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Agenda Overview

Workshop Day: Monday, December 4, 2017

Stream 1

2:00PM Danieli Workshop


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Stream 2

2:00PM Workshop


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5:00PM Welcome Reception

Day 1 Conference: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

8:45AM Chairperson's opening remarks
9:00AM The UAE’s vision for the future: how does steel contribute?
  • How is the UAE positioning its economy for prosperity? How does steel fit in?
  • An update on the new tax regulations: how do new rules stand to benefit the country as a whole?
  • Where does the steel industry fit into the UAE’s environmental policy?

Plenary Session

9:25AM Executive panel: where is the Middle East iron and steel industry heading towards?
  • What does the future of the Middle East steel industry look like? What is driving this direction?
  • The impact of raw material prices and availability: is this the new reality?
  • How will the industry adapt to changing energy costs in the region? How can the industry work together to maximise profits without compromising on competitive edge?
Moderator: Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED
Ismail Shar Al Sulby, CEO, Al Qaryan Steel Company
Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi, CEO, Emirates Steel
Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Zahrani, President, HADEED
Anurag Bisaria, CEO, Bahrain Steel
Rayed Abdullah Al-Ajaji, CEO, Universal Metal Coating Co. (UNICOIL)
10:45AM Networking refreshment break
11:30AM Unicoil Presentation
Rayed Abdullah Al-Ajaji, CEO, Universal Metal Coating Co. (UNICOIL)
11:50AM Are there signs of change in MENA’s steel landscape?
  • What is the impact of low oil price and fiscal consolidation on MENA’s economies and steel use?
  • Are imports still a major factor in consumption and what impact will the tendency towards protectionism have on future import volumes?
  • How will the conflict between Qatar and other regional players impact MENA economies?
  • How is the end of war in Syria and Iraq going to affect construction outlook in the region?
  • What is the steel growth outlook in the region and Iran’s contribution to regional steel consumption?
George Matta, Marketing Director, EZZ Steel
12:10PM New drivers, new winners, profound threats
  • Can China's steel exporting armada be defeated?
  • Steel technological leap-frog:  jump on or croak!
  • Steel scrap glut: fantasy or reality?  
  • Hedging the steel price risk: good for whom?   
Peter Marcus, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics
12:35PM SPECAL GUEST SPEAKER: Sir Ranulph Fiennes- winning against the odds
  • Sir Ranulph Fines was described by the Guinness Book of Records as “the world’s greatest living explorer”. 
  • Hear from this extraordinary living legend about how he has managed to stay ahead of the competition in the face of extreme adversity.
Ranulph Fiennes, The world's greatest living explorer
1:15PM Sabic Sponsored Lunch

Stream 1: Middle East focus

2:30PM Steel outlook: global and Middle East focus
  • An overview of global steel supply and demand
  • What are the key geopolitical and economic factors which are integral to trends in the global steel demand?
  • What is driving the steel industry in the Middle East?
  • How is the Middle East changing in terms of the steel products being offered and the markets being targeted?
Alistair Ramsay, Research Manager, Metal Bulletin Research
2:55PM AGIS Presentation
Abu Bucker Husain, CEO, Al Ghurair Iron & Steel LLC (AGIS)
3:15PM Saudi Arabian Billets Market: 2018 Outlook
Abdulrahman Al Dossary, Steel Sales and Marketing Manager, Al Qaryan Steel Company

Stream 2: Technology focus

2:20PM Frontier technology panel: innovation in the steel industry
  • What factors are driving technological development? Is this the same globally or is the Middle East unique?
  • Will the trend of incremental technology upgrades continue? Will it take oil price increases to fund new projects?
  • How is efficiency being increased? 
Moderator: Markus Abel, Director - Electric Steelmaking, tripleS
Marcel Fasswald, Member of the Managing Board, SMS group
Stefano Maggiolino, President & CEO, Tenova HYL
2:55PM Market demand for the Gulf region: how to be competitive Concepts and technologies for highly efficient long products plants
Ulrich Svejkovsky, Vice President Sales Long Products Plants, SMS group
3:15PM Danieli Presentation
Andrea Diasparro, Vice President, Key Account Management, Danieli

Stream 3

2:30PM DR feedstock – challenges and opportunities

Roundtable Discussion

Anurag Bisaria, CEO, Bahrain Steel
2:50PM Saudi Arabian markets

Roundtable Discussion

Ismail Shar Al Sulby, CEO, Al Qaryan Steel Company
3:10PM China- capacity and opportunities

Roundtable Discussion

Alistair Ramsay, Research Manager, Metal Bulletin Research
3:35PM Networking refreshment break

