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CRU’s 20th World Steel Conference is scheduled to take place on the 17-19 March 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. International experts will analyse and discuss the latest global market trends and key challenges affecting the industry.
Learn about the latest developments in the European steel industry
Discuss key issues affecting mills
Compare steelmaking cost
Explore opportunities to benefit from improving sentiment
Network with leading figures in the industry
Discover the latest technological innovations in steel production
Gordon Moffat, Director General, Eurofer
Nikolaj Ager Hamann, Business Analyst, Procurement Excellence, DONG Energy
Christopher Beauman, Senior Adviser, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)
Rahul Sharan, Senior Research Analyst, Drewry
Topics to be covered:
• Can the European Commissions' steel plan make a difference?
• Calculating costs, utilisation and profitability - will we see more rationalisation?
• To what extend does the development of high value products pose a solution to the malaise?
• What is the reality for US natural gas price in light of likely increases in exports and what does that mean for the metallics markets?
• What are the consequences of China's slowdown to iron ore demand and the balance between flat and long products?
• What is the European demand outlook for flats longts and tubular?
• What is the outlook for Europe’s neighbouring steel markets in the CIS and Turkey – what are the threats and opportunities for European steel makers?
Can the European Commission's steel plan make a diference?
Europe is one of the key drivers of steel supply and demand and is also a central pillar to the European Commission’s economic plan to ensure that 20% of GDP is generated by industry by 2020. The fact that this is Europe’s first steel industry specific plan since the Davignon Plan of 1977 is significant and recognises that the European steel industry faces a perfect storm of low demand, significant global overcapacity, high energy costs, large investments to adjust to the green economy and the reality that given the current global status quo the green economy and EU ETS are in themselves the most significant threat to the industry’s future on the continent.
CRU’s 20th World Steel Conference on the 17-19 March will take place in Prague and will focus on the short and long term challenge facing the European steel industry. We are only able to discuss these economic, structural, environmental and political issues at the conference as a result of a quantum leap in confidence and the improved economic conditions that seem finally to be taking root. The European Central Bank's Outright Monetary Transactions programme has sent a clear message and underpinned Eurozone confidence. Furthermore, Recent data has revealed that regional macroeconomic conditions are improving: the Eurozone exited the longest recession of its existence in 2013 Q2, unemployment continues to fall (albeit slowly), and economic sentiment in the European Union has reached a two-year high.
This improvement in sentiment has fed through to German car and commercial vehicle production as a consequence buying activity has been stronger than expected leading to increased lead times for flat products. A similar story is evident in other European markets. However, these economic improvements have yet to translate into an improvement in domestic long products demand as continued fiscal tightening and poor credit conditions continue to constrain both public and private spending.
A summary of this year's conference in Hong Kong can be viewed here