Over two full days, STEEL TECH will offer a conference programme aimed at innovation and technology in the steel sector. All of the talks will be presented by renowned national and international experts.

Steel Tech 2021
Data updated date 11/06/2021


08:15 - 09:00
09:15 - 09:50
Welcome speech and Opening
09:55 - 10:15
KEYNOTE: Current Trends in Steel Technology for Forged Products
Dr.-Ing. Hans-Willi Raedt - CEO - Prosimalys
The application of steel in forged products is a highly developed technology. With 26 million tons of worldwide production it is certainly widely applied, too. However, this does not mean that there are not a number of interesting new developments that are taking place in this sector.This conferenceRead more
10:20 - 10:40
Hybrid industrialisation building construction systems
Mª Begoña López Ferrer - Managing Director - The Prototipo Company by Urbania
Any construction element which, once set in its corresponding place on site, automatically fulfils the function assigned to it. Hybrid industrialised building systems are construction techniques where components which become part of the construction building system are manufactured off-site, and Read more
10:45 - 11:05
11:10 - 11:55
Coffee Break - Networking exhibition area
12:00 - 12:20
12:25 - 12:45
Advanced developments in Steel for Electrical vehicles
Manuel López Lage - R&D BiW - Steel Advanced Engineering Manager - Gestamp
E-Mobility is a hot topic of today`s automotive industry and it also impacts  the body car structure.  At this conference Gestamp will showcase innovative steel product concepts to meet these specific requirements,  as special crash strategies and the usage of new technologies.  Read more
12:50 - 13:10
Safe transport and storage of damaged lithium ion batteries in stainless steel containers
Angela Garcia-Maraver - Product Development Manager - Thielmann
The electric vehicle market is experiencing such a remarkable growth that sales of electric cars are expected to increase to 12 million in 2025. A side effect of the growing use of electric cars is the need for manufacturers to be responsible for the disposal of batteries, which collection and reRead more
13:15 - 14:00
Roundtable - Construction / Automotive / Railway
Jon Ansoleaga - Director - ERAIKUNE - Eraikune - Basque Construction Cluster
Víctor Ruíz Piñeiro - President - Mafex
Debate on previously discussed Construction / Automotive / Railway issues moderated through questions Read more
14:05 - 15:05
Lunch Break - Networking exhibition area
15:10 - 15:30
Strategic Product review for structural steel in Wind Energy
Manuel Ignacio Pérez Rodríguez - R&D Manager - Windar Renovables
Starting from a brief strategic review of the portfolio of products, both available and expected for the coming years for onshore and offshore wind turbines as well as offshore foundations, the presentation will take advantage of this basis to continue illustrating in detail the different steel prodRead more
15:35 - 15:55
16:00 - 16:20
Embrittlement-resistant steels for a safe hydrogen economy
Carlos Capdevila - Vice Scientific Director - CENIM - CSIC Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas
A major, but often overlooked, impediment to a clean hydrogen economy is hydrogen embrittlement of steel pipes and storage tanks, which can cause catastrophic failure. This presentation aims to investigate the suitability of current steel materials and provide design guidelines for new steel for hydRead more
16:25 - 16:45
High performance materials for use in chemical industry process
Alejandra López - R&D Director - Tubacex Innovación
Environments with high percentage of hydrogen are very challenging in terms of material selection. The talk will show material solutions for chemical industry process to avoid phenomena as Hydrogen Embrittlement or Metal Dusting. Austenitic stainless steels are commonly selected for high pressRead more
16:50 - 17:30
Roundtable - Energy
Luis Rodriguez Llopis - Chairman - Basque Energy Cluster
Jesús Navas - Operations Director - Vicinay Marine S.L.
Jesús Manuel Gil - Director of Innovation and Renewable Gases - Enagas
Moderator: Javier Belzunce - MODERATOR / Professor - Oviedo University
Debate on previously discussed Energy issues moderated through questions Read more
17:35 - 17:40
Daily Review and 2nd day Preview
Asier San Millán - Managing Director - SIDEREX (Cluster Association os Steelworks)
Dr.-Ing. Hans-Willi Raedt - CEO - Prosimalys
18:00 - 19:30
Afterwork Drink - Networking exhibition area


