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Steel Success Strategies Conference recognise Goncalves and Höffgen with industry awards

Steel Success Strategies Conference in Miami to discuss global challenges and recognise Goncalves and Höffgen with industry awards

The steel world is set to gather in Miami (USA) from 5-7 June 2022 for one of its most important events, the Steel Success Strategies Conference. Industry leaders from all continents will convene to discuss key trends and challenges for the global steel sector, such as the consequences of Covid-19, the war in Ukraine, and the key issue of decarbonisation.

After a two-year hiatus, the renowned Willy Korf / Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award will again be presented at the conference. Since 1991, the award has honoured international personalities who have made significant contributions to the development of the steel industry. This year’s recipient is Lourenco Goncalves, CEO of Cleveland-Cliffs. ‘As CEO, he transformed Cleveland-Cliffs into a leading player in the US steel industry,’ explains Astrid Korf, Chair of the Willy Korf Foundation. ‘It is now the largest flat steel company and most important producer of iron ore pellets in the United States.’

The Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence, which honours young scientists for their work and innovations in the steel industry, will also be presented at the conference. This year’s winner is Johannes Markus Höffgen, a PhD student at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Johannes is currently working on his PhD thesis, entitled: Vanadium in Basic Oxygen Furnace slag – contribution to the metallurgical sustainability and circular economy of an integrated steel works.

Korf Steel website relaunched

The Willy Korf Foundation has launched a revamped website at The new, user-friendly site offers comprehensive information in English and German about the foundation's work, as well as its two industry prizes – the Willy Korf / Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award and the Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence. Key news and innovations in the international steel sector will also be posted under the site’s blog section, with an emphasis on sustainability.

Willy Korf biography now available in English

An English translation of visionary steel entrepreneur Willy Korf‘s biography can now on be ordered online. The German version, Der Feuermacher (The Fire-Maker) was originally published by Hoffman und Campe in 2005, and was enthusiastically received by readers. Author Oliver Driesen’s meticulous research into Willy Korf’s business and private worlds gave the book an unparalled level of accuracy and authenticity. Now the biography has been published in English under the title: The Steel Rebel Willy Korf. English-language readers have long been fascinated with stories of resourcefulness, innovation, courage and entrepreneurship, and now they can discover Korf’s extraordinary story for themselves. The book can be ordered via:

Willy Korf Foundation

Entrepreneur Willy Korf revolutionised the steel industry in Germany and worldwide with his mini steel mills and innovative energy-saving technologies, before his life was tragically cut short in a plane crash in 1990. That same year, Korf‘s two daughters Astrid and Sylvia founded the Willy Korf Foundation in his memory. Every year, the foundation honours two outstanding achievers in the steel industry. The Willy Korf / Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award and the Korf Award for Young Excellence are traditionally presented at the Steel Success Strategies Conference in New York, one of the steel industry's premier international events. The 2019 recipients were Wolfgang Eder (CEO, Voestalpine AG, Austria), and Chinese researcher Ni Peiyuan (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellow).

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