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Agenda Overview

Day one
Monday June 8, 2015

10:00am  Registration desk opens for logistics and technology sessions

11:00am  Logistics: Trucking, ocean freight and rail 

Dan Mullins
, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, PLS Logistics    
Michael Smolenski, President & CEO, Coil Tainer
Vee Kachroo
, Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, CN
12:00pm  Software: Competitiveness determinator

Josh Cole
, Metals Industry Performance Service Leader, Crowe Horwath  LLP

1:00pm  Networking refreshment break

2:00pm  Technology I: Steel manufacturing trends
Industry leading OEMs will highlight new innovations in steel production that can drive real energy savings, yield improvements and operating profit

Terry Fedor, Executive Vice President US Iron Ore, Cliffs Natural Resources
Philippe Blostein, Marketing Director, Metals Market, Air Liquide

3:45pm  Networking refreshment break
4:00pm  Technology II: Evolving alternative iron production
Industry pioneers will highlight the latest developments to leverage affordable natural gas to produce DRI as a profitable hedge against blast furnace iron and metallic scrap

Joseph Dzierzawski, President & CEO, SMS USA LLC
Gianpietro Benedetti
, Chairman & CEO, Danieli & C. SpA
Pablo Duarte
, Commercial Vice President, Tenova HYL
Stephen Montague
, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Midrex Technologies, Inc.
Andreas Flick, Chief Technology Officer, Upstream, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

6:00pm  Welcome drinks reception


Day two
Tuesday June 9, 2015

8:00am  Registration desk opens

8:45am  Welcome
Raju Daswani, President, American Metal Market

9:00am  Keynote presentation: Attack and counterattack

Peter F. Marcus and Karlis M. Kirsis, Managing Partners, World Steel Dynamics

9:30am  Keynote speaker

John J. Ferriola, Chairman & CEO, Nucor Corporation

10:15am Networking refreshment break

11:00am  Panel I: International: Bigger Threats; Faster Response
  • How are mills responding to a rapidly changing steel world?
  • In what way are global trade patterns changing?
  • The continuing impact of endemic Chinese oversupply 

Moderator:  Edwin Basson, Director General, World Steel Association
Panelists: Andre Gerdau Johannpeter, CEO, Gerdau
John Lichtenstein, Managing Director, Global Metals Industry Practice, Accenture
Antonio Marcegaglia
, Chairman & CEO, Marcegaglia
Ali Pandir, Chairman & Managing Director, Erdemir Group

12:30pm Networking lunch   
The sixteenth “Willy Korf Award for Young Excellence” honors Tobias Brune, Research Associate, Department of Ferrous Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen University

The twenty fifth “Willy Korf/Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award” honors
Gianpietro Benedetti, Chairman & CEO, Danieli & C. SpA

2:00pm  Panel II: North America: Reality trumps illusion
  • Is US sheet rolling capacity insufficient?
  • Can the US industry still grow if the government does not adopt protectionist measures?
  • What has been the success of new DRI plants?
  • The increase in global manufacturers locating plants in the USA – will this continue and to what extent?

Moderator:  Saikat Dey, Co-founder, Ockham Razor Ventures
Panelists: Joseph Alvarado
, Chairman CEO & President, Commercial Metals   
Mark D. Millett, President & CEO, Steel Dynamics Inc.
Nicholas J. Sowar
, Partner, Global Steel Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP
James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President & CEO, AK Steel

3:30pm  Networking refreshment break
4:00pm  Panel III: Automotive: Autobody warfare: Aluminum attack

  • Is there infinite growth for aluminium automotive sheet?
  • What is the impact of smaller more fuel efficient engines?
  • Will automotive companies pay a high price to save the last pound?
  • What is the effect of new plant expansions in the USA and Mexico?
  • Examining the price and usability of more advanced high strength steels

Moderator:  Peter F. Marcus, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics
Panelists:  Raju Daswani, President, American Metal Market
Lawrence Kavanagh, President, Steel Market Development Institute
Richard Schultz, Managing Director, Automotive, Ducker Worldwide
Lloyd O’Carroll
, Managing Director, Northcoast Research
David Paratore, President & CEO, Nanosteel
Sung-Ho Park, Executive Vice President, POSCO R&D
Jody Shaw
, Director Technical Marketing & Product Research, USS Corporation

6:00pm  Networking drinks reception

Day three
Wednesday June 10, 2015

8:00am Registration desk opens

8:30am  Panel IV: China & developing world: china the perpetual profit destroyer?

  • Can Chinese mills be stopped by trade suits?
  • Is a sizeable decline in Chinese steel demand in the next decade a certainty?
  • How long can the Chinese sustain production at marginal cost?
  • Is Chinese residential construction over the cliff?

Moderator:  Philipp Englin, CEO, World Steel Dynamics
Panelists:  Sanjay Jayram
, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, JSW Steel
Nicholas R. Lardy, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Wu Wenzhang
, CEO, Steelhome
Li Xinchuang, President & Chief Engineer, China Metallurgical Industry Institute
Atsushi Yamaguchi, Senior Analyst, UBS Securities Japan Ltd

10:00am  Keynote speaker
Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President & CEO, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.
10:45am Networking refreshment break
11:15am Panel V: Metallic balances: The indisputable driving force

  • Will China become a major scrap exporter?
  • The end of the iron age: How far can it drop?
  • What is the impact of new coking coal capacity in Mongolia and Mozambique?
  • Low ocean freight rates: a calamity or a saviour
  • Are market shares too low for major suppliers to reduce output?

Moderator: Peter F. Marcus, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics
Panelists: Jason Roland Hall
, Head of Ferrous Products, NASDAQ Commodities
Andre Marshall, President, Crunch Risk Trading
Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo, President, Raw Materials & Ironmaking, Global Consulting
Russell Rinn,
President and Chief Operating Officer, OmniSouce Corp. Management


Ernie Thrasher
, CEO & Chief Marketing Officer, Xcoal Energy & Resources

12:30pm Close of conference and networking lunch  








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