EUROMETAL organized a workshop at the University of Luxembourg

EUROMETAL organized last Thursday a Workshop on the supply chain for metals, together with the Luxembourg Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management (LCL) and the University of Luxembourg.

This unusual event brought together the academic world and the industrial world with a view to awakening students’ interest in the problems and challenges of our sector.

EUROMETAL President Fernando Espada explained the role played by Stockholding and SSC distribution in the steel supply chain and the market shares of both compared to direct deliveries from the mills.

The workshop proceeded with a presentation on Emission allowance trading by prof. dr. Nils Löhndorf from the LCL and an Arcelormittal presentation on logistics in supplying industrial units with raw materials and shipments of finished products by Functional Head Transport & Logistics Flat Europe manager, David De Rocker.

The second session started with a CFL Multimodal presentation on seamless and sustainable mode of transport across Europe, uttered by ​Chief Commercial Officer, Sven Löffler. This was followed by the ​challenges related to the transport of metals by road and waterways presented by Gilles Braquet, Head of Operations at Luxport and Deputy Managing Director at Lorang.

​Sustainability in transport and logistics were also addressed by Luc Haesaerts from Haesaerts Intermodal that has presented us with concrete results based on ecological investments over the last 5 years.

The workshop was concluded with presentation by prof. Benny Mantin of an ongoing study being prepared by LCL for the Luxembourg Ministry of Economy entitled Etude Risk 2050. This study seeks to analyze the vulnerability of the national economy to physical risks like climate change, resource scarcity and biodiversity loss.

The interactions during and after the presentations demonstrated the value and interest of the workshop and also the need to share good practices and information between the different players in the supply chain. Especially at a time when we all have to paddle towards decarbonisation, with all the challenges that this will entail.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsor Marinho Steel Trading, but also the Luxembourg Center for Logistics & Supply Chain Management and the University of Luxembourg who welcomed us in their facilities on Campus Kirchberg.