Sir Henry Bessemer Lecture 2019

11 Jul 2019

Organised by IOM Communications on behalf of the IOM3 Iron and Steel Society

Presented by Jon Bolton, Director: Liberty Steel Global Business Development
[Awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal for 2019]

GREENSTEEL: a new era for steel

The European Steel Industry is currently undergoing a transformation.  Global competitive pressures are leading to consolidation, environmental imperatives are driving process changes and consumers are demanding higher performance steels.

Sustainable economic growth demands a resilient manufacturing strategy supported in turn by a vibrant steel sector.  A successful strategy matches demand as closely as possible with supply to maximise economic return and as such the industry much be able to respond dynamically to the prevailing challenges.

Compared to economies at similar points in their development, the UK has lost its way through a combination of corporate global strategies and political complacency.  This has led to a position where only 15% of the steel consumed in the UK originates in the UK.

150 years ago in 1869 when the Iron and Steel Institute met in London numerous steel companies were developing methods, such as the Bessemer process, to take advantage of locally available resources in the form of ores and coals, to supply the needs of a fast growing UK infrastructure:  A regional solution to a regional problem maximising economic return.

We are now faced with an opportunity to regain competitive lost ground and to address environmental imperatives where the same supply and demand principles can apply.

The use of locally arising resources in the form of scrap and renewable energy can lead to zero CO2 emissions.  Demand for more added value materials such as metallic powders for the aerospace sector and more competitive high volume products into automotive and construction sectors where technical demands are also increasing can be met with existing technology.

A regional solution to a regional problem is once again possible using capital efficient existing technology.  The resulting economic benefits also merit a more proactive political approach.

The steel industry must implement strategies to develop these technologies simultaneously addressing the needs of consumer and the planet.  GREENSTEEL is an example of such a strategy.


The Sir Henry Bessemer Lecture will take place at Illuminate, Science Museum, South Kensington, London on Thursday 11 July 2019, commencing at 17:00, with tea and coffee available from 16:30.


This will be a public lecture, and anyone interested in the topic is welcome to attend.  There is no charge for attending the lecture but you do need to register in advance, using the link below.

Gala & Premier Awards Dinner

The Lecture will be followed by the Gala & Premier Awards Dinner, also at the Science Museum. Individual tickets for the dinner are £175, with a table (for 8 people) at £1,200, plus VAT.  Dress code for the dinner is black tie.  If you are interested in attending the dinner, please contact Efi Fragkou (E


Venue and booking

Event Location: 
Illuminate, Science Museum
Exhibition Road
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Allison Herve

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T - 020 7451 7310



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