European Steel Forum

Schedule of Events

3–5 October 2018 • Loggia del Lionello • Udine, Italy

Wednesday, 3 October

Venue: Loggia del Lionello Piazza della Libertà, 10, 33100 Udine UD, Italy
Room: Ajace Room




Local Developments in Steelmaking
In recent years, the region of Udine, has been part of important developments in steelmaking. During this session, panelists will share experiences and perspectives for the near future.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Paola Riva, Luca Vian and Roberto Mulloni Cimolai

  • Enrico Plazzggna and Luca Cestari, Danieli Automation

  • Roberta Mallardo and Sergio Porisiensi, Gruppo Pittini

  • Francesca Maurigh, ABS Acciai

  • Gioacchino Nardin, University of Udine



Future Perspectives of Steel and Steelmaking Roundtable
A moderated Q&A discussion with panelists on the future of steel and steelmaking.

Moderator: Stefano Miani, Steel Consultant
Panelists from ABS Acciai, Cimolai, Danieli Automation, Ergolines, Ferriere Nord, NLMK Europe and SMS


Keynote: AIST John F. Elliott Lecture, Kenneth S. Coley, professor and associate dean, McMaster University


Cocktail: Hotel Astoria, Udine 


Dinner Venue: Hotel Astoria, Udine 

Thursday, 4 October

Venue: Loggia del Lionello Piazza della Libertà, 10, 33100 Udine UD, Italy
Room: Ajace Room


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introduction, Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, AIST


The Steel Environment: Seeking Social and Economic Sustainability
Steel Industry Quo Vadis? During the last five decades, the iron and steel industry has significantly reduced its energy intensity and carbon footprint, and making further improvements remains a priority. However, the industry seems to have reached a point of development saturation, with major efficiency gains in traditional process routes unlikely. Nevertheless, some EU research initiatives have been exploring low-CO2 emissions strategies, but those initiatives are strongly linked to CO2 sequestration, and questions remain over the technology’s viability — Perhaps what is needed is an entirely new process. And to that end, several EU steel producers are now developing an ironmaking process that uses hydrogen as the reductant. Their goal is ambitious — they hope to convert the entirety of their iron production to this process in the next 20 to 30 years. During this session, multiple companies will introduce the core of their strategy to the audience. The session will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Dr. Axel Sormann, Senior Expert Iron & Steelmaking, K1-Met GmbH (voestalpine and the University of Leoben)

  • Dr. Marc Bläsing, Scientific Staff, RWTH Aachen University

  • Mats W. Lundberg, Sustainability Specialist, Sandvik Materials Technology

  • Christer Ryman, Head of Strategy and Business Development, HYBRIT Development AB

  • Alessandro Martinis, Executive Vice President, Danieli Centro Metallics

Moderator: Juergen Cappel, Cappel Stahl Consulting GmbH


Coffee Break


Rapid Deployment for Advanced Steel Technology: Case Studies for Success
The implementation and deployment of steel technology requires Producers and Suppliers to work together with a spirit of innovation inspired by the necessity for constant improvement. The panel will share insights to this symbiotic relationship and the beneficial results that have been produced for a diverse range of technological advancements.

Confirmed Panelists:

Moderator: Mauro Bianchi Ferri, Acciarium Srl


Walk to Casa della Contadinanza


Lunch: Casa della Contadinanza


Walk to Loggia del Lionello


Innovation in Steel Plant Design: A Vision to the Horizon
Healthy economic growth and favorable steel prices are supporting renewed capital investment from within the industry. In terms of efficiency, productivity and profitability, the innovative designs for steel plants today are incomparable to their predecessors. The panel will assess the latest plant concepts and technologies that are supporting a faster and larger return on investment.


Moderator: Ronald Ashburn, AIST


Coffee Break


Women in Steel: Success Stories
During this session, influential women from global steel organizations will share their stories and experiences to inspire new generations and increase awareness about the career opportunities available in this fascinating field. In recent years, there has been a push for more women in industries that employ predominantly men. A more diverse workforce provides multiple perspectives and approaches to solutions. The panelists will discuss how to overcome challenges, while providing insights on: changing stereotypes related to gender roles in the workforce (i.e., teachers, parents, career counselors, etc.): educating women about opportunities for careers in STEM fields; and recruiting individuals to be role models, both male and female, for women new to the industry.

Confirmed Panelists:

Moderator:Alessandra Spaghetti, Sandvik Materials Technology


Bus Departs from Via Mercatovecchio for transport to Villa Gallici Deciani


Cocktail: Villa Gallici Deciani


Keynote Presentation: Gianpietro Benedetti, Chairman & CEO, Danieli & C. Officine Meccaniche S.p.A.


Dinner: Villa Gallici Deciani


Bus Departs from Villa Gallici Deciani for transport to Via Mercatovecchio

Friday, 5 October


Bus Departs from Via Mercatovecchio for transfer to NLMK Verona


Bus Departs from Via Mercatovecchio for transfer to Cimolai


Bus Departs from Via Mercatovecchio for transfer to ABS


Plant Tour: Cimolai SpA • Via Ettore Majorana 7, 33058 San Giorgio di Nogaro U


Plant Tour: Acciaierie Bertoli Safau S.p.A. • Via Buttrio 18, Carracci, Udine


Plant Tour: NLMK Verona • Via Antonio Salieri, 22, Vallese di Oppeano VR
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