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Jan 30, 2017 | 11:48 AM | Fastmarkets AMM staff

Tags  AMM, 10th Steel Tube and Pipe Conference, tubulars, oil country tubular goods, Piotr Galitzine, TMK IPSCO

AMM’s 10th Steel Tube and Pipe Conference, held in conjunction with Metal Bulletin Research, is scheduled for March at the Doubletree Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel in Houston, and is America’s largest gathering for the steel, tube and pipe industry, offering outlooks on 2017 markets.

AMM’s 10th Steel Tube and Pipe Conference, held in conjunction with Metal Bulletin Research, is scheduled for March 8-9 at the Doubletree Houston Greenway Plaza Hotel in Houston.

America’s largest gathering for the steel, tube and pipe industry welcomes its dedicated and new attendees back to Houston. Last year’s conference drew more than 400 delegates from dozens of companies and countries.

It’s the biggest conference for the North American steel tube and pipe industry. No other event attracts so many steel tube and pipe professionals, making this the largest industry gathering.  

The industry remains under pressure due to challenging oil and gas markets. These trying times require a strategic approach along with a current and accurate market understanding.

The 2017 conference will include high- level market analysis from those making the decisions as well as the only opportunity to connect with hundreds of industry decision makers and influencers.

For 10 years the AMM Steel Tube & Pipe Conference has grown to become the one of the most important gathering for the North American steel tube and pipe industry.

At the conference attendees will get exclusive insight into market trends and forecasts from every part of the value chain.

New speakers for this year include:

•David J. Rintoul, President, U. S. Steel Tubular Products; Senior Vice President, United States Steel Corporation

•Conrad Winkler, President & CEO, EVRAZ North America

•John Hritz, President & CEO, JSW Steel North America

•Joe Phillips, President, Sooner Pipe

•Bob Dvorak, Executive Chairman, B&L Pipeco Services

•Steve Tait, President & CEO, B&L Pipeco Services

•Jim Owsley, Vice President Supply Chain, Distribution NOW

•Jack McCarthy, Vice President, Carbon Steel Pipe, Fittings and Flanges, MRC Global

These speakers will join other executive-level speakers in giving exclusive insight into market trends and the most up-to-date industry overviews.

There will be networking opportunities with hundreds of delegates in what has become the premier conference for the steel, tube and pipe industry. Attending companies include both steel tube and pipe producers as well as end users.

The keynote presentation from Piotr Galitzine, CEO & Chairman, TMK IPSCO, will offer a market overview and updates for 2017. Other scheduled speakers include:

•Donald Camerson, partner, Morris, Manning and Martin LLP

•Nicolas de Coignac, Senior Vice President, Vallourec North America

•Robert DeFrancesco, partner, Wiley Rein

•Steve Etchison, manager, supply chain, Williams

•Roman Filimonov, consultant, Metal Bulletin Research

•John M. Gurley, Partner, Arent Fox

•Joel Johnson, CEO, Borusan Mannesmann

•Nicole Leonard, Analyst, Bentek Energy

•Kim Leppold, Senior Metals Analyst, Metal Bulletin Research

•David Murk, pipelines, midstream & industry operations, American Petroleum Institute

•Geoff O’Donnell, Product Manager – Linepipe, Energex Tube

•Magnus Ohlsson, vice president of supply chain management and land department, Enterprise Products Partners

•Vince Papparlardo, managing director, Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company

•Perry Roberts, Sr. Director – Procurement and Material Management, Energy Transfer

•Gabe Rudek, raw materials manager, TMK IPSCO

•Thorsten Schier, steel team leader, AMM

•Dhaval Trivedi, supply chain director, Borusan Mannesmann Pipe US, Inc.

Scheduled sessions and their topics include:

Session 1: Producers’ Outlook

• Keynote presentation, Piotr Galitzine, TMK Ipsco: Success in spite of challenging market conditions – What factors will be considered in strategically planning for 2017 given current tubular markets? How will TMK IPSCO adapt to prosper given challenging market conditions? What steps can the industry take collectively to ensure a prosperous future?

