European Steel Forum


Schedule of Events

23–25 October 2019 • University of Leoben, Leoben • Austria

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Wednesday, 23 October

Venue: Falkensteiner Hotel, Leoben II Room

14:30–15:30

Process Metallurgy of 21st–Century Steelmaking—the State of the Art and the Emerging Challenges​
Larry Heaslip, Technical Director, Interflow Techserv Inc

15:45–16:45

AIST President’s Lecture
Prof. Ronald O’Malley, F. Kenneth Iverson Chair, Professor & Director PSMRC at Missouri University of Science and Technology and 2019–2020 AIST President

17:00–18:00

“The Next Generation” – Panel Discussion
Panelists will discuss perspectives for sustaining a pipeline of engineers and scientists for the global steel industry, including ideas on recruitment and diversity.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Harald Holzgruber, CEO, President and Managing Director, INTECO

  • Prof. Ronald O’Malley, F. Kenneth Iverson Chair, Professor & Director, PSMRC at Missouri University of Science and Technology and 2019–2020 AIST President

  • Prof. Johannes Schenk, Head of Metallurgy, University of Leoben and Board Member, K1-Met GmbH

  • Two local student representatives

18:00–19:00

Welcome Reception

08:15–16:00

Joint Meeting: International Iron Metallics Association (IIMA)/AIST Direct Reduced Iron Technology Committee
Erzberg Meeting Room
Invitation Only

Thursday, 24 October 2019 

University of Leoben, Aula Room

08:00

Registration

08:30–09:00

Welcome

Dr. Harald Holzgruber, CEO, President and Managing Director, INTECO and Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, AIST

09:00–10:30 

Industry Leader Panel 

This moderated discussion on the issues driving the steel economy will feature industry executives sharing perspectives from North America and Europe. The panel will debate the effects of recent consolidations and capital investments, the growing deployment of Industry 4.0 technologies and the efforts to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.

Moderator: Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, AIST

Panelists:

  • Carl DeMare, Vice President Technology Strategy, ArcelorMittal

  • Barry Schneider, Senior Vice President, Flat Roll Steel, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • James Bruno, President, U. S. Steel Kosice S.r.o.

  • Ugur Dalbeler, CEO, Colakoglu 

  • Martin Pei, Executive Vice President and CTO, SSAB 

  • thyssenkrupp (invited)

10:30–10:45

Break

10:45–12:15

CO2-Free Steelmaking: Status and Further Developments

The dream of CO2-free steelmaking has started to evolve although mass production still remains a vision. At the 2018 AIST European Steel Forum, Hybrit/SSAB, K1-Met GmbH/VA, Sandvik and Tenova outlined their strategies and paths to the industrialization of their processes. Recently, Salzgitter (SALCOS), ArcelorMittal (Stellanol) and thyssenkrupp (ChemtoCarbon) have announced similar initiatives. This year, the panelists will present their latest developments in these innovative CO2-free ironmaking processes.

Moderator: Prof. Johannes Schenk, Head of Metallurgy, University of Leoben, and Board Member, K1-Met GmbH
Panelists:

  • Carl DeMare, Vice President Technology Strategy, ArcelorMittal

  • Thomas Buergle, CEO, K1-Met GmbH

  • Martin Pei, Executive Vice President and CTO, SSAB 

  • Dr. Volker Hille, Head of Corporate Technology, Salzgitter AG

  • thyssenkrupp (invited)

12:15–13:45

Iron Feedstock for Efficient Steelmaking; Comparing Ore-Based Metallics and Scrap

Steelmakers continue to use a greater variety of iron units in all steel production routes (integrated and mini-mills). Main options are blast furnace hot metal, gas- or coal-based DRI/HBI and scrap, which can vary significantly by process and by country/region. Understanding the value, quality evolution and market dynamics of the iron feedstock is vital to producers as it is usually the largest cost in steelmaking. This session will focus on understanding strategies and the latest developments for creating the most efficient mix of ore-based metallics and/or scrap in steel production.

Moderator: José Noldin, Director Steel Applications, Lhoist 

Panelists:

  • K1-Met GmbH

  • John Atherton, Secretary General, International Iron Metallics Association 

  • Steve Potter, Global Director – Strategy, Vale & Chairman LeafIron 

  • Baris Çiftçi, Head, Raw Materials Markets, World Steel Association 

13:45–14:45

Lunch

14:45–16:15

Making Steel Safer: Achieving an Accident-Free Workplace Through Robotics

Over the years steelmakers have focused efforts to reduce their accident ratio by improving safety management, exchanging best practices and using appropriate PPE; nevertheless most of the activities are still performed manually by operators with direct exposure to harsh environments and dangers. To achieve a zero-accident working environment, some producers have introduced different technologies and robotic applications. This session will focus on the evolution of robotics in the steel industry including challenges, solutions and future developments.

Moderator: Gianluca Maccani, CEO, BMGroupUSA 

Panelists:

  • Mr. Angelo Lugnan, Executive Vice President of Instrumentation and Robotics, Danieli Automation 

  • Michele Vezzola, Vice President Robotics, BM Group 

  • Dr. Martin Hirschmanner, Vice President Mechatronics, Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH 

  • Patrick Hansert, Executive Vice President Americas, Badische Stahl Engineering GmbH 

16:15–16:30

Break

16:30–18:00

Innovation in Plant Design

Steel industry capital investment is driven by the never-ending quest for improved efficiency, greater economic returns and enhanced environmental performance. Representatives from several of the leading steel OEMs will showcase latest innovations and discuss how their solutions are helping steelmakers improve operational performance.

Moderator: Mauro Bianchi Ferri, Managing Director, Acciarium

Panelists:

  • Dr. Harald Holzgruber, CEO, President and Managing Director, INTECO 

  • Rolando Paolone, Executive Vice President,  R&D, Danieli & C. SpA 

  • Michael Rzepczyk, Member of the Managing Board, COO, SMS group GmbH 

  • Dr. Thomas Pfatschbacher, Vice President, Casting, ESP, Digitalization, Primetals Technologies 

  • Roberto Pancaldi, CEO, Tenova Metals 

19:00 

Gala Dinner: Falkensteiner Hotel

Friday, 25 October 2019

  Plant Tours

09:00

voestalpine Stahl Donawitz and Redwerk IV
Breitenfeld Edelstahl AG and Redwerk IV

 

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