North American Stainless & Special Alloys Conference 2022

Thursday, October 13 to Friday, October 14, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
The Westin Nashville
Stainless 2022: Battle of the Global Supply Chains

Stainless & Special Alloys Conference is back to North America 2022!

Organized by SMR Events in cooperation with World Steel Dynamics.

It's time to meet again with participants from the entire stainless steel and special alloys supply chain.

We will gather in Nashville, TN, USA, from Oct. 13 - 14, 2022 in order to discuss the current state of the global and North American stainless & special alloys industry and all relevant issues that will shape the business in 2023 and beyond.

We look forward to seeing you there!




Supporting Organization

The following agenda is preliminary. Timing of sessions, speaker names, and presentation titles may be subject to change.

Welcome Reception
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Networking Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 13, 2022
Registration desk opens
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Cronimet
Session 1: How can we keep the North American STS Supply Chain Competitive?
Chairman: Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Chairmans' Opening Remarks
Cleveland Cliffs - North American leader in ferritic stainless and electrical steel
Brian Bishop, Executive Vice President, Commercial, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., USA
Evolutionary Challenges for SS LP Supply-chains
Roberto Bertin, Group Sales Director, Acciaierie Valbruna SpA, Italy
Networking Coffee Break sponsored by Valbruna
Panel Discussion
Roberto Bertin, Group Sales Director, Acciaierie Valbruna SpA, Italy
Thiery Crémailh, CEO, Swiss Steel International, Germany
Matthew Kouba, Managing Director, Böllinghaus Steel Americas Corp, USA
Session 2: Distribution - Backbone of the Industry Supply Chain
Chairman: Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Supply Chain - Backbone of the Industry
Craig du Plessis, Vice President, Global Stainless Steel Inc., Canada
Panel Discussion
Craig du Plessis, Vice President, Global Stainless Steel Inc., Canada
Joey Johnson, Executive Vice President High Value Add Business, Kloeckner Metals Corporation, USA
Carol McSwain, Director Supply Chain - Non-Ferrous, NIM Group, USA
Seth Young, President, Amerinox Processing Inc., USA
Networking Lunch sponsored by Canada Nickel
Session 3: Trends in selected end use industries
Chairman: Wolfgang Lipp, Vice President, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Architecture, Building & Construction
L. William Zahner, CEO/President, A. Zahner Company, USA
Appliances & Food Service
Carmen Pino, Senior Vice President Sales, Outokumpu Americas, USA
Peter Schaller, Vice President of Technical Services and Continuous Improvement, EMI Industries, LLC, USA
Rich Wrightington, Executive Sourcing Director, GE Appliances, USA
Andrew Littlefield, Commodity Manager, Norma Group, USA
Angel Ramirez, Global Commodity Director, Steel, Tube and Welding Wire, Faurecia Clean Mobility, Germany
Oil & Gas, CPI, Energy
Philip Lehr, General Sales Manager, Swepco Tube, USA
Mike Manning, Director - New Business & Special Programs, Finkl Steel, USA
Networking Refreshment Break sponsored by Valbru
Fireside Chat
Chairman: Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Mike Burbach, COO, Ryerson, USA
Cristobal Fuentes, President & CEO, NAS - North American Stainless, USA
Dennis Oates, Chairman, President & CEO, Universal Stainless & Alloys Products, Inc., USA
Geoff Pfeiffer, Senior Director Specialty Sales, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., USA
End of day 1
Neworking Event - Nashville Music Night sponsored by Global Stainless
Day 2
Friday, October 14, 2022
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Cronimet
Session 4: Raw Materials
Chairman: Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Chairmans' Opening Remarks
Nickel Market Outlook
Christy Gellert, Senior Market Analyst, Vale Canada Limited, Canada
How Digital Supply Chain Solutions Help Steel Companies to Mitigate Risks and Save Costs
Robin Haeberle, Chief Sales Officer, Metals Hub GmbH, Germany
Kevin Hülsmann, Senior Account Executive, Metals Hub GmbH, Germany
Panel Discussion
Victor Constant, Market Research Analyst, ICDA - International Chromium Development Association, France
Christy Gellert, Senior Market Analyst, Vale Canada Limited, Canada
Chris Gnann, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Climax Molybdenum Company, USA
Robin Haeberle, Chief Sales Officer, Metals Hub GmbH, Germany
Frank Santoro, President/CEO, Cronimet Corporation, USA
Mark Selby, Chairman, CEO & Director, Canada Nickel Company Inc., Canada
Networking Refreshment Break sponsored by Valbruna
Session 5: Specialty Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloys
Chairman: Wolfgang Lipp, Vice President, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Remelted Steels and Powder Metallurgy - friend or foe
Benedikt Blitz, Managing Director, SMR Premium - High Value Metals Market Research, Germany
Panel Discussion
Benedikt Blitz, Managing Director, SMR Premium - High Value Metals Market Research, Germany
Terry Engle, Vice President Global Sales, PCC Metals Group, USA
Don Hennon, Vice President Commercial - Stainless Steel, Combined Metals, USA
SMR outlook what's hot and what's not
Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Networking Lunch sponsored by Canada Nickel
End of Conference

