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Event Overview

Vienna:  ‘The Renaissance of the Old World?’

The 20% weakened Euro is bringing fresh tailwind into the entire European stainless and special steel supply chain, from the mills to distribution and fabricators. They are now in a better position to compete with imports and win new export orders. Additionally, the anti-dumping duties levied on Chinese and Taiwanese cold rolled stainless steel sheet brings some relief to the European producers of these products. How will this ‘rising tide’ play out against the macroeconomic challenges that still exist in Europe? Also the various cost-cutting programs of the European mills are beginning to show positive results. Over 250 top executives from all tiers of the supply chain and all major markets of the world will gather in Vienna in early October to listen to leading players in our industry. The various networking opportunities are the perfect platform for face-to-face discussions about all critical issues that will shape the success of this industry in the years ahead.

Key topics include:

  • How will the anti-dumping case re-shape the industry structure? Will the European mills be able to increase volumes or will imports from other countries fill the gap? How will stainless steel end users react to higher base prices resulting from anti-dumping duties? Will they stay in Europe or shift to production facilities outside the EU?
  • Will Turkey be a main beneficiary of the anti-dumping case, attracting more investments from European fabricators?
  • Will we see more anti-dumping cases soon? Perhaps stainless steel long products?
  • What retaliation opportunities do Chinese and Taiwanese mills have at hand?
  • What impact does the weakened Euro have on imports and exports?
  • What’s ahead for nickel, chrome, molybdenum and stainless steel scrap?
  • What is the net influence of the lower oil prices?
  • Will low oil prices trigger downstream investments (petrochemicals, refineries)?
  • Will the momentum in automotive continue and will the stainless use per car continue to grow?
  • How do the winds blow in catering and food processing – two main market drivers?
  • Where does the European stainless steel industry stand in regard to cost-cutting programs?
  • How competitive are European stainless producers vis-à-vis their Chinese and Indian competitors?
  • How can European mills further improve their profit situation?
  • Is Europe still or again an attractive market for steel companies to invest?
  • Consolidation in Europe: Is there further consolidation in sight?
  • Consolidation in the European distribution –  mergers and closures

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Confirmed speakers for 2015 include:

- John Rowe - Secretary General, International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF)
- Claus Raidl - President, OENB Oesterreichische Nationalbank
- Dennis Oates - President & CEO, Universal Stainless and Alloy Products, Inc.
- Sunil Widge - Carpenter Technology Corporation
- Barry Jackson - Business Intelligence Manager – Nickel, AngloAmerican Marketing Ltd.
- Markus Moll - Managing Director, SMR – Steel and Metals Market Research
- Daniel Azpitarte - Commercial Director, Acerinox S.A.
- Marc André Müller -  Head Technical Marketing, BGH Edelstahlwerke GmbH
- Cedric Orban - Commercial Director, Asco Industries SAS
- Tony Lockley - Managing Director, Stemcor Stainless
- Thorsten Studemund - Managing Director, Voss Edelstahlhandel
- Subhrakant Panda - Managing Director, IMFA – Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd & Chairman of ICDA - International Chromium Development Association
- Kevin Pritchett - Head of Molybdenum Sales & Marketing, KGHM International Ltd
- Jim Lennon - Executive Director, Senior Commodities Strategist, Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd.
- Robert Chen - Chairman & CEO, Gloria Group
- Giuseppe Lorenzo Rosa - Lawyer, M.A Bussiness Law





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