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View the 2017 conference programme below 

Wednesday 14 June 2017 - Morning Session

08:45: Welcome to Future Steel Forum
Matthew Moggridge, Editor, Steel Times International

08:55: Opening Address- Cognitive Value Chain - an approach to managing Digital Disruption in Steel
Manish Chawla, General Manager, IBM

09:15: Keynote: Global Perspectives on Digital Manufacturing
Pinakin Chaubal, General Manager, ArcelorMittal Global R&D

Introductory Themes

Chairman: Jose Favilla, Director, Industry Solutions for Industrial Products, IBM

09:45: Voestalpine - One Step Ahead in Digitising Processes in the Metals Industry
Dr Michael Eder, Global Chief Digital Officer HPM Division, Voestalpine; and Dr Johann Reisinger, Head of R&D Mechatronics, Voestalpine Stahl GmbH

10:15: Digital Transformation Initiatives in Mining & Metals - the Tata Steel approach
Sarajit Jha, Chief of Digital Value Acceleration, Tata Steel


10:45-11:15 Coffee Break and Exhibition Time


11:15: The Digital Revolution - The Human Factor and Inertia
Dr Rizwan A Janjua, Head of Technology, World Steel Association

11:45: Industry 4.0 - where does the humble human being fit in?
Michael Bremicker, Partner, Operations Consulting, KPMG AG
Dr Markus Zeimes, Partner, Audit Corporate, KPMG AG

12:15: How could Industry 4.0 Transform the Steel Industry?
Professor Harald Peters, VDEh-Betriebsforschungsinititut GmbH

12:45: IT terminology - defining the concepts
Stephane Mouton, Department Manager, CETIC


13:15: Lunch and Exhibition Meetings

Wednesday 14 June 2017 - Afternoon Session

Business Models

Chairman: Mick Steeper, Chair, Iron & Steel Society, IoM3

14:45: Ensure your Digital Plant Runs Perfectly - but also benefits your customers
Stefan Koch, Global Lead for Metals, SAP SE

15:15: How Industry 4.0 Can Save Steelmakers Money
Jane Zavalishina, CEO, Yandex Data Factory

15:45: Industry 4.0 - An Holistic Approach
Dr Dirk Schaefer, Associate Professor of Design Engineering, University of Bath


16:15 - 16:45: Coffee Break and Exhibition Time


16:45-17:15: Keynote Presentation: Industry 4.0 in Steel: Status, Strategy, Roadmap and Capabilities
Holger Stamm and Dr Nils Naujok, Strategy &, part of the PwC network

17:15: Panel Discussion: New Business Models
Chairman: Raffael Binder, Marketing Director, PSI

Dr Michael Eder, Global Chief Digital Officer HPM Division, Voestalpine

Dr Markus Reifferscheid, SMS group GmbH

Yannick Leprêtre, Innovation Director, Fives

Dr Dirk Schaefer, Associate Professor of Design Engineering, University of Bath

Dr Luc Bongaerts, Business Development Manager, OM Partners

Mick Steeper, Chair, Iron & Steel Society, IoM3


18:00: Conference Closes


Thursday 15 June 2017 - Morning Session

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Steel Manufacturing and Digitalisation

08:30-09:30: Chairman: Dr Rizwan A Janjua, Head, Technology, World Steel Association

Marco Ometto, Executive Vice President, Danieli Automation

Jane Zavalishina, CEO, Yandex Data Factory

Kristiaan Van Teutum, Vice President, Strip Processing Lines, Fives

Dr Markus Reifferscheid, SMS group GmbH

Kurt Herzog, Head of Department, Industrie 4.0, Primetals Technologies

Jose Favilla, Director, Industry Solutions for Industrial Products, IBM

Business Organisation

Chairman: Dr Luc Bongaerts, Business Development Manager, OM Partners

09:30: Industry 4.0 and its Challenges for Flexible Production Planning
Wilfried Runde, Head of Production Planning Systems of EA Direct Business and EA Services, SMS group

10:00: Rolling into the Future of Digitalisation - Primetals Technologies' Long Rolling Control System
Ruth Kirkwood-Azmat, Primetals Technologies USA

10:30:  Industry 4.0 - from equipment to service. Keywords for the future of co-operation between automation and steel manufacturing
Marco Ometto, Executive Vice President, Danieli Automation


11:00: Tea break and Exhibition time


11:30:  The Digital Unity - How Customers Benefit from a Production Management System
Kurt Herzog, Head of Department, Primetals Technologies Industrie 4.0

12:00: Fives and Batou: A 10-year digital programme to develop a wide range of high added value automotive steels
Jean-Paul Nauzin, CEO, Fives KEOD

12:30: Industry 4.0 in Rolling Mills enabled by Proactive Quality Assurance
Hans Peintinger, Managing Director, QuinLogic GmbH

13:00: Intelligent Control Systems: how to upgrade existing operational technologies
Daniel Sanchez, Sales Director, Russula


13:30: Lunch and Exhibition Meetings


Thursday 15 June 2017 - Afternoon Session 

IT Infrastructure

Chairman: Dr. Dirk Schaefer, Associate Professor of Design Engineering, University of Bath

14:30: Optimising the Plants of the Future thanks to Smart Data & Services
Yannick Leprêtre, Innovation Designer, Fives

15:00: Evaporating the Pyramid - Close Collbaoration between Production Management and Process Automation
Luc Van Nerom, Head of Research & Development, PSI

15:30: Intelligent Alarm Managment in the Steel Industry
Sebastian Kopsan, Backend Developer, SMS digital


16:00: Tea break 


16:30: ABB Metals' Ability in Digital. The Internet of Things, Services and People from an industrial automation supplier
Andreas Vollmer, Global R&D Manager, ABB Metals

Plant Safety and Security

Chairman: Jose Favilla, Director, Industry Solutions for Industrial Products, IBM

17:00: Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems - how to take security seriously
Professor Chris Hankin, Imperial College London

17:30: Cyber Security - a New Challenge for Production (Management)
Heiko Wolf, Product Manager, R&D Program, PSImetals FutureLab

18:00: Closing remarks
Matthew Moggridge, Editor, Steel Times International

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