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Steel 101: Introduction to Steel Making & Market Fundamentals

Upcoming Workshops:

Live Steel 101 Workshop on October 8-9, 2024 in Columbus, Mississippi

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Steel Market Update has been running educational workshops since 2011, when the SMU Steel 101: Introduction to Steelmaking & Market Fundamentals course was first launched. Having now passed the 1000+ attendees mark, the Steel 101 series is now recognized as the leading steel training course, led by experienced instructors who are well known in the industry.

We understand the need for ongoing training and career development across the steel industry, and we have a trusted track record of helping businesses to empower their employees, through our workshops to better understand steel production, marketing and trading dynamics.

Our knowledge of the steel industry, combined with our trusted market relationships, enable us to deliver valuable training programmes driven by topical themes and addressed by industry thought-leaders. As part of our continued mission, To Inform, To Educate and To Motivate, we have introduced several new hedging workshops tailored to empower people working across the steel supply chain to help drive their businesses forward.

We have been successfully running workshops virtually since 2020, and are now delighted to be returning to live training courses enabling the community to gather in person once again. Virtual courses will continue to be offered alongside the live events, giving participations the choice to learn in a live environment and or to watch the sessions and Q&A's live-streamed, as well as catching up on-demand.

Our live workshops are unique in that we choose the location based on access to a working steel mill. Students will see all stages of production. Steel Market Update's Steel 101 Workshop is the premier industry training for understanding steel making and market fundamentals. Workshop instructors have a combined 150+ years' experience in the steel industry.

Our instructors will present the structure of the steel industry and the steelmaking process. We’ll start with raw materials and continue downstream to hot rolling, cold rolling, and coating.

Whether you are new to the industry or are experienced and changing roles, our experts will help you gain the knowledge to succeed!


Participants will:

  • Understand how steel is made (flat and long)
  • Understand where steel is used
  • Understand what drives steel market pricing
  • Understand how you can navigate the market
  • Identify raw materials used in steelmaking
  • Understand the melting and casting process
  • Understand the rolling processes for both flat and long products
  • Understand the coating process for hot dipped products
  • Understand quality issues that affect steel
  • Recognize the differences between fully integrated and mini-mills
  • Understand the fundamentals that move market pricing
  • Understand how steel is bought and sold
  • Identify potential risks in the steel supply chain
  • Understand available data, tools and resources