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Argus Specialty Metals Week 2018

Argus Specialty Metals Week

Attend Argus Specialty Metals Week for insight into the Battery Metals and Rare Earths market. Two, in-depth tracks will help you plan your business as the rise of Electric Vehicles takes off!
Register now and save $300!

Be where the consuming industry gathers in the North American market

  • Meet with automotive companies and key downstream users
  • Understand where we might see potential supply disruptions and price spikes
  • Get the transparency you need before setting up your supply deals

Preview of speakers:

  • Pol Le-Roux, VP Sales and Marketing, Lynas Corporation
  • Masashi Fujita, Senior Staff Engineer, Honda Motor Company
  • C. Bing Rong, Technical Expert on Magnetic Materials, Ford Motor Company
  • Chris Terry, Metals and Mining Research Analyst, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
  • Felipe Smith, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Business Development, Iodine, Lithium and Industrial Chemicals, SQM S.A.
  • Suzanne Malden, Global Commodity Leader, Bose Corporation
  • Steven M Fortier, Director of the National Minerals Information Center, US Geological Survey
  • Marko Kusigerski, Business Development Manager, London Metals Exchange
  • Daniel Abraham, Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Zhao Lili, Vice GM, China National Nonferrous Metals Import & Export Corp - Jiangsu Branch
  • Alex King, Director, Critical Materials Institute
  • Nabeel A Mancheri, PhD, Marie Currie Fellow, Leiden University, Netherlands
    ...and many more! 

What's included:

  • Two unique conference tracks, Battery Metals and Rare Earths, for one low price. View the agenda
  • Access to speaker presentations and top market information from leading analysts
  • Government rates and group discounts for three or more delegates from the same company. Register early
  • Access to Argus business intelligence and methodology for new price assessments in the battery metals space
  • Group discount for hotel accommodations at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
  • All meals during conference hours, plus cocktail receptions and scheduled shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip
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What delegates say

A world class event that provides an ideal setting for peer engagement
Peter Landi, Engineering & Operations Manager, Molycorp Minerals, LLC

Good insights into all parts of the marketplace
Don Lay, CEO, Medallion Resources

Great atmosphere, focused discussions, well organized
Randy MacGillivray, VP Project Development, Ucore

A great deal of useful information presented in a manner designed for attendees familiar with the industry that is understandable for non-scientists
Elsworth Dickson, Editor-in-Chief, Resource World Magazine

Monday, April 16

Battery Metals and Rare Earths


Registration Opens
17:00 - 19:30
Welcome Reception and Shuttle Departures to Vegas Strip

Tuesday, April 17

Battery Metals and Rare Earths

General Sessions 

07:30 - 09:00
Registration and Breakfast 
09:00 - 10:30
General Session: Specialty Metals Outlook - Battery Metals and Rare Earths
Joint session 
  • Raw materials related to the EV industry: A focus on lithium availability, growth in the electric vehicle industry, limitations for supply, opportunities in supply, costs and implications for forward pricing regimes
  • SQM's outlook on the lithium market: What is the outlook for lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide production?
  • Rare earths and specialty metals outlook: Hear from Argus on supply/demand balances and pricing dynamics for the rare earths and battery metals supply chain
Chris Terry, Metals and Mining Research Analyst, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Felipe Smith, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Business Development, Iodine, Lithium and Industrial Chemicals, SQM S.A.
Mark Seddon
, Senior Manager Consulting, Argus

David Brooks, Head of Metals, Argus
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
General Session: Automotive Panel Discussion 
Joint session 
This interactive panel of automotive companies will feature perspectives on rising demand from the electric vehicle fleet and how automotive companies are managing supply chain risk. 
  • Battery metals supply chain: Hear Honda's view on the electric/hybrid vehicle market, battery technologies and cathode chemistry. Hear perspectives on competing technologies such as fuel cells and thoughts on supply of raw materials given forecasted growth in the electric vehicle market
  • Rare earths supply chain: Understand if there are any worries about supply disruptions of neodymium and dysprosium. Hear Ford's view on how rare earths are currently used in it's electric vehicles. Understand the future for rare earths and how automotive companies like Ford are diversifying the supply chain
Masashi Fujita, Senior Staff Engineer, Honda Motor Co.
Chuanbing Rong, Technical Expert on Magnetic Materials, Ford Motor Co. 

