10 April 2018 Mumbai, India

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) today announced the new world champions of the 12th steelChallenge. Xiaoyu TANG from HBIS Group Co., Ltd. in China won in the industry category and Anže BAJŽELJ from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia won in the student category.


The world championship of the 12th steelChallenge took place in Mumbai, India on 10 April 2018. The 5 winners of the regional championship from each of the industry and student categories competed for the global title. The task was to produce a specific engineering steel grade at the lowest cost using steeluniversity’s Secondary Steelmaking simulator.

Scott Chubbs, Director steeluniversity of worldsteel, said, “We are pleased to welcome the steelChallenge-12 finalists to Mumbai. This World Championship, held in India for the first time, recognises the next generation of talented people who will help shape the continuing prosperity of the steel industry.”

The 2018 World Champion in the industry category, Xiaoyu TANG said, “Opportunities are reserved for those who are prepared. Practice a lot; this is the competition of a lifetime.”

Anže BAJŽELJ, the World Champion in the student category for 2018 said, “To prepare I studied secondary steelmaking and other procedures thoroughly. I think the knowledge I’ve gained will serve my career well in the future. I hope I will be offered a job or a study invitation.”

Photos of the event are available on Flickr.

The World Champions are:

Student Category
Name Affiliation Country
Anže BAJŽELJ University of Ljubljana Slovenia
Industry Category
Name Affiliation Country
Xiaoyu TANG HBIS Group Co., Ltd. China

The Regional Champions are:

Student Category
Region Name Affiliation Country
North and South America Jamil NOBRE DE CASTRO Federal University of Ceará Brazil
Europe/CIS/Africa/Middle East Anže BAJŽELJ University of Ljubljana Slovenia
Asia and Oceania EunSung PARK Chonbuk National University South Korea
China Zhaopeng ZENG Chongqing University of Science and Technology China
Best Runner-Up Shi Jun ZHANG Chongqing University of Science and Technology China
Industry Category
Region Name Affiliation Country
North and South America Francisco Alberto ROCHA Gerdau Brazil
Europe/CIS/Africa/Middle East Stevo AKKERMAN Tata Steel Europe The Netherlands
Asia and Oceania Ho YEON POSCO South Korea
China Huan MA China Baowu Steel Group Corporation China
Best Runner-Up Xiaoyu TANG HBIS Group Co., Ltd. China

More information is available on the steeluniversity website.

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Notes to Editors:

  • steeluniversity, an initiative of the World Steel Association, is an industry university, delivering education and training to current and future employees of steel companies and related businesses. The goal of steeluniversity is to inspire and motivate students and steel industry people about the value of working in the steel industry to lead change for realising a more sustainable industry that serves a more sustainable world.
  • China Steel Corporation (CSC) and HBIS Group Co., Ltd. are ‘Steel’ level sponsors of steelChallenge-12. Tata Steel Limited, Techint Group and Tenaris are ‘Silver’ level sponsors. JFE Steel Corporation, the Korea Iron and Steel Association (KOSA) and Nucor Corporation are ‘Bronze’ level sponsors.
  • 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 160 steel producers with 9 of the 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes.
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