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Global Steel has become one of the most coveted annual steel events around the globe. With the recent sluggishness of the global markets, in addition to the economic and political challenges facing the major economies of the world, we seem to be entering a more complex and difficult to forecast phase of the economic cycle. The slowing down  of the Chinese economy and the not so impressive Indian growth story which seems to be losing its steam, is bound to have a strong impact on the steel and steel making raw materials industry. Coupled with the sovereign debt crisis in the euro-zone, and the potential for further closures  of steel mills in Europe that are suffering from structural overcapacity due to a continuous decline in steel demand, steel and raw materials prices have witnessed a steady decline.

Against this backdrop, Gujarat NRE and The Economic Times present Global Steel 2013, the 8th international conference on steel and steel making raw materials, on the 4th and 5th February, 2013 at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. Acknowledging the vital role that the emerging nations are bound to play in the years to come and steel being the catalyst of such growth, the theme of Global Steel 2013 has been chosen as “Growing on Steel”. The conference would focus and analyze the role of the emerging markets and how they have come of age to take on the mantle to become the engine of global growth, with steel acting as a panacea of the economy.

Global Steel 2013, while discussing the complexities of the current situation, will also focus on the possible solutions of overcoming the crisis, and further assess how the global steel industry could adjust and innovate itself in the current scenario to become a rallying point for economic recovery in India and the world.

Global Steel 2013 would primarily deliberate on the following:

Steel around the Globe-Steel outlook, forecasts and challenges, role of emerging nations, how long will the dark times last?

Crouching Tiger or Burning Bright – Getting Indian steel demand moving again, new technologies

The Call of the Dragon – The Chinese steel story, is it ending and implications

Steel Making Raw Materials – Iron ore: India and the world

Steel Making Raw Materials – Coking Coal - Australia, Mozambique and India

The Steel Party Spoilers and Enablers – Land, environment, infrastructure, finance, technology in India and the rest of the World.

Together, we can!

With Best Regards,

Arun Kumar Jagatramka
Chairman and Managing Director
Gujarat NRE Coke Limited
and Conference Co-Chaiman

Neil J Bristow
Chief Consultant
H & W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd
and Conference Co-Chaiman

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