Mark Seddon, Senior Manager Consulting, Argus
12:00 - 13:30

Track 1: Battery Metals

Track 2: Rare Earths

13:30 - 15:00
Session 1A: Introduction to Lithium Trading
  • Hedging and risk management: The surge in lithium-ion battery market means new opportunities. But volatility and lack of transparency means more exposure to risk. Understand how to get liquidity along the lithium chemicals supply chain and get the tools you need to manage risk in 2018 and beyond
  • Indexation opportunities: What are some of the new indexation tools we might see and how can you get transparency in the market?
Marko Kusigerski, Business Development Manager, London Metal Exchange

David Brooks, Head of Metals, Argus

13:30 - 15:30
Session 2A: Rare Earths Market Dynamics

  • Rare earths market overview: Understand what 2018 will bring for global supply/demand balances, future trade flows and outlook for price
  • Critical materials seven years after the rare earths crisis: What have we done, what have we learned, and where do we go next?
  • Exports from China: Hear a trader's perspective on the factors affecting the rare earths market and predictions for exports in 2018 in terms of supply, demand and price
  • Rare earths production from Australia: A look at rare earths production from Lynas Malasia, from mine to customer 
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager Consulting, Argus
Alex King, Director, Critical Materials Institute
Zhao Lili, Vice GM, China National Nonferrous Metals Import & Export Corp Jiangsu Branch
Pol Le-Roux
, VP Sales and Marketing, Lynas Malaysia

Nigel Tunna, Consultant, Argus
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:00
15:30 - 17:00
Session 1B: Securing Supply Lines for Battery Materials  
  • US resilience: President Trump signed an Executive Order for the US to ensure secure and reliable supplies of critical materials. Hear insight from the Director of the US Geological Survey into production data and trends for the lithium, cobalt, nickel and battery minerals supply chain
  • Cathode chemistry: What is the chemistry making up the cathodes today and what might that mean for raw materials demand? 
Steven M Fortier, Director of the National Minerals Information Center, USGS
Daniel Abraham
, Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Nigel Tunna, Consultant, Argus
16:00- 17:30
Session 2B: Rare Earths Supply

  • Resilience of the REE supply chain: Hear the latest on China's policies and impact on the global supply chain
  • New production sources: New commercial production of rare earth concentrates from Western Australia and outlook for heavy rare earths and downstream products
  • Spotlight on India: What is the potential for India's rare earths supply? What are the production estimates and outlook for 2018?
Nabeel A Mancheri, PhD, Marie Currie Fellow, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, Netherlands
George Bauk
, CEO, Northern Minerals
Deependra Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Indian Rare Earths Limited

Mark Seddon, Senior Manager Consulting, Argus
17:00 - 19:30
Reception and Shuttle Departures to Vegas Strip
17:30- 19:30
Reception and Shuttle Departures to Vegas Strip
Wednesday, April 18

Battery Metals and Rare Earths

General Session

07:30 - 08:30
Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 10:00
General Session: Specialty Demand Sectors
Joint Session

8:30 – 8:50
Presentation: What permanent magnet sectors are growing the most?
Robert Wolf, Vice President, Alliance, LLC

8:50 – 10:00
Panel Discussion: This panel will discuss key topics of concerns and questions facing the industry, including:

  • How worried are consumers about potential supply disruptions?
  • What do consumers see as the biggest threat to resource supply? 
  • How important is energy efficiency in the supply chain?
  • How are consumers evaluating alternatives to lower costs and improve margins? 
  • What is government doing to ensure a steady supply of critical raw materials?
    …and much more!
Suzanne Malden, Global Commodity Leader, Bose Corporation
Malcolm Gander, Environmental Manager, US Department of Navy
Robert Wolf, Vice President, Alliance, LLC

Mark Seddon, Senior Manager Consulting, Argus
10:00 - 10:30

 Track 1: Battery Metals

Track 2: Rare Earths

10:30 - 12:00
Session 1C: Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • Understand the potential for recycling lithium-ion batteries and how that might impact future demand for raw materials
  • Learn about green engineering and green chemistry separation systems to help achieve future lithium and cobalt production levels from primary brine and ore sources and from recycling of these metals from spent lithium-ion batteries
  • Learn about vertical integration of battery materials production with flexible feed stocks and recycling
Larry Reaugh, President & CEO, American Manganese
Steven Izatt, President and CEO, IBC Advanced Technologies Inc.
Jack Lifton, MS, Vice President, Business Development, Resource Conservation and Recycling Corporation, Pty Ltd

