It also collected information on the marketing strategies of worldsteel members and proposed potential areas of alignment, focusing on a life cycle perspective. The result is an expanding library of case studies allowing steel companies to easily factor in the marketing strategies of competitor industries in their overall business strategies.
The first test of the ultra-fast Hyperloop train (1200 km/h) in May 2016 indicated that a radical revolution would soon be introduced into the world’s railway system. The revolution would raise a number of new challenging requirements on materials, including steel. Two fellowships sponsored by Evraz and Masteel Group were carried out to examine the implications of the new requirements so that the steel industry could be well prepared to address the challenges and capture the opportunities ahead. The increasing competition from competing materials and the evolving mode of mobility around the world will have unprecedented impact on the demand for, and role of, steel. At the time of the Fellowship (2018) no similar scientific study existed in the world looking at the future of transport systems from a material industry point of view. worldsteel was able to source research specialists from its membership to carry out this important project leading to a comprehensive database which supports steelmakers to reposition their strategies in the railway segment.
To demonstrate the environmental performance and benefits of steel, it is necessary to take a full life cycle perspective, from raw material manufacture, steel production, use of a product and the final recycling or disposal of a product. Assessing a product in this way needs to be done on a consistent and sound basis. A Fellowship sponsored by Tata Steel (Europe and India) was set up to participate in the development of an associated (ISO) standard on life cycle inventory calculation for steel products, ensuring a harmonised approach and consensus was achieved. In addition, analysis was carried out to determine the life cycle impact of steel production, analysing the impact of upstream data for use by the steel industry in its LCI assessments. The result is a database of life cycle inventory data that can be used by all external parties as well as a tool for the steel industry to understand where the impacts of making steel arise, from cradle to gate and considering multiple impact assessments.
List of worldsteel Fellows
The below individuals have spent a variable amount of time gaining international experience in our Brussels or Beijing office.
|Xiao Zhang||Nov 21 – Nov 22||Economics||China Baowu Group|
|Sofina (Jianghuan) Sun||Oct 21 – Oct 22||Safety and Health||HBIS Group|
|Eason (Rensheng) Chu||Sep 20 – Dec 21||Safety and Health||Shougang|
|Menglong Li||Apr 20 – Oct 21||Technology||HBIS Group|
|Svetlana (Lana) Sobornova||May 20 – Jan 21||Safety and Health||Severstal|
|Carlos Martínez||Nov 18 – Jun 20||Safety and Health||Ternium Mexico|
|Anastasia Mishanina||Jul 18 – Aug 18||Sustainability||Severstal|
|Fang Liu||Mar 18 – Sep 19||Safety and Health||HBIS Group|
|Chansong Song||Feb 18 – Feb 19||Economics||Korean Iron and Steel Institute|
|Wei-Dong Hsieh||Jan 18 – Dec 18||Technology and Environment||China Steel Corporation|
|Zhi Liu||Jan 18 – Sep 18||Market Development – Railways||Masteel Group|
|Nikolai Shevtsov||Jan 18 – Sep 18||Market Development – Railways||Evraz|
|Alexander Kozlov||Apr 17 – Oct 17||Industry Excellence||Severstal|
|Jaeyong Choi||Jul 16 – Jul 19||Safety, Technology and Environment||POSCO|
|Anu Hirvonen||Aug 15 – Aug 17||Safety and Health||SSAB|
