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Alacero-59  – Cartagena, Colombia

November 5th – 7th, 2018

The main theme discussed throughout the Alacero-59 Congress was the concern about increased imports and declining exports in the region, despite the prospect of ending 2018 growing slightly in crude steel production in Latin America in comparison to 2017. Among the topics discussed in the Congress are the challenges and opportunities of automation. Rizwan Janjua, Chief Technology Officer from World Steel, shared the advantages of industry 4.0 and reflected about things that cannot be automated, such as human skills: critical thinking and creativity.

Hyundai Steel  – Dangjin, Korea

October 17th – 18th, 2018

The 2nd Tech Forum together with Hyundai Steel, 2nd steel player in S. Korea, was held at Hyundai Steel Dangjin works R&D center in October. At the Tech Forum Primetals Technologies presented the latest developed solutions in all portfolios and specially Primetals Technologies’ Digitalization to Hyundai Steel researchers and operators in the following areas: “Iron making, BOF steel making, Electric steel making, Continuous casting, Hot rolling, cold rolling, Processing line and Industrie 4.0” at the first day of event. On second day, Hyundai Steel and Primetals discussed the current operation and facilities status in-depth and shared the vision to be a strategic partner in the area of iron & steel production.

8th European Oxygen Steelmaking Conference (EOSC) – Taranto, Italy

October 10th – 12th, 2018

The European Oxygen Steelmaking Conference (EOSC) series is organized in turn by one of the European Metallurgical Societies and Associations. This year’s conference was organized in Italy, Taranto by AIM. The conference focused on the latest development in oxygen steelmaking, secondary metallurgy, plant operation experience improving steel quality and environmental protection.

200 participants from Europe and Asia joined the conference, where 55 papers were presented. Primetals Technologies speakers presented 7 lectures on several BOF topics, including BOF revamp projects, innovations, gas cleaning, robotics, automation and eco solutions. The topics presented and the discussions held clearly showed an upward trend for BOF operators resulting in good plant utilization, reasonable profitability and an increase in investment volume.

Aluminium 2018– Düsseldorf, Germany

October 9th – 11th , 2018

Aluminium 2018, once again took place in Düsseldorf and organizers report that the event was close to breaking records with 24,148 trade visitors from 123 nations attending.  Perhaps reflecting increasing developments in the international Aluminium markets, the fair featured 971 exhibitors from 54 nations.

The event theme was digitalization and this provided Primetals Technologies with the opportunity for existing and potential customers to learn more about its Industry 4.0 solutions and comprehensive technologies. Knowledgeable staff were on hand to inform visitors of Primetals Technologies’ full product and service portfolio for the aluminium industry.

A big attraction on the Primetals Technologies exhibition stand was a full size working Air Bearing Shapemeter (ABSM) connected to a Primetals Technologies Technical Control System (TCS) which together provide accurate on-line shape measurement of flat rolled sheet and foil materials.

Customer Connect Program – Jalna City, India

October 4th, 2018

Primetals Technologies organized a Customer Connect Program on 4th of October 2018 at Jalna City in the Aurangabad Division, India to showcase Primetals Technologies’ portfolio, references  and  strength in the region and  to network with the customers in the Jalna area.

21 Customers from different companies (Kalika Steel Alloys Pvt. Ltd., Bhagyalaxmi Steel Alloy Pvt. Ltd., Jalna Siddhivinayak Alloys Pvt. Ltd., Metarolls Ispat Pvt. Ltd., etc.) participated in the interactive program where Primetals Technologies’ Developments and Achievements in Steel Making, Casting, Long Rolling, Electrics & Automation and Metallurgical Services were presented to them.

ABM WEEK 2018 – Sao Paulo, Brazil

October 2nd – 4th, 2018

The ABM WEEK  2018 Conference and Exposition, Latin America’s largest steel industry trade fair attracted nearly 1,700 producers, suppliers, corporate leaders, and academia from 23 countries.

At the conference, technical sessions, paper presentations and panel discussions provided insight into the technologies and trends that are shaping the future of iron and steel production. Primetals Technologies gave 13 presentations and participated in a panel discussion (main  Plenary “Industry 4.0 : Big Data Analytics for Process Optimization” to an audience of more than 600 attendees). Keynote Speaker Kurt Herzog kept the audience engaged and invited them to visit the booth on the exposition side of the event to ask questions or discuss technologies in greater detail.

