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The First Saudi International Iron & Steel Conference

Steel 16 Sep 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3 days 400.0 (Super Early Bird)



Attend the First Saudi International Iron Steel Conferene, held on the 16-18 September 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The event is proudly organised by KSA National Committee for Steel Industry.

Join this large gathering of global steel industry leaders at the conference, and also visit the Exhibition & participate in workshops during conference.



Speaker Catagories:

  • Leaders of Saudi, GCC & International steel producers
  • Regional and International steel traders
  • Raw material producers & suppliers
  • Analysts and steel industry associations
  • Regional government bodies
  • Technology and scientific organisations

Participant Catagories: 

  • Representatives from the global iron and steel industries
  • Representatives from the conversional iron and steel industries
  • Traders of steel products
  • Official agencies and bodies
  • Businessmen and investors
  • Press and media agencies



King Faisal Conference Hall (Intercontinental Hotel)

Address: King Saud Rd, Riyadh 11481, Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966 11 465 5000


Conference Topics


  • Saudi Vision 2030 – the transformation of Saudi Arabia's economy and opportunities for its steel industry

  • Outlook for GCC iron and steel industry – UAE demand post Expo 2020

  • Outlook for Arab region steel demand and investments into new production capacity

  • Global trade wars and protectionism – how it is affecting trade flows and regional steelmakers

  • Global steel overcapacity – progress in tackling and challenges remaining

  • China's steel demand outlook amid reduced government stimulus

  • India's potential to become the new steel demand driver

  • Investments into higher value-added steel production/increased local content

  • The challenge of rising production costs and how to handle them

  • Technological innovations to help increase efficiency/reduce cost of steelmaking

And much more...


Organisers & Partners


Organiser: National Committee For Steel Industry Organiser: Council of Saudi Chambers Managing Partner: Unicoil




Advisory Partner: Kallanish Commodities  Media Partner: Fastmarkets Organizing Partner: Topex



The First Saudi International Iron & Steel Conference 16 Sep 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • 16:00- 18:00

    Pre-Registration Desk

  • 18:00- 21:00

    Welcome & Networking Reception

  • 09:00 - 9:05

    National Anthem & Verse from Holy Qura'an (Al-Hadeed #57, verse 25)

  • 09:05 - 9:10

    Chairman's opening & honorary introduction

  • 09:10 - 9:20

    Honorary patronage speech

  • 09:10 - 9:20

    Honorary patronage speech

  • 09:20 - 09:25

    Chairman of Council of Saudi Chambers Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi

  • 09:25 - 09:30

    Chairman's welcome closing

  • 09:30-10:30

    Session 1 - Saudi Arabian economic growth back on track

    Saudi Arabian economic growth and, with it, steel demand, are poised to recover following a challenging few years due to lower oil prices and surging Chinese exports on to the global market. Saudi Vision 2030 is being touted as the programme that will reboot construction activity and encourage new end-uses for steel across the kingdom. However, with protectionism becoming the new buzzword worldwide following the imposition of US Section 232 tariffs last year, and with interest rates rising, the recovery remains fragile. This session will examine the prospects for Saudi steel consumption and the obstacles standing in the way of both demand and relevant local supply growth. Also discussed will be the processes required to facilitate giving priority to domestically produced steel over imports.

    Key Themes:

    • Saudi economic outlook
    • Saudi government incentives for private sector investment
    • Saudi government initiatives for domestic/international partner investment into economic diversification
    • Non-Oil based industries of NIDLP program – steel industry towards VISION2030
    • Mining Opportunities in Saudi Arabia
    • Saudi economic cities – impact on economic diversification/steel demand
    • Saudi infrastructure/construction investment outlook
    • Saudi foreign trade data collection/accessibility
    • Power/gas availability for industrial expansion
  • 10:30 – 11:30

    Extended Networking - Coffee Break and Side Exhibition Tour

  • 11:30 – 12:30

    Session 2 – World steel outlook

    Although fears over global steel overcapacity have subsided to some degree, the threat has not disappeared, especially given Chinese economic growth is less certain than it once was. Growing protectionism has made some regions more vulnerable to surplus exports than others. The focus is gradually shifting to India as the next growth driver – but is the latter's ambitious 300 million tonnes/year capacity target justified? In the US, the economy appears to be booming despite President Trump's promises of a massive infrastructure-spending programme yet to materialise. This session will look at the prospects for global steel demand growth, with particular focus on key steel producing and consuming countries.

    Moderator: Fastmarkets chief executive Raju Daswani

    Key Themes:

    • Overcapacity – progress in tackling and challenges remaining
    • Protectionism – how it is affecting trade flows and what this means for regional steelmakers
    • China – increasing EAF steelmaking/scrap use
    • China – steel demand outlook amid fears of reduced government investment
    • India – the next global demand growth driver?
    • India – is a 300m tonnes/year capacity target by 2030 justified?
    • Turkey – the prospects for economic and therefore steel demand recovery
    • USA – The outlook for infrastructure investment
  • 12:30 – 14:00

    Prayer & Lunch

  • 14:00 – 15:00

    Session 3 – Producers' panel

    Investment into specialised "value-added" steel, as well as digitalisation, has become popular concepts in recent years. However, as we live in a world of finite resources, competitively sourcing input materials required for steelmaking is becoming difficult. This session will bring together the world's largest steel producers to discuss today's key challenges in steelmaking, as well as any further obstacles that may appear on the horizon, and the techniques and processes being put in place to deal with them.

