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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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Game Changers

Protectionism – e-Mobillity – Digitalization and Giga Stainless Steel Production Plants

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 – anti globalization!

Another game changer is the transformation of our mobility system. From diesel- and gas powered cars to hybrids and full e-cars as well as autonomous driving vehicles has significant (negative, but also positive) impacts for raw materials,  stainless steels and engineering steels.

Another technology change that opens enormous productivity potential in the way we produce and distribute stainless and special steels is digitalization. Leading experts will update us on the latest developments and provide insights what will come.

Finally the new ‘4-in-1’ (coal for power + liquid chrome + liquid nickel = stainless steel) ‘Giga Meltshops’ for commodity stainless steels has the potential of being a real disruptive technology that will change the global stainless steel production system and bring pricing to a new (low) level.

Our industry is once again at cross-roads. The summit in Ljubljana will bring leading specialists to address these key issues that will change everybody’s business wherever you are positioned in the supply chain from raw materials, steel production, distribution or as an end-user.

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

MONDAY: September 4th  -  Jesenice, Slovenia

SIJ ACRONI is a leading manufacturer of flat rolled steel products. Stainless quarto plates, wear resistant, high strength, tool steel and pressure vessel quarto plates, and non grain oriented electrical steel, are the most important products produced in SIJ Acroni plant located in Jesenice, about 45 minutes from Ljubljana. Steel has been produced in this teritory already for centuries, and already in the 19th century the Carniolan Industrial Company, predecessor of SIJ Acroni was established. The company had an intense investment cycle in recent years, and new AOD furnace and MultiFlex Quench heat treatment lines enable the development towards specialized, high value added products.

12.15 Gathering at hotel lobby
12.30 Departure from hotel
13.45 SIJ Acroni plant view
16.45 Departure to Ljubljana
17.45 (Expected) Arrival to hotel

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FRIDAY: September 8th  -  Ravne na Koroškem, Slovenia

Almost 400 years tradition, high quality of steels, expert skills of employees which go from one generation to another, own development continuously pursuing market requirements and future oriented investments into technical progress are the reasons why the company SIJ Metal Ravne is one of the leading specialty steels producers. Company’s own Steel Plant, Forging Shop, Rolling Mill and a wide range of heat treatment and machining processes allow them to produce a rich pallet of more than 200 steel grades in different dimensional shapes, from carbon and alloyed structural steels to tool and special steels in the form of rolled and forged products.

8.00 Gathering at hotel lobby
8.15 Departure from hotel
10.30 SIJ Metal Ravne plant view
12.30 Departure to hotel
14.45 (Expected) Arrival to hotel

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