During the event, Primetals awarded the 18th PT Automation Award for Automation and IT to this year’s winning Paper from Usiminas about “Development of a software for thermal balance of slab reheating furnaces integrated with control system.” by Cristóvão Nery Giacomin, Jean Viana Bahia,  Antônio Adel dos Santos and Arthur de Castro Souza.

8th ICSTI  – Vienna, Austria

September 25th 28th, 2018

Primetals Technologies was Gold Sponsor of the 8th International Congress on Science and Technology of Ironmaking  (ICSTI) 2018 with 300 participants from more than 25 nations all over the world. The Congress provided a forum for best practice and state-of-the-art technology in the field of ironmaking including environmental control & improvements as well as automation & digitalization. It also gave a look at developments in the foreseeable future. The ICSTI 2018 was a great congress with a very high scientific level. Primetals Technologies speakers presented 6 lectures in the field of blast furnace technology, direct reduction, energy efficiency, automation and process simulation. There were also several papers for this event co-authored by Primetals Technologies (eg. on Finex technology).

SteelVia – Global Steel Innovation Forum – Dubai, UAE

September 25th 27th, 2018

SteelVia – The Global Innovation Forum is a new conference and exhibition platform that took place for the first time in Dubai. Dr. Etsuro Hirai the Global CTO & President of Primetals Technologies Japan had the honor of welcoming the audience with his keynote speech “The Inevitability of Innovation — Sustainable Steel Production and Current Megatrends Shaping the Industry”. The two day event held from the 25th to the 27th of September was attended by 600 participants visiting about 57 exhibitors to get an insight on disruptive and cutting-edge technological innovations in the steel and associated sector. Primetals Technologies presented its portfolio and innovations in the fields of digitalization, minimills, converter steelmaking, long rolling, gas fermentation, FINEX® and ESP in 8 technical presentations and was also present with a booth.

17th International Stainless and Special Steel Summit – Helsinki, Finland

September 18th 20th, 2018

The Conference was well attended by about 200 delegates with a good mixture of producers, distributors and consumers. All major European producers (Outokumpu, Aperam, Acerinox, Sandivk) as well as some Asian producers were present. The presented topics included Market growth and outlook, Nickel pig iron (NPI), Digitalization and Major risks for the Stainless Steel industry.

MMMM 2018 at – Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

August 29th 31st, 2018

Primetals Technologies was awarded a commendation in Excellence Design & Concept – National Sector for the booth at the12th International Exhibition & Conference on Minerals, Metals, Metallurgy & Materials – MMMM 2018 . A paper on “Energy and Eco Friendly Portfolios from Primetals Technologies" was presented in the concurrent conference.

Several steel producers, technology suppliers and ancillary industry players participated in the exhibition cum conference to make the event successful.

The seminar of Institute of Metal working under Chinese Society for Metals Chongqing ,China

August 2nd – 3rd, 2018

The seminar of Institute of Metals working under organized Chinese Society for Metals was held in Chongqing, China on August 2nd and 3rd. The topics advancement of technology materials including for automotive steel were presented and discussed. Primetals Technologies Japan, Ltd. Takumi Fujimoto made a presentation HYPER UC-MILL Application for AHSS and High grade Silicon steel for new and revamping projects.

Primetals Technologies Consultants Day  – Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Kolkata, India

June 26th – 28th, 2018

At the Consultants Day on Primetals Technologies Developments and Achievements in Agglomeration and Iron Making Primetals Technologies presented its portfolio and references to the consultants in India in the following areas: "Waste Gas Recirculation, new development & innovations on Sinter Plant, bringing focus on PT straight grate Pelletizing Technology", "Primetals Technologies Agglomeration Project references in India" and "COREX®, FINEX® and MIDREX® technology". Three sessions were held in three different cities in India, with many participants from Tata Consulting Engineers Limited, M N Dastur & Company (P) Limited, MECON Limited and Centre for Engineering & Technology (CET) and Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) present.

