A study conducted by SEAISI revealed that the construction sector is the single most important steel consuming sector in ASEAN, accounting for some 73.5% of the total steel demand in the region in 2014. This was followed by automotive (11%), shipbuilding (3.7%) and electrical appliances (3.4%).
During the CEO Panel Discussion at the 2016 SEAISI Conference & Exhibition in Hanoi, Vietnam, one of the key conclusions on how to move the steel industry forward is that the industry would need to spearhead the drive to increase steel intensity in the major steel consuming sectors, especially the construction sector.
At the same event, in a presentation on “ASEAN Steel Industry: Where Do We Go from Here?”, Mr. Wikrom Vajragupta, Chairman of the Thai Iron and Steel Club, Federation of Thai Industries, highlighted several construction industry issues as follows:
1. Lack of unified standards and codes of practice;
2. Material wastage, inefficient labour and time management;
3. Lack of innovation;
4. Fragmented supply chain;
5. Initial cost concerns; and
6. Inefficiencies in manufacturing facilities, productivity, management, education and training.
Mr. Wikrom then proceeded to offer some suggestions on creating long term value for the construction industry. They are:
1. Connecting buyer-supplier network through a single platform;
2. Collaborating with government to set up sustainable policies;
3. Unifying steel construction products;
4. Standardising steel design manual and codes of practice;
5. Studying steel construction market and consumer insight;
6. Supporting SME steel construction fabricators;
7. Performing steel construction product R&D through universities;
8. Providing professional training and examination; and
9. Promoting owners’ awareness through events, publications, exhibitions, etc.
Following from the above, the 2016 ASEAN Iron and Steel Sustainability Forum, to be held at the Landmark Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand from 14 to 16 November 2016, will feature several dedicated sessions on the construction sector to address some of the issues and suggestions mentioned above. The sessions are:
1. Steel Engineering for Construction Sector;
2. Steel for Sustainable Construction; and
3. Workflow Integration and Management for Construction.
In addition, one of the routes for the plant tour on 16 November 2016 will visit two leading companies in Thailand closely connected with the construction industry. The first company is Sekisui-SCG Industry Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of modular housing system in Thailand. The modules are pre-manufactured in the factory using automated process and later assembled on-site.
The second company is Thai Metal Trade Public Company Limited, which is Thailand’s leading integrated steel solution provider. Besides operating as a steel processing and distribution centre, the company also offers consultation, business solutions and materials planning services.
Besides sessions on construction sector, the Forum will also have other sessions on matters relating to the sustainable development of the iron and steel industry in ASEAN. The sessions are Steel Market Developments, Market Perspectives and Challenges, Waste Management, Energy Savings, Emissions Control and Operations Management for Environmental & Safety Improvement.
Mark your calendar to join us for this unique year-end event of the Institute.
TAN AH YONG