    Key Themes:

    • Investments into higher value-added steel production/prospects for new steel demand sources
    • The challenge of rising production costs and how to handle them
    • Raw material sourcing strategies
    • Digitalisation
    • The effect of graphite electrodes shortages on steelmaking
  • 15:00 – 15:30

    Prayer & Coffee Break

  • 15:30 – 16:30

    Session 4 – Technology panel

    The steel industry has long been at the forefront for innovation into new technology. With increasing consideration for the environment, and a focus in recent years on cutting costs, however, new technologies are required more than ever to make steelmaking simultaneously more efficient and less polluting. In this session the world's leading technology suppliers will discuss the latest technological innovations, including improvements in DRI and EAF technology, the preferred steelmaking route in the Middle East, as well as the prospects for alternatives to powering steelmaking with fossil fuels.

    Key Themes:

    • Technological innovations to help increase efficiency/reduce cost of steelmaking
    • EAF and DRI-making technology developments
    • Automotive steel production technology developments/higher steel sheet quality production
    • Steel industry environmental footprint improvement through technology
    • Hydrogen as a fuel for steelmaking
    • Finex developments
    • Iron as a by-product
  • 16:30 – 16:45

    Coffee Break

  • 16:45 – 18:00

    Session 5 – Local Content Initiatives & The Steel Industry

    In order to support the development of local industry and encourage economic diversification, Saudi Arabia is pushing for increased use of local content in economic output. This is exemplified by Saudi Aramco's In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) programme, which has benefited Saudi pipemakers. It also highlights the need for investment into production of certain steel products not available in the Kingdom, such as plate and round billet, that will be required for economic diversification. Local content development will also provide increased employment opportunities, thereby driving consumer spending on steel-containing goods. This session will look at the progress made so far by local content initiatives and the challenges still ahead.

    Moderator: Rayed Al-Ajaji, CEO, Unicoil

    Key Themes:

    • The progress of Saudi's local content initiatives/what needs to be done to achieve the goal
    • The Role of IKTVA and MUSANED in driving the steel demand locally
    • The objectives of the local content towards national employments
    • Government incentives/available resources for investors to support new local content production
  • 18:00 – 18:05

    Chairman's Closing Remarks

  • 19:30 – 21:30

    Gala Dinner (Palms Golf Club)

  • 09:00 - 09:10

    Chairman's welcome

  • 09:10-10:30

    Session 6- Saudi Arabian New Economical Cities – Industry & Projects

    The Saudi construction industry is the kingdom's largest steel consumer. However, its output has fallen considerably since 2015 when state spending was curtailed due to lower oil prices. This, coupled with new steel capacity coming on line, resulted in a sizeable steel supply surplus in Saudi Arabia, especially for rebar. The outlook for construction has nevertheless improved with an array of huge projects set to break ground as part of the Saudi Vision 2030. This session will look at the latest developments in the Saudi construction sector and how they bode for future steel demand.

    Moderator: MEED Editorial Director Richard Thompson

    Key Themes:

    • Saudi construction sector outlook
    • Largest construction sector projects that will drive steel demand
    • Progress of new economic cities
    • Challenges obtaining finance for projects
    • Private sector participation in construction projects growing?
    • Labour issues in the construction sector
    • Developments in pre-engineered building use in construction
  • 10:30 – 11:00

    Coffee Break

  • 11:00 – 12:30

    Session 7 – New end-use sectors for Saudi steel

    Another key facet of Saudi Vision 2030 is plans to accelerate the kingdom's long-touted diversification away from oil dependence. This should see the establishment of sectors such as automotive production, shipbuilding and military equipment manufacturing, all of which will provide new opportunities for steel consumption. Along with Saudi's aim to increase local content, the development of these new industries will require investment into new steelmaking capacity for products not currently available in the kingdom. This session will examine the prospects for new Saudi steel end-user sectors.

    Key Themes:

    • Government progress on diversifying economy
    • Investments into car manufacturing
    • Investments into military equipment manufacturing
    • Shipbuilding sector prospects
    • Challenges and opportunities in sourcing feedstock
    • Investment into domestic plate production and other local content developments
  • 12:30 – 14:00

    Prayer & Lunch

  • 14:00 – 15:00

    Session 8 – Using trade rules to restore a fair-trading environment

    Despite being a WTO member and having the tools at its disposal, Saudi Arabia has a limited track record of using trade defence mechanisms to support its steel industry. In the past, this was because the kingdom depended on steel imports. However, following years of investment into new steel capacity that has increased self-sufficiency, and a global trade war that threatens to re-direct steel shipments to the Arabian Peninsula, many observers deem it time for Saudi to consider more active trade defence. This session will look at steel trade defence cases around the world and the prospects for Saudi Arabia initiating its own.

    Moderator: Mr. Charles Julien

    Key Themes:

    • Global trade wars – State-of-play and impact on Saudi Arabia
    • The strategic importance of the steel sector – preserving the interests of all stakeholders in troubled times
    • The GCC trade remedy system – Seeking protection for Saudi producers
    • Seeing beyond trade remedies – What other trade instruments can Saudi producers invoke to guarantee fair trade?
  • 15:00 – 15:30

    Coffee Break

  • 15:30 – 16:30

    Session 9 – Panel debate

    With so much uncertainty in global and regional macro environment and in the steel industry itself, making firm forecasts for the future is almost impossible. That makes open discussion even more crucial for market participants to refine their views of how markets will develop over the coming months and years. In this final panel industry executives review and discuss the challenges and opportunities outlined in the previous sessions.

  • 16:30 – 16:40

    Chairman's closing remarks

The First Saudi International Iron & Steel Conference 16 Sep 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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