Pacrim Stainless

The Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA) is holding its annual conference on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October 2013.

This year’s theme is: Economic recovery: Rolling out a sustainable future.

The conference offers two half-day sessions (Thursday afternoon and Friday morning) with ample opportunities to network and relax with colleagues from Australia and the wider Pacific Rim. There is a gala dinner on Thursday night, a 2-ball Ambrose golf tournament on Friday afternoon and a farewell dinner on Friday night. ASSDA offers an alternative (and optional) technical tour or leisure activity for non-golfers and a program for partners and children. The hotel – QT Gold Coast is extending its reduced room rate for three days pre and post conference.

The two half-day conference sessions will provide:

  • A global view of the stainless steel industry
  • Analysis of how Australia and other regions are negotiating economic and environmental challenges
  • Case studies from specifiers, fabricators, asset owners and councils
  • Success stories in an open market with a high Australian dollar
  • New strategies and technologies for survival

Invited speakers include:

Dr Gerhard Pariser

Market research director, Heinz H. Pariser, Germany

Topic: Update on trends in the Pacific Rim from the leading stainless steel market analyst.

Dr Kevin Bradley

President, Nickel Institute, Belgium

Topic: The future of nickel in the Pacific Rim and the role of the Nickel Institute.

Bonnie Liu

Analyst, Macquarie Bank, Singapore

Topic: How will China’s change of government and slower growth impact the Pacific Rim stainless steel market?

Dr Doug McTaggart

Economist and advisor, Australia

Topic: Economic outlook for Australia and its manufacturing industry, especially with a change of government.

Austin Brown

Portfolio Manager, Caxton, UK

Topic: Demystifying nickel pricing

Peter Georgiades

Outokumpu, Australia

Topic: What is Outokumpu’s strategy post-purchase of ThyssenKrupp?

Bernardo Velázquez Herreros

CEO & Director, Acerinox SA; Chairman, Bahru Stainless

Topic: How will consumption of stainless steel develop in the Pacific Rim and is Acerinox positioning itself for regional development?

Richard Raper

Director, Australian Pickling & Passivation Service

Topic: Our blueprint for growth in a challenging economy

Federal Liberal MP

Topic: Post-election outlook for the manufacturing industry and Australia’s competitiveness in international markets

Peter Caswell

Manager of Finance and Procurement, Stoddart Manufacturing, Australia

Topic: Investing in the future. Stoddart’s massive investment in manufacturing at its new Brisbane facility.

Mark Hargraves

Senior Project Manager, Economic Development Queensland, Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning, Australia

Fred Chaney

Director, Director of Cox Howlett and Bailey Woodland and Green Building Council Australia, Australia

Topic: Opportunity knocks – encouraging environmentally sustainable design across all building types and larger scale planning initiatives.

Sami Packalen

Marketing Director, Stalatube Oy, Finland

Topic: Innovation Finland-style. How R&D is paying off for Stalatube Oy with its latest product.

Brian Levidge

Head of Research, Metal Bulletin, UK

Topic: TBA

Please contact Nicolee Simpson at ASSDA for further or + 61 7 3220 0722

Published 25/04/2013 19:55:33 Last Modified 25/04/2013 20:03:12

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