North American Stainless & Special Alloys Conference 2023

Thursday, October 12 to Friday, October 13, 2023
(Welcome Reception Oct. 11, Conference Oct. 12 - 13)
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
The Westin Nashville
The return of the White Swans?

Stainless & Special Alloys Conference is back to Nashville in 2023!

Organized by SMR Events in cooperation with World Steel Dynamics.

After a successful event in Nashville in 2022, with more than 220 participants from the entire stainless steel supply chain, we will meet again at the same location in 2023.

We will gather in Nashville, TN, USA, from Oct. 12 - 13, 2023 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 2024 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 11, 2023
Registration desk opens
Networking Welcome Reception sponsored by North American Stainless (NAS)

Thursday, October 12, 2023
Registration desk opens
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Cronimet
Session 1: The big picture - half empty or half full?
Chairman: Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Chairmans' Opening Remarks
Perspective of the Market Leader
Chris Lyons, Vice President of Commercial, North American Stainless, USA
Outokumpu in the Automotive Sector
Carmen Pino, Senior Vice President Sales, Outokumpu Americas, USA
Panel Discussion
Matthew Kouba, Managing Director, Böllinghaus Steel Americas Corp, USA
Chris Lyons, Vice President of Commercial, North American Stainless, USA
Networking Coffee Break sponsored by CBMM Niobium
Session 2: Distribution - Backbone of the Industry Supply Chain
Chairman: Wolfgang Lipp, Vice President, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Sales and Operations Planning in volatile environments
Michael Walter, Senior Manager, OMP, Belgium
Processor’s & the Market: Synergies of Service without Conflict
Seth Young, President, Amerinox Processing Inc., USA
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
Andy Markowitz, President Specialty Metals, Olympic Steel, USA
Michael Walter, Senior Manager, OMP, Belgium
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
Trends in End Use Industries
Wolfgang Lipp, Vice President, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Exhaust Technology and its relevance for the Stainless Steel Industry
Aaron Cox, Commodity Director Raw Material BU Americas, Purem Novi Inc., USA
Stainless in architecture - endless opportunities
Hilary Carris, Millennium Forms, LLC, USA
Walter Hauk, Millennium Forms, LLC, USA
Panel Discussion End Use Industries
Hilary Carris, Millennium Forms, LLC, USA
Aaron Cox, Commodity Director Raw Material BU Americas, Purem Novi Inc., USA
Rich Wrightington, Executive Sourcing Director, GE Appliances, USA
Networking Coffee Break sponsored by CBMM Niobium
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
Carmen Pino, Senior Vice President Sales, Outokumpu Americas, USA
Jeff Robinson, Executive Vice President, NIM Group, USA
Christopher M. Zimmer, Executive Vice President & COO, Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc., USA
End of day 1
Shuttle Transport to Music Night (gathering in Westin Hotel Lobby)
Neworking Event - Nashville Music Night sponsored by Global Stainless & Universal Stainless
Day 2
Friday, October 13, 2023
Networking Breakfast sponsored by Cronimet
Session 4: Raw Materials
Chairman: Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Raw material summary & outlook
Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Next Generation of Nickel - Large Scale, Low Carbon
Mark Selby, Chairman, CEO & Director, Canada Nickel Company Inc., Canada
Niobium (Nb) Bearing Stainless Steels – Enablers of a Technological and Sustainable Future of our Industry
Caio Pisano, Technical Market Development Manager, CBMM Niobium, Netherlands
How can the Western World secure competitive raw material sourcing
Kevin Hülsmann, Senior Account Executive, Metals Hub GmbH, Germany
Panel Discussion
Sebastian Kreft, Managing Director, Metals Hub GmbH, Germany
Caio Pisano, Technical Market Development Manager, CBMM Niobium, Netherlands
Frank Santoro, President/CEO, Cronimet Corporation, USA
Mark Selby, Chairman, CEO & Director, Canada Nickel Company Inc., Canada
Networking Coffee Break sponsored by CBMM Niobium
Session 5: Specialty Stainless Steel and Nickel Alloys
Chairman: Wolfgang Lipp, Vice President, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Stainless Steel in Aerospace and Defense
Dennis Oates, Chairman, President & CEO, Universal Stainless & Alloys Products, Inc., USA
SMR outlook what's hot and what's not for stainless steel and nickel alloys
Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Panel Discussion
Patrick Howell, Senior Director, Sales & Marketing, ATI Specialty Rolled Products, USA
Bryan C. Marshall, Commercial Director Precision Strip U.S., Zapp Precision Strip, Inc., USA
Ryan D. Mitchell, Group Manager, Mechanical Design Engineering, Solar Turbines, Inc., USA
Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research GmbH, Austria
Dennis Oates, Chairman, President & CEO, Universal Stainless & Alloys Products, Inc., USA
Networking Lunch sponsored by Canada Nickel
End of Conference

