This year, we saw that economic downturns appeared worse at home and abroad; reforms in steelmaking, cokemaking and refractory industries were in dire demand; and environmental protection was increasingly emphasized in China. The conference was held in such background, with the conception of economy and high-efficiency, lasting one day. Distinguished from previous ones, the 2018 Supplier Conference invited only intimate partners with ACRE. On one hand, we summarized the working experience, discussed development strategy in the coking and refractory industries, and built confidence to achieve common benefits. On the other, ACRE aimed to enhance the protection of intellectual property rights. It expressed the resolution to upholding intellectual property rights and the strength for cracking down infringements by law. In addition, ACRE made clear of the scope of its patents, copyrights and other related intellectual property rights. For the suppliers, they shall strengthen the protection of ACRE’s technical secrets and drawings of non-standard equipment and materials.