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The Top American Stainless & Special Steel Event in 2017

Organized in association with American Metal Market Events



Date:          October 25 - 26, 2017
Location:   Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Venue:       Double Tree Downtown Hotel Pittsburgh
 
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 Agenda

Game Changers

Trade Barriers – e-Mobillity – Digitalization and new ‘Giga’ Stainless Steel Production Plants

Just at the time, when the stainless steel- and their raw material markets have bottomed out and began to improve in volumes and margins, new challenges emerged .

Anti-globalization emerges in many parts of the world, not only in the U.S. This disrupts the business model of many leading stainless steel producers and traders which were based on open markets.

Another game changer is the transformation of our mobility system. From 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 and stainless 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. These new meltshops, under construction in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, will change not only the supply side of the stainless steel industry, but also the Nickel, Chrome and global scrap markets.

Our industry is once again at cross-roads. The conference in Pittsburgh 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.

 

Key talking points:

» Stainless Steel
  • What is hot – and what is not? ….. in food service, appliances, transportation, process industries, oil and gas and architecture, building and (highway-) construction?
  • The markets will grow in the USA and anywhere in 2017 and 2018 – will this translate also into better prices?
  • Import restrictions – Section 232: Where is the U.S. vulnerable and where could it gain in stainless market segments?
  • 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 ramp-up in Alabama. Is the U.S. ready for the next wave of consolidation?
  • 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?
  • High value segments in forged products and powder metallurgy
  • 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?
» 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 can this 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?


Molybdenum

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


Stainless Steel Scrap

  • Will scrap prices come under pressure from the new FeNi/NPI plants in Asia?
  • Stainless scrap processing is a key factor in the supply chain but processors do not get their ‘fair’ share of profits. Does the business model has to be changed?
  • Is the scrap business becoming regional?

 

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