“Chuck is poised to be an outstanding leader for AISI and for the entire steel industry in North America,” said Martin Lindqvist, CEO of SSAB. “I am proud to have him represent SSAB in this important role. I know he will continue to help strengthen the role of steel in American manufacturing.”

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.

“I am proud to help lead policy and market-related activities at AISI as chairman,” said Schmitt. “I am honored that my industry colleagues have instilled their trust and confidence in me, as we work together to turn obstacles into opportunities and ensure steel remains the backbone of the American economy.”

AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI also announced new members of its Board of Directors and Board-level committee leaders, including leaders from ArcelorMittal, United States Steel Corporation and Nalco Company. www.steel.org

The election took place on May 4 at the AISI Board Meeting as part of AISI’s annual meeting taking place this week in Chicago.

For further information, please contact:

Ivonne Furneaux, Director, Communications & Community Relations, SSAB Americas, M +1 630 297 1526, [email protected]

Marie Elfstrand, Director Media Relations and PR, +46 8 45 45 734, [email protected]