Top steel executives to talk shop in Indianapolis

2014-03-05T06:00:00Z Top steel executives to talk shop in IndianapolisJoseph S. Pete joseph.pete@nwi.com, (219) 933-3316 nwitimes.com

Top steel executives, including some from ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel, will discuss the future of steelmaking at an upcoming conference in Indianapolis.

AISTech 2014, the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, will take place May 5-8 a few hours down Interstate 65 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The Association for Iron & Steel Technology, a nonprofit with 16,000 members from more than 70 countries, bills the convention as steel's premier technology event and North America's largest annual steel conference and exposition.

More than 6,000 steel professionals from about 40 countries are expected to attend the four-day trade show in the capital of the nation's top steel-producing state.

On May 7, ArcelorMittal USA CEO Michael Rippey, U.S. Steel senior vice president of North American Flat-Rolled Operations Douglas Matthews, and other industry leaders will participate in a town hall forum called "Steel 2014: Building a Pipeline to the Future." They will discuss new new technologies that can be leveraged to take advantage of the natural gas boom, the impact of direct reduced iron on scrap, the development of new markets for steel and successful safety initiatives.

Other topics will include how to confront global overcapacity, how to take on aluminum in the automotive market and how to attract a skilled workforce.

The moderated discussion is aimed at cultivating a deeper understanding of the direction of the greater steel industry, not just where individual companies are headed.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panelists, who also include Nuco Steel-Texas vice president and general manager John Farris, Commercial Metals Co. Senior Vice President Tracy Porter, Cliffs Natural Resources Executive Vice President P. Kelly Tompkins, SAIL director S.S. Mohanty and Dieter Hoeppli, managing director and head of Metals & Mining Americas for Deutsche Bank.

Anyone interested could buy a one-day conference registration to attend the discussion.

A one-day admission costs $475 for an Association for Iron & Steel Technology member and $675 for a non-member, and covers all conference events for that day, admission to all technical sessions and a CD-ROM of conference proceedings. Full admission to all four days costs $645 for members and $845 for non members

For information or to register, visit aist.org or call (724) 814-3000.

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