Catia Mac Cord

Catia Mac Cord is a Metallurgical Engineer graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1972. Graduate specialization and/or improvement in the economic and accounting, tax and management.

She has worked for Tecnometal in Studies and Industrial Projects between 1971 and 1977, before working at the Interministerial Price Council at the Ministry of Finance from 1978 to 1981.

Later she joined the ASP – Association of Private Steelmakers for whom she served for a decade between 1982 and 1992, responsible of advising and research in the areas of market, economy and foreign trade of steel products, and representing the sector also in international negotiations.

She also served at the Brazil Steel Institute (formerly IBS) from 1993 to 2013, responsible for the areas of market, financial economic, statistical and tax issues; as of 1996  she was also  responsible for the development of steel products market involving activities related to standardization, quality assessment and product certification. In 2002, as executive manager of CBCA – Brazilian Steel Construction Center, she accumulated new activities.

Catia Mac Cord summarized her involvement and development of IREPAS in her own words as follows:

It must be reminded and emphasized that my boss, Marco Polo de Mello Lopes, had integral part of strategy in the discussions with Ricardo Hugas to be the set of basic rules and principles for driving IREPAS. It was up to me to make the planning that both of them established. I was able to help and be around from the start to the 43rd Meeting in October 2000 in Antalya, Turkey.

 The important factors in the steel trade started to be discussed: new comers, radioactive materials, China performance, for example.

 In the course of the meetings a lot of critical issues for long products trade have been discussed:

  • The general political and economical situation in the countries
  • Supply / demand (major sources and consuming markets)
  • The currencies
  • Subsidies
  • Interest rates
  • Raw material (scrap, pig iron and DRI)
  • Energy requirements
  • Freight Market

 Taking into account the world economic situation, joint sessions producers, traders and specialists (Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Mayer Parry Recycling, for example) tried to create business opportunities.

 So I think IREPAS Meeting was and continue to be an opportunity to bring in voices and conversations.


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