Message from Secretary General_January 2019

Posted on 29 January 2019

Source: SEAISI
The Institute is gearing itself for an interesting and eventful year in 2019 following the admission of Myanmar as a new member country of SEAISI and the adoption of a new business plan by the board of directors end last year. 
The first major event of the year for the Institute is the 2019 Travelling Seminar.  The theme of the seminar is “Value Creation through Process Improvement, Reliability and Recyclability”. The seminar is scheduled to be held from 11 to 22 March 2019 and, for the first time, Myanmar will be included as one of the stops in the travelling schedule. The seminar will kick-off in Jakarta, Indonesia on 11 March 2019, followed by Shah Alam, Malaysia (13 March), Yangon, Myanmar (15 March), Bangkok, Thailand (18 March), Hanoi, Vietnam (20 March) and end in Manila, Philippines on 22 March 2019.
Papers to be presented are “Efforts of Japanese Iron & Steel Industries for Global Environmental Challenges” by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Japan; “Achievement and Prospects of EAF Compact Route in Feng Hsin Steel” by Feng Hsin Iron & Steel Co., Ltd, Taiwan; “Experiences and Methods of Continuous Improvement at Newcastle Rod Mill” by Liberty Steel, Australia; “POSCO’s Compact Endless Cast Rolling Mill (CEM) Process” and “POSCO’s Wire Rod Manufacturing Process & Experience on Quality Improvement” by POSCO, South Korea.
The most anticipated event of the year is of course the 2019 SEAISI Conference and Exhibition, which will be organised in Bangkok, Thailand. The event will be held on 17 to 20 June 2019 at The Athenee Hotel and the theme of the conference is “Sustainable Development of ASEAN Steel Value Chain”.
One of the highlights 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. 
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, including two special sessions related to Digital Developments in Steel Industry. The Country Report session will have, for the first time, a presentation on the status of the steel industry in Myanmar. 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 visits to several leading steel and steel related establishments in Thailand.
In conjunction with the conference, a training course on “Introduction and Applications of Innovative Tools for Steel Industry” will be organised on 16 June 2019. The training will be conducted by POSCO.
The 2019 SEAISI Training Programme will be hosted by the Taiwan 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 2019 ASEAN Iron and Steel Sustainability Forum which is scheduled to be held towards the end of November in Indonesia.
Other things to look out for include the publication of the 2019 Steel Statistical Yearbook, which will be published in July/August, as well as new activities/programmes related to the new vision, mission and priority strategic initiatives of the Institute.
In addition to the above, the Institute is also in the process of undertaking a revamp of its official website to enhance the website’s contents and features, including enabling on-line payments of annual membership subscription fees and event registration fees. 
We look forward to your continued support and participation in the events and activities of the Institute.

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