Thursday, October 13

Session 1: How can we keep the North American STS Supply Chain Competitive? Session 2: Distribution - Backbone of the Industry Supply Chain Session 3: Trends in selected end use industries Fireside Chat

Friday, October 14

Session 4: Raw Materials Session 5: Specialty Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloys

North American Stainless & Special Alloys Conference 2022 will take place in the following venue:

The Westin Nashville
807 Clark Place Ave, Nashville, TN, 37203


Unfortunately the group room block at Westin hotel is fully booked in the meantime. Please contact the hotel directly to check if there is any availability at market rates.

For further information and queries, please contact the hotel directly (Telephone +1 629 800 5213).

As the conference venue is located close to the city centre, many other hotels can be reached within walking distance. Please check booking platforms for a suitable choice.

Representatives from the following companies will attend the event (the list will be updated regularly):

  • Aamor Inox
  • A. Zahner Co.
  • Amari Metals
  • American Stainless
  • Amerinox Processing, Inc.
  • Antunes & Co
  • Aperam Stainless Services & Solutions USA
  • ASA Alloys
  • ATI Specialty Rolled Products
  • Basic Metals
  • Böllinghaus Steel Americas Corp
  • Canada Nickel Company Inc.
  • Carlson Sales
  • CFF Stainless Steels Inc.
  • Chicago Stainless & Metal Exchange
  • Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
  • Climax Molybdenum Company
  • Cogne Acciai Speciali Spa
  • Cogne Speciality Steel USA, Inc
  • Coilplus
  • Combined Metals
  • Cronimet Corporation
  • Daido Steel (America) Inc.
  • Dharma Empresarial
  • Diversified Ulbrich
  • DM Latin Express Corp
  • Electralloy
  • ELG Metals, Inc.
  • Ellwood City Forge
  • EMI Industries, LLC
  • Excel Stainless USA
  • Faurecia Clean Mobility
  • Ferrous Processing & Trading
  • Finkl Steel
  • Fischer Canada
  • Frisa
  • Gautier Specialty Metals LLC
  • GE Appliances
  • G&L Tube
  • Global Stainless Steel, Inc.
  • Groditz
  • Heat and Control, Inc
  • ICDA - International Chromium Development Association
  • IMA Inox Market America LLC
  • Independent Stainless LLC
  • Industeel USA LLC
  • Inox Market Service SpA
  • Jacquet Mid-Atlantic
  • JeriPar
  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Kloeckner Metals
  • LE Commodities
  • Magna Stainless
  • Marcegaglia Specialties
  • Marmon Keystone Corp
  • Marubeni Itochu Steel Canada
  • Metals Hub
  • Metalwest
  • Middleby
  • Millennia Metals
  • MISA
  • NAS - North American Stainless
  • Nesta Metals
  • Nichol and Associates Inc.
  • NIM Group
  • Nippon Yakin America, Inc.
  • NKS
  • Norma Group
  • Olbert Metal Sales Limited
  • OMP
  • Outokumpu Americas
  • Palisades Holdings
  • PCC Energy Group
  • PCC Metals Group
  • Phoenix Tube
  • Powkat, LLC
  • Purem by Eberspacher
  • Quarto North America
  • Reibus International
  • RM Metals
  • Rolled Alloys
  • Rolled Metal Products
  • Ryerson Inc.
  • Sachin Steel Inc
  • Samuel, Son & Co.
  • Schnitzer Industries
  • SIJ Americas
  • SMR
  • Solar Turbines
  • Special Metals Corporation
  • SPS Companies Inc.
  • Stainless Steel Midwest
  • Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
  • Sun City Group
  • Swepco Tube
  • Swiss Steel International
  • Synalloy (Bristol Metals)
  • Ta Chen International, Inc
  • Titanium Industries
  • TW Metals
  • Ulbrich
  • United Scrap Metal
  • Universal Stainless and Alloy Products Inc.
  • Valbruna Group
  • Vale Canada Limited
  • Webco Industries
  • WESTMET International
  • World Steel Dynamics
  • Yarde Metals
  • Zapp Precision Strip


