The program of the 81st meeting in Duesseldorf

Day 1: Sunday, September 22, 2019

19:00 – 22:00                        Welcome cocktail at Hilton Duesseldorf

Day 2: Monday, September 23, 2019

09:00 – 09:15                        Welcome address by Chairman of IREPAS

09:15 – 10:15                          SESSION ONE – Global economic outlook

-  Global economic developments and expectations

- Impact of protectionism and safeguard measures on European economic growth.
- Impact of trade wars between US and China on global economy.
- Most recent expectations in economic growth rates.
- Most recent developments in major economies such as China, US and EU.
- Short and long term expectations in major economies such as China, US and EU.
- Risks and challenges.

Ulrich Leuchtmann, Commerzbank AG / Head of Foreign Exchange Strategy, Research Division

10:15 – 10:45                           Networking break

 

10:30 – 11:45                           SESSION TWO – Critical changes in global long steel markets

- Long products market outlook

Daniel González, Celsa Group / International Commercial Director

  • Overview of global construction sector
  • Steel and long products consumption
  • Rebar markets
  • International price situation

-     World steel outlook 2019-2020 and challenges ahead

Adam Szewczyk, World Steel Association / Head, Data Management 

-      Southeast Asian steel industry and outlook

  • Supply and demand situation
  • New investments
  • Exports of steel long products
  • Imports of steel long products

Wee Jin Yeoh, SEAISI (South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute) / Secretary General Designate

11:45 – 12:30                           SESSION THREE – International trade in steel products

Trends and the impacts of protectionism

  • What were the major steel trade flows 5 years ago, what are those as of today and what will they be in the future?
  • Who were the 10 biggest exportes of steel and raw materials 5 years ago and who are they today?
  • Who were the 10 biggest importers of steel and raw materials 5 years ago and who are they today?
  • Pros and cons of protectionism for the European, American and Asian steel markets and industries.
  • What kind of impacts could be seen on steel production, the producers, and the end users of steel withon those markets affected by protectionism?

Dr. Matthias Bauer, European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) / Senior Economist 

12:30 – 14:30                           Networking lunch

 

14:30 – 16:30                           IREPAS Committee Meetings

  • 14:30 – 16:30 IREPAS Producers Committee (by invitation only)
  • 14:30 – 16:30 IREPAS Raw Material Suppliers Committee (by invitation only)
  • 14:30 – 16:30 IREPAS Traders Committee (open to all attendees)


16:00 – 18:00                            Cocktail Reception at Hilton Duesseldorf

 

Day 3: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

09:30 – 11:00                           SESSION FOUR – Panel with Committee Chairmen

  • IREPAS Producers Committee
  • IREPAS Raw Material Suppliers Committee
  • IREPAS Traders Committee
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