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Event Overview

Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) continues to offer a more sustainable, efficient and high quality alternative feed stock for steel makers. But what challenges face the DRI industry as its global production and use grows? From shale gas to environmental sustainability to production efficiency, representatives from leading DRI and hot briquetted iron (HBI) organizations and pellet producers shared their insights on the future of the industry, ahead of the 2nd World DRI and Pellet Congress which took place on the 28-30 April in Abu Dhabi.

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"The fact the natural gas is at a very acceptably low price and iron ore is readily available I think it's going to do well for new direct reduction projects," Tom Scarnati, Marketing and Sales Manager, Tenova HYL, said.

DRI technology brings energy and efficiency advantages, and "the number one new technology is clearly hot DRI”, Todd Ames, General Manager - MENA region, Midrex Technologies, said.

Watch this video to hear about developments in the growing DRI industry.

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We had more industry insight and analysis from the following speakers at the event:

  • - Erik Scholten, Managing Director, Samarco, Netherlands
  • - Stig Nordlund, Vice President Sales & Marketing, LKAB, Sweden
  • - K. Prasad, CEO, Bahrain Steel, Bahrain
  • - Brian Levich, Consultancy and Special Projects Director, Metal Bulletin Research, UK
  • - Stuart Horner, Secretary, IIMA, UK
  • - Deependra Kashiva, Executive Director, SIMA, India
  • - Ivo Dolk, Managing Partner, MIL, Netherlands
  • - Abdol Raouf Mashhour, Project Manager, Sangan Iron Ore Mines, Iran
  • - Mohammad Reza Taheri, Managing Director, MMTE (Mines & Metal Technological Engineering), Iran
  • - Luis H. Quaranta, Product Manager, Schmidt+Clemens Group
  • - Mohammad Reza Nikousokhan Tayyar, Marketing Manager, Iritec, Iran
  • - Mahmoud Mesrinejad, Pelletizing Plant Manager, Chador Malu Mining & Industrial, Iran
  • - Mehran Abbaszadeh, Strategic Planning Manager, Khouzestan Steel, Iran
  • - Reza Ashraf Semnani, Consultant of Managing Director, Middle East Mines & Mineral Industries Development Holding Company (MIDHCO), Iran
  • - Asadollah Farshad, Managing Director, Iranian Ghadir Iron & Steel (Igisco), Iran
  • - Chris Ellis, Index Analyst, Metal Bulletin Index, UK
  • - Todd Ames, General Manager MENA Plant Sales, Midrex, USA
  • - Angelo Manenti, Vice President, Business Development North America, Tenova, USA
  • - Jayesh Dalal, DRI – Head, Jindal Shadeed, Oman
  • - Appala Poodi, Direct Reduction Plant Manager, Emirates Steel, UAE

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