World Steel’s very first Twitter debate Steel: The Next Hero – Looking to the Future


We are excited to announce our very first Twitter debate Steel: The Next Hero – Looking to the Future. The debate is scheduled at 14:00 GMT for an hour on 18 January.

This coincides with the launch of The white book of steel, a worldsteel publication that celebrates the history of steel and the steel industry. But worldsteel is looking to the future – the steel industry of tomorrow needs more ground-breaking innovations such as the Bessemer process by English inventor and industrialist Sir Henry Bessemer (born 19 January 1813), which revolutionised steel production and changed the world.

Industry leaders including Dr Wolfgang Eder (CEO , voestalpine AG), Alexey Mordashov (General Director, Severstal JSC and Chairman of the World Steel Association), Prof Harry Bhadeshia (Cambridge University), Dr Richard Thackray (Tata Steel Lecturer in Steelmaking, University of Sheffield and Chair of IOM3 Iron and Steel Society), Roger Manser (Journalist and founder of Steel Business Briefing), Jim Woods (Senior Director, Communications, Steel Recycling Institute) and Dr Edwin Basson (General Director, worldsteel) will come together to discuss these issues and answer questions live on Twitter on:

• Why is steel so vital to the world and you? The exciting opportunities that a career in steel provides.

• The challenges and opportunities the industry faces as we look to find the ‘next Bessemer’.

Join us for this exciting event on 18 January and have your questions answered. Follow #steeldebate on You must have your own Twitter account to join the debate.

Nicholas Walters

Communications Director
World Steel Association