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Agenda Overview

Day One: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Session I: The here and now: latest updates in the global DRI market

9:20AM Executive panel - assessing DRI and pellets in the Middle East
  • How has DRI been affected by the recent slowdown of the Middle Eastern steel market?
  • Where is the Middle East sourcing its DR pellet, and what grade is being used?
  • What is the short, medium and long term outlook for downstream DRI demand?
John Atherton, Secretary General, IIMA
10:00AM New opportunities in DR pellet around the world
  • What is the current situation regarding DR pellet supply?
  • In what ways has Europe, and more specifically Eastern Europe, looked to overcome this?
  • Which technologies are being implemented to achieve maximum efficiency?
Marina Shulga, CIS Steel, Global Metallics Reporter, Fastmarkets
10:45AM Networking refreshment break

Session II: A deep dive into steel-making raw materials

11:30AM What is new in iron ore? Perspective of a producer
  • Examining availability of iron ore – where are the new trade relationships?
  • Where are the most profitable regions for iron ore producers when it comes to supplying DR pellet production?
  • What grade of ore is the most lucrative in the current market? How does this impact the purchasing power of DR pellet producers?
12:00PM Global metallics: what is the perfect mix?
  • Iron metallics versus ferrous scrap market developments
  • Reasons behind demand trends in key steelmaking regions
  • Outlook and implications for the DRI pellet shortage in the North African region
Alona Yunda, Senior Analyst, Fastmarkets MB Research
12:30PM Global scrap outlook and the implications for the DRI market
  • Key DRI versus ferrous scrap market developments
  • The future of supply for DRI and scrap in global markets
  • Prospects for future DRI and scrap use in the case studies of Egypt and India
Alexander Griffiths, Commodities Analyst- Iron Ore and Steel specialist, Wood Mackenzie
1:00PM Networking lunch break

Session III: Looking East: what is new in the emerging markets?

2:15PM The role of China - possible opportunities and impacts
  • Assessing the reasons behind rising DRI production in China
  • What is the outlook for metallics demand in China? Where is this being sourced?
  • The latest on the switch from BF/BOF – are environmental concerns real?
Vinay Dalmia, Chief Executive (Purchase), Euroasia Minmet Corp
2:45PM Have targets been achieved with Indian DRI production?
  • Updates on the production rate in South Asia over the last year
  • How much of this DRI is produced domestically, and where is the pellet imported from?
  • What is the trajectory of the DRI industry over the next five years?
Marina Shulga, CIS Steel, Global Metallics Reporter, Fastmarkets
Govind Kumar Agarwal, Senior Executive, Mahadev Metaliks Private Limited

Day Two: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Steel-making raw materials in macro

9:30AM Pellet supply overview from the IIMA
  • What is the state of play with current supply of DR pellet? To what extent does it still rely on Brazilian iron ore?
  • What are viable alternatives to DR pellet that could be considered in feedstock?
  • Have other market participants in the Middle East emerged in light of the tight iron ore supply, and how has this impacted market dynamics?
Chris Barrington, Chief Adviser, IIMA (International Iron Metallics Association)

Perspective of an end user in the Middle East

10:15AM How is a key player mitigating risk in the Middle Eastern DRI market?
  • Assessing the state of the market over the last year and projections up until 2025
  • How does scrap feature in the feneral feedstock outlook for the Middle East? Is this a viable alternative?
  • What kind of cost-cutting measures have been effective in a climate of slower demand?

Senior representative, Emirates Steel

Technology deep dive - your chance to ask questions

11:30AM Technology panel Expert Q&A

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