SteelOrbis’ 12th Annual Rebar & Wire Rod Conference

03 June 2021 / Online



Philip Bell

Steel Manufacturers Association / President

Philip K. Bell is President of the Washington, D.C. based Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA). SMA is the largest steel industry trade association in the United States, representing North American Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) steel producers and rolling mills. EAF steelmakers account for almost 70 percent of U.S. steel production using innovative, 21st century production processes that are efficient and sustainable. Through EAF steel production, more steel is recycled than aluminum, paper and plastic combined. EAF steelmakers produce steel with up to 75 percent less carbon emissions. Prior to joining the SMA in 2013, Mr. Bell served as Director of External Communications and Public Affairs for Gerdau North America. He is a 30-year industry veteran, who gained an interest in the steel industry while serving as a production and maintenance supervisor at Elementis Chromium in Corpus Christi, Texas during the 1980s. He has held executive level positions in operations, human resources and public affairs with Gerdau, the SGL Carbon Group, Qualitech Steel Corporation and Elementis Chromium. Mr. Bell currently serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC 7), advising the Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative on trade policy, trade agreements, and other trade related matters that benefit U.S. businesses, workers, and the economy. Mr. Bell represents EAF steel producers as part of the U.S. industry delegation to the OECD Steel Committee. He is also a member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) and is on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA). Mr. Bell has shared ideas about the steel industry around the globe including conferences sponsored by the Chinese International Steel Association (CISA), FastMarkets AMM, S&P Global Platts, Steel Market Update, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

Chris Casey

Independent Steel Alliance / Executive Director

Chris Casey is the Executive Director of the Independent Steel Alliance, a trade purchasing cooperative formed in 2013. ISA facilitates and enhances strategic partnerships between independent rebar fabricators across the United States and Canada and their trusted supply chain partners. ISA fabricator members represent approximately 2 million tons of rebar purchased annually. Casey holds degrees in Management, Information Technology and a Doctorate in Leadership in Family Business.

Murat Eryilmaz

SteelOrbis / General Manager

Murat Eryilmaz is the founder and CEO of SteelOrbis. He started his career working for the Cukurova Group in 1988. He has undertaken traffic operations, chartering and finally sales responsibilities first at Cukurova Dis Ticaret A.S. and then at the steel producing mill Cukurova Celik Endustrisi A.S. He moved to Promeks Dis Ticaret in 1994 and worked fort hem until 1997. He joined Cargill Ferrous Internation (CFI) in 1997 and has served CFI as senior trader in Istanbul, Long Products Division Manager in Minneapolis, MN and then as Regional Manager of the European and Middle Eastern Office. He founded SteelOrbis in 2002 and has been serving as the CEO of the company since then. He holds a master’s degree in International management.

Katie Memmel

SteelOrbis / Content Manager

Katie Memmel is the Content Manager for the SteelOrbis Americas office. She has been reporting on the US steel industry for 11 years, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from San Diego State University.

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