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Asia Steel Markets 2018 H1

Steel 18 Apr 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 2 days 610.0 (Super Early Bird Price)



Kallanish is pleased to launch the 2nd Asia Steel Markets conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in April 2018. Vietnam continues to enjoy strong and sustained growth and is on track to become the largest steel consumer in the ASEAN region. 


Conference Topics

  • Integration in the Southeast Asian steel industry
  • How will Asean grow as a steel trading hub?
  • New capacity developments
  • Infrastructure and government investment
  • Are Chinese scrap exports sustainable? What is the next big scrap market shock?
  • The exporting giants: China, Japan, Korea
  • New active suppliers: India, Iran, Russia, Turkey etc.
  • Is the recovery in freight rates now unstoppable?
  • Is a centralised China good or bad for global steel markets?
  • Can Chinese steel prices remain among the highest in the world?
  • Has the graphite electrode shortage eased, and could it be back?
  • Growing manufacturing in Southeast Asia
  • How have Chinese induction furnaces decamped to Southeast Asia?
  • Opening new markets in Myanmar


Market Overview

Our editorial team have produced the following analysis of the Asian steel markets which we thought you would find interesting. If you have any comments or feedback, or are interested to join us in Vietnam next year please do not hesitate to reach out.

Volatile and Surprising - Asian Steel Markets 29th November 2017
By Tomas Gutierrez, Editor Asia, KallanishSteel

Asian steel markets have remained volatile and surprising through 2017, making it all the more important to keep up to date with changes in regional markets. After China’s dramatic supply-side reforms caused a sudden and sustained improvement in domestic markets, its export volumes have plummeted. Some of this decline has however been made up for by an increase in exports from South Korea. The dynamic between the three great Asian steel exporters: China, Japan and South Korea remains fluid and will continue to impact regional and global markets.

The decline in volumes however has also opened up Southeast Asian markets to new suppliers. Russian and Iranian billet is increasingly common, alongside rebar from Turkey and the Middle East. In Vietnam, imports of Indian coil are now defining local prices more than imports from China, a situation that would have been unimaginable eighteen months ago.

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Fee includes: conference materials, lunch, refreshments, access to the conference presentations, and delegate list.



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Asia Steel Markets 2018 H1 18 Apr 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • 07:30 - 14:30

    Plant Tour

  • 14:30-15:30


  • 15:30-17:00

    Opening Keynote Session

    Vietnamese and international steel experts will provide an overview of key trends and developments in Asian steel markets. These high-level experts will discuss and analyse steel demand growth, evolving trade flows, investment, capacity expansions and much more, to give an assessment of how steel markets will evolve through 2018 and beyond.

    Moderator: Mr Paul Mullins, Director - Kallanish Commodities

  • 17:00-19:00

    Welcome Cocktail Reception

  • 08:00 - 09:00

    Registration, Networking Coffee & Welcome

  • 09:00 - 09:05
  • 09:05 - 10:30

    Session 1: Southeast Asian steel industry integration

    As China slows the focus is increasingly on Southeast Asia to support steel demand growth. Increasing funding for infrastructure projects and rapidly expanding manufacturing and consumer demand, coupled with a low base steel consumption, mean the region is likely to drive growth in steel demand in the coming years. At the same time however, the region is highly fragmented. Despite the Association of South East Asian Nations trade barriers have been proliferating between Asean members, especially in the steel industry. Will this help or hinder cross boarder investment in the industry? Does it leave the major regional players, China, Japan and Korea to sweep up investment opportunities at the expense of local players? Will national steel industries in the region gain more from competing against each other locally or from presenting a united front to the rest of the world? In this session, steelmakers and associations from the region give their views on how the sector will develop. 

    Moderator: Tomas Gutierrez, Managing Editor Asia, Kallanish

  • 10:30 - 11:00

    Coffee and refreshment break

  • 11:00 - 12:30

    Session 2: Market drivers, new suppliers

    Southeast Asia’s growing demand and structural under-capacity made it a key taker of Chinese steel for many years. These demand side factors are still driving the development of the industry and regional trade flows. But now that Chinese exports are fading, the region is being more aggressively targeted by a wide range of new suppliers. Whether it is Far East Russian billet into the Philippines, Middle Eastern longs into Singapore or Indian HRC into Vietnam, it seems there are always new markets to source from. This new environment requires a new, more flexible way of operating to take advantage of shifting trade flows as well as investment patterns.

    Moderator: Anna Low, Editor Asia, Kallanish

  • 12:30 - 14:00


  • 14:00 - 15:15

    Session 3: Raw material challenges

    Eighteen months ago raw materials seemed like the simplest part of the steel equation. Like other parts of the industry however, raw material trade flows have been shaken up. China’s induction furnace closures have turned it into a net scrap exporter. Can this trend be sustained? How much of Chinese scrap is just going to induction furnaces relocated to Vietnam, Indonesia or the Philippines? Southeast Asian scrap consumption meanwhile is increasing sharply as EAF capacity comes back on line. That in itself depends on a range of factors from scrap prices to energy costs. Even iron ore has entered a new period with demand so focused on high-grade ores that lower grades are struggling to maintain their relative value. Going forward the balance of high-grade iron ore supply will be key to sustainable price levels, and staying on top of investments and changing demand will be key for the whole industry.

