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AMM Steel Success Strategies XXXI set for June meet

Apr 27, 2016 | 11:48 AM | AMM staff


Hundreds of international steel industry executives, analysts and other experts are expected to gather in June at AMM’s Steel Success Strategies XXXI Conference in New York to get the best insight into the health of the industry halfway through 2016, and to take advantage of networking and business opportunities.

The conference, scheduled for June 13-15 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and co-sponsored by World Steel Dynamics Inc., offers a chance to get both a North American and a global perspective on the industry. (To learn more or register, visit amm.com.)

The 31st version of the conference continues to be the premier event in the steel industry calendar. Top level executives provide their insight and forecast for how the steel industry will fare in the coming years. Steel Success Strategies XXXI covers world steel markets, steel industry, iron ore derivative, steel derivatives, raw materials, logistics, steel technology and more, as well as providing unrivaled networking opportunities and strategic outlook from the industry’s biggest players.

This year highlighted speakers include Mario Longhi, president and chief executive officer, U.S. Steel Corp.;, John J. Ferriola, chairman and chief executive officer, Nucor Corp.; and Lourenco Goncalves, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. This year’s program will include panels and seminars on logistics, technology, global supply, trade cases, China and raw materials such as iron ore, direct-reduced iron (DRI) and scrap.

Steel Success Strategies remains the leading conference for the North American Steel industry. For over 30 years American Metal Market and World Steel Dynamics have brought together executives from the biggest players in the industry for networking and debate. One of the highlights taking place alongside the event will be the June 14 dinner and ceremony honoring this year’s winners of the AMM Awards for Steel Excellence. The awards, now in their seventh year, recognize best-in-class companies in steel and related industries. This year, a number of different companies are being honored in 14 distinct categories spanning the steel supply chain.

“Even during today’s challenging steel market, these firms have distinguished themselves with innovation and creativity to not only compete and succeed today but to flourish tomorrow. They show that even in a down cycle that excellence can be achieved,” Bristol Voss, editor-in-chief at AMM, said. “Their results demonstrate the creativity and sustainability of our industry.”

With attendance from every major steelmaker around the world, Steel Success Strategies XXXI delegates form a veritable who’s-who list of the global steel industry. Delegates are expected to include representatives from steel mills, steel and raw material traders, iron ore producers, technology providers, logistics companies, analysts and consultants, distributors, automotive and consumer goods manufacturers, construction companies, scrap suppliers, banks and financiers, and exchanges and clearing houses and more.

The past year has been a difficult one for the industry, and there are challenging times ahead. The conference allows attendees to learn and adapt strategies by hearing from market leaders on how to gain the competitive edge in these tough times.

The conference’s agenda seeks to help attendees understand the global steel market, with particular focus on the United States, by gaining insight into what happened in 2015 in the industry, how it affected business, and what is likely to happen in 2016.

Industry leaders will share their strategies and expansion plans and capacities with hundreds of senior-level decision makers from along the entire supply chain expected to attend.

In fact, the conference is the only event where participants can get both a North American and global perspective on the industry, and every part of the supply chain will be well-represented.

Scheduled key topics include:

• Logistics and transportation: Which direction do the latest road signs point in regards to driver shortages and rising rail and freight rates, and what are the ramifications of recent federal regulations on over-the-road transport and aging infrastructure and rebuild issues?

• Cyber security in metals: The latest on trends, challenges and potential minefields posed by digital advances including a focus on the cloud, ‘Internet of things,’ mobility and cyber security.

• The future of steel manufacturing: How is technology innovation driving the future for steel manufacturing, what are the new plant concepts for producing value-added steel grades and how will plant design impact workforce development?

• Advanced automation and diagnostics: How can steel producers leverage the next generation of IT tools? Has automation and process control in steel manufacturing reached its practical limit? What tools are available for reducing energy consumption?



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