Thursday, October 12

Session 1: The big picture - half empty or half full? Session 2: Distribution - Backbone of the Industry Supply Chain Session 3: Trends in selected end use industries Fireside Chat

Friday, October 13

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

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.

NOTE: At this time (August 2023), the group rates are no longer available for the Westin Nashville Hotel. Please check with in order to join the wait-list in case rooms become available.

However, we have been able to arrange a block of rooms at the nearby Embassy Suites by Hilton at a group rate. After conference registration, we will send you a booking link to benefit from group rates.


Representatives from the following companies will attend the event in 2023 (the list will be updated regularly):

  • AA Metals Inc
  • Ahlstrom
  • All-Clad Metalcrafters/Groupe SEB
  • Ambica Steels Ltd
  • Amerinox Processing, Inc.
  • Aperam Stainless Services & Solutions USA
  • Armour Alloys
  • ASA Alloys
  • ASMG Trading
  • ATI Specialty Rolled Products
  • Banner Industries
  • Basic Metals, Inc.
  • Berlin Metals
  • Boellinghaus Steel Americas Corp.
  • Canada Nickel
  • CBMM Niobium
  • Central Wire Inc
  • Centravis
  • C.F.F Stainless Steels
  • Cleveland Cliffs
  • Climax Molybdenum Company
  • Cogne Specialty Steel USA, Inc.
  • Combined Metals Company LLC
  • Cronimet Corporation
  • Daido Steel (America) Inc
  • Deutsche Nickel America
  • Diehl Tool Steel
  • Dominion Nickel Alloys
  • Dover Tubular Alloys
  • ELG Metals Inc.
  • Ellwood National Steel
  • EMI Industries
  • ESP Specialty Steel Products
  • Evershining International (H.K.) Limited
  • Excel Stainless USA LLC
  • Felker Brothers
  • First River LLC
  • Fischer Group
  • Fortis Metals NA
  • Forvia
  • FPT Stainless
  • Frisa Steel
  • Gautier Specialty Metals LLC
  • GE Appliances
  • Global Stainless Steel Inc.
  • Globus 8 Alloys
  • Hanking Indonesia Mining Co. Ltd.
  • Heat and Control
  • High Steel Service Center
  • Huntsman Corporation . The Woodlands, TX
  • IMA Inox Market America LLC
  • Independent Stainless
  • Industeel USA LLC
  • Integrity Stainless
  • Jacquet Metals France
  • Jacquet USA
  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • Kloeckner Metals
  • Krueger Steel & Wire
  • Laxcon Steels Limited
  • LE Commodities, LLC
  • Magellan Corp
  • Magna Stainless and Aluminum
  • Marcegaglia
  • Marmon/Keystone
  • Marubeni Itochu Steel Canada Inc
  • McGrath Global Limited
  • Metals Hub
  • Metals USA
  • Middleby
  • Millenium Forms, LLC
  • Mill Steel Stainless & Aluminum
  • Misetal Trading Solutions
  • Mississipi Development Authority
  • MRC Global
  • NAS - North American Stainless
  • National Material L.P
  • NIM Group
  • Ningbo Sunhu Chemistry Products Co., Ltd
  • Nippon Yakin America
  • Nippon Yakin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
  • Olbert Metals Sales Limited
  • Olympic Steel
  • OMP
  • Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
  • Penn Stainless Products
  • Phoenix Metals
  • Phoenix Tube
  • Pridgeon & Clay
  • Production Metals
  • Promotora Industrial GIM
  • Purem Novi Inc.
  • Quarto North America, LLC
  • RathGibson
  • Reliance Steel & Aluminum
  • RM Metals
  • Rolark Stainless Steel
  • Rolled Alloys
  • Ryerson Inc.
  • Sachin Steel Inc
  • Samee Metal Trading
  • Samuel, Son & Co., Ltd
  • Sanwa Pty Ltd
  • Senior Metal Bellows
  • Shaanxi Head-Moly Industry Co., Ltd.
  • SIJ Americas
  • SMR – Steel & Metals Market Research
  • Solar Turbines, Inc.
  • SPS Companies Inc.
  • Swepco Tube LLC
  • Ta Chen
  • Toshiba American Energy Systems
  • Trafilix Industries SpA
  • Triple M Metal LP
  • T. Sendzimir Inc
  • Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals, Inc.
  • Universal Metals Inc
  • Universal Stainless and Alloy Products Inc.
  • UPG Enterprises LLC
  • UPG Maksteel
  • USM
  • Valbruna Stainless, Inc
  • Venus Wire Industries
  • WESTMET International
  • World Steel Dynamics
  • Yarde Metals
  • Zapp Precision Strip


