PacRim Stainless 2017 Speakers

Neil Henry 

Principal Materials Consultant, ABB Engineering Services (United Kingdom)

Topic: Optimising the Life of Stainless Steel Equipment

Neil Henry is Functional Head of Materials Engineering and a Principal Consultant in ABB Consulting Services, part of ABB's Oil, Gas and Chemicals business. Over 35 years' experience has been gained from working in ICI Engineering and ABB in the fields of failure analysis, materials selection and optimising ageing equipment service life. He is also risk-based inspection team leader and advises on inspection and NDT techniques for clients.

Neil is a 'hands-on' practitioner in failure investigation technical problem solving and has extensive experience of managing deterioration of aged process equipment. He works with a range of customers, industrial associations and regulatory authorities, preparing and presenting technical papers and training at numerous international conferences and events.

Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer

Jim Lennon

Managing Director, Red Door Research Ltd (United Kingdom)
Senior Consultant - Commodities, Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd (United Kingdom)

Topic: The Outlook for Stainless Steel Raw Materials

Jim Lennon has 37 years of experience in researching the international metals and mining industry.

Jim worked at Macquarie Bank from 1994 to 2013. He left Macquarie in June 2013 and set up his own consulting company, Red Door Research Ltd. The consulting company specialises in the economic analysis of hard commodity markets. Jim remains a part-time consultant to Macquarie, still responsible for all of Macquarie's nickel and stainless steel analysis.

Until June 2013, he was Chairman of Commodities at Macquarie, having worked for Macquarie for 19 years. He founded and headed up a 10-person research team in London, Singapore and Shanghai, which served the equity, LME trading and corporate advisory divisions of the bank with steel, coal, metals and minerals research and market intelligence.

Jim and his team at Macquarie were regularly ranked number one in various surveys of commodities research among equity investors for over a decade.

Prior to Macquarie, Jim worked for 10 years at CRU International, where he headed up a team specialising in special steels (including stainless steel) and steelmaking alloys (mainly manganese, silicon, chrome, nickel and molybdenum). While at CRU, Jim also undertook major studies on metallurgical coal and iron ore.

Jim's current major specialisations are the main base metals and steel industries and their raw materials including nickel, chrome, molybdenum, iron ore and cooking coal.

Before joining CRU, Jim worked as a marketing analyst at New Zealand Steel. He has also worked as an Associate Director of Metals and Mining Research at Shearson Lehman Hutton Securities.

Jim has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. 

Dr Glenn Byrne

Director Technology and Projects, Rolled Alloys (United Kingdom)

Topic: Meaningful Tests for the Quality of Duplex Stainless Steels

Dr Glenn Byrne has a Bachelor of Metallurgy (B.Met and PhD) from the University of Sheffield, and is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

In 1984, he joined the Corrosion and Protection Centre for Industrial Services at UMIST, undergoing R&D for oil and chemical companies and failure investigation work. In 1989, Glenn joined Weir Materials and Foundries (WM&F), where he worked in the market and application development and sales of ZERON 100 super duplex stainless steel as cast products, pipe work system packages and other equipment. In 2008, Rolled Alloys acquired WM&F. Rolled Alloys are a specialist metal packager, processor and stock holder, dealing primarily in aerospace, heat and corrosion resistant alloys.

Glenn's interested include how metal processing determines the microstructure, properties and applications of alloys, corrosion, welding, fatigue and static structure. 

Steve Scott

Managing Director, Rivet Engineering (New Zealand)

Topic: Light on the Land

On completing my trade qualifications as a registered electrician 25 years ago, I chose to follow my passion for sheetmetal and engineering fabrication and purchase a sheetmetal business.

My talented team of fabricators and designers combined with my inability to actually do the work allows me to stretch typical fabrication ideas and techniques. This is a little unconventional, but it allows us to do the work that is a little bit out there!

The opportunity to be involved with the 'Light of the Land' sculpture is a direct result of my team completing the Len Lye Centre facade. Offering a new set of challenges, of course we had to be involved and it would be no problem! Located in the foreshore of my hometown New Plymouth, it showcases the ability of not only Rivet Engineering, but of the greater engineering sector of Taranaki.

I am the current Chairman of the New Zealand Stainless Steel Development Association.

In my spare time, I enjoy motorsport, riding motorbikes in India, fishing, travel, wining and dining with my wife Mel, and supporting my three boys in their careers, education and sports.

Juerg Schweizer

Business Development Manager Asia/Pacific, Stalatube Oy
Director, Axcon International Pte Ltd

Topic: Optimising Stainless Steel Structures: Design Tools and Materials 
(Co-presenting with Markus Pirkkalainen)

After completing his studies Switzerland and the UK, Juerg joined the steel and stainless steel industry in Switzerland.

In 1996, he was dispatched to Singapore to reinforce and expand the Asia-Pacific framework and development of a world-renowned and multinational company.Today, Juerg is the owner of Axcon International Pte Ltd, a business consultancy and coaching company specialised in the field of steel and stainless steel international trade and development. Due to his vast knowledge of the Asia-Pacific steel and stainless steel markets, his commercial and technical know-how in the field of stainless structural sections makes him a well-respected ambassador and valued representative for these products.

Currently, Juerg is responsible for the business development for Stalatube Oy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Markus Pirkkalainen

Export Manager, Stalatube Oy (Finland)

Topic: Optimising Stainless Steel Structures: Design Tools and Materials 
(Co-presenting with Juerg Schweizer)

Markus started his career in stainless steel by working as a domestic sales manager for the Finnish stainless steel hollow sections manufacturing company, Stalatube Oy. After learning from the industry and successfully growing the business in Finland, Markus took a year off in early 2016 to complete his Master's Degree in International Business. After graduating, Markus returned to work for Stalatube Oy as an Export Manager. Despite his young age, his experience within the stainless steel industry has enabled him to acquire an in-depth understanding of today's stainless steel market on a global scale.

Currently his role consists of export sales to SE Asia, Middle East and Norway. Along with the area responsibilities, Markus is also in charge of Stalatube's global oil and gas business area.