A quick review of the event
I had the opportunity to attend the Town Hall Forum at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh this week. AISTech is the Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition and it was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. There were hundreds of exhibitors at the event including several fluid power companies. They are all intersted in selling to the steel-making industry.
The keynote event of the week was the Town Hall Forum held right at the convention center on Wednesday morning, This event usually features a panel of leading industry executives who are gathered at AISTech to participate in this moderated panel discussion of current steel industry issues, concerns, and opportunities. It was moderated by Jon Delano of KDKA radio in Pittsburgh.
The panel included Carlos Garza of Tenova, Andrew Harshaw of Arcelor Mittal, Mario Longhi of US Steel, Michael Rehwinkel of EVRAZ, Anand Sen of TATA Steel, and Chad Utermark of Nucor-Yamato Steel. This is quite an impressive panel of steel industry experts. They tackled several important topics including the importance and necessity of innovation, safety, and workforce/recruitment.
The same issues that face most of American industry are also present for the steelmakers. Safety is always an important issue for the protection of the workforce. Innovation is needed to keep every company competive on the world market and keep steel competitive with other materials. Workforce recruitment is a difficult issue for this industry because of the general environment of a steel mill.
It was a very interesting session for all in attendance and a very successful AISTech 2013. Next year the event moves to Indianapolis on May 5-8, 2014. While the steel-making capacity in the US may not be what it once was, it still represents a significant marketplace for fluid power components.