Nigel Tunna, Consultant, Argus
10:30 - 12:00
Session 2C: Separation, Substitutes and Recycling Rare Earths
  • Learn about break-through processes for magnet manufacturing and the technology available to mitigate potential supply concerns associated with the EV and HEV industry
  • Learn about rare earth processing and separation technologies
  • Understand how innovation projects and substitutes are impacting the supply chain for domestic rare earths

Peter Afiuny, Executive Vice President, Urban Mining Company
Cameron Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Rare Earths Salts 
Claudio Arato, Chief Technology Officer, SonoAsh

Mark Seddon
, Senior Manager Consulting, Argus

Conference Concludes

Conference Concludes

Registration Rates
Pre-registration (Available until February 16, 2018) $1095 USD
Early Registration (Available February 17 - March 16, 2018) $1295 USD
Standard Registration (After March 16, 2018) $1595 USD 
Government Rate 
$695 USD

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Fee includes:

  • Access to attend both conference tracks. Track 1: Battery Metals and Track 2: Rare Earths
  • Access to speaker presentations and related documentation for both conference tracks
  • Breakfast, lunch, breaks and receptions each day
*Travel and accommodation are not included

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Antitrust Compliance Reminder

  • Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus Specialty Metals Week is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the consuming market and impact on the raw materials supply chain. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.
  • Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application

Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Confirmed Speakers
Masashi Fujita
Masashi Fujita
, Senior Staff Engineer, Honda Motor Co.

Masashi Fujita belongs to Cyclical Resource Promotion Division of Honda Motor Co., Ltd, Japan. He is responsible for evaluating resource risks including electric vehicles and building a global recycling and reusing scheme for ELVs. and is particularly interested in increasing resource risks in the future expansion of electric vehicles.
Chuanbing Rong
Chuanbing Rong
, Technical Expert on Magnetic Materials, Ford Motor Company

Chuanbing Rong received his Ph.D. degree in condensed matter physics from the Institute of Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004. He has been a Technical Specialist on magnetic materials with Ford Motor Company since 2014. Prior to joining Ford in 2011, he was a Research Assistant Professor with The University of Texas at
Arlington since 2007.
Felipe Smith
Felipe Smith
, Vice President of Business Intelligence and Business Development, Iodine, Lithium and Industrial Chemicals, SQM S.A.

Felipe Smith serves as VP Business Intelligence & Business Development at SQM, a global company dedicated to minerals extraction and selectively integrated in the processing and commercialization of different products, including Lithium. Mr. Smith joined SQM in 1996, holding several positions in Development, Finance and Commercial areas, spending about 8 years at SQM’s subsidiaries in Argentina and Belgium. Between 2007 and 2016, Mr. Smith served as VP Commercial for Iodine, Lithium & Industrial Chemicals, where he led the global sales and marketing of those products. Mr. Smith is an Industrial Civil Engineer from the Catholic University of Chile.
Suzanne Malden
Suzanne Malden
, Global Commodity Manager, Bose Corporation

Suzanne Malden is Commodity Manager for Transducer Hard Parts for Bose Corporation, headquartered in Framingham, Mass, with offices in San Diego, CA. She leads a global cross-functional team including design, supplier quality, VAVE engineering and manufacturing engineers as well as plant quality, purchasing and customer teams who define strategy for the purchases of Neodymium and ferrite magnets. Suzanne has managed the Neodymium magnet team for seven of the seventeen years she has worked for Bose, so has experienced the extremes of market fluctuations, supply issues and technology innovations over that period of time. Suzanne has also worked for other large corporations such as Gillette and Black and Decker prior to her experience at Bose Corporation.
Chris Terry
Chris Terry
, Metals and Mining Research Analyst, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Chris Terry is the head of the US Metals & Mining Team at Deutsche Bank. Chris spent 5 years in Sydney with DB before moving to the U.S. in mid 2015. His coverage includes lithium and other minor metals, base and bulk metals, and, precious metals. Chris first began to look at the lithium battery supply chain in 2012 and continues to work on Supply/Demand for lithium as well as equities related to the thematic. Prior to DB, Chris worked as a process engineer providing professional services to the resources and energy sectors. Chris studied at The University of Melbourne where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) with honors and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance.
Bob Wolf
Robert Wolf
, Vice President, Alliance LLC

Robert Wolf has more than forty years’ experience in the permanent magnet industry. He has authored over a dozen articles and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Bob is a graduate of Loyola University, BS – Physics, and DePaul University, MS – Physics.

