Met Coke World Summit 2003 (Metallurgical Coke)

Venue: Holiday Inn on King

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Oct 07, 2003 End Date/Time: Oct 09, 2003
Registration Date: Oct 08, 2003
Early Registration Date: Aug 29, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 13, 2003
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“This conference will focus on current trends affecting the metallurgical coke industry – including supply & demand dynamics, cost and pricing trends, environmental issues, coking coal availability/quality/costs, and new technologies,” said Dr. Hugh Olmstead, Intertech’s Coke & Coal Program Manager. The conference will be devoted to helping producers and users of coke successfully respond to pressures associated with increased globalization, industry consolidation, rising energy and coal costs, and tightening environmental regulations. Olmstead noted that “Attendees will get a comprehensive appraisal of coke production and capacities by region, coke trade balances, new coke-making technologies, the rate of closing/building/rebuilding coke batteries, by-products control and marketing, and the practical impact of the on-going rationalization of the world steel industry.”

Over 200 executives are expected to attend this event from the fields of coal, coke, iron & steel, plant design, project development, and international trade and transport. The conference will feature 23 speakers on October 8-9 and two panel discussions. Two 3-hour pre-conference seminars will be held on October 7 and a field trip is planned for October 10 to coke batteries in Hamilton, Ontario at the Dofasco and Stelco steel works. There will also be a number of sponsored networking functions, and an exhibit area for display of new products and processes.

2002 saw record steel and pig iron production, and also record coke consumption. Booming Chinese steel demand coupled to environmental closures of coke capacity in China, led to strongly rising coke prices and shortages. This situation has major implications for steel companies that face critical decisions pertaining to meeting their current and future coke needs.

This conference is timely because the entire international coke and coking coal sector faces four critical uncertainties today – the resolution of which will have a profound effect on international steel, foundry and ferroalloy practice over the next decade. These are:

(1)Can we make enough coke and met coal to meet booming world demand, especially for developing regions of the world?

(2)Should we repair, up-grade or build new coke facilities – and with what designs if we go new – to meet the shortage of coke plants?

(3)Can we get enough high quality coking coal at reasonable prices?

(4)How can we meet the increasingly stringent environmental regulations that affect our industry?