Steel Success Strategies 2018 Conference – New York, NY, USA

June 25th – 27th, 2018

Nearly 700 business leaders from across the global steel industry attended North America’s largest steel conference to make new contacts, strengthen existing relationships, and hear the latest industry updates and insights. Panels of market experts covered key issues including global steel markets, trade, raw materials pricing, and technology breakthroughs. In a technology panel discussion titled “The Evolution of Steel Plant Design,” Ron Devoe, Vice President of Sale for Primetals Technologies USA LLC, gave a presentation about Arvedi ESP technology  With a creative and memorable use of video, Mr. Devoe engaged the audience and heightened their understanding of this pioneering technology.

SEAISI 2018 Conference and Exhibition  Jakarta, Indonesia

June 25th – 27th, 2018

Primetals Technologies presented their comprehensive technology, product and service portfolio to customers and other members of the Steel Industry at the SEAISI 2018 Conference and Exhibition. The Primetals Technologies speakers Dr. Markus Ringhofer, Dr. Jan Friedemann Plaul, Cristiano Tercelli and Stephen Mark Shore presented papers at the conference. The conference was visited by over 550 delegates from 32 countries around the world. Primetals Technologies was present with a booth which was well visited during these 3 days.

SMR's Asian Stainless Steel Forum – Shanghai, China

June 27th – 28th, 2018

SMR Asia Stainless Steel Summit is a very important event in stainless steel and special steel industry in Asia with focus on China. This year’s conference was on “One Belt, One Road”, which indirectly impacts the stainless steel business landscape. More than 180 participants joined the conference ranging from stainless steel producers, distributors, raw material suppliers to technology providers. Many large stainless steel producers such as TISCO, Fuxin, ZPSS, Beihai Chengde, JISCO, ZPSS, Aperam, Outukumpo, Thyssen-Krupp, Cogne were present. Following the One Belt, One Road initiatives, many Chinese companies are making investments abroad, especially in Indonesia, due to the available valuable Ni-ore there. As stainless steelmaking market leader, Primetals Technologies used this event to promote company business. A presentation about our new solution - TPO (Through-Process Optimization for best quality and highest output at lowest cost of steel plants) was held by Dr. Y. Zhai to promote this innovation for stainless steel producers.

The 98th Meeting of ISIJ / Plant Technology Committee Hiroshima, Japan

June 21st – 22nd , 2018

Primetals Technologies Japan, Ltd. was in preparation and operation as a host company for the event sponsored by the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ). Approximately 150 people from steel companies participated in the meeting, and presentations on transitions and challenges of the plant technologies related to ironmaking, steelmaking and rolling were presented on the first day. On the second day, as a special lecturer of the equipment supplier, Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl (Technology Officer Up-stream) from Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH delivered a lecture on energy conservation, environmental-friendly technologies and digitalization, corresponding to the sustainable future of the steel industry, under the title of "Creating a Sustainable Future for Steel".

Invent Arena, International Inventors Exhibition – Třinec , Czech Republic

June 20th – 22th, 2018

The event took place in Trinec which lies in the regional center of metal industry in Czech Republic. Primetals Technologies had a booth at Invent Arena  showing innovative solutions and smart applications, distributing Metals magazines  and  promotional  leaflets to  the visitors.  Most of the visitors came to the Primetals Technologies booth from the metal companies belonging to the group of Trinecke zelezarny-Moravia Steel, the largest metal group in Czech Republic. The biggest interest was shown to solutions as Dry Slag Granulation, WinLink, Process Expert software or Bio Fermentation technologies.

MiningWorld Central Asia – Astana , Kazakhstan

June 19th – 21st, 2018

​Showcasing Primetals Technologies as the technology provider for the mining and ironmaking industry and engaging with potential new customers were the company's main goals for this year's World Mining Congress and affiliated tradeshow Mining World Central Asia. Booth visitors were especially interested in Primetals Technologies' hot briquetted iron direct reduction plants, beneficiation technologies such as the hybrid flotation cell, and pelletizing solutions. In addition, a paper was presented to promote the company's beneficiation and direct reduction technologies. Participating in this congress provided new insights into the dynamically developing central Asian region and a chance to check out potential business opportunities for the growing market of mining technology.

