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 Markets: What are the future challenges and opportunities?

-  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

-     World steel outlook 2019-2020 and challenges ahead

Adam Szewczyk, World Steel Association / Head, Data Management

10:40 – 11:00                     Networking break


11:00 – 12:30                     SESSION TWO – Steel markets: Industry outlook and market trends

-    Long products market outlook

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

Daniel González, Celsa Group / International Commercial Director

-     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


-     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?

Keynote Speaker : 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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