Global Stainless Steel Inc.

Global Stainless Steel Inc. is a Canadian based company selling stainless flat, long and aluminum flat products on 5 continents. They started in 1996 and they now have offices in Canada, USA, England, Italy, Australia and China. They are unique in that they run service centers, master distribution and trading divisions, giving them a broader understanding of the metals distribution business. Global stainless has stock of 12,000 tons in North America and processing equipment to deliver your needs. Its European business is centered around jit material in stainless flat products processed to size. Stocking programs, processing to size and financing are key offerings of Global's.

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Canada Nickel Company Inc.

Canada Nickel is currently focused on its 100% owned flagship Crawford Nickel Sulphide Project in the heart of the prolific Timmins mining camp. Crawford is the world’s largest nickel sulphide discovery since the early 1970s, would be one of the five largest nickel sulphide operations if in production today, and is targeting completion of a bankable feasibility study by year-end 2022.

Canada Nickel’s Crawford Nickel Sulphide discovery represents the Next Generation of Nickel – large scale, lower grade, open pit nickel sulphide project with potential for zero carbon footprint – well-positioned to deliver the metals needed to power the electric vehicle revolution and feed the high growth stainless steel market. The Company possesses industry leading nickel expertise and is focused on low risk well-established mining jurisdictions. The Company is also pursuing the development of processes to allow the production of net zero carbon nickel, cobalt, and iron products, and has applied in multiple jurisdictions to trademark the terms NetZero NickelTM, NetZero CobaltTM, NetZero IronTM.

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Cronimet Corporation

CRONIMET has been supplying raw materials for the stainless steel producing industry for four decades. As a family business, it has grown into a global player in this important supply sector. As the resource protection is becoming increasingly important, the Group is striving to further develop in these future markets.

CRONIMET is a global specialist for stainless steel scrap, ferro alloys and primary metals. Today the company is established on six continents at more than 70 locations on the worldwide procurement markets for secondary raw materials.

Four pillars support the company: Recycling, Trade & Sales, Production and Services. A comprehensive range of products and services is based on this solid foundation. It ranges from processed stainless steel and metal scrap to special and superalloys. Whether pure or precisely recombined, CRONIMET guarantees its customers exact analyses of all raw materials. If required, all components are provided in a chargeable form for the melting process.

In addition to Cronimet's focus on solid scrap, the subsidiary Cronimet Envirotec is treating metal-containing soft scrap from industries such as the automotive sector, steel mills, foundries, and others. With an innovative vacuum distillation technology, an environmentally friendly separation of materials without their chemical modification is achieved. With that, wholesome recycling of hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams can be guaranteed. Grinding sludges, oily mill scale, and other wet metal-bearing materials are dried and de-oiled at Envirotec's premises in Bitterfeld, Germany. The metal residues obtained in this way can be returned to smelter in the form of metal briquettes, as can filter dust and other metallic powders. Briquetting with the use of an organic binder enables the company to produce an output raw material that can be used as a substitute for solid scrap.

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Valbruna Group

Founded in 1925 and now employing more than 2500 people, Valbruna is a Private Fully Integrated Steel Mill and Depot with focus on direct mill production sales of long products of Alloy Steel, Stainless Steel & High Nickel Alloys globally.

With a long experience of over 95 years in the stainless steel production, Valbruna boasts 4 production plants and 42 subsidiaries that ensure constant direct contact with customers, wherever they may be located around the world.