Stream 1: Market Focus

4:00PM LME Presentation
4:25PM Analyst panel: where are we in the cycle?
  • Are we currently at the top or bottom of the cycle? How can a prediction be made when markets have changed so much in recent years?
  • What is driving prices for steel and iron ore? 
  • Is demand for steel likely to increase? How does this match up to current capacity?
Alistair Ramsay, Research Manager, Metal Bulletin Research
Mohammed Al-Jabr, Consultant, Al-Jabr Economic Consultancy
Peter Marcus, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics

Stream 2: Iran focus

4:00PM Outlook of Iranian Steel Industries
Dr Bahram Sobhani, Managing Director, Mobarakeh Steel
4:25PM Iran Presentation

Speaker to be confirmed

4:50PM Trade sanctions update- Iran
  • What is the latest with international trade sanctions
  • How will these impact the Iranian steel industry?

Stream 3: Round Tables

4:00PM Iran

Roundtable Discussion

Dr Bahram Sobhani, Managing Director, Mobarakeh Steel
4:20PM Trends in galvanising

Roundtable Discussion

Abu Bucker Husain, CEO, Al Ghurair Iron & Steel LLC (AGIS)
4:40PM Opportunities in North America

Roundtable Discussion

Alan Kestenbaum, Chairman & CEO, Bedrock Industries
5:15PM Diamond Drinks Reception

A drinks reception with a twist. Each delegate will receive a jewel inside their glass and can visit our expert jeweler to determine if it is real or fake. One lucky delegate will be walking away with a real diamond.

Day 2 Conference: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

9:30AM Executive Interview: Emirates Steel
  • A vision for the future of the UAE: how will Emirates Steel contribute to the goals of UAE 2020?
  • Overcoming changes in energy subsidies: how will this help to make Emirates Steel stronger in the long run?
  • What have been the primary challenges of Emirates Steels’ significant goals to cut operating costs? How has the company excelled in meeting these targets? 
Saeed Ghumran Al Romaithi, CEO, Emirates Steel

Stream 1: Global focus

10:00AM Outlook for Middle East projects
  • The impact of low oil prices on regional project development
  • Projects driving the market
  • Where will the Middle East see growth in terms of new projects?
  • An overview of forecasted project development over the next 5-10 years
Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED
10:30AM Oil and gas price recovery
  • Will oil prices rebound and to what extent? Will we ever reach the dizzy heights of 2014 again?
  • How do environmental regulations both within the region and globally stand to impact oil prices?
  • In what ways is the GCC diversifying from oil? Has exposure been limited?
Matt Loffman, Associate Director of Energy Analytics, Westwood Global Energy
11:00AM Networking refreshment break
11:30AM An update from the Turkish steel exporters
  • How much steel is Turkey expecting to export?
  • Where are the key MENA markets for Turkish steel exports?
  • Is the Turkish steel industry at maximum capacity? To what extent could volumes increase?
12:10PM An update from China
  • How much steel is being consumed in China and is this set to change?
  • What is the situation with Chinese scrap and what potential impact does this have on the Middle East?
  • How much long product is being exported from China at present? Have domestic prices changed for products like billet and HRC?
  • What is China’s current steel capacity?
12:35PM Asian steel markets- opportunities and growth
  • What is the outlook for the steel market in Asia?
  • Will India and Southeast Asia continue to be growth engines?
  • What are the prospects for the economy and steel demand in Japan?
  • How do Asian steel producers view and approach MENA?
Kazuo Mike Fujisawa, Principal, Overseas Business, JFE Steel Corporation

Stream 2: Technology Sessions

10:00AM Midrex Presentation
Robert Montgomery, Plant Sales Manager – MENA Region, Midrex Technologies Inc
10:20AM Tenova’s Innovative technology for the DRI-fed EAF process
  • An overview of Tenova’s iEAF® Technology and its capabilities
  • How can the calculation of dynamic mass & energy balances in the DRI-fed EAF help optimize the chemical and electrical energy for the melting process?
  • Cast study examples: where has the technology been successfully implemented and with what kind of result?
Armando Vazquez, Senior Business Development Manager, International Sales, Tenova Goodfellow
10:40AM Approach to successful implementation of steel projects
  • What are the core components of successful project implementation?
  • Why is proper concept plain so important?
Rajesh Singh, Managing Director, R Singh and Associates
11:00AM Networking refreshment break
11:30AM Technology Presentation to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed

11:50AM Technology Presentation to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed

12:10PM Technology Presentation to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed

