PacRim Stainless 2018 Speakers

Jim Lennon

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

Topic: The 2019 Outlook for Stainless Steel and 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 specialised 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's were regularly ranked number on the 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 coking 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 Sheraton Lehman Hutton Securities.

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

Clive Whittington

Managing Director, C.M. Whittington & Associates, Hong Kong

Topic: The Double Deal - Decorative, Durable Applications in Asia

Clive Whittington is a graduate in Secondary Metallurgy of RMIT, a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Finishing, UK (FIMF), and an Honorary Member of the Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing (AISF).

He is Managing Director of C.M. Whittington & Associates Ltd, Hong Kong, and for the past 15 years his focus has been on sales development and technical service of primary nickel in Asia and ANZ. With Hong Kong partners, he is daily involved in LME hedging, warehousing, physical delivery, metallurgical service, market intelligence and commercial sales support.

Clive also conducts original R&D, publishes peer-viewed papers and delivers seminars on the better use of nickel in end-use applications.

Prior to his own companies, he was Market Development Manager, Asia, for Alcoa of Australia, based in Hong Kong. Before that, General Manager, Marketing with Inco Australasia in Melbourne and Hong Kong. With both companies he was responsible for product development, application engineering and technical service of fabricated wrought products of aluminium alloys, austenitic stainless steel, high-nickel alloys and surface finishing. 

Peter Munckton

Chief Economist, Bank of Queensland

Topic: Economic Outlook

Peter is the Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy at the Bank of Queensland. He has worked at the Federal Treasury in Canberra, as well as in senior economics roles at Bankers Trust and the CBA. He has co-authored reports on the Australian and Chinese financial systems that gained significant domestic and international media attention.

Louis Victor Blain

Technology Manager, Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA)

Topic: Stainless Steel Grades in the Railcar Industry

Victor is a solution-oriented engineer with over 10 years' experience in the field of materials and welding.

In 2006 Victor completed his apprenticeship in welding and fabrication, gaining a wealth of practical experience in the welding and fabricating of carbon steel and stainless steel structures in Canada

Dedicated to expanding his skills and experience, in 2010 Victor graduated as a Metallurgy Technologist. Armed with this new qualification, Victor gained experience in material testing in the energy and aerospace sectors. Victor worked on the maintenance of turbines for hydroelectric plants at Hydro-Quebec, and then on the welding of combustion chambers at Pratt & Whitney.

Victor's combined passion for metallurgy and welding motivated him to study mechanical engineering. He relocated to France to undertake International Welding Engineer post graduate study at the Institut de Soudure, graduating in 2014.

Since 2014, Victor's experience has been primarily with the manufacturing sector at Bombardier Transportation. Whilst employed at Bombardier, Victor participated in the re-introduction of the 201LN stainless steel grades across Bombardier Transportation North America operations, and had extensive exposure on the use of various stainless steel grades across multiple projects.

Victor's main achievements include project start-up, welding coordination, and supplier's audit and support in multiple countries including Canada, China, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia.Victor recently joined the WTIA in the role of Technology Manager, where he is leading the Manufacturing Industry Group to support growth and innovation across Australia.

Joern Teipel

Lead Technical Manager (Architecture), Outokumpu (Europe)

Topic: Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications - Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics

Joern Teipel studied Physics in Bonn, Germany, and at the Ohio State University in Columbus, USA, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2006 in the field of nonlinear optics. He began his professional career in 2006 at the technical consultancy in Frankfurt. In 2009 he joined ThyssenKrupp Steel where he was responsible for the business development of magnesium flat products. In 2011 he transferred to the stainless producer ThyssenKrupp Nirosta in Krefeld - now Outokumpu. As Lead Technical Manager he is globally in charge of the usage of stainless steel in aesthetically architectural applications from the technical perspective and involved in the development of new surface finished.





