Steel manufactures and related companies reviewed regulation, technology and market prospects as the Southeast Asia Iron & Steel Institute met in Pattaya.
Withun Simachokdee, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Industry kicked off the June 3-6 meeting at the Dusit Thani Hotel with more than 200 international participants.
Industry Ministry Permanent Secretary Withun Simachokdee begins the meeting of the Southeast Asia Iron & Steel Institute.
Seminar topics covered regulation, potential growth for the steel industry, technological development and educational meetings on increasing use of “eco-friendly” steel.
While world steel demand is expected to increase less than 3 percent this year, Thailand – with it large automobile-manufacturing base – has seen annual growth of more than 15 percent since 2010.
With the construction, canning and manufacturing sectors now roaring back to life after several year’s economic downturn, Thailand is poised to lead the Southeast Asian region in steel production and demand, Thai officials said.
Much of Thailand’s steel-industry focus, however, has been on environmental initiatives, such as “eco-friendly” production, environmental products and green procedures.
Over 200 international industry experts attend the 3-day meeting.