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Hall of fame

The Steel Success Hall of Fame celebrates those delegates who have attended our event for more than 5 years in a row, their work and their contribution to the wider steel industry.

By reading about them you can get a perspective about the conference and some of the people you can meet there.

Send us an email here if you want to be in the Steel Success Hall of Fame.


 

 

  Kalyan Ghosh

  President and CEO

  Essar Steel Algoma Inc


How has the steel industry in the US changed since you started your career?
 

  • Increasing trend of consolidation within the industry. Closure of inefficient mills and acquisitions strengthening surviving players and increased their global footprints.
  • Decline in integrated steel mills and shift of production to the ‘Electric Arc Furnace’ production route, thereby leading to a surge in mini-mills and specialty mills, using iron and steel scrap as feedstock, rather than iron ore
  • With the rapid adoption of new steel technologies, steel is no more the labour-intensive industry it used to be
  • Changes in environmental policies have led to increased reduction of greenhouse gas emissions


How do you think the US steel industry will evolve over the next decade?
 

  • Further reduction of inefficient Basic Oxygen Furnace “BOF” plants
  • Increase in adoption of agile manufacturing technologies
  • Development of advanced high-strength steel to combat against alternate materials
  • Cost-effective energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions reduction opportunities


What kinds of solutions does your business offer?
 

Essar Steel Algoma Inc. is based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. As one of Canada’s fully integrated steel producers, it produces a wide range of steel sheet (hot and cold rolled) and plate products and services several different customers within the North American marketplace.


What kinds of partnerships are important to you and your business? 
 

Partnerships across the supply chain with suppliers and end-users / customers, technology providers, other steel companies, regulators and policy makers.


How would you describe your experience at Steel Success Strategies to someone who hasn’t attended before?
 

Great platform for networking and knowledge exchange.


 

 

  Michel Vincent

  Market Manager – Steel Flat Products and Raw Materials

  CN

 

How has the steel industry in the US changed since you started your career?
 

I have spent the majority of my career in the Transportation industry. I have been a privileged outside observer of the North American steel industry for the last 20 years. For me, there are two major events that have contributed in the remodelling and reshaping of the North American steel market: the spectacular development of the Chinese steel industry and the worldwide trade explosion. These two factors were major wake up calls for a complacent domestic steel industry and have contributed to making the US producers more cost and environment conscious. As a result, most North American steel companies have improved both their image, their efficiency, their product and their competitiveness.


How do you think the US steel industry will evolve over the next decade?
 

At the base, I am pro free trade. Loyal free trade brings the best from companies and ultimately the most competitive price to consumers. However, there is a recurring and unresolved issue of subsidies and disloyal trade tactics from certain countries, which the steel industry was never able to solve with WTO. I also believe North America has to redefine NAFTA. There is too much to lose scratching that commercial agreement. The last thing I personally would like to see is the return of trade barriers, which would ultimately reintroduce complacency from domestic producers and take us all back to the Dark Age. Unfair trade is definitely the rock in the shoe and needs to be addressed.

On the product side, steel will have to win the psychological battle with aluminium in the consumer’s mind. As an observer of the industry, I am amazed to see the spectacular development of the advanced steel product, thinner, stronger, better mechanical properties than ever…and still progressing. North American Metallurgists are amongst the best in the world and they should win their battle with aluminium.


What kinds of solutions does your business offer?
 

As a transportation provider, my role is to participate as much as I can to the optimization of the supply chain by developing key in hand solutions including rail transportation, handling/storage of material for safe and timely deliveries. All this, at the right price.


What kinds of partnerships are important to you and your business?
 

The key for a Transportation professional is to get into your customer’s head, in a good sense of course. You need to be the first service provider the customer will think of for every opportunity, any time. When you reach that stage, true partnership begins.


How would you describe your experience at Steel Success Strategies to someone who hasn’t attended before?
 

For a Transportation Manager like me, the Steel Success Strategies conference represents my annual dessert. Hearing M. Marcus and M. Kirsis colourful forecast and analysis, CEO’s and reputed analysts giving the pulse of the industry is priceless to me. If there is one conference I don’t want to miss, it’s this one.


 

 

  Roy Berlin

  President

  Berlin Metals LLC

 

How has the steel industry in the US changed since you started your career?
 

