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Top speakers announced for BIR World Convention

United States – Analysts from two internationally-renowned consultancies will provide an insight into steel and scrap market trends and prospects at the BIR Ferrous Division meeting in Miami on June 4, the world recycling organisation has confirmed. The meeting will form part of BIR’s latest World Convention, taking place in the US city on June 2-4.Renate Cakule, senior steel market analyst at global energy, metals and mining research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie, will address ‘The changing world of steelmaking and its impact on scrap’. As well as covering steelmaking trends across countries and production methods, she will assess steel prices, steelmaker margins and the influence of hot metal costs on global scrap pricing.

Fellow Ferrous Division guest speaker Christopher Plummer, managing director of Metal Strategies Inc., will be delivering a presentation entitled ‘Steel & Metallics Market Insights’. Among other topics, he will cover the effects of steel industry overcapacity, the role China will be playing in the future, material competition, and the potential for the US and Latin American markets.

Jason Schenker, founder and president of leading commodity and financial research firm Prestige Economics, will also be speaking at the BIR World Convention in Miami. On June 3, delegates will hear his keynote presentation entitled ‘Where the global economy and recycling intersect: Shining a light on the future of recycling’.

Schenker has become a regular commentator for leading business media such as The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. He has also been a regular speaker at the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ events and has written two books about the scrap industry and the basics of the commodity markets and prices.

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