The iron and steel industry in ASEAN is going through a most challenging and difficult time due to the intense and unfair competition from cheap imports. As a consequence, many steel companies in the region are struggling to stay afloat.
In the near term, it is necessary for the steel industry in ASEAN to address the pressing issue of low-priced imports as it threatens the viability and even the survival of the industry. Thus we are seeing a flurry of requests by the regional producers to their respective governments to institute actions to protect their domestic markets. Over the longer term, however, it is important for the industry to look at issues that have an impact on the sustainable development of the industry and one of them is how to create more demand for its steel products.
The biggest steel consuming sector in ASEAN is construction, which accounts for about 60% to 80% of the total steel consumption in the respective ASEAN member countries of SEAISI. The industry will, therefore, benefit from an increase in the usage of steel in building and construction.
In light of the above, the 2015 ASEAN Iron and Steel Sustainability Forum will provide a special focus on the construction sector. The aim is to make use of the Forum to develop a platform to encourage and promote greater usage and adoption of steel structure in the construction sector.
The Forum, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 30 November to 2 December 2015, has been endorsed and supported by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) of Malaysia, the principal agency responsible for promoting and enhancing the development of the construction industry in Malaysia.
The Chairman of CIDB, Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, will deliver the keynote speech at the Forum. In addition, a representative of CIDB will also be making a presentation on Malaysia’s Construction Industry Transformation Programme which aims to transform the country’s construction industry by 2020 in the areas of quality, safety & professionalism, environmental sustainability, productivity and internationalisation.
As part of the plant tour programme on day three of the event, delegates to the Forum will also have the opportunity to visit two key facilities of CIDB i.e. Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM) and the Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) Centre. The other part of the tour will cover the manufacturing facilities of Southern Steel Mesh Sdn Bhd, a producer of wire mesh, cold rolled wires and fencing mesh.
To provide focus on the construction sector, three (3) dedicated sessions have been planned for the Forum. They are Construction Management & Sustainability, Smart Systems for Steel Construction and Steel Materials & Innovative Product Developments.
Some of the interesting papers that will be presented in the above sessions include:
- Business Solution for Structural Steel Market by Siam Yamato Steel Co., Ltd., Thailand
- Seismic Resistant System by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
- Affordable Sustainable Integrated House System by Ajiya Brehad, Malaysia
- Pre-Engineer Building System – A Solution to Speed, Quality and Value of Steel Buildings by BlueScope Buildings Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
- The Development and Technology of High-Rise Steel Buildings in Taiwan by Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corp.
- Trend of Steel Structure in Sustainable/Green Buildings in Taiwan by China Steel Structure Co., Ltd
- The Improvement of Inner Quality of High-Strength Structural Plate by China Steel Corporation, Taiwan
- High Strength Steel Reinforcement – A New Beginning in Smart Construction by NatSteel Holdings Pte Ltd, Singapore
The Forum will also feature sessions on other issues affecting the sustainable development of the iron and steel industry. The sessions are Steel Market Developments, Waste Management, Energy Savings, Emissions Control and Operational Management for Environmental & Safety Improvement.
Make sure you do not miss out on this important year-end event of the Institute.
TAN AH YONG