• Strategies for success, Conrad Winkler, Evraz North America: Market outlook – What key challenges will be faced in 2017? How is EVRAZ North America navigating these challenging market conditions? What is EVRAZ North America doing to reduce the impact of raw material volatility?

• Innovation and new approaches, Nicolas de Coignac, Vallourec: How will Vallourec create a culture for the team to achieve cost effective and innovative results in a low price environment? What kind of technical challenges are likely to dominate in the future? Which strategies will be adopted by Vallourec to create solutions for these anticipated issues?

Session 2: Market Analysis - Where Will Demand For Tubular Products Come From?

• Line pipe capacity utilization in the U.S., Geoff O’Donnell: What is the capacity utilization in the USA for line pipe? What does this mean for each part of the supply chain? • How have dynamics changed in terms of demand for OCTG and line pipe? What impact have trade case rulings had on the profitability of line pipe production?

AMM Pricing: Steel tube and pipe prospects, Thorsten Schier: A summary of steel tube and pipe pricing in 2016: what happened and why? What does this mean for 2017? Which factors should be considered when thinking about supply and demand moving forward? What does AMM have to offer in terms of pricing products and how can these be used within the workflow of companies which require benchmark prices?

• Oil and gas recovery: does this mean immediate recovery for tubular demand? Nicole Leonard: An overview of future drilling activity and what this means for steel tube and pipe demand? How will drilled uncompleted (DUC) wells be utilized in ramping up oil production? How will the DUC wells impact demand for tubular products? How long will the lag be?

Session 3: New Realities For Pipe Producers

• Strategies for 2017 and beyond: What is the new reality faced by producers? What strategies are being utilized by pipe producers to remain profitable? Have duties placed on some imported HRC changed the price competition between welded and seamless tube? How do utilization rates compare to this time last year? What is expected for 2017? Is recovery on the horizon or will turbulence dominate the immediate and medium term?

• Raw materials analysis: procurement trends: How have duties placed on imports of HRC from certain countries changed procurement strategies for welded pipe producers? Are there other sources of price competitive HRC available? How will this change price dynamics when it comes to welded vs seamless pipe? Will price changes be passed on to consumers?

• Trade case update: Rulings, appeals, impact: Outcome analysis: what do the rulings mean? Will there be appeals? Were the rulings just? What led to these outcomes? Are there likely to be any further trade cases which will impact the steel tube and pipe industry? How will the trade cases impact different parts of the supply chain? Who stands to gain and who stands to face challenges?

Session Four: Viewpoints From Distributors And Purchasers

• New realities for distributors: The changing relationship between producers and end users: Have trade cases changed the procurement strategies of distributors? Is domestic procurement cost-effective? How have market conditions impacted the way in which distributors do business with producers and end users? Is this a new reality? Is there a danger that producers and end users will try and bypass distributors? What is preventing this from becoming widespread?

• End user panel: mid-stream markets and demand prospects for line pipe: Will demand for tube and pipe increase? Where will this demand be generated? How have geopolitical events impacted the oil and gas industry? Are there any ensuing anticipated changes on the horizon? Have the impact of trade case rulings been passed down the value chain to end users of tubular goods? Do prospects for a particular type or diameter of tubular product seem more promising? Are there any major projects underway which will stimulate demand? What key purchasing considerations should distributors and producers bear in mind when planning strategically for 2017?

Session Five: Emerging Opportunities Both Domestic And Global

• Mergers and acquisitions across the supply chain, Vince Pappalardo: What market factors are driving M&A transactions in 2017? Will the energy sector see any dramatic changes? Are there any exciting M&A deals on the horizon? Are these coming from the pipe producers, distributors or end users of tubular products? How will capacity and buying power be impacted by these changes?

• Line pipe replacement legislation explained, David Murk: What does the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (Pipes) Act actually say? How is this legislation likely to impact replacement of line pipe across the US? Are there plans for future legislation which may generate further demand for line pipe?

• Overview of global OCTG and line pipe markets: Potential opportunities for US producers, Roman Filimonov: What is the current market situation for US pipe producers? How does short term outlook for OCTG and line pipe differ by region? Routes to different markets: What is the best strategy for approaching markets in North and Central Africa, the Middle East, South America and beyond?




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