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The Top European Stainless & Special Steel Event in 2017

 organized in association with Metal Bulletin Events

Date:          September 5-7, 2017
Location:   Ljubljana, Slovenia
Venue:       Grand Union Hotel

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  Brochure                                                           Challenges in a Post Globalized World

Just at the time, when the special steel- and their raw material markets have bottomed out and began to improve in volumes and margins a new challenge emerged – nationalism and protectionism! So far steel trade barriers where mostly built up against China. But now an increasing number of governments around the globe think that elections can only be won if they are anti-globalization. Leading political figures declare globalization as a failure and ask for regionalization instead. Wherever you stand on this, it has implications for everyone in the stainless steel and special steel supply chain. Producers will no longer be able to serve a global customer base from one plant, distributors will no longer benefit global price arbitration and end-users who practice global sourcing will have to change their business model. Additionally, digitalization and industry trends like the electrification of transport provides threats …. and opportunities for almost everyone in our industry.

These macro-trends plus a number of key issues will be discussed in Ljubljana over 3 days in 4 focused modules:

» Stainless Steel Flat Products
  • The markets will grow in Europe and anywhere in 2017 – will this translate also in sustainable better prices?
  • The past years were mainly characterized by cost cutting and a focus on the bottomline. Is it time to release the brakes and seek growth opportunities?
  • Outokumpu has completed its integration of the ThyssenKrupp stainless division. Is Europe ready for the next wave of consolidation?
  • Protectionism: Where is Europe particularly vulnerable and where could it gain in stainless market segments?
  • How could the Stainless producers reduce the margin volatility? New pricing systems?
  • Tsingshan is on the way to melt 10 mill tpy of stainless steel with significantly lower costs (slabs and billets) than any of its competitors. What implications does that have for all mills around the globe?
  • Value chain analysis: is the meltshop still a source for value creation or is it increasingly becoming a liability?
  • Shall stainless mills primarily focus on downstream developments to create value? If yes, where?
  • Distribution: Is the U.S. (mostly mill independent distribution) or the European system (mostly independent and some mill captive distribution) better to meet the future challenges?
  • What strategies can (big) service centers pursue to counter protectionist measures.
  • What opportunities can be realistically expected from digitalization in production and distribution?
  • What is hot – and what is not? -in appliances, transportation, process industries and building and construction?
» Raw Materials

Nickel

  • Is Tsingshan the ultimate game changer in the stainless steel industry?
  • Are the Philippines serious about their announced mine closures?
  • Have they discovered new – high grade -laterite Ni sources?
  • Is Indonesia further softening its Ni ore export ban?
  • Nickel Supply side worries: will increased ore supplies from the Philippines and Indonesia lift the NPI production substantially, bringing the 2017 market into a surplus?
  • Can anyone compete with the NPI costs from the new plants in Indonesia?
  • Demand: has Ni substitution in stainless ended or is it even reversed?
  • Ni in batteries: Will LMC’s (LiNiCoAl) be the winning technology in e-cars? How much Ni demand, how fast has to be realistically expected?


Chrome

  • Can last year’s Cr shortage come back?
  • How is the rampup of new Cr sources (Lion, India, etc.) coming along?
  • Is South Africa’s competitiveness improving, or getting worse?
  • How do stainless and special steel mills value different Cr products and qualities?


Molybdenum

  • What is driving the Mo demand in the near future?
  • Can primary Mo compete with by-product producers on price?


Stainless Steel Scrap

  • No more money to be made in scrap – why?
  • Is the traditional business model of scrap processors obsolete?
  • Is the scrap business becoming regional?
  • India’s growing stainless steel scrap demand
» Technology
  • Stainless Steel 4.0 – where, when, why?
  • Where are productivity enhancement potentials in the various stainless- and special steel making processes
  • How does the meltshop of the future look like?
  • New concepts for forging shops
  • Are Chinese engineering firms becoming serious competitors to traditional ones?
  • Where are Chinese technologies suitable?
» Stainless, Tool- and Special Steel Long Products
  • New mobility concepts, implications for special steel long products
  • E-drive technologies: different powertrain designs and components
  • E-cars: revolution or evolution? What share of the automotive market is likely in the next 20 years?
  • Is China leading the electrification of transportation – what role will Europe play?
  • From globalization to regionalization: Implications for the global production base and consolidation
  • China: why is China the dominant SBQ and tool steel source into Europe, but not important in STS?
  • Why do German SBQ consumers not source 90% from European mills?
  • Will the offshoring of powertrain components to low cost countries continue?
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Field Trips

How to register? 
You will receive information about how to register for the field trips with your conference registration confirmation.
More information on cost and itinerary will be provided soon.

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