WMM’18 – 8th International Conference Magnetism and Metallurgy – Dresden, Germany

June 12th – 14th, 2018

WMM brings together electrical engineers, who are engaged in applications of magnetic materials, research groups working on the development of magnetic materials, experts from the producer of magnetic materials as well as scientists from universities. Primetals Technologies presented the latest developments in fields of Hot-rolling, Cold-rolling and ESP for production of modern Si Electrical steels. The topics of Primetals Technologies presentations were “Solutions for Plant & Performance Improvement for Thin and Ultrathin High-Si Electrical Steel” and “Status, achievements and outlooks of endless steel strip production with a focus on electrical steels”

HBIS-Primetals 3rd Technology Summit – Shijiazhuang City, China

June 12th – 13th, 2018

More than 200 management and technical experts from HBIS Group and subsidiaries participated in this event, while around 40 people from Primetals Technologies joined this Summit. Chairman Yu Yong of HBIS Group attended the opening session and delivered an opening speech. Mr. Aashish Gupta (Chief Sales Officer of Primetals Technologies) delivered an opening speech and a keynote speech. The theme of the Technology Summit was “Facing Made-in-China-2025”. There were 5 breakout sessions in parallel and experts from both Primetals Technologies and HBIS presented the latest technologies and developments, in total 58 papers were presented. Primetals Technologies and HBIS Group signed Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement in February, 2018 and the 3rd Technology Summit was held under the framework agreement.

Future Steel Forum – Warsaw, Poland

June 6th – 7th, 2018

The Future Steel Forum is a steel industry-specific conference that was focused entirely on the subject of Industry 4.0 and its relationship to steel production. During the two day program approximately 200 conference visitors listened to presentations covering artificial intelligence, cyber security and ideas how the steel industry is approaching digitalization. Primetals Technologies was present with a booth focusing on our digital portfolio and life demo systems for Through-Process Quality Control (TPQC) and the Process Expert for Long Rolling solutions. Besides different steel companies like Arcelor Mittal, US Steel, Tata Steel and others, also companies from the software business were attending in a considerable number (e.g. SAP, IBM, Accenture). Furthermore, Mr. Wolfgang Oberaigner (Head of TPQC) presented our new Through-Process Optimization solution in front of an interested audience. The conference was a successful platform to exchange different ideas and digitalization concepts for the steel industry.

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Russian & CIS Metals & Mining Summit – Moscow, Russia

May 22nd – 23rd, 2018

150+ representatives from metallurgical, mining, logistics, engineering, finance, legal and many other companies have gathered in Moscow to participate in the Russian & CIS Metals & Mining Summit. Over 40 speakers have held interesting presentations and took part in discussions of the event.
Our own Johannes Rothberger (Technical Sales – Direct Reduction) held a very well-attended presentation on “LGOK III – One year of successful operation of the Midrex HBI plant” including topics such as "What was the start up curve of the LGOK 3 plant and how is the plant performance now?", "Trends in the steel industry and impact to the HBI market" and "How does the business case for an HBI producer in Russia look like?".

10th China International Steel Congress (CISA) – Beijing, China

May 16th – 19th, 2018

The 10th China International Steel Congress was successfully convened in Beijing. The representatives of Primetals Technologies participated in and discussed with technical experts and industry peers on the hot topics in the metal industry in the forums. As sponsor of the event, Mr. Aashish Gupta made a keynote speech with ”The Future of Steelmaking”.

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Metal + Metallurgy China – Beijing, China

May 16th - 19th, 2018

With the theme of “Pioneers at heart”, Primetals Technologies participated in Metal + Metallurgy China 2018 in Beijing. During the fair, experts from Primetals Technologies answered visitors’ inquiries about the technological innovations and process solutions in the W1-B06 booth of the New China International Exhibition Center. With Mill 360°, visitors could experience the latest technologies and reference plants in a 360-degree virtual-reality environment.

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Technology Day at SIJ ACRONI d.o.o. – Slovenia, Jesenice

May 17th, 2018

Primetals Technologies conducted a full day of technical presentations to Acroni’s experts in the field of steel meltshop including CCM, HRM, CRM, R&D, project management and process automation. Acroni, one of the world leading producers of stainless steel, wear resistant, high tensile, tool and other special steel quarto plates, showed big interest during the Industry 4.0 discussions as well as steckel mill automation, where the emphasize was put on specific benefits about neural network, multipoint setup, and camera systems for strip steering. With various video clips and simulations, different solutions related to SENDZIMIR rolling mill, EA upgrades, continuous casting upgrade packages and meltshop automation (incl. logistics and production planning) were also presented and discussed. Furthermore, the Primetals Technologies’ eService platform m.space and the current eServices in the areas of spare parts, document management, e-learning and condition monitoring were also presented in order to increase efficiency and productivity by spare part processing or predictive maintenance.