Bob has held the positions of Product Manager for Rare Earth Magnets at Crucible Materials Corporation, Manager of North American Marketing of Permanent Magnets for Philips Corporation, and Vice President Neodymium Iron Boron Sales for Ugimag Corporation and was on the Board of Directors of the Magnetic Materials Producers Association.

Currently as the President of Data Decisions, a consultancy company specializing in market research, and he exclusively represents Alliance LLC in sales and marketing. Bob was also an instructor in mathematics at Purdue University North Central.
Alex King
Alex King, Director, Critical Materials Institute

Alex King is the Director of the Critical Materials Institute – one of DOE’s four Energy Innovation Hubs. He holds degrees from the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. He was a postdoc at Oxford and then M.I.T. before joining the faculty at Stony Brook University, where he also served as the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. He has served as the Head of the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue and the Director of DOE’s Ames Laboratory.

King is a Fellow of the Institute of Mining Minerals and Materials; ASM International; and the Materials Research Society. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1996 and a US Department of State Jefferson Science Fellow for 2005-06. Alex was the President of the Materials Research Society for 2002, Chair of the University Materials Council of North America for 2006-07, Co-chair of the Gordon Conference on Physical Metallurgy for 2006, and Chair of the APS Interest Group on Energy Research and Applications for 2010.
Steven Fortier
Steven M Fortier, Director of the National Minerals Information Center, US Geological Survey

Dr. Steven M. Fortier is the Director of the National Minerals Information Center, at the U.S. Geological Survey. Steve came to the USGS after eighteen years in the private sector in industrial minerals mining and processing. He holds PhD and Master’s degrees in geological sciences from Brown University, and a B.A. in geology and chemistry from the University of Maine – Farmington.
Zhao Lily
Zhao Lili, Vice General Manager, China National Nonferrous Metals Import & Export Corp Jiangsu Branch

Ms. Zhao Lili, MBA. Vice General Manager of China National Nonferrous Metals I/E Corp Jiangsu Branch. Worked as a rare earth trader for more than 25 years.
Marko Kusigerski
Marko Kusigerski
, Business Development Manager, London Metal Exchange

Marko Kusigerski, Senior Vice President for Business Development at the LME, is responsible for the new markets across ferrous, base and battery metals. He is leading all the efforts on the battery materials for the exchange. He joined the London Metal Exchange in February 2014. Previously, he was working for various investment banks, covering industrial clients. Marko holds an MSc from Cass Business School London and a BA from the University of St. Gallen.
Nabeel Mancheri
Nabeel Mancheri, Ph.D Marie Curie Fellow, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, Netherlands

Nabeel Mancheri is a senior researcher at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) , Leiden University, Netherlands, where he works on H2020 projects like FORAM and SCRREEN. He is also the project manager of GloREIA- a project supported by EIT raw materials, a European commission sponsored organization. The project will develop a Brussels-based platform of international experts and stakeholders that will prepare and launch an International Association for Rare Earth Industries (REIA).
Daniel Abraham
Daniel Abraham
, Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Daniel P. Abraham, Argonne National Laboratory, has authored over 120+ articles in peer-reviewed journals that span the various frontier areas of lithium battery research. His work enables the development of materials and components that enhance battery performance, life, and safety.
Steven Izatt
Steven Izatt, President and CEO, IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Izatt is President and CEO of IBC Advanced Technologies, Inc. IBC specializes in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of proprietary Molecular Recognition Technology ("MRT") products and processes, with industrial clients around the world. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Lthium Energi Exploration Inc. and Ucore Rare Metals Inc. Mr. Izatt has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Precious Metals Institute ("IPMI") and received the IPMI Jun-ichiro Tanaka Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008 for his entrepreneurial contributions to the precious metals industry. 

