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Bob Drew

Tata International Metals (Americas) Ltd.

Director, Global Chartering and Operations

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Robert (Bob) Drew has experience in all facets of international logistics. He began his career at Maher Terminals, where he rose to the position of Vice President responsible for all breakbulk, auto, lumber, steel, and distribution center operations; as well as playing a major part in the development of Maher’s then evolving container operations. He later joined Panobulk America Inc., a subsidiary of Pan Ocean Shipping. His 27-year tenure, culminating as president of North American operations, involved a key role in developing and managing Pan Ocean’s extensive steel, wood products, tanker, and car carrier services. Upon retirement from Panobulk, Drew formed DLW Logistics, providing transportation services primarily to the steel and wood products industries. In his current role with Tata International, his responsibilities include managing chartering, logistics, and transportation-related strategies in support of global trading efforts.

Tata International is the global trading Arm of Tata Group, operating in 80 countries with group revenue of US$108.8 billion and 610,000 people, ranks 11th among the world’s most reputable companies. Tata International has worldwide revenues exceeding US$2.2 billion, and 10,000 employees working in 49 worldwide offices. The company operates five business verticals, specializing in manufacturing, trading, and distribution of metal products, minerals, agri-trading, and leather and leather products. The Metals Division handles a variety of steel products via five regional hubs – HQ in London, Europe Hub, Americas, Asia, Middle East & Africa, and Indian Subcontinent

Sessions With Bob Drew

Tuesday, 25 May

  • 02:45pm - 03:15pm (EST) / 25/may/2021 06:45 pm - 25/may/2021 07:15 pm

    General Session

    The State of Steel: 2021

    Demand for a range of steel products is on the upswing in the US as the post-pandemic recovery picks up steam. Steel prices are hovering at near-record levels, outpacing the cost of imports, yet imports remain slow, held back by Section 232 tariffs and quotas and by increasingly stringent oversight of exclusion remedies. Additionally, high freight rates and tight capacity are causing severe pain for anyone in the spot market. Traders are waiting to see what happens with prices and demand, even as import inquiries pick up steam. Some believe we're seeing the leading edge of a commodity boom that will continue to push steel demand and prices, while others expect both to cool off as summer approaches. This panel of industry experts will discuss what they are seeing, how they are managing, and what they expect from the steel market.