The fourth facility, Valbruna ASW Inc. of Welland (ON-Canada), has been acquired in 2019 and produces approximately 100,000 annual tons of carbon, alloy and stainless steel in cc billets, ingots and blooms.

This new acquisition has strengthened the already deep-rooted 25-year presence of Valbruna in the North American Market, based on a widespread network of one production plant  (Fort Wayne, IN) and 7 subsidiaries in  Carol Stream (IL), Cincinnati (OH), Chino (CA), Houston (TX), Lawrenceville (GA), Pompton Lakes (NJ) and St. Petersburg (FL).

Valbruna’s production satisfies the needs of various  industrial sectors. Markets such as: automotive, aerospace, building, energy, mechanical, medical, food and pharmaceutical, naval, oil & gas, weaponry  & defense and power generation count on Valbruna for their consistency of production and quality in these highly demanding applications.

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Amerinox Processing, Inc.

Amerinox Processing has four cut to length lines in operation covering thickness’s from .012” through .500”, widths up to two meters, focusing on stainless steel and aluminum flat rolled products. The company has one coil polishing line 60” wide, one sheet/plate polishing line two meters wide, one plate polishing line with capacity of up to 6” thick, 10’ wide by 39’ long, and operates a non-directional super number 8 mirror line with 60” width capacity, maximum 20’ length.

Amerinox Texarkana LLC opened a new facility covering 125,000 square feet in December of 2020 and has one new cut to length line engineered specifically for the company’s needs to process stainless steel and aluminum. The line is 72” wide, has 2 inline levelers capable of thickness from .250” through .015”. Amerinox Texarkana is directly across the street from Texarkana Aluminum providing seamless transition from the mill to its facility and to the market. The company has six overhead cranes from 7 ½ to 20-ton capacity and will be expanding its processing capacities with additional values added services.

Amerinox is continually adding the right equipment to provide the most diverse range of value added processing at one location with of a combined 435,000 square feet committed to service the US, Canadian and Mexican markets.

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Böllinghaus Steel GmbH

Founded in 1889, Böllinghaus Steel is a German-based specialist for stainless steel long products, carried on by its fifth generation. According to international standards, the company produces high-quality standard and custom-made stainless steel profiles. The portfolio includes stainless flat, square, and hexagonal profiles – hot-rolled and cold-drawn.

Today it is a highly specialised and globally active company with more than 250 employees in Germany, Portugal, the USA and Italy. Since 1996, Böllinghaus Steel has been producing in Portugal and supplying its customers worldwide from here. With its own production plant in Portugal, complex customer requirements can be implemented flexible and promptly.
Intensive quality controls, modern production methods and continuous process development ensure optimal solutions. Companies all over the world appreciate the uncomplicated and personal contact they have with Böllinghaus Steel.

Whether standard profiles or custom-made, Böllinghaus Steel manufactures precisely fitting products of the desired grades, dimensions and processing techniques, which are tailored to the individual needs of the customers.

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Metals Hub GmbH

Metalshub is one of the pioneers of digital transformation in the metals industry. Founded in 2016, and based in Düsseldorf, Germany, Metalshub operates globally. It is a technology company that provides supply chain solutions for raw materials to promote more efficient workflows. Efficiency, transparency, and compliance are core values of the company. Metalshub is fully impartial and independent with no conflicts of interest.

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Supporting Organization

World Steel Dynamics

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The North American stainless and special alloys industry gathers in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, to discuss all relevant issues that will shape the business in 2023 and beyond:

  • What is hot …. and what is not hot in 2022 and 2023?
  • What damage is inflation doing to the North American stainless market?
  • Are global supply chains still the strongest model for the future?
  • Are sanctions against China thinkable, desirable and possible?
  • Substitution: Is stainless becoming too expensive for many product segments?
  • Will automotive ever recover to previous levels?
  • Was Section 232 a success or failure for the N. American industry?
  • Is sustainability (CO2) an issue in the USA … or is this an ‘European thing’
  • How can the Western World secure competitive raw material sources?
  • How can buyers mitigate compliance risks in global raw material sourcing through digitalization?
  • Will the U.S. maintain its global advantage on Energy costs?
  • What damage is the shortage of skilled labor doing in the fabrication industry?