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Agenda Overview

Pre-conference workshop day: Monday, December 10, 2018

9:30AM Morning Workshop
12:30PM Networking Lunch
2:00PM SMS Workshop

SMS group is a global, leading partner for the metals industry supplying integrated solutions for the entire process chain from iron and steel making to the finished product.

The SMS group seminar will present technology that will push the industry towards more efficiency, quality and profitability.  Special focus is on:

  • Digitalization, Industrie 4.0 and the vision of the “Learning steel plant”
  • New horizon: Disruptive technologies for new markets
  • Metallurgical plant technology for long and flat products
  • All-round services tailored to the industries need
5:00PM Welcome Drinks Party

Day 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

8:00AM Registration desk opens
9:00AM Welcome remarks
Raju Daswani, Ceo, Metal Bulletin Group
9:15AM Keynote executive panel: learning from the down cycle to profit in 2019
  • Growth strategies for 2019: how will the steel industry in the Middle East take advantage of market improvements?
  • How can new geopolitical norms like 232 be used to the advantage of the industry? Where are the opportunities?
  • Where will growth be found in 2019? Which markets deserve attention? Which projects require examination?
Moderator: Raju Daswani, Ceo, Metal Bulletin Group
H.E. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Steel
Rayed Abdullah Al-Ajaji, Chairman, The Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry
Mohammed A Al-Zahrani, President, HADEED
10:15AM Networking refreshment break
11:00AM Presentation to be confirmed
11:20AM Oil and gas industry recovery: purchasing trends
  • An update on the technology being used in drilling and transportation of oil and gas
  • What does this mean for line pipe and OCTG demand in the region?
  • Has an increase in oil prices directly translated into investment in new projects?]

(Panellists to be confirmed)

Moderator: James Ley, Principal Consultant - Tube & Pipe Group, Metal Bulletin Research
12:15PM Steel fundamentals
  • A review of supply and demand dynamics on a global scale
  • What has changed over the previous year and what key factors should be assessed?
  • Fastmarkets MB steel forecast: predictions for 2019
Alistair Ramsay, Research Manager, Metal Bulletin Research
12:45PM Networking Lunch

Stream 1

2:15PM Steel markets and production in Saudi Arabia
  • What is the collective goal of the Saudi steel industry? How does this fit into the vision of the country?
  • How much steel is being produced in the Kingdom, of what kind, to be sold to which markets?
  • In what way does the Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry intend on contributing to the industry?
Adel Al-Ghamdi, Steel Re-Bar Director, Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry
Abdulaziz Al Doussari, Steel Pipes & Tubes Director, Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry
Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, Sections Steel Director, Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry
Nouf Bahamdan, Coated Flat Steel Director, Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry
Mohammed Al-Jabr, Vice Chairman, The Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry
3:15PM Flat steel markets in MENA
Abu Bucker Husain, CEO, Al Ghurair Iron & Steel LLC (AGIS)
3:35PM Iran: the impact of a return to isolation
  • What is the current policy towards Iran vis-à-vis sanctions? What has led to this situation?
  • How much steel was Iran importing and exporting?
  • What has been the impact of this being taken out of the global market?
Vlada Novokreshchenova, Cis, Iran Steel Market Reporter, Metal Bulletin
4:00PM Networking Refreshment Break
4:30PM Technology and innovation developments
  • Has oil price recovery prompted a shift from piecemeal incremental updates to big new project commissions?
  • How to stay competitive in a crowded space with limited demand for new projects: what new innovation is on offer?
  • What are engineering and technology companies doing to stay ahead of the curve?