NAS - North American Stainless

North American Stainless (NAS), is the largest Stainless Steel Producer in the U.S. with a fully integrated Mill located in Kentucky that produces a full range of both flat and long products.

Our one site location enhances the efficiency of our production processes enabling us to fully control all aspects of production without having to deal with the inefficiencies inherent in multiple site production facilities.

Our full range of products, both flat and long, gives NAS the ability to become a one stop shop for the stainless steel requirements of both Service Centers and industry as a whole.

As a member of the Acerinox Group, NAS benefits from a unique position as the premier Stainless Steel Mill in the U.S. while having the support of a large international network for both purchasing and sales.

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Universal Stainless & Alloy Products

Universal Stainless produces semi-finished and finished specialty steel long products and plate, including stainless steel, tool steel, bearing steel, gear steel and aircraft quality low alloy steels, in a wide variety of grades and product forms. The products are sold to service centers, forgers, rerollers and original equipment manufacturers, and are further processed by our customers for use in a variety of industries, including aerospace, power generation, oil & gas and heavy equipment manufacturing. Our specialty bar facilities have one of the broadest and diverse size range and product capabilities in the industry. We also offer conversion services on our Radial Forge and Universal Rolling Mill. Established in 1994, our experience, technical expertise, and dedicated workforce stand committed to providing the best quality, delivery, and service possible.

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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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CBMM | Niobium

World leader in the production and marketing of Niobium products, CBMM has more than 500 customers in 50 countries. Headquartered in Brazil, with regional offices in China, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the United States, the company supplies cutting-edge products and technology to the infrastructure, mobility, aerospace, healthcare, and energy sectors. The company has a New Business front to support its growth plans through the development of new applications that is focused on accelerating the entry, into the global market, of Niobium technology. In the last 4 years, CBMM has made strategic investments in companies such as Echion and Battery Streak aiming at new developments in Niobium materials for Li-ion batteries. Since its foundation, CBMM has developed projects in Brazil and in several countries around the world to foster the adoption of Niobium technology by several industries. Learn more about CBMM at or visit to learn more about Niobium technology and its various applications.

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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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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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Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America. Founded in 1847 as a mine operator, Cliffs also is the largest manufacturer of iron ore pellets in North America. The Company is vertically integrated from mined raw materials, direct reduced iron, and ferrous scrap to primary steelmaking and downstream finishing, stamping, tooling, and tubing. Cleveland-Cliffs is the largest supplier of steel to the automotive industry in North America and serves a diverse range of other markets due to its comprehensive offering of flat-rolled steel products. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland-Cliffs employs approximately 27,000 people across its operations in the United States and Canada.

