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Met Coke 2014 Agenda

"As always, the World Met Coke Summit is the premier industry event providing current trends as well as the opportunity to network with industry peers." Manager of Minerals Development, Intertek

Watch this space for information and speaker announcements about the Met Coke 2014 agenda; the complete agenda will be public later this summer. In the meantime, take a look at our esteemed advisors who will shape this year's program and our planned sessions for this year.

Our 2014 advisors include:

Neil Bristow Dr Neil J. Bristow
Principal/Managing Consultant
H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd (co-chair)
John Quanci Dr. John F. Quanci
VP of Engineering and Technology
SunCoke Energy (co-chair)
Cyril Martinand Cyril Martinand
Division Manager - Procurement - Solid Fuels
ArcelorMittal USA LLC
Mike Barkdoll Mike Barkdoll
VP
Forest Vue Research LLC
Cam Howey Cam Howey
Global Manager Technical Marketing
Teck Coal Limited
Hardarshan Valia Dr. Hardarshan S. Valia
President
Coal Science Inc., Emeritus Met Coke Summit Advisor

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Session I: A Global Financial Vision | Supply & Demand Market Drivers

Join the world's foremost market analysts as they conduct an open, honest dialogue on factors impacting the entire industry. Speakers will not only share their updated forecasts and outlook, but also debate the relative importance to weigh on various business drivers. Steel, Coke, Coking Coal and all related markets will be dissected.

Session Moderated by:

  • Dr Neil J. Bristow, Principal/Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia (co-chair)
  • Dr. John F. Quanci, VP of Engineering and Technology, SunCoke Energy, USA (co-chair)

1:15 p.m. Welcome and Conference Information
Andrew T. Smaha, Conference Director | US Events, Smithers Apex

Steel: Dawn of a New Dynamic

  • Overview of the overcapacity issue
  • Rundown on steelmaking raw materials
  • Steel product prices and raw materials prices: disjointed or aligned?

Joe Innace, Editorial Director / Metals, Platts, McGraw Hill Financial, USA

Metallurgical Coke Market Dynamics - A focus on trade

  • Market Trends: Recent and Future
  • The impact of Chinese export growth
  • How will environmental controls affect this balance
  • The impact of freight rates on seaborne trade

Ben Orhan, Research Analyst, CRU Group, UK

Metallurgical Coking Coal Market Dynamics
Jim Truman, Principal Analyst Metallurgical Coal - Coal Markets Research, Wood Mackenzie, USA


Networking Break


Energy Resource, Logistics and Other Supply Chain Market Dynamics
Dr. Neil J. Bristow, Principal/Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia

China, the Real Story

  • Economic growth possibly stronger than reported data
  • Steel production revised upward for 2012 and 20113, makes growth rate drop
  • What's the problem? Very hard to herd cats
  • Demand for raw materials increasing, but supply increasing much faster
  • How low can iron ore prices fall?

Charles A. Bradford, CFA President, Bradford Research, Inc. and Partner, Metals Industries Advisory Group LLC, USA

Where is Global Steel Going, Part I - Technology
Dr.-Ing. Hans Bodo Lüngen, Senior Manager Operation Unit Technology, Steel Institute VDEh, Germany

Where is Global Steel Going, Part II - Markets
Philipp Englin, CEO, World Steel Dynamics, USA


5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception - in the Exhibit Hall

6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception Concludes - Delegates are free to schedule business dinners

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 - General Session: Day #2

8:00 a.m. Full Networking Breakfast for all Delegates | Sponsored by Sun Coke Energy

9:15 a.m. Day #2 Welcome and Conference Information
Andrew T. Smaha, Conference Director | US Events, Smithers Apex

Session II: State of Our Business - Dissecting Conflicting Strategies and Business Models

Major players are taking any number of steps to manage their operations until such time the market landscape becomes more clear. In this session, we take a deeper dive into the stressors, disruptors, economics, prospects, new developments, research and other updates as examples of different paths taken. We dissect each model, uncover news and noteworthy projects under development, and probe the opportunities & lessons learned of each.