Stream 2

2:15PM Fastmarkets MB Pricing Workshop
Ross Yeo, Steel Editor For Emea, Cis, Turkey, Metal Bulletin Ltd
2:40PM DR pellets: A Long-Term Partnership
Aly Mansour, Head Sales Account - North Africa, Vale International SA
3:00PM Rio Tinto: from sinter fines to high grade IOC DR pellets. Adding value in a global market
Rénard Chaigneau, Manager Technical Marketing - Iron Ore, RioTinto IOC
3:20PM EZZ Presentation
George Matta, Chief Marketing Officer, EZZ Steel
3:40PM Presentation to be confirmed
4:00PM Networking Refreshment Break
4:30PM Global trade new realities
  • A 232 update: what is the current status of 232 related policy? Where have exemptions been granted and why?
  • How has this impacted global steel trade both from a Middle Eastern and global stance?
  • What has the industry done to reduce exposure to trade policies beyond their control?
Charles Julien, Counsel, White & Case
Mohammed Al-Jabr, Vice Chairman, The Saudi National Committee for Steel Industry
5:30PM End of day 1 and drinks reception

Day 2: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

9:00AM Welcome remarks
9:10AM Executive interview: Hadeed
  • Which markets will Hadeed be targeting in 2019? Will domestic markets dominate or will international markets receive focus?
  • Where does steel fit into the Saudi Vision 2030?
  • How is Hadeed preparing to meet the domestic demand required by the number of big new construction projects in the Kingdom?
Ahmed M Al Shangiti, General Manager, Commercial, HADEED

Stream 1: Demand from the end user perspective

9:50AM Steel and its role in the prosperity of the UAE
  • As we are emerging from a period of low oil price, what lessons have been learnt?
  • What is the government of the UAE’s vision for a productive and robust economy? Will steel play a big part?
  • With the preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai well underway, what are the key messages the UAE wants to share?
10:10AM New opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • What is driving a shift in Saudi economic policy and how will this shift impact the steel industry?
  • How can domestic and international players take advantage of a more open Saudi economy? What are the big projects to watch out for?
  • Where is Saudi Arabia heading in terms of an economy which develops to rely less on oil for prosperity?
10:30AM Networking refreshment break
11:00AM Project outlook across the Middle East
  • An overview of the most exciting projects planned for the region
  • Has the increase in the oil price translated into a renewal of large scale projects? Are we yet to see an impact?
  • What is planned in the longer term over the next 5-10 years?
11:25AM Middle East tube and pipe outlook
James Ley, Principal Consultant - Tube & Pipe Group, Metal Bulletin Research
11:50AM The recovery of the oil industry
  • What is driving the current price and what has driven recent recovery?
  • How robust is this recovery? Will prices continue to rise or plateau? Will prices even rebound to 2008 peaks?
  • For how long can the Middle East oil producers rely on Oil? Are predictions that the market will collapse within the next 20 years too soon?
Matt Loffman, Associate Director Of Energy Analytics, Westwood Global Energy
12:15PM Presentation to be confirmed

Stream 2: DRI technology and Innovation update

9:50AM Chairperson opening remarks
Markus Abel, Director - Electric Steelmaking, tripleS
9:55AM DRI Presentation to be confirmed
10:15AM DRI Presentation to be confirmed
10:35AM Q and A
10:45AM Networking refreshment break
11:15AM Customized solutions for dimension control and surface analysis of hot rolled products ready for Industry 4.0
Ulrich Svejkovsky, Vice President Sales Long Products Plants, SMS group
11:35AM Steel making technology presentation to be confirmed
11:55AM Steel making technology presentation to be confirmed
12:15PM Q and A
12:30PM Networking Lunch

Roundtables Discussions

1:30PM North Africa Round Table

(25 minutes)

Discussion facilitator to be confirmed

1:45PM Pricing and Premiums Round Table

(25 minutes)

Discussion facilitator to be confirmed

2:00PM Trade and Tariffs Round Table

(25 minutes)

Discussion facilitator to be confirmed

2:15PM Oil Price and Market Round Table

(25 minutes)

Discussion facilitator to be confirmed

2:30PM Breakthrough Technology Round Table

(25 minutes)

Discussion facilitator to be confirmed

2:45PM Iran Market Round Table

(25 minutes)

Discussion facilitator to be confirmed

3:00PM Saudi Market Round Table

(25 minutes)

Discussion facilitator to be confirmed

3:30PM End of Conference

Thursday 12th December

North Africa Steel Summit- separate registration required

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