The Association for Iron & Steel Technology’s second major conference and exposition in less than eight months proved AIST and the steel industry as victors. Key steel producers, suppliers, corporate executives and leaders, AIST members, exhibitors and academia came together for a successful turnaround on May 9–12 in Charlotte, N.C., for AISTech 2005 — The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition and ICS 2005 —The 3rd International Congress on the Science and Technology of Steelmaking. With the backdrop of the Charlotte Convention Center, the global steel industry participants who exceeded 3,600 parted from AIST’s four-day event with a promise made good to leave smarter, better equipped to move forward, and better motivated to generate new ideas and promote continuous improvement in the industry. Daniel R. DiMicco,vice chairman, president and chief executive officer of Charlotte-based Nucor Corp., called 2004 a “blowout year,” a description that could also apply to AISTech 2005. North America’s largest full-line steel convention, which will now be an annual spring event, included 330 technical presentations and 251 exhibits from both domestic and international companies.
Total attendance: 5,831
Technical Sessions: 67
Technical Presentations: 330
Total exhibiting companies: 251
President's Award Breakfast Attendees: 800
Countries represented: 40