04 Sep 2017

The industry associations’ view of Made in Steel

Federacciai has taken a close interest in Made in Steel since its inception in 2005, as “a recognised point of reference for the whole steel industry, a place to meet and talk which continues to grow, both in terms of number of exhibitors and exhibition space.” For chairman Antonio Gozzi, the Southern Europe’s leading Conference & Exhibition on the Steel Industry attracts “not only Italian, but also international firms, involving increasingly important players. Today it represents an indispensable opportunity for Italian steel.”

And European industry clearly shares this view. Backing the exhibition was EUROMETAL, the federation of European steel associations and trading and distribution companies, as well as ISSF, the International Stainless Steel Forum. “As in the past, EUROMETAL is once again proud to be part of Made in Steel’s vision of the industry,” stated its managing director Georges Kirps. “European steel markets face challenges and changes which the event addresses directly.” Made in Steel enables “the stakeholders of this vibrant industry to come together to discuss their activity, promote business, and meet colleagues to swap ideas and discuss joint problems. An opportunity of enormous value which the ISSF does not hesitate to support,” said John Rowe, ISSF Secretary General and board member.

Equally convinced of the role played by Made in Steel (and the organiser Siderweb) in “continually exploring new forms of collaboration, under the slogan Stronger Together” is Roberto Lunardi, chairman of Assofermet, which opted to hold its annual shareholders’ meeting at Made in Steel 2017. The association of distributors appeared to welcome CEO Emanuele Morandi’s proposal for new forms of partnership and investment among steel industry associations voiced at the seventh edition. “It is an interesting idea that deserves to be considered and discussed by the associate members and within a realistic timeframe.” Federacciai concurs: “it is an opportunity we are examining with a view to reaching a shared position.” Assofond chairman Roberto Ariotti gave his own positive take on sharing, dialogue and openness: “Made in Steel and the community of steel which lies behind it can represent a platform on which to build new dialogue between the various players. This move is becoming more and more urgent in today’s increasingly competitive market.”

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