|Peter Hogdson||May 16 – Dec 16||LCA||Tata Steel Europe|
|Nico Niederberger||Apr 16 – Oct 16||Sustainability||thyssenkrupp Steel|
|Jie Hou||Nov 15 – Jan.13||Economics||Hesteel Group|
|Eugenia Kloosterman||Apr 16 – Sep 16||Sustainability||Techint Group|
|Aniket Bodewar||Oct 14 – Sep 16||LCA||Tata Steel Limited|
|Yu-Chen Lee||Feb 16 – Aug 16||Technology||China Steel Corporation|
|Hongbing Wang||Jan 16 – Aug 16||Economics||Maanshan Steel|
|Zhimin Yao||Mar 16 – Aug 16||Economics||Baosteel|
|Yu-Chuan Lu||Nov 15 – Aug 16||Economics||China Steel Corporation|
|Yong-joon Park||Jul 14 – Jul 16||Safety, Technology and Environment||POSCO|
|An Hui||Jun 15 – Jun 16||LCA||Hesteel Group|
|Dr Peter Rosa||May 15 – Jan 16||Sustainability||thyssenkrupp|
|Dr Chih-Cheng Wu||Jan 14 – Jan 16||Environment and Technology||China Steel Corporation|
|Patrick Benedetti||Oct 12 – Oct 15||Safety and Health||ArcelorMittal|
|Shihong Ye||Jul 14 – Mar 15||Economics||Baoshan Iron & Steel Co.|
|Ladislav Horvath||Mar 11 – Oct 14||Technology||U. S. Steel Košice|
|Young-joo Jin||Sep 12 – Jul 14||Environment and Technology||POSCO|
|Ming-yu Dai||Jul 13 – Jun 14||Economics||WISCO|
|Jing (Jane) Zhou||Sep 13 – Apr 14||Market Development and Sustainability||Baosteel|
|Mark Prescott||Jul 13 – Dec 13||Market Development and Sustainability||Tata Steel Europe|
|Jay Parwani||Mar 11 – Jul 13||Technology||JSW Steel Limited|
|Peter Gonera||Jan 13 – Jul 13||Safety and Health||ThyssenKrupp|
|Jennifer Blöhm||Apr 12 – Mar 13||Market Development and Sustainability||ThyssenKrupp|
|Zhipeng Chen||Feb 12 – Oct 12||Economics||Baoshan Iron & Steel Co.|
|David Hogg||Mar 10 – Oct 12||Safety and Health||Tata Steel Europe|
|Dr Junhong Kim||Jul 11 – Jun 12||Technology||POSCO|
|Lisa Mohr||Jul 11 – Sep 11||LCA||ThyssenKrupp|
|Kang Bin||Nov 10 – Aug 11||Market Development and Sustainability||WISCO|
|Wen Miao||Oct 10 – Jul 11||Training||Ansteel|
|Bastian Bach||Jan 11 – May 11||LCA||ThyssenKrupp|
|Yong Shik Jeong||Jul 10 – Jul 11||Technology||POSCO|
|Itsuro Kitagawa||Jul 08 – Jun 10||Technology||Nippon Steel|
|YoonChung Chin||May 10 – Jun 10||Technology||POSCO|
|Yiwen Yang||Jan 09 – Mar 09||Living Steel||Baosteel|
|Anna Zelenkova||Nov 08 – Apr 09||Economics||Severstal|
|Raul Arana||Oct 08 – Oct 09||Safety and Health||U.S. Steel|
|Lin Yang||Oct 08 – Jun 09||Economics||Shougang|
|Yinghao Liu||Jul 08 – Dec 08||LCA||Baosteel|
|Vicky Kilgour||Oct 07 – Oct 08||Safety and Health||BlueScope Steel|
|Eldar Askerov||Apr 08 – Oct 08||Economics||Evraz|
|Jiang Li||Jun 07 – Dec 08||Economics||Baosteel|
|Kirill Zhilyaev||Oct 07 – Mar 08||Economics||Evraz|
|Yun Sik Jung||Sep 07 – Mar 09||Technology||POSCO|
|Li Zhen||Aug 07 – Aug 08||Economics||Ansteel|
|Santosh Sinha||Apr 07 – Mar 09||Technology||Tata Steel|
|Tae Youp Kim||Aug 06 – Jul 07||Technology||POSCO|
|Young Do Jang||Jul 06 – Jul 07||Technology||POSCO|
|Hironori Ueno||Jun 06 – May 07||Technology||Nippon Steel|
|Oliver Lindvay||Nov 05 – Oct 07||Packaging||U.S. Steel|
|Xiaoyu Yang||Jul 05 – Feb 06||Economics||Baosteel|
|Hyeon Park||Jul 04 – Jul 05||Technology||POSCO|
|Kyung-Nam Kim||Oct 01 – Mar 02||Corporate Information||POSCO|
|Christian Korn||Nov 01- Apr 02||Human Resources||voestalpine|
|José Francisco Gasca Mejía||1998 – 1999||Market Development||Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA)|
|Danny van der Hout||1998 – 1999||Technology||voestalpine|
|Jong Hwan Eun||Jun 96 – Jan 98||LCI||POSCO|
|Ken Slaterry||1997||Residential Construction Programme||BHP|
|Dae-Young Cho||Dec 94 – May 96||Economics||POSCO|
|Warren Birks||1991, 1992||Market Development, Market Initiatives||BHP|
|Ki Soo Shin||Jul 90 – Dec 91||Economics||POSCO|