08:30 - 09:00
09:15 - 09:35
KEYNOTE DIGITIZATION: ArcelorMittal Global Approach to Digitalization
Carlos Alba - Global R&D - Chief Digital Officer - ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal’s vision for digitalization is a fully digitalized enterprise where everything is connected. This includes manufacturing (and mining), procurement, commercial, supply chain, logistics, finance, strategy and product development.   This presentation introduces the ArceloRead more
09:40 - 10:00
The use of digital tools in steelmaking plants - How to be present in absentia
Miles Shephard - VP Business Development North America - IDOM Consulting, Engineering, Architecture
Over the past year, the COVID pandemic travelling restrictions have made site visits, in some instances, all but impossible. Still, IDOM yearns to continue providing the best service to the clients belonging to the steelmaking industry. Therefore, new digital tools that alleviate the consequences ofRead more
10:05 - 10:25
10:30 - 10:50
10:55 - 11:15
Excelsior Steel Process Intelligence for EAF
Eneko Sedano Plazaola - Engineer - Sarralle
Sarralle reveals itself against the general tendency of labelling the steel industry as "traditional". This term is often understood by the society as old and obsolete, but nothing could be further from the truth. The steel industry has been and is the base industry for all the developmentRead more
11:20 - 12:05
Coffee Break - Networking exhibition area
12:10 - 12:30
Gisele Widdershoven - Managing Director - Gallia Resources and Inclusion& Diversity Security Lead - Accenture the Netherlands
12:35 - 13:20
Roundtable - Cybersecurity
Presidente - - GAIA - Association of Applied Knowledge and Technology Industries in the Basque Country
Javier Dieguez - Director - BCSC - Basque Cybersecurity Centre
Gisele Widdershoven - Managing Director - Gallia Resources and Inclusion& Diversity Security Lead - Accenture the Netherlands
Saioa Arrizabalaga - Director of Data Analysis and Information Management - ceit
Debate on previously discussed cibersecurity issues moderated through questions Read more
13:25 - 13:45
KEYNOTE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: One of the pillars of EU Steel Industry to address its decarbonisation
Enrico Malfa - President - Tenova SpA & ESTEP Focus Group
Enrico MALFA Tenova SpA & ESTEP Focus Group Circular Economy Chairperson, Castellanza (VA), Italy, Klaus PETERS Secretary General European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP), Brussels, Belgium, Valentina COLLA Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna & ESTEP Focus Group Circular Economy Vice-Read more
13:50 - 14:10
Economía Circular
14:15 - 15:15
Lunch Break - Networking exhibition area
15:20 - 15:40
CERES - Advanced Research in the field of Mineral-based Industrial Waste as Secondary Raw Materials
Juan Francisco Almagro - Head of Laboratories and Research - Acerinox Europa S.A.U.
CERES - Advanced Research in the field of Mineral-based Industrial Waste as Secondary Raw Materials for the formulation of new Organic Products and the Creation of Circular Economy Closed Loops. The participants involved in this proposal coordinated by ACERINOX Europa include: FYM cement plant; ARead more
15:45 - 16:05
Anna Casals - Head Of Innovation CELSA Group Spain - Celsa Group
White slag is one of the steelworks waste with greater recovery difficulty, unlike black slag and smoke dust for example, which can be used in more consolidated and developed applications. Currently, only part of the white slag is recovered for use in low economic return applications. In Europe, whiRead more
16:10 - 16:30
Sidenor's experience in a Systematic and Integral refractory waste management
Aintzane Soto - Process Researcher / Chemical Engineering - Sidenor Investigación y Desarrollo S.A.
Circular Economy has been widely integrated by many industries during last decades, especially in the steel sector. Thanks for the thorough research work, nowadays most of the steelmakers can reuse or valorise up to 80% of waste, including EAF slag, EAF dust, Ladle Furnace slag or iron scale. HowRead more
16:35 - 17:05
Round table - Circular Economy
Xabier Caño - Chairman - Aclima
Santiago Oliver - Environment, research and innovation Director - Unesid
José María Fernández Alcalá - Head of Circular Economy - IHOBE Sociedad pública de Gestión Ambiental
Roberto Castelo - MODERATOR / Technical Secretariat of PLATEA - PLATEA, Spanish Steel Technological Platform
Debate on previously discussed Circular Economy issues moderated through questions Read more
17:10 - 17:25
Congress Summary and Closing


08:30 - 18:00
Plants tours

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