Conference Agenda

More than 175 coke, coal and steel engineers, producers and suppliers; investors; logistics and infrastructure providers; equipment and material suppliers; and dealers, traders and brokers will be there to share ideas, network and hear directly from the top names in the industry.

Our programme will bring together Vale International, EUROFER, Wood Mackenzie, Tata Steel, Global Shippers Forum, Platts, SSY, ArcelorMittal and many others and many others for two full days -- each revealing how updates in technologies and operations can help your bottom line and prepare you for the many ups and downs in the marketplace.

Welcome Reception

Pre-Conference Networking Opportunities in Amsterdam

  1. Exhibition Hall Set-up Begins

  2. Welcome Reception, Conference Pre-Registration & Exhibition Hall Open

    Sponsored by Xcoal Energy & Resources; Location: Koepelkerk Foyer

  3. Welcome Reception, Conference Pre-Registration & Exhibition Hall Close

Conference Day 1

Session I: A Global Financial Vision | Supply & Demand Market Drivers

Join the world’s foremost market analysts as they conduct an open, honest dialogue on factors impacting the entire industry. Speakers will not only share their updated forecasts and outlook, but also debate the relative importance to weigh on various business drivers. Steel, Coke, Coking Coal and all related markets will be dissected.


Session Moderated by:  Mike Barkdoll, VP, Forest Vue Research LLC

  1. Conference Registration, Coffee and Exhibit Hours

  2. Welcome and Conference Information

    Andrew T. Smaha | Conference Director of Smithers

  3. Opening Keynote: A Competitive Application of Biomass and Plastic Chars for the Iron-making Process in the Future

    Irshad Mansuri | Research Assistant of Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), University of New South Wales

    • The significant increase in steel consumption and production is expected to drive a significant increase in the industry's absolute energy use and CO2 emissions.
    • Adopting new technologies into real industries will be inevitable to the industry's climate change mitigation strategies for the mid and long term.
    • Raw materials availability is critical factor to determine sustainability of the new technology in the industries.
    • Recycling of biomass and plastics currently either varied in the ground or incinerated can be an excellence promising feedstocks for alternative char with conventional coke in the industries.
  4. Metallurgical Coke Market Dynamics in the EU – A focus on steel drivers

    Ing. Jeroen Vermeij | Director, Market Analysis and Economic Studies of EUROFER

  5. Networking Break

    Sponsored by: Paul Wurth Italia S.P.A.

  6. Metallurgical Coke Market Dynamics – A focus on coking coal supply

    Matthew Warder | Senior Analyst - Iron Ore & Steel Costs of Wood Mackenzie

  7. Metallurgical Coke Market Dynamics – A focus on coke trade and import/exports

    Ben Orhan | Research Analyst of CRU Group

  8. Networking Luncheon

Session II: Bridging the Gap Between Pure and Applied Research

The World’s foremost researchers present critical R&D sure to have longstanding impact on the industry. Learn how new research is changing how we understand material properties, and what emerging theories must be taken into account when determining industrial applications and establishing effective corporate operations.


Session Moderated by:  Aleksander Sobolewski, Director, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Poland

  1. Coal Blending for Metallurgical Cokemaking

    Dr. Ruth Poultney, BSc (Hons), MSc, DPhil (Oxon) | Principal Scientist, Coal & Coke of The Materials Processing Institute (MPI)

    • Why blend?
    • The importance of good blend preparation
    • Issues with blending techniques
  2. Microtextures of Coke

    David Pearson | Founder & CEO of Pearson Coal Petrography, Inc.

    • Microscopic views and stitched images of coke textures – showing the influence of different ranks & types of coal
    • What have we learned from these textures?
    • Anisotropy Quotient and the rank of feed coals
    • Classification of global cokes by microscopy
    • Changes in coke in the blast furnace from Feed to Tuyere
  3. Environmental Protection as a Driving Force for Cokemaking Technology Improvement

    Aleksander Sobolewski | Director of Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal

    • BAT Conclusions - a background for technology improvement
    • How the most effective decrease the air emission?
    • COPDIMO - new software for ambient air quality control
    • Coke oven battery non stack emission monitoring - is it possible?
  4. Networking break

    Sponsored by: Paul Wurth Italia S.P.A.

Session III: Stressors to the Industry

The focus of this session is to examine major stress points on the industry, and particularly how environmental forces, cost management, trade factors, pricing, imports and the political landscape are still causing major shifts in resource allocation now and for the future.


Session Moderated by:  Dr. Neil J. Bristow, Principal/Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd

  1. Working Safely with PAH, That is Possible!

    Chris Rijbroek | Manager Health & Safety of Tata Steel

    • It is possible to work safely on the coke-ovens, even with the latest Occupational Exposure Limits
    • Controlling the PAH emissions is challenging and therefor additional technical and health controls are necessary to provide the workforce a safe working environment.
    • To provide evidence that the workforce is safe air monitoring and bio monitoring is performed
    • Although safe levels of exposure are maintained, it seems to be a continues struggle to improve the heavy environment of a coke plant
  2. Exploring Macro Stressors in the Transportation & Logistics Sector (Seaborne, River Barge, Rail)

    Chris Welsh | Secretary-General of Global Shippers' Forum

  3. Coking Coal Derivatives Roundtable Panel Discussion

    • Broker Perspective: Mark Richardson, Managing Director, SSY Futures Ltd, UK (Moderator)
    • FOB Australia Indices: Tim Hard, Director, The Steel Index (TSI), Singapore
    • Platts Global Met Coal Indices - Physical Market Usage: Hector Forster, Team Leader, Steel Raw Materials, Platts
    • Trading Perspective: Phillip Killicoat, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs
  4. Networking Social Reception

    Hosted by HeatTeQ Refractories Services B.V.; Location: 2B Lounge & Bar

  5. Reception Concludes

Conference Day 2

Session IV: Coal Resources, Coal-In-Use and Technical Advancements by Region

Each year, we take a deeper dive into the technology, economics, prospects, new developments, research and other updates on a select number of regional projects. We go by geography, uncovering news and noteworthy projects under development, and the opportunities & lessons learned of each along the path to commercialization.