AISTech 2018 Conference and Exposition – Philadelphia, PA, USA

May 7th 9th, 2018

Nearly 6,000 attendees learned about the latest trends in iron- and steel-making. At the technical conference, the experts and management team from Primetals Technologies presented 27 papers on the technologies that are moving the metals industry forward. At the exposition, numerous visitors to the Primetals Technologies booth enjoyed demonstrations and presentations on topics like Arvedi ESP, Through-Process Quality Control and Air Bearing Shapemeter.

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6th International Steel Industry & Production Technologies Conference Istanbul, Turkey

May 9th, 2018

The event had more than 80 participants, most of which were Turkish steel producers, component manufacturers, and from associated fields to the iron- and steelmaking industry such as logistics, trade, magazines and public governmental affairs. Primetals Technologies’ speech by Kurt Herzog on the topic ‘How Digitalization can boost Quality, Productivity and Flexibility in Steel Production’ was received with great interest by the audience. The presentation focused on ‘strategic goals’ of steel producers, such as cost competitiveness or new steel grade production. Different Industry 4.0 solutions in Production Management System, Through Process Automation, Computerized Maintenance Systems, continuous recording, supervision of quality parameters, were among others topics discussed. Watch video

At the booth, Primetals Technologies visitors enjoyed several interactive exhibits such as 3-D animations of Quantum EAF, cold rolling facilities, pickling lines and the virtual visit to Brazil in one of the plants built by Primetals Technologies at Copacabana. Another eye-catcher were the 3-D effects on Primetals Technologies regular layout printouts which shows a plant being built right in front of the observer.

2018 International Symposium on Thin Slab Casting and Direct Rolling – Wuhan, China

April 25th – 27th, 2018

TSCR 2018, jointly organized by the Chinese Society for Metals, China BaoWu Steel Group and Chinese Academy of Engineering, was successfully convened from April 25th – 27th, 2018 in Wuhan. The technical experts and scholars from domestic and abroad discussed thin slab / strip casting and rolling technologies. As sponsor of the event, Mr. Andreas Jungbauer (PTAT) delivered a keynote speech “The History – Presence – and Future of Thin Slab  Casting and Rolling” at the plenary session and Mr. Thomas Lengauer (PTAT) made a technical presentation “Achievements at Rizhao Steels’s New ESP Complex Setting New Standards” at the parallel session.

Tube & Wire Düsseldorf 2018 Düsseldorf, Germany

April 16th 20th, 2018

More than 71,500 visitors from 134 countries came to Düsseldorf, Germany to learn about trends and innovations in the Tube and Wire industries. The Primetals Technologies Long Rolling business shared their expertise in wire rod mills, while the Furnace Technologies team promoted its portfolio of heat-treat furnace solutions.

The first China Electric Steelmaking Forum Beijing, China

April 16th  17th, 2018

The first China Electric Steelmaking Forum was successfully convened on April 17th, 2018 in Beijing by the Chinese Society for Metals (CSM). Over 450 representatives from government, steelmaking corporations, electric furnace manufacturers, investment and financing institutes, colleges, research institutes and media, participated in this forum. As the sponsor of the event, Mr. Achim Winkhold from Primetals Technologies Germany and Mr. Yang Tao from Primetals Technologies China introduced the EAF Quantum - a quantum leap to the future of electric steelmaking technology.

X. International Industrial Forum Chelyabinsk Chelyabinsk, Russia

April 10th 12th, 2018

The Tenth International Industrial Forum "Reconstruction of Industrial Enterprises – Breakthrough Technologies in Metallurgy and Machine Building" and the 18th International Exhibition "Ural Industrial and Economic Week" was held from the 10th to 12th of April in Chelyabinsk. Primetals Technologies was an official partner of this event. The following topics were presented: Industry 4.0 and Blast Furnace Production technology for the companies Mechel, MMK, Metalloinvest and ChelyabGipromez. We are grateful for the collaboration of our business partners who visited us at the event and to our speakers Markus Ringhofer, Paul Freeman, David Osborne and Dieter Bettinger for their great presentations.