Registrations for the 2021 SMU Steel Summit Conference have topped 200 and counting. We continue to work toward having a live in-person conference in Atlanta on Aug. 23-25. We are heartened to hear President Biden speak to having enough vaccine to inoculate the entire U.S. population by the end of May. If true, that gives us three-month leeway to host a safe conference (we are recommending that anyone attending be vaccinated prior to coming).
The SMU and CRU Events teams are working diligently to put together a tremendous conference with quality speakers and content.
Here are some of the key topics we will be discussing at this year’s conference: Steel mill CEOs will speak about new capacity, competitiveness, immediate priorities, infrastructure, and long-term focus on clean steels. Steel price volatility will be discussed from various perspectives – steel mill, manufacturing company, distributors, analysts, economists, and forecasts for future steel prices.
- Main steel-using segment forecasts (automotive, construction, energy, etc.).
- International and domestic focused economic forecasts and what your company should be doing to remain competitive.
- Steel input costs (such as scrap) and their impact on steel pricing.
- Shifting trade flows and the impact foreign steel will (or will not) have on steel prices and supply.
- How the Biden administration policies will impact the steel and manufacturing communities.
- Special topics such as infrastructure and the decarbonization of the industry.
- We also will recognize young talent within the industry with our Youth Leadership Award.
We have the following industry leaders committed to speak in Atlanta, with many more to come:
- Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President & CEO, Cleveland-Cliffs
- Mark Millett, President & CEO, Steel Dynamics
- Phil Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
- Michael Smerconish, Author, Radio & TV commentator, CNN
- Alan Beaulieu, Principle & Managing Director, ITR Economics
- Lewis Leibowitz, Trade Attorney, The Law Offices of Lewis E. Leibowitz
- Timna Tanners, Metals & Mining Analyst, Bank of America
- John Packard, President & CEO, Steel Market Update
The following companies have registered executives to attend the conference over the last couple of days. Those with an asterisk (*) will be sending more than one person to the conference: B&W*, BMO Harris Bank N.A.*, California Steel Industries, Deutsche Bank*, Leeco Steel LLC*, Magic Coil Products*, Ohio Steel Sheet & Plate, Priefert Manufacturing*, Ternium USA*
We are ahead of the registration rate we had for the 2019 conference, which was our last “live” event, and the largest conference we ever hosted.
If you would like to join those already registered, you can do so by clicking here.
You can learn more about the conference by going to: https://www.events.crugroup.com/smusteelsummit/home
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