Brought to you by the Australian Stainless Steel Development Association (ASSDA), PacRim Stainless is the premier annual conference event bringing together Australia's stainless steel industry and colleagues from abroad in an exclusive networking environment.

The conference provides a broad range of national and international speakers and delegates, plus a variety of social opportunities to network, share knowledge and enjoy the conference destination.

PacRim Stainless 2018 will be ASSDA's 25th National Conference and 14th International Forum focusing on the Asia-Pacific region.

Program Overview

  • ASSDA Annual General Meeting and election of office bearers
  • Two half-day conference sessions with an exceptional line-up of speakers from around the globe and nation, including:
    • Jim Lennon, Managing Director, Red Door Research Ltd (UK) and Senior Consultant - Commodities, Macquarie Capital (Europe)
    • Clive Whittington, Managing Director, C.M. Whittington & Associates (Hong Kong)
    • Jörn Teipel, Lead Technical Manager (Architecture), Outokumpu (Europe)
    • Peter Munckton, Chief Economist, Bank of Queensland
    • Louis Victor Blain, Technology Manager, Welding Technology Institute of Australia
      To view speaker biographies, please click here
  • Exciting Gala Dinner, including the ASSDA Supplier and Fabricator Awards
  • Annual PacRim 2-ball Golf Ambrose with players vying for the Barry Durrant Memorial Trophy
  • Farewell Dinner with happy hour drinks

For the PacRim Stainless 2017 recap, please click here.

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PacRim Stainless 2017 Recap

With attendees and speakers from around the world plus home-grown talent, PacRim Stainless 2017 was a tremendous success.

Held at QT Hotel on Queensland's Gold Coast from 11-12 October, the stainless steel industry gathered for two days of education, inspiration and networking at what was ASSDA's 24th National Conference.

The conference offered an exceptional line-up of speakers who shared their experience and expertise in new trends and technologies, perspectives on global and local stainless steel market direction, plus a fabrication panel that discussed stainless steel innovation, recent project highlights and best practice welding procedures.

Thank you to all speakers who joined our program: Peter Munckton (BOQ), Graham Sussex (Sussex Materials Solutions), Neil Henry (ABB Engineering Services UK), Robert Beson (AR-MA), Tim Stoddart (Stoddart), Kevin Finn (Paige Stainless Fabrications), Steve Scott (Rivet Engineering), Peter Kuebler (BOC), Juerg Schweizer and Markus Pirkkalainen (Stalatube Oy), Jim Lennon (Red Door Research), Glenn Byrne (Rolled Alloys UK) and Trent Mackenzie (ASSDA).

This year's event saw the launch of the Australian Industry Stainless Steel Supplier and Fabricator Awards. Three individual prestigious awards voted on by the industry were presented at the conference Gala Dinner.

Recognising excellence in supply performance, YC Inox Co., Ltd. celebrated two wins, taking out the awards for Long Product Supplier of the Year and Flat Product Supplier of the Year.

The Fabricator Project of the Year Award recognises excellence in Australian design and fabrication of stainless steel, and nominees were selected from projects featured in Australian Stainless Magazine during 2016 and 2017. Congratulations to Stoddart who won this award for the fabrication and installation of over 50 tonnes of stainless steel in Sydney's Wynyard Walk.

The Peter Matheson Industry Service Award was also presented during the dinner to two industry veterans in recognition and appreciation of their commitment and service to the Australian stainless steel industry - Sam Adel for over 50 years of service, and Ken Hayes for over 43 years of service.

An afternoon of golf was enjoyed by a small group of delegates at the Palmer Gold Coast, with players vying for the Barry Durrant Memorial Trophy. The 2-ball golf Ambrose for 2017 was won by Gary Lantzke (Callidus Welding Solutions) and Glenn Byrne (Rolled Alloys UK).

Many thanks goes to our generous sponsors for their support and contribution to the conference, whom without, this event would not be possible: Atlas Steels, Metal Centre Australia, Paige Stainless Fabrications and Viraj Profiles.

