As we welcome the New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the important events and activities of SEAISI in 2016.
The first major event of the year for the Institute is the 2016 Travelling Seminar. With the theme “Management Tolls for Operational Excellence”, the seminar is scheduled to be held from 21 to 30 March 2016 in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. Speakers will be provided by OneSteel of Australia, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation of Japan, POSCO of Korea and Walsin Lihwa Corporation of Taiwan.
The most anticipated event of the year is the 2016 SEAISI Conference and Exhibition. The event will be held at JW Marriott Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam from 30 May to 2 June 2016. The theme of the conference is “Innovating and Sustaining Competitiveness in ASEAN Steel Industry”.
The highlight of the conference is the Keynote Session which will feature several prominent keynote speakers and a CEO panel discussion involving some of the top executives of steel companies in the region. The confirmed keynote speakers so far are Mr. Chen Yuan-Cheng, Chairman of Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation and Mr. Nghiem Xuan Da, General Director of Vietnam Steel Corporation. Another thing to look out for is the plant tour programme on the last day of the event which will provide options for delegates to visit some of the leading steel establishments in Vietnam including the Hoa Phat Integrated Steel Mill and the newly commissioned Formosa Ha Tinh Integrated Steel Mill.
In conjunction with the conference, a training course on “Understanding Metallurgy Involved in Continuous Casting and How This Can Improve Product Quality” will be organised on 29 May 2016. The training will be conducted by Mr. Michael Wright of Modern Metal Solutions Pte Ltd.
The 2016 SEAISI Training Programme will be hosted by the Australia National Committee and is expected to take place in the later part of October this year.
The year-end event of the Institute is the 2016 ASEAN Iron and Steel Sustainability Forum which is scheduled to be held in the final week of November in Bangkok, Thailand.
Other things to look out for include the publication of the all-new 2016/17 SEAISI Directory, due out in February, and the 2016 Steel Statistical Yearbook, which will be published in July/August.
In addition to the above, the Institute is currently working on a complete revamp of its official website to make it more attractive, informative and user friendly. The new website, expected to be ready by the middle of 2016, will contain new features that will facilitate mobile application access; provide for highlights and pop-up news/breaking news; carry more news, articles and reports of interest; create platform for interaction and connectivity among members as well as participants of the Institute’s events; and facilitate E-commerce activities.
Another endeavour by the Institute to provide useful information to its members is the publication of an updated version of the Map of the ASEAN Steel Industry. The map, first published in May 2009, has been well received as it is the only publication of its kind on the ASEAN steel industry. The new map is also expected to be published in the middle of 2016.
We look forward to your continued support and participation in the events and activities of the Institute.
TAN AH YONG