    Moderator: Quoc Hai Phan, CEO, Ferominco

  • 15:15 - 16:00

    Coffee and refreshment break

  • 15:45 - 17:00

    Session 4: Panel Discussion: The future direction for Asian steel industry

    As we will have important market players from across the industry and from across the region and beyond, this is the perfect opportunity to see them discuss key regional issues on stage. We will cover the whole range of issues raised in the session and questions directly from our delegates.

    Moderator: To be confirmed


Asia Steel Markets 2018 H1 18 Apr 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tan Ah Yong, Secretary General, South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute (SEAISI)

Tan Ah Yong graduated with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree in Business Administration in 1972. He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. Ah Yong is the Secretary General of the South East Asia Iron and Steel Institute (SEAISI) with its office in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. He assumed the position in January 2007. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director General of the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), the government’s principal agency for the promotion and coordination of industrial development in Malaysia. He has extensive knowledge on industrial promotion and development strategies and was closely involved with the promotion and development of the iron and steel industry in Malaysia. He had also served for many years in the United States promoting and facilitating US direct investment into Malaysia.

Jiang Li, Chief Market Analyst, Baosteel Iron and Steel Co., Ltd

Biography coming soon

En. Azlan Abdullah, Group Managing Director / CEO, Melewar Industrial Group Berhad

Azlan graduated from Trinity University, Texas, USA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Morehead State University, Kentucky, USA with a Masters in Business Administration. Azlan began his career in Citibank N.A in the World Corporate Group, a division within the Corporate Banking Group in 1983. After 5 years, he moved on to United Asian Bank which later merged with Bank of Commerce. In 1994, he rejoined Citibank Berhad as Vice President and Head of the Public Sector, a division in the Corporate Banking Group focusing on lending to government-linked companies (GLCs). Azlan is currently the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Melewar Industrial Group Berhad and the Chief Executive Officer of Mycron Steel Berhad. He also serves as director of Langkawi Yacht Club Berhad and in several other private limited companies. In addition, he is a council member and the Deputy President of Malaysian Iron and Steel Industry Federation and an alumni member of International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences based in Japan. He served 9 years as an Independent Director of HSBC Amanah Bank Berhad until May this year. Soon after, he was appointed to the Board of MIDF Investment Berhad as an Independent Director. 

Derek Langston, Senior Director, SSY Consultancy & Research Ltd

Derek Langston joined SSY Consultancy & Research in 2003 and was appointed Senior Director in 2011. During this time at SSY he has been based in the company's London and Singapore offices. The main focus of Derek’s work is the dry bulk shipping sector, where he specialises in trade flow analysis and also monitors fleet developments. SSY Consultancy & Research Ltd is part of the Simpson Spence Young group, one of the largest shipbroking organisations in the world -- with specialist teams working in 17 offices across the globe.

Ian Roper, CEO, SMM Singapore Pte


Biography coming soon

Graeme Train, Senior Economist, Trafigura Pte Ltd

Graeme is Senior Economist for Trafigura, a market leader in the global commodities industry.  As head of base and bulk commodity research, he is responsible for helping to shape the company’s views on metal markets and the economic outlook, with a particular focus on China.  Prior to joining Trafigura, Graeme led the China side of Macquarie’s highly regarded commodity research team for five years, publishing research on bulk commodities and metals for institutional investors, corporate clients and bank’s internal investment and trading teams.  Graeme started his career at Steel Business Briefing, first as a China Analyst and later as Head of Asia Research.

Igor Sapozhnikov, Steel Markets Analyst, MMK

Biography coming soon

Dr Sebastian Langendorf, CEO, Meranti Singapore Pte. Ltd

Dr. Langendorf founded Meranti Singapore in 2015 with the purpose of developing a coated steel business in Myanmar. Prior to Meranti Singapore, Dr. Langendorf worked for five years with NS BlueScope at its headquarters in Singapore, first as Manager for Strategic Finance, and later as Head of Capital Projects. Before that, he worked in project finance on natural resource projects in Africa. He also spent several years with the World Bank in Washington DC, and in strategy consulting with Bain & Company in Europe. Dr. Langendorf holds a doctorate degree in Law from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Ha Trinh Nguyen, Steel Analyst, Viet Dragon Securities Corporation

Biography coming soon

Quoc Hai Phan, CEO, Ferominco Co. Ltd

Mr Hai Phan is an expert on mining, metals and construction business in Vietnam and South East Asia. He is the CEO of Ferominco since 2010, as well as SaigonScientists since 2014. Prior to that, from 2001 to 2004, he worked as a senior executive for Mining & Metals at the Bureau Veritas group covering Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. In 2005, he started the role of general manager at Alfred H Knight group for four years. Currently, at Ferominco -- an international trading firm in semi-steel and steel making raw materials -- Mr Hai Phan represents Metinvest Group in Vietnam, as well as Trafigura, Adani group and CBB group.

