Delegates to the 2018 SEAISI Conference and Exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia can look forward to participating in a most interesting and insightful event. With the theme “ASEAN Steel Industry – Next Leap of Transformation”, the conference and exhibition will be held at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan from 25 to 28 June 2018.
The highlight of the conference is the Keynote Session on the opening day which will be chaired by Mr. Ashish Anupam, Chairman of SEAISI. The session will feature several prominent keynote speakers from different regions of the world. They are Dr. Edwin Basson, Director General of World Steel Association, Belgium; Mr. Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman & CEO, GFG Alliance, Australia; and Dr. Bahram Sobhani, CEO, Mobarakeh Steel Company, Iran. After the keynote presentations, the three speakers will participate in a CEO Panel Discussion, joined by a couple of prominent steel industry players from the ASEAN region.
The opening day of the conference will also feature two general sessions. The first session will cover Regional Developments in which I will present a report on the Performance of the ASEAN Iron and Steel Industry in 2017 and Outlook. In the same session, Mr. Atilla Widnell of MySteel will talk about the Key Developments in the Chinese Steel industry while Mr. B.P. Sarkar of Steel Tech will present the India Steel Scenario: Challenges & Opportunities.
The second session on Market Perspectives & Challenges will see the presentation of several papers touching on various key development issues affecting the steel industry today. They are “Opportunities for Asian Steelmakers from Chinese Output Control and Reform” by CRU; “Chinese Steel Capacity Replacement Impact on Exports” by S&P Global Platts; “Change Striking Raw Material Procurement Teams” by Argus Media; and “A Holistic Consideration for the Evolution of the Steel Industry” by Horst Wiesinger Consulting.
As usual, there will also be the presentation of Country Reports which will provide an opportunity for the delegates to be updated on the status and outlook of the iron and steel industry in the respective SEAISI member countries.
The Technical Sessions on days two and three will feature many informative papers covering such topics as Technology Development, Raw Materials & Product Development, Operation Excellence, Quality Improvement, Environmental Management, Emerging Technology, Cost & Energy Savings, Plant Management, Process Improvement and Steel Applications. A sample of some of the interesting papers include “Technology Development for Roll Cooling System in Ultra Flexible Reversing Rolling”, “The Application of Modified BOF Slag in High Competitive Strength Concrete”, “Developing the Next Generation of Cost Effective Rebar for the ASEAN Construction Market”, “Development of High Strength Steel Without Accelerated Cooling Process” and “Steel’s Competitiveness from the Environmental Perspectives”.
As a finale to the conference, we have this time arranged a special plenary session on “Transformation of ASEAN Steel Industry and Its Competitiveness” on the third day which will be moderated by Mr. Wikrom Vajragupta, a well-respected steel industry veteran from Thailand. The session will kick off with presentations on “The Fascination of Steel – New Horizon with the Learning Factory” by SMS Group; “The Digital Transformation of Steel Production” by Primetals Technologies”; and “The Enhancement of Strategic Business Transformation in Milcon Steel Group through Industry 4.0” by Milcon Steel Industries Plc. This will be followed by a panel discussion involving the three speakers and two specially invited steel industry captains from ASEAN.
The Plant Tour on day four offers rare opportunities for delegates to visit several leading steel establishments in Indonesia, with one route visiting PT Gunung Garuda & PT Gunung Raja Paksi in Cikarang and the second route covering PT Krakatau POSCO & PT Krakatau Osaka Steel in Cilegon.
We look forward to welcoming all delegates to the 2018 SEAISI Conference and Exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia this June.
TAN AH YONG