The take-away from Tokyo ... mostly turbulence free

Nov 01, 2010 | 06:13 AM | Jo Isenberg-O’Loughlin

It takes 14 hours to fly non-stop from New York's JFK International Airport to Japan's Narita Airport outside Tokyo—time enough to knock off two movies, a crime novel and three in-flight meals served complete with hot towels and green tea.

The flight was virtually turbulence free, and for all practical purposes so was WorldSteel 44, which drew some 300 participants from 134 companies and organizations in 34 countries.

Over the course of two days in October, some 25 presenters moved seamlessly through a program structured around the theme "Building a Sustainable Recovery." Topics explored on stage at the Hotel Okura and in two early morning press briefings ranged from a much-anticipated short-range outlook for steel demand delivered by Daniel Novegil, the World Steel Association's economics committee chairman and Ternium SA chief executive officer, to other, more-prosaic subjects such as seismic design in the steel industry, automotive and new-generation vehicles and energy efficiency and new technology trends.....





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