Welcome to SMU Steel Training - our portfolio of training courses for the Steel community 

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.

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  • Steel 101: Introduction to Steelmaking & Market Fundamentals

SMU's Steel 101 Workshop is the premier industry training for understanding steelmaking and market fundamentals. Our instructors will present and describe the structure of the steel industry and the steel making process, starting with raw materials, and going all the way through the various rolling mills and coating processes. The workshop will focus on all aspects of flat and long product production, quality, and market drivers. Participants will have a virtual guided tour of a steel mill which specializes in flat rolled products, and see all stages of production.

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  • Introduction to Steel Hedging: Managing Price Risk Course

Steel Market Update's introductory workshop will be tailored to those who are actively involved in the buying or selling of steel. Our Steel Hedging workshop will focus on helping industry professionals to understand financial derivatives as an instrument to hedge price risk, protect margins, protect inventories, or offer long-term pricing to their customers.

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  • Advanced Steel Hedging: Strategies and Execution Course

This advanced workshop will be offer decision-makers who are actively involved in the buying or selling of steel, a continuing education which will go past introducing market participants to hedging and the terminology involved when dealing with financial derivatives. The course will focus on defining strategies and the execution of trades involved with a specific end goal in mind, as well as looking at real world case studies of hedging scenarios.

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America's Premier Steel Conference

The SMU Steel Summit has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, growing from 434 attendees in 2016 to more than 1400 in 2023. Representing more than 500 companies from the North American Steel Market, this is the event to learn what the future holds and to network and do business.

What can you expect in Atlanta?
  • Networking: The Summit has an intimate and safe environment where people can meet to develop or cement relationships. It’s the perfect place to showcase your products and services to an engaged audience who come to the event with a ‘ready to do business’ mindset
  • Insights and analysis: learn from experts in the fields of economics and market analysis, banking, commodities, international trade and regulation, steel, and the auto, construction and energy markets, about topics critical to the North American Steel Market, to apply to your strategy and decision-making.
  • Understand where steel prices and commodities are headed in 2024 and why.
  • Conveniently located at a world-class conference facility, adjacent to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: low airfares, and easy access.


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Who attends?

95% of attendees are actively associated with the flat rolled steel industry in North America and around the world: they are decision-makers from manufacturing companies, distribution, trading, steel mills, wholesalers, toll processors, and logistics.

Whilst the vast majority of attendees are based in the US, the Summit also has attracted attendees based in Canada, South America, Europe, India, and the Middle East.

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