Prior to IBC, he was a management consultant at PA Consulting Services, Inc. and Touche Ross & Co. (now Deloitte Consulting), served as a charter member of the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania State University Technology and Business Development Center in Great Valley, PA, and worked as an engineer (technology transfer and ventures) at Bethlehem Steel Corporation. A Registered Member of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration and a member of IPMI and the American Chemical Society, Mr. Izatt has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and presentations. Mr. Izatt holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice (1984), an M.S. in Technology & Policy (1984), both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Chemistry (High Honors, University Scholar, 1981) from Brigham Young University.
George Bauk
George Bauk
, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Minerals

George Bauk is an experienced resources executive with over 25 year’s experience in the sector. He joined Northern Minerals in 2010 and has been instrumental in transforming the company from a rare earth discoverer through to its current status as the developer of the Browns Range Heavy Rare Earths Project. The 3-year Pilot Plant Project is under construction in the East Kimberley region of WA, with first mixed rare earth carbonate shipment in the September quarter. Under George’s stewardship, the company has rapidly transitioned from a greenfields heavy rare earth explorer to now being poised to become the next global producer of high value Dysprosium outside of China. Mr Bauk is also Non-Exeutive Chairman of Lithium Australia, Non-Execuitve Director – BlackEarth Minerals and Vice President – Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA.
Deependra Singh
Deependra Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Rare Earths Limited

Shri Deependra Singh is the Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Rare Earths Ltd (IREL) a Central Public Sector Undertaking under the aegis of Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India. Prior to this, he served as Director (Marketing) in Indian Rare Earths Ltd. for about 5 years. Shri Singh is holding a Master’s degree in Technology with specialisation in Industrial Design and Marketing Management. He has rich and varied experience spanning over more than 3 decades in the field of Strategic Corporate Planning, Sales & Marketing, Project Management, Production Planning & Control, Quality Control & Quality Management System, Human Resource Management, Skill Development & Industrial Training. 

He is a qualified Lead assessor of NABL as per ISO/IEC/17025 and Lead auditor of ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. He has the credential of association in various projects under World Bank, OPEC and Asian Development Bank including prestigious projects of Central Govt. and UNIDO fellowship. He is recipient of several Awards including Public Sector Enterprises Excellence Award 2016 for corporate governance. He is credited with about 25 presentations in international mineral and other conferences. Mr. Singh is the President of the Rare Earths Association of India, Chairman of Processed Mineral Panel of CAPEXIL, Member of the Executive Board, Standing Committee on Public Sector (SCOPE) for 2017-19 and member of Managing Committee of Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) and other prestigious industrial associations.
Larry Reaugh
Larry W. Reaugh, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Manganese Inc.

Larry W. Reaugh is President and Chief Executive Officer of American Manganese Inc. from February 1998 to present. Mr. Reaugh has fifty-three years’ experience in the mining industry and for the past thirty-five years he has been the CEO & President of several exploration, development, production companies and 3 years in internet and technology companies listed on the TSX, TSX Venture and NSDAQ exchanges. Several of his companies have made significant discoveries, three of which (gold) went on to be producing mines. Through his career, Mr. Reaugh has raised in excess of $300 million for junior resource mining companies. Part of this is the $25 million dollars raised for AMY over the past eighteen (18) years.
Cameron Davies
Cameron Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Rare Earth Salts

Cameron is a seasoned professional with nearly two decades of experience investing in, advising, and building successful businesses. He has acted as a trusted advisor to numerous public and private companies and has been a profiled speaker at events across North America. Cameron is currently Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Rare Earth Salts. Prior to joining Rare Earth Salts, he was Managing Partner at Kirchner Private Capital Group, a leading U.S. based merchant bank focused on mergers and acquisitions to strategic buyers, operational turnaround management, venture capital and private equity investments. Previous to that, Cameron was Senior Vice President and Partner at The Equicom Group where he was in charge of growth, seeing the Company expand from 8 to 180 clients and he initiated and oversaw the Company’s strategic acquisition by the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2007.
Pol Le Roux
Pol Le-Roux
, Vice President  Sales & Marketing, Lynas MALAYSIA