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Kloeckner Metals Corporation

Founded in 1906, Kloeckner Metals Corporation is one of the largest metals manufacturing, supply, and service companies in North America. With over 44 branches in the United States and over 200 worldwide, Kloeckner is committed to providing customers with the latest fabrication and processing technologies and the most innovative customer service solutions. Boasting one of the most extensive product portfolios in North America, our promise is unparalleled quality of both product and service.

Kloeckner Metals Corporation is a subsidiary of Klöckner & Co, one of the leading producer-independent distributors of steel and metal products and one of the top steel service companies in the European and American markets. Based on its distribution and service network of around 150 sites in 13 countries, Klöckner & Co supplies more than 90,000 customers. With the expansion of its portfolio of CO2-reduced materials, services and logistics options under the new Nexigen® umbrella brand, the company is underscoring its role as a pioneer of a sustainable steel industry. At the same time, Klöckner & Co leads the way in the steel industry’s digital transformation and has set itself the target of digitalizing and largely automating its supply and service chain. In this way, the Company aims to develop into the leading one-stop shop for steel, other materials, equipment and processing services in Europe and the Americas.

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Laxcon Steels Limited

Laxcon Steels Limited is India’s fully integrated steel mill and leading producer of high quality stainless and special steels with an annual melting capacity of 140,000 MT.
Our state-of-art steel plant produces extensive range of Stainless Steel products like Bright Bars, Hexagonal Bars, Square Bars, PSQ, Bearing Shaft Quality Bars, HRAP – Angles, Flat Bars, Channels, T-Profiles, Threaded Rods, Continuous Cast Billets/Blooms/ Hot Rolled, Forging Quality Ingots. We produce all grades in Austenitic, Martensitic, Ferritic, Duplex and Precipitation Hardening steel as well as customized grades.
With a dedicated team of over 1500 skilled employees, we ensure that our extensive quality system, safety measures and environment management systems deliver flawless products.

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OMP helps companies facing complex planning challenges to excel, grow and thrive by offering the best digitized supply chain planning solution on the market. Hundreds of customers in a wide range of industries - spanning consumer goods, life sciences, chemicals, metals, paper and packaging - benefit from using OMP’s unique Unison PlanningTM concept.

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Stainless Structurals

Stainless Structurals is a manufacturer and distributor of standard and special shapes in steel and stainless steel, mostly austenitic, ferritic and duplex stainless steel grades.  

Combining welding with a vast array of services such as polishing, fabrication, machining and coating, Stainless Structurals is today a supplier of reference in a multitude of market segments, where customization, precision and functionality are paramount.

Stainless Structurals manufacturing capability encompasses standard and complex shapes, both open and hollow, with section ranging from 0.5x0.5" to 36x28" and length up to 60'.

Dedicated ASTM standards, i.e. ASTM A1069/A1069M and ASTM A1123/A1223M certify Stainless Strucuturals distinctive products and tailored solutions manufactured to turn the ideas of engineers, architects and designers around the world into reality.

All Stainless Structurals products are proudly manufactured in Conroe, Texas.

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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 2024 and beyond:

  • What impact will the biggest stimulus packages (Infrastructure Investment Act, Inflation Reduction Act) have on the short-term on the stainless steel market?
  • Is decarbonisation in the stainless steel industry really important or just a short-lived hype? Or is all that counts at the end costs, costs, costs?
  • How much longer can the industry count on protection by section 232?
  • Would CBAM also make sense in the USA?
  • What is hot …. and what is not hot in 2024?
  • What damage is inflation doing to the North American stainless market?
  • Substitution: Where can Stainless gain new applications?
  • Will automotive ever recover to previous levels?
  • How can the Western World secure competitive raw material sources?
  • Register at the Early Bird rate and save 15 %
  • Send more delegates and save (30 % discount for 2nd delegate, 50 % discount for 3rd and more delegates)
  1st Delegate 2nd Delegate 3rd Delegate
Final Rate
(valid from September 2, 2023)
USD 1,749 USD 1,199 USD 889