Our thanks also to all delegates who attended the 2017 event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year and encourage you to bring your colleagues and make the most of the opportunity to connect with the Australian stainless steel industry.







ASSDA announces winners of the 2017 Australian Industry Stainless Steel Supplier and Fabricator Awards

The inaugural Australian Industry Stainless Steel Supplier and Fabricator Awards was held on 11 October 2017 as part of ASSDA’s annual PacRim Stainless conference.

Three individual prestigious awards voted on by the industry were presented at the conference Gala Dinner, including ASSDA Flat Product Supplier of the Year, ASSDA Long Product Supplier of the Year, and ASSDA Fabricator Project of the Year.

Both the ASSDA Flat Product Supplier of the Year and ASSDA Long Product Supplier of the Year Awards recognises excellence in supply performance, and the selection of each winner is based on the following criteria: Quality; Delivery and service; Responsiveness and flexibility, and; Competitiveness.

The 2017 nominees for Flat Product Supplier of the Year were Daming International Holdings Ltd, Outokumpu, Stanch Stainless Steel Co., Ltd, YC Inox Co., Ltd, and Yue-Seng Industrial Co., Ltd.

As voted by a committee of ASSDA Sponsor Distributor Members, we are pleased to share that the winner of the 2017 ASSDA Flat Product Supplier of the Year is YC Inox Co., Ltd.

The nominees for Long Product Supplier of the Year included Ching Hann Industries Co., Ltd, Froch Enterprise Co., Ltd, Valbruna Australia, Viraj Profiles and YC Inox Co., Ltd.

Taking out the win for 2017 ASSDA Long Product Supplier of the Year is also YC Inox Co., Ltd.

The ASSDA Fabricator Project of the Year Award recognises excellence in Australian design and fabrication of stainless steel, and this year’s nominations were selected based on projects featured in Australian Stainless Magazine during 2016 and 2017.

The nominees included the Australian Museum – SGM Fabrication & Construction, Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian Bridge – Unifab Welding, Newcastle Memorial Walk – SGM Fabrication & Construction, Story Bridge (safety barriers) – Stainless Engineering Services, and Wynyard Walk – Stoddart.

All nominations presented were outstanding, and is a tribute to the high standard and quality of Australian stainless steel design and fabrication.

As voted by a committee of ASSDA Board Members and the ASSDA General Manager, we are pleased to share that the 2017 ASSDA Fabricator Project of the Year is Stoddart for their involvement in Sydney’s Wynyard Walk.

Congratulations to all winners.


The Australian Stainless Steel Development Association's Twenty-Fourth Annual General Meeting will be held at 1.00pm on Wednesday 11 October 2017 in the Sunset Room at QT Gold Coast Hotel, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217.
The QT Gold Coast Hotel is the venue for PacRim Stainless 2017, ASSDA's 24rd annual national conference and 13th international forum focusing on the Asia-Pacific Region.


  1. Call to Order and Roll Call
  2. Apologies
  3. Confirmation of Minutes of the Twenty-Third Annual General Meeting held on 19 October 2016
  4. Matters Arising from AGM Minutes, 19 October 2016
  5. Receipt and Adoption of the 2017 Annual Report
  6. Election of Office Bearers and Directors:
  7. Appointments: Appointment of Auditor
  8. Other Business

Please note, only members of the Association may vote, but all conference delegates are welcome to attend the meeting.


Stephen Robertson, Amari Metals Australia - President
James Crozier, Fagersta Steels - Treasurer
Con Logos, Outokumpu - Director
David Sheedy, Arcus Wire Group - Director
Howard Seligsohn, Sanwa - Director
Richard Matheson, Nickel Institute - Director
Richard Raper, Australian Pickling & Passivation Service - Director
Stephen Orridge, Vulcan Stainless - Director
Stephen Warnett, Tasman Sinkware - Director

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