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Wire Rod Supply Chain Outlook Panel is Conference Finale!


Whether you sell rod, buy rod, or buy wire this part of the supply chain is critical to your bottom line.  Hear what these industry experts have to say about the coming year.

International Wire Producer: Philippe Armengaud, Chief Purchasing Officer, Bekaert - Philippe Armengaud is the Chief Purchasing Officer and Group Vice President of Business Development for Bekaert. Philippe started his career as a Licensees Part Manager at Alsthom Atlantique. His career also consisted of Managing Director at Spring Metal, CEO of Tubeurop, VP of Arcelor Purchasing, President Extrusion Division Eruope of Alcoa and most recently Director of strategy for Europe of Ascometal. Philippe has a PHD in Finance and Marketing from Dauphine University of Paris.

Domestic Rod Supplier: Richard Webb, Keystone Steel & Wire - As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Richard is responsible for sales of wire rods, coiled rebar and industrial wire for Keystone Steel & Wire, Peoria, IL and HR Bar Products for Keystone Calumet, Chicago Heights, IL. Richard has been Vice President for Keystone Steel & Wire since 2001 and a veteran of the steel industry for thirty-seven years.  He started in the industry with Republic Steel Corporation in Cleveland, OH. Other management positions include General Manager Sales and Marketing American Steel and Wire, Cleveland, OH and Vice President Sales, Atlantic Steel Co., Atlanta, GA.

International Rod Supplier: Bernd Neunkirchen, Coutinho and Ferrostaal - After finishing formal schooling in Germany, Mr. Neuenkirchen spent two years in Chicago in the international freight forwarding business. Shortly after, he joined Nordstahl GmbH and spent six years in Ghana and Nigeria selling a variety of steel items; primarily flat rolled and beams. Following Africa, he spent two years in Spain directing Nordstahl GmbH’s purchases of beams and cold rolled coils. In the early 80s Mr. Neuenkirchen was transferred to Dobbertin’s (GmbH sister company) Houston branch to sell oil country tubular goods (OCTG). Later, he joined Mannesmann and began trading in wire rods. After Mannesmann, Mr. Neuenkirchen joined Ferrostaal as VP for Long Products. After a brief stint at Duferco and Coutinho-USA, he rejoined Ferrostaal once the company merged to become Coutinho & Ferrostaal.

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