The last 30 years have seen tremendous changes in the steel industry, in the US and around the world, including:

  • The huge growth in capacity and production in China which went from making 100 million metric tons (mt) about 15 years ago to making 700-800 million mt last year with the additional capacity of another 300+ million mt.
  • The conversion from state-owned enterprises to privately owned companies in many regions around the world (especially Europe) with the notable exception of China which has always had and continues to have sizeable government ownership of many steel making companies.
  • The expansion in market share of electric arc furnace production to be over 50% of the global steel production.
  • The bankruptcy, re-organization and consolidation of the US steel industry over the last 15 years with 5 companies currently comprising over 75% of US production.  Part of this consolidation, bankruptcy and consolidation process included the disappearance of Bethlehem Steel which at one point was the 8th largest company in the Fortune 500 list and the total razing of Bethlehem’s Sparrow’s Point steelworks, once one of the largest in the country.
  • The incredible reduction in the number of man-hours required to make a ton of steel from 4 or 5 twenty-five years ago to around 1 ½ today.
  • The advances in metallurgy to be able to produce highly formable steel with lighter weights and higher strengths for manufacturers.


How do you think the US steel industry will evolve over the next decade?
 

I think the mills will continue to face challenges from global overcapacity that could drive more decreases in capacity and further consolidation here in the US.  The mills will also become even more efficient than they are now and will make ever more advanced steels.


What kinds of solutions does your business offer?
 

My company is a metal service center that specializes in the sales of 2 niche product, tin plate and stainless steel strip, which require a specialized processing ability.  Our focus on precision, light gauge slitting for these niche products has enabled us to be successful for many years.


What kinds of partnerships are important to you and your business?
 

What’s important to our business is to make sure that we’re the best at what we do and in so doing, make sure we provide a consistent value for our customers, satisfying their expectations and requirements in all the areas that are important such as product quality, on-time delivery and competitive pricing.  So as long as have customers who continue to rely on us, we’ll need quality steel suppliers to provide the quality steel that we need.  To complete this circular, linked chain, we also need to make sure we search for and retain smart and knowledgeable employees.


How would you describe your experience at Steel Success Strategies to someone who hasn’t attended before?
 

In the last 25 years, I’ve probably attended close to 20 of these meetings.  Though not all presentations are of the same quality, there are always some every year that are excellent.  When you add that to the opportunity to network with hundreds of attendees from around the world, it makes this conference worthwhile.


 

 

  Efrain Riera

  Chief Executive Officer

  Diproinduca Canada Limited

 

How has the steel industry in the US changed since you started your career?
 

The steel industry in the US has changed from integrated plants, made up of Sinter, Blast Furnaces and BOF to EAF fed by scrap, pig iron and DRI (Pellets or HBI), thus predominating the presence of the Mini Mills concept. USA was our natural destination for the by-products we offered for the large Sinter plants that were operational, in which their operators had clear concepts of how to substitute virgin iron units for good iron by-products in search for significant savings in the production of sinter, hot metal and steel.


How do you think the US steel industry will evolve over the next decade?
 

Assuming that natural gas remains at competitive prices, it can be speculated that Direct Reduction will increase, which will allow the development of better quality steel in sectors such as the automotive industry. Secondly and in my opinion more important, is how to comply with environmental regulations and the reduction of the Carbon Foot print, on which our business model is evolving to maximize the recycling of by-products by the generators themselves, which will be economically viable and an important contribution to the reduction of their carbon foot print.


What kinds of solutions does your business offer?
 

We create quality raw materials from industrial by-products. We have been assisting companies for over 30 years in the selling and disposing of stock surplus, especially by-products and raw materials. By giving a new life to materials that haven’t been used for years, we are able to deal with a need which has existed in the iron and steel industry for decades. Through our R&D we have been developing unique know how and innovative capacity to recover and handle by-products, such as our RiB (Recycled Iron Briquette) a briquette made of a specific combination of Oxide Fines, DRI Sludge, DRI Fines, Mill Scale or EAF Dust with the right properties to be used as an alternative raw material into the shaft furnace and/or the electric arc furnace.


What kinds of partnerships are important to you and your business?
 

Our number one partner is our main customer, the by-products generator or Steel Maker, with whom we look to build close relationships based on a common goal: to reduce their environmental impact of their iron and steel operations and increase their profitability.

Additionally, each project we work on requires working on very specific areas of expertise, thus we look to team up with companies that provide their expertise in a wide range of specialized areas, such as Logistics, Technology, Equipment and Engineering. 


How would you describe your experience at Steel Success Strategies to someone who hasn’t attended before?
 

It has allowed me to receive first-line information about the steel industry, helping me to anticipate the need to change and adjust to market needs, in order to be a better service provider to the generators of by-products, who are our main customers, by assisting them with the best purchase prices for by-products, and developing solid solutions for their application.

It is also an important networking opportunity with the highest executives of the steel industry.

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