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 2018.
The first major event of the year for the Institute is the 2018 Travelling Seminar. The theme of the seminar i.e. “Enhance Operation Efficiency and Quality through Digitisation and Optimisation”, aptly reflects one of the key challenges facing the steel industry today. The seminar is scheduled to be held from 5 to 14 March 2018 in Shah Alam, Malaysia (5 March), Hanoi, Vietnam (7 March), Bangkok, Thailand (9 March), Manila, Philippines (12 March) and Jakarta, Indonesia (14 March).
Papers to be presented are “Steelmaking Process for High Quality Steel Products” by JFE Steel, Japan; “Improvement on Surface Defect for Billet/Slab Combo Casters” by Tung Ho Steel Enterprise Corporation, Taiwan; “Liberty OneSteel – Readiness for Industry 4.0 Programme” by Liberty OneSteel, Australia; “Smartisation in The Steel Industry” by POSCO, South Korea; and “Integrated Value-Chain Analysis and Intelligent Decision Optimisation for Steel Cost Reduction in The New Era of Industry 4.0” by N-Side S.A., Belgium.
The most anticipated event of the year, the 2018 SEAISI Conference and Exhibition, will be organised in Jakarta, Indonesia. In view of the Ramadan fasting month in May/June, this year’s event will be held later than usual, from 25 to 28 June 2018, at Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Mega Kuningan. The theme of the conference is “ASEAN Steel Industry – Next Leap of Transformation”.
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. Dr. Edwin Basson, Director General of the World Steel Association, has already confirmed his participation as one of the keynote speakers. Approaches are currently being made to get a couple of leading steel industry captains in Asia to join Dr. Basson in the keynote session.
Other than the keynote presentations and panel discussion, there will also be several interesting sessions dwelling on the status and issues and challenges of the steel industry in the region and beyond. We will also have the usual technical sessions on many important topics of interest to the steel fraternity.
For the plant tour, arrangements are being made to organise two routes covering several leading steel establishments in Jakarta and Cilegon.
In conjunction with the conference, a training course on “Big Data Analytics to Improve Steel Process Operation” will be organised on 24 June 2018. The training will be conducted by Dr. Yale Zhang of N-Side S.A., Belgium.
The 2018 SEAISI Training Programme will be hosted by the Korean 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 2018 ASEAN Iron and Steel Sustainability Forum which is scheduled to be held in the final week of November in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Other things to look out for include the publication of the all-new 2018/19 SEAISI Directory, due out in February, and the 2018 Steel Statistical Yearbook, which will be published in July/August.
In addition to the above, SEAISI plans to organise a brainstorming session toward the later part of the year involving key stakeholders to map out new strategies and direction for the Institute. The last time such a session was held was way back in December 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand.
We look forward to your continued support and participation in the events and activities of the Institute.
TAN AH YONG