Session Moderated by: Viktor Stiskala, Head of Technology Coal & Coke - Senior Manager, Hot Metal Production, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Germany

  1. Conference Registration, Coffee and Exhibit Hours

  2. Welcome and Conference Information

    Andrew T. Smaha, Conference Director, Smithers Apex, USA

  3. Australian Swing Producers

    Dr. Neil J. Bristow | Principal/Managing Consultant of H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd

  4. Mozambique

    Dr. Oliver Scholes | Technical Marketing Manager – Coal of Vale International SA

    • Vale coal operations
    • Mozambique project milestones and updates
    • Mozambique coal quality
  5. Structural Shifts in the Russian Steel, Coke and Coal Markets in 2014-2015

    Alexander Ignatov | President and Senior Partner of Ignatov & Company Group

    • Impact of the events in Ukraine over supply balance of steel, coke and coal in Russia
    • Influence of the US/EU sanctions over the Russian steel, coke and coal markets
    • Continuing APAC shift in the Russian coal export flows
    • Growing demand for the steel with the domestic defense and infrastructure industries
  6. Networking break

Session V: Technological and Operational Achievements

The focus of this session is to uncover the top technological developments and achievements in cutting cost of production and operations, and give attendees unfiltered access to emerging solutions provided in the marketplace.


Session Moderated by: Jan Soonius, Managing Director, HeatTeQ, The Netherlands       

  1. Roundtable Discussion: Technology and The European Coke Industry

    The 2015 Eurocoke Summit Advisory Board

  2. Networking Lunch

  3. Radar Technology based on Oven Identification, Auto Machine Positioning, Interlocking and Level 2 Coke Oven Battery Heating Control Management System

    Maninder Singh | Managing Director of Lotus Wireless Technologies India Private Limited

    • Unmesh Bhardwaj, Deputy General Manager in Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), India
    • Ingomar Köhler, Consultant, PROCOMCO, Germany
  4. Coke Quality Evaluation and its Impact on Coking Coal Value in Use

    Dr. Denis Vogt | Lead User Coals and Cokes of ArcelorMittal Sourcing

    • Principle of TCO and VIU for Coking coals
    • What means CSR of a coal?
    • How to evaluate: pilot oven test and/or modelisation?
  5. Developing Correlations between Conventional Properties of Met Coal and Thermo-Gravimetric Plots

    Harshraj Chati | President of Mayan Global Consultants, Goa

    • Conventional lab tests to determine coking properties of coal are essentially empirical
    • Coal quality parameters developed based on Theromgrams correlate well with MMR, TMF and VM
    • Thermo-gravimetric test has a significant potential to replace conventional met coal evaluation tests
    • A step towards development of universal parameter for coal quality evaluation for cokemaking!
  6. Networking break

  7. Upgrading of Existing Coke Oven Plants with the Pressure Regulation System EnviBat

    Dr.-Ing. Joanna Kühn-Gajdzik, Senior Process Engineer - Coke Plant Technologies, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Germany

    • Low emissions during charging a coke oven
    • Low emissions at the oven closures
    • Upgrade with the new add-on modular assembly
  8. Case Studies: Worldwide Installed New COG Treatment Plants

    Bjoern Otten | Senior Project Manager, Cokemaking Department of DMT

    Environmental and technical matters, as well regional issues, when implementing new COG treatment plants

    • Bjoern Otten, Senior Project Manager, Cokemaking Department, DMT GmbH &Co KG, Germany (Speaker)
    • Wolfgang Kern, Head of Sales, Cokemaking Department, DMT GmbH &Co KG, Germany
    • Antonio Esposito, Head of Coke Making Plants, Paul Wurth Italia S.p.A, Italy
  9. Consistent Coke Quality for Stable and Low Coke Rate Blast Furnace Operation

    Sander van der Molen | Process Technologist of Tata Steel Europe

    • Coke quality control from coal shipments
    • Coal blend
    • Coking process up until blast furnace at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden
  10. Networking Social Reception

Site Visit

Optional Plant Tour of Tata Steel IJmuiden

  1. Tata Steel IJmuiden | Sponsored by Smithers Apex and Tata Steel

    Hosted by: Jan Dolfing, Coal Technologist, Tata Steel, The Netherlands

    (additional fee required) – spaces limited and must be pre-reserved online

    9:00        Transport Departs from the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

    9:30        Arrive to Tata Steel IJmuiden

    10:00     Plant Presentation, Followed by Plant Tour

    12:00     Plant Tour Concludes; Lunch to be served for all attendees

    13:00     Transportation departs for return trip to Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel

    13:30     Return to the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel