3rd MENA Billet & Steelmaking Raw Materials Conference

About the Conference

Metal Expert is pleased to invite market participants to the two-day conference to be held in Dubai, UAE on April 11-12, 2017.  


The region has shown signs of significant changes in square billet supply structure during the year.

The increase of domestic billet production after 18 months of stagnation has pushed demand for raw materials: DR-pellets, HBI and steel scrap.

Billet suppliers from China have been out of the MENA market in the second half of the year. But they will return as soon as demand from China’s construction sector for their products, which is mainly driven by the government stimulus, weakens.  

Egypt remains the second largest billet buyer in the region after Turkey. Egypt’s steel sector still highly depends on gas supply, but billet supplier should take account of cheap long products imports from Turkey to Egypt. 

Topics to be discussed  

• Is weakening of billet demand in the spot market of the Middle East a long-term trend?
• Egypt’s square billet market: trends and prospects.
• Possible return of Chinese billet suppliers to the Middle East in case of the global price correction for steel products.  
• Long steel import substitution by local products. 
• DR-pellet market situation amid growing steel production in the region.
• Prospects for DR-pellet exports from Iran.
• Role of scrap imports amid growing demand.
• Prospects for Middle East’s HBI imports from Venezuela and Malaysia.


1. Presentations from square billet suppliers  
2. Papers from HBI, iron ore, scrap suppliers about sales policy  
3. Reports of DRI producers and equipment suppliers on industrial trends
4. Papers of analysts about Middle East market outlook for 2017  
5. Discussion of square billet and raw materials market prospect

About square billet market  

The spot market of square billet in MENA in 2016 will grow by 1 million t to 13 million t compared to 2015, according to Metal Expert estimate.The CIS remains the largest supplier (5.5 million t), followed by China (4.1 million t). Other suppliers, including regional ones, account for over 3 million t.  

Main market participants: • Rajhi Steel Industries • EZZ Steel • Al-Yamamah Steel Industries • Egyptian Steel Group • Conares • Rak Steel • ISD • Metalloinvest • ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih • Khouzestan Steel Company • Jindal Shadeed Iron&Steel • Esfahan Steel Company • Arabian Gulf Steel Industries • Novorosmetall


• Billet producers from Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Oman, China  
• Major re-rollers from GCC
• Raw materials suppliers  
• Trading companies
• Analysts

Contact details:

Please contact Olesia Kosenko, Conference Director, for questions concerning speakership and sponsorship opportunities:

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Paper from Esfahan Steel Company
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
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Mr. Ehsan Dashtianeh, DM Deputy in Sales and Marketing, ESFAHAN STEEL CO. (ESCo), Iran confirmed his participation in the conference as a Speaker. The topic of his presentation is: Iran steel Outlook.

Coffee Break Sponsor
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
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We are pleased to introduce to you our Coffee Break Sponsor - Nordinkraft AG.


NORDINKRAFT is a German company, member of NORDINKRAFT Group, working in the area of Non-Destructive Examination of such products as billets, bars, pipes and plates made of steel and aluminium. The company is also active in components testing for the car and airspace industries.

Presentation from Ezz Steel
Monday, 06 March 2017
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We are happy to introduce our new speaker - Mr. Khaled Heibah Al Khateeb, Operation Manager, Ezz Steel (Egypt).

He will make presentation about Egypt’s square billet market, its trends and prospects.