Session Moderated by:

  • Dr Neil J. Bristow, Principal/Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia (co-chair)
  • Dr. John F. Quanci, VP of Engineering and Technology, SunCoke Energy, USA (co-chair)

Topic Under Development
Jack Porco, President and Chief Commercial Officer, Xcoal Energy & Resources, USA

TKSE Coal Blend Strategy and Plant Performance
Viktor Stiskala, Head of Technology Coal & Coke - Senior Manager, Hot Metal Production, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Germany

ArcelorMittal Coke Supply Chain: Global Overview and Focus on North America
Gary Norgren, Division Manager of Raw Materials - ArcelorMittal USA LLC, USA


Networking Break | Sponsored by Ingram Barge


Interactive Strategy and Business Model Panel Discussion

  • Dr Neil J. Bristow, Principal/Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia
  • Dr. John F. Quanci, VP of Engineering and Technology, SunCoke Energy, USA
  • Cyril Martinand | Division Manager - Procurement - Solid Fuels, ArcelorMittal USA LLC, USA

12:00 pm. Networking Lunch


Session III: Stressors to the Industry

Survival techniques during difficult times. The focus of this session is to examine major stress points on the industry, and particularly how environmental forces, cost management, imports and the political landscape are still causing major shifts in resource allocation now and for the future.

Policy Implications for the Coke & Coal Chemicals Industry
Bruce A. Steiner, President, American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute, USA

The Impact of New DRI Units on the Survival of Blast Furnaces in the USA?

  • Drivers for the growth of DRI (direct reduced iron) production in the USA,
  • Impact of Increased DRI Availability on the Growth of EAF based Flat Rolled Steel Production,
  • Prospects for BF/BOF Steel Producers to Switch to DRI/EAF Based Steel production,
  • Utilization of DRI/HBI in BF/BOF Plants

Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo, President, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting, USA

Managing Costs: Impact of Natural Gas
William Ambry, Division Manager Ironmaking Operating Technology, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, USA


Networking Break | Sponsored by Ingram Barge


Environmental & Regulatory Roundtable Dialogue
Moderated by: Aleksandra Tomczak, Policy Manager | World Coal Association, UK

Perspectives and Panelists to Include:

  • Coking Coal & Mining Perspectives
  • Cokemaking Perspectives
    Dr. Frank Sowa, Head of Engineering, Cokemaking Technology Division, DMT GmbH & CO KG, Germany
  • Steel Perspectives
  • Policy Perspectives
    Dan Byers, Senior Director of Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy, USA

Exploring Macro Stressors in the Transportation & Logistics Sector
Karyn Booth, Partner and Chair of Transportation Practice, Thompson Hine LLP, USA & Bruce Carlton, President & CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, USA

Evening Keynote Presentation: Powering Growth
Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist, Moffatt & Nichol, USA


6:00 p.m. Evening Networking Reception | Sponsored by XCoal Energy & Resources

7:00 p.m. Networking Reception Concludes - Delegates are free to schedule business dinners

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 - General Session: Day #3

8:00 a.m. Networking Coffee and Exhibit Hours

8:55 a.m. Conference Information
Andrew T. Smaha, Conference Director, Smithers Apex

Session IV: Technological Opportunities

The focus of this session is to uncover the top technological developments and achievements in cuttings cost of production and operations, and give attendees unfiltered access to emerging solutions provided in the marketplace.

Session Moderated by:

  • Cam Howey, Global Manager Technical Marketing, Teck Coal Limited, Canada
  • Dr. Hardarshan S. Valia, President, Coal Science Inc., USA Emeritus Met Coke Summit Advisor

Altering Raw Material Procurement Strategies Based on Import Trends
Dr. Hardarshan S. Valia, President, Coal Science Inc., USA

Altering Raw Material Procurement Strategies Based on Technical Considerations

  • Update on Brazilian Coke-Based Steel Mills
  • Traditional Blending Design (Prior to 2008 GFC)
  • Understanding the Role of Each Coal Type in Coking Blends
  • Quality Flexibility - The Pathway to Survival

Jorge G. Caldeira, Manager Technical Marketing, Jellinbah Group, Australia

The Next Wave of DRI Technology
Mike Grant, International Senior Expert - Ironmaking and Steelmaking, Air Liquide SA, France

New Techniques to Measure Porosity and the Relation to CSR
Dave Pearson, Founder & CEO, Pearson Coal Petrography, USA


Networking Break


Coal & Coke Sampling (60 minutes)

  • Victor King, Corporate Quality Managers, SunCoke Energy Inc., USA
  • Keith Lynch, Quality Manager, Indiana Harbor Operations, SunCoke Energy Inc., USA

12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and General Sessions Conclude

Delegates attending the afternoon tour are free for two hours to schedule their own business lunches, and are asked to return to the hotel lobby for the tour shuttle.

Plant Tour (additional fee required) - spaces limited and must be pre-reserved online

ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor; learn more!
Hosted by: Jim Grady, Sourcing Manager/Solid Fuels/Coke & Carbon, ArcelorMittal USA LLC Corporation

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