12:30PM Technology Presentation to be confirmed

Speaker to be confirmed

1:00PM AGIS Sponsored Lunch

Production and Raw Materials

2:00PM Iron ore panel: what is driving prices?
  • What is the current DR pellet capacity globally and is this set to change? Is this enough to meet demand?
  • How is this affecting prices and premiums?
  • How are some steel mills adapting to use lower grade DRI pellets? How does this impact other costs?
  • Where is the Middle East sourcing its Iron ore?
  • What part does China have to play in pricing and dynamics?
Rénard Chaigneau, Manager Technical Marketing- Atlantic, Rio Tinto Iron Ore
2:45PM Steel pricing and beyond
  • An overview of Metal Bulletin and American Metal Market steel pricing capacity
  • What methodology is used to ensure that prices are accurate and reliable?
  • Which new prices are going to be offered and why?
Andrew Wells, Global Steel Editor and Steel Pricing Director, Metal Bulletin
3:05PM Scrap supply in the Middle East
  • What are the cost benefits of using more scrap?
  • Is the move towards upgrading scrap use capability here to stay or a temporary reaction to DR pellet price and availability?
  • Where is scrap available currently and where will future supply come from?
Eng. Salam Al Sharif, President - Sharif Group, BIR Ambassador for Middle East, BMR President, Sharif Metals Intl
3:30PM Freight costs: what is the impact on the industry?
  • What is driving current freight rates? Does this go beyond fuel prices?
  • How has this impacted the steel industry?
Maria Bertzeletou, Team Leader Research, IFCHOR SA
3:55PM How the supply of HRC, plate and billets could change to the Middle East Tube & Pipe clients
  • Is demand for coils, plates and billets expected to pick-up from local Middle East tube & pipe customers?
  • Will local mills increasingly be able to substitute international steel suppliers to this market?
  • How will the expected rising demand of sour grades of plates and coils from the pipe industry impact on local steel producers?
Roman Filimonov, Consultant, Metal Bulletin Research
4:15PM End of main conference

North Africa Iron and Steel Summit: Thursday, December 7, 2017


9:00AM Keynote: Egypt steel outlook
  • How is the economic reform in Egypt progressing and what is the impact on the steel market?
  • What is the effect of the introduction of floating exchange rate regime on the consuming sectors and has the consumption pattern changed?
  • What are the key demand drivers for steel in terms of project portfolio?
  • How have imports been effected by the provisional AD tariffs introduced this year?
  • What is the market outlook through 2020?
George Matta, Marketing Director, EZZ Steel
9:40AM Iron ore supply to North Africa
  • An overview of CIS imports into the region
  • What is going on with prices? Will things stabilise after having spiralled out of control?
  • How are procurement strategies shaped around global markets? How can exposure be reduced?
10:10AM Economic and political outlook
  • Are we seeing a wave of stability in the region? What are the key political issues to look out for?
  • What factors should be considered when considering doing business with North African companies?
  • How are antidumping issues likely to impact the steel industry?
10:45AM Networking refreshment break
11:30AM North Africa project outlook
  • Projects driving the North African market
  • What are the key growth areas for new projects in the region?
  • An overview of forecasted project development over the next 5-10 years
  • Impact of geopolitics on the project market
Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED
12:00PM Anti-dumping update from Egypt
  • What are the Egyptian government’s plans for anti-dumpling measures? Have decisions been made? What do they mean?
  • How will this impact each part of the steel supply chain?
  • What will dictate the direction of future policy? How can companies plan to anticipate changes?
Ibrahim El-Siginy, Head of the Anti-dumping Authority, The Egyptian Ministry of Trade & Industry
12:30PM Networking lunch

Country Focus

1:45PM Algeria focus
  • What are the key exciting opportunities in the Algerian steel industry? Are there opportunities for investment?
  • How much steel is being consumed in Algeria? Does domestic supply meet demand?
  • Are there plans for any new projects beyond current new mills being built? 
2:15PM Libya focus
  • Are there plans for development and regeneration projects? 
  • What volume and kind of steel consumption can be expected? Is investment capital for new projects in place?
  • How is the government working to create an environment of prosperity in Libya?
Alhussein Salem Eljamel, Member of the Board of Directors, Libyan Iron & Steel Company (LISCO)
2:45PM Morocco focus
  • An overview of new projects and opportunities in Morocco
  • Where is the Moroccan steel industry heading? 
  • What is Morocco’s net consumption of steel and is domestic production enough to meet demand?
3:15PM Q and A
Alhussein Salem Eljamel, Member of the Board of Directors, Libyan Iron & Steel Company (LISCO)
3:45PM Technology Presentation to be confirmed
4:15PM End of summit and conference

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