Asia Steel Markets 2018 H1 18 Apr 2018, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Who came to Kallanish Asia Steel Markets 2017 conference? 

View the past event attendee list below.

Company Position Country
CMC Cometals Company Manager Australia
Steelforce Far East Ltd Managing Director Belgium
Kallanish Managing Editor China
Network Steel Director - Shanghai China
Navex Asia Ltd Trader China
Cvaceros AG Shanghai Asst Chief Representative China
Cvaceros AG Shanghai Chief Representative China
Shanghai Flame Steel Material Co Managing Director China
Navex Asia Ltd Managing Director China
Navex Shipping Partnership Ltd President China
Trafigura Pte Ltd Senior Economist China
Tangshan Grand Faith Steel Co., Ltd Sales Manager China
Metso Minerals Oy Procurement Finland
Kranunion GmbH Chief Representative Germany
Kranunion GmbH Product Manager Germany
Primex Steel Trading GmbH  Managing Director Germany
Network Steel Suisse AG Manager Germany
Steelforce Far East Ltd Trading Manager Hong Kong
European Metal Recycling Ltd Director Hong Kong
CMI FPE Limited Corporate Communication India
CMI FPE Limited Chief Operating Officer India
Indrox Global Pvt. Ltd Sr. General Manager India
Indrox Global Pvt. Ltd Sr. General Manager India
Indrox Global Pvt. Ltd Director India
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co Partner India
Japan Metal Daily Staff Writer Japan
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Research Institute Researcher Japan
Lhoist Malaysia Sdn Bhd Senior Steel Asia Market Manager Malaysia
Roba Metals B.V. Senior Account Manager Netherlands
Roba Metals B.V.  Managing Director Netherlands
Meranti Singapore Pte. Ltd. CEO Singapore
Macquarie Commodity Strategist Singapore
Noble Resources International Pte Ltd Analyst Singapore
Marubeni-Itochu Steel Chairman Singapore
Kwan Tak International Pte Ltd. Deputy General Manager Singapore
DSA resources Director Sales Asia Pacific Singapore
Kubach & Sambrook (Pty) Ltd. General Manager South Africa
Network Steel International Sales Spain
Network Steel Vice President Spain
Network Steel President Spain
Joo Shun Co., Ltd Director Taiwan
Taiwan Court General Manager Taiwan
Paul Wurth International Managing Director Taiwan
Vesuvius (Thailand) Co., Ltd Area Director S. East Asia Thailand
European Metal Recycling Ltd Country Head Thailand
Tata Steel (Thailand)  President & CEO Thailand
Turkish Steel Exporters Association Market Analyst Turkey
Al Ghurair Iron & Steel Deputy Manager - Marketing UAE
SSY Consultancy & Research Senior Director UK
Kubach & Sambrook (Metals) Limited Director UK
The Coeur d'Alenes Company Manager  USA
DVS Steel CMC Vietnam Agent Vietnam
Hoa Sen Group Chairman - Board of Directors Vietnam
Hoa Sen Group General Director Vietnam
Hoa Sen Group Deputy General Director Vietnam
Hoa Phat  General Director Vietnam
Vesuvius Vietnam Sales Manager Vietnam
Vientam Steel Association Vice Chairman Vietnam
Vietnam Steel Corporation Chairman Vietnam
Ferominco Co. Ltd; Director Vietnam
NS BlueScope (Vietnam) Limited Vice President Vietnam
NatSteelVina Co., Ltd Commercial Manager Vietnam
NatSteelVina Co., Ltd General Director Vietnam
Marubeni-Itochu Steel Vietnam Co. Ltd General Director Vietnam
The Rep Office Tenova S.P.A. General Manager Vietnam
NS BlueScope (Vietnam) Limited Country President Vietnam
Tenova Vietnam Co., Ltd Chief Representative Officer Vietnam
Vietnam Steel Association Representative - HCMC Vietnam
Vietnam Steel Association Chairman Vietnam
Southern Steel Corporation General Director Vietnam
Phu My Flat Steel Company General Director Vietnam
Ton Dong A Corporation Chairman & CEO Vietnam
Toan Thang Steel Co., ltd Chairman Vietnam
Pomina Steel Corporation Deputy General Director Vietnam
Pomina Steel Corporation Deputy General Director Vietnam
Pomina Steel Corporation Director Vietnam


This list was last updated on the 14th March 2017. Do you see an error in the list - please get in touch at info@kallanish.com to let us know.

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