Steel 2030: New Priorities – New Strategies – New Winners

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MONDAY, 26 JUNE 2023

10 a.m.   Conference Opening

Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, Association for Iron & Steel Technology

10:15–11:45 a.m.   Technology Panel I: Digital – Can Data Make Green?

Steelmaking is a digitally driven process that produces not only steel, but also terabytes of data about the highly technological manufacturing process. A panel of experts in industrial software development, artificial intelligence and advanced sensorization will describe how producers can leverage this data via unique digital tools to optimize process and quality for steel production. 

Moderator: Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, Association for Iron & Steel Technology

   11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   Networking Lunch
12:30–1:45 p.m.   Technology Panel II: Plant Designs and Product Innovation – Concepts for 2030 and Beyond

Steel is not a commodity. It’s a highly engineered material for the 21st century which is manufactured economically and to specification with equally sophisticated processes and equipment. In this panel, we’ll hear from leaders in plant engineering and equipment design, who will showcase their concepts for the steel plant of 2030 and beyond.

Moderator: Ronald Ashburn, Executive Director, Association for Iron & Steel Technology


  • Francesco Memoli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tenova Inc.
  • Rolando Paolone, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Danieli & C. SpA
  • Aashish Gupta, Chief Strategy Officer, Primetals Technologies
    Olivier Randet, Corporate Vice President, Large Industries, Business, Markets and Energy Transition, Air Liquide
    Keith Fiorucci, Managing Director, North America, Russula
    Doug Dunworth, President and Chief Executive Officer, SMS group Inc.
1:50–2:10 p.m.   Presentation by Frederik Weissenrieder

Frederik Weissenrieder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Weissenrieder & Co. AB

2:15–2:35 p.m.   Interview: Green Steel Financing, Chief Financial Officer Perspective

Theresa Wagler, Chief Financial Officer, Steel Dynamices Inc. (Invited)

2:40–3:05 p.m.   Presentation With Global Executive
   3:05–3:45 p.m.   Networking Break
3:45–4:15 p.m.   Presentation by U.S. Congressman Frank J. Mrvan      

Frank J. Mrvan, U.S. House of Representatives and Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus

4:20–5 p.m.   Interview with Lourenco Goncalves

Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, American Iron and Steel Institute; Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

   5 p.m.   Cocktail Reception

8 a.m.   Global Steel Market Outlook: Upheaval in Slow Motion

World Steel Dynamics will present views on the near-term outlook for the steel industry as well as key industry trends for “Steel 2030,” including Chinese Steel insights from Shanghai SteelHome.

Philipp Englin, Chief Executive Officer, World Steel Dynamics, John Lichtenstein, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics & Wu Wenzhang, Founder and Chairman, Shanghai SteelHome

8:35–9:05 a.m.   Interview with Leon Topalian

Leon Topalian, Vice Chairman, American Iron and Steel Institute; Vice Chairman, World Steel Association; Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nucor Corp.

9:10–9:40 a.m.   Presentation by Jeong-Woo Choi

Jeong-Woo Choi, Chairman, World Steel Association; Chief Executive Officer, POSCO-Holdings

   9:40–10 a.m.   Networking Break
10–10:20 a.m.   Willy Korf / Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award Ceremony with Barbara Smith

Barbara R. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Metals Company

Recipient of the World Steel Dynamics 31st Willy Korf / Ken Iverson Steel Vision Award. The Award is presented to individuals and groups who have made a major contribution to the steel industry in terms of advancing technology and positive change while promoting goodwill and integrity. The award is conferred by Astrid Korf-Wolman, Willy’s daughter and board chair of the Willy Korf Foundation.  The program will included extended remarks by the award recipient

10:25–10:55 a.m.   Interview with Máximo Vedoya

Máximo Vedoya, Chief Executive Officer, Ternium

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.   Regional Strategies: Aspirations and Realities

Representatives from regional associations participate in a roundtable discussion focused on “Steel 2030” as a vision for their respective regions and the opportunities for collaboration on key issues facing the industry:

  •  • ​ What strategic objectives are setting the priorities for each region: growth, decarbonization, trade protectionism, others?
  •  • ​ How will the implementation of these regional priorities potentially shift the landscape for demand, trade and competitiveness in the years ahead?
  •  • ​ How do you see the competitive global landscape evolving?

Moderator: Edwin Basson, Director General, World Steel Association


   12:15–1:30 p.m.   Lunch
1:35–2:05 p.m.   Interview with Mark Millett

Mark Millett, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Steel Dynamics Inc.

2:10–3:30 p.m.   North American Steel: Positioned for Sustainable Growth?

Roundtable discussion with producers focused on key market trends and strategies to 2030. The panel seeks to highlight the outlook for both the long and flat product market segments with respect to market growth, evolving customer preferences, trade, and the opportunities/challenges that each segment faces with respect to green steelmaking in the decade ahead.

Moderator: Philip Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association

  • Alan Kestenbaum, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stelco
  • Barbara R. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Metals Company
  • Chuck Schmitt, President, SSAB Americas
  • Senior Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
   3:30–4 p.m.   Networking Break
4–4:30 p.m.   Interview with André Bier Gerdau Johannpeter

André Bier Gerdau Johannpeter, Vice President of the Board of Directors, Gerdau 

4:35–5:20 p.m.   Green Steel: What Is It, and Who Gets to Decide?

Representatives of coalitions for green steel standards discuss and debate the definition of green steel. With a massive shift toward making steel green well underway, classifying what will and will not be considered green steel remains a moving target. Or does it? Panelists will discuss their views on how to establish these standards and contemplate the key criteria and the role that steel customers might play in establishing them.


  • David Miracle, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Nucor 
    Nicola Davidson, Vice President of Sustainability, ArcelorMittal Group
5:25–5:55 p.m.   Presentation by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin, United States Senator; Chairman, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

   6 p.m.   Cocktail Reception

8:45–9:15 a.m.   Presentation by Vinay Shroff

Vinay Shroff, Chief Marketing Officer, JSW Steel

9:20–10:15 a.m.   Global Economic Outlook

Comprehensive macroeconomic forecast focused on the prospects of global economic growth.

Senior Economist, Oxford Economics

10:15–11 a.m.   Analyst Perspectives

Leading Wall Street analysts debate the outlook for the global steel industry.

  • Timna Tanners, Managing Director and Senior Analyst, Wolfe Research
  • Lucas Pipes, Managing Director, B. Riley Securities
   11–11:20 a.m.   Networking Break
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.   Energy 2030: “Power Up” or “Rolling Blackouts?”

In-depth conversation on the evolution of the global energy supply chain, developments of hydrogen resources, and the overall impact on global steelmaking. The moderator will lead a roundtable discussion regarding the outlook for green energy technology and its ability to keep up with the demands of the rapidly decarbonizing steel sector.

  •  • ​ When does green hydrogen go from myth to reality at scale?
  •  • ​ Did the recent energy crisis stunt or accelerate the green energy transformation?<
  •  • ​ Can renewable capacity keep up or is nuclear the real answer?
  • Seth Schwartz, Managing Director, Energy Venture Associates
  • Todd Shrader, Director, Project Management, Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, U.S. Department of Energy
    Rick Preckel, Principal, Preston Pipe

Please Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change