Pol joined Lynas in October 2010 as Vice President Sales & Marketing. Prior to Joining Lynas he worked for Rhodia (since acquired by Solvay in 2011) as Diphenol Activity Director based in China, managing all industrial (6 plants in France, USA, China) and business operations worldwide, accountable for the global activity P&L. Prior to that, Pol had held various positions in Rhodia since 1985 including Global Electronics Business Unit Director based in La Rochelle France of which Rare Earth was the major part, President of Rhodia Polyamide Co Ltd and Engineering Plastic Asia/Pacific based in Seoul, Regional Business Director for Polyamide Intermediates based in Seoul, Global Strategy Manager for Polyamide Intermediates based in Paris, Project management and Electrical Instrumentation Engineering roles with Polyamides Intermediates in Chalampe plant France, starting in 1985. Prior to working with Rhodia, Pol participated in the construction of a factory for Renault in Mexico.
Peter Afiuny
Peter Afiuny
, Executive Vice President, Urban Mining Company

Peter Afiuny is a materials specialist and industrial ecologist. He has a deep understanding of magnet products and systems, and material flows as a part of the industrial logistics networks. His educational background is in finance and international trade. At Urban Mining Company, he plays a vital role in establishing strategic relationships and managing the global supply chains. He has worked closely with many Fortune 1000 companies, where he has provided both product and logistics solutions. He has been an active member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries since 2011. In 2012 he became the co-inventor for methods to recycle NdFeB magnets.
Jack Lifton
Jack Lifton, Vice President, Business Development, Resource Conservation and Recycling Corporation, Pty Ltd

Jack Lifton is a co-founding Principal of Technology Metals Research, LLC, and is a consultant, author, and lecturer on the market fundamentals of the ‘technology metals’, a term he coined in 2007 to describe those strategic and almost all rare metals whose electronic properties make our technological society possible. These include the rare earths, the lithium ion battery metals, such as lithium and cobalt, and most of the scarcely produced rare metals of importance to electronics. Originally educated as a physical chemist, he first specialized in high-temperature metallurgy and the ultrapurifaction of materials for use in solid state electronics and catalysis as a researcher.

He ultimately became a manufacturing and marketing executive in the production and recycling of engineered materials. After serving as the CEO of two OEM automotive suppliers he retired and then became a metal trader specializing in the field of technology metals. With 56+ years in the industry, he advises OEMs and global institutional investment firms on natural resource issues that impact proposed business models or high-volume manufacturing plans for the consumer and military markets. He presently does due diligence consulting for institutional investors probing opportunities in which availability of rare and technology metals is a deterministic factor to assess the probability of commercial success in metals’ mining, refining, fabricating and marketing ventures. He is a Senior Fellow at Institute for Analysis of Global Security, member numerous professional societies, and frequent speaker at professional and industry events on the markets for technology metals and materials and on the use of new and newly applied technologies to the extraction, refining, and fabrication of rare metals and materials.

Malcolm Gander
Malcolm Gander
, Environmental Manager, US Department of Navy 

Malcolm Gander, Ph.D., is currently an environmental manager with the Department of Navy, and has thirty years' experience in the exploration, processing and refining, and recycling of strategic metals. Relevant experience includes Global Manager, Environmental Affairs for Amazon Web Services, where he established a global recycling network of Nd-Fe-B magnets from hard drives.

Claudio Arato
Claudio Arato
, Chief Technology Officer, SonoAsh

Claudio is the Principal Engineer and inventor behind the SonoAsh concept, the Research & Development and all ash beneficiation patent procurement. He holds degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is an Engineers Canada Fellow. 

He is the recipient of awards including UBC 2016 Faculty of Applied Science Dean’s Medal of Distinction, the 2014 Engineers Canada Meritorious Achievement Award for Professional Service and 2018 UBC Alumni Builders Award. He is lead and co-author of numerous patents applied internationally.  Over more than 25 years, Claudio has worked throughout North America, Mexico and Albania on technology commercialization projects in major resource sectors including power, pulp & paper, ethanol, wastewater treatment, contaminated soil remediation, heavy oil upgrading & tailings management, nanochemistry, metals extraction & recovery.

Mark Seddon
Mark Seddon
, Senior Manager, Argus

Mark Seddon is Senior Manager (Metals), Consulting Services, based in London. He is responsible for Argus’ rare earths and tungsten monthly outlooks and for developing metals consulting services. With over 25 years’ experience in the commodities industry as a trader, researcher, consultant and company executive, Mark has a wealth of experience in the metals sector.

After gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in European Business Administration, as well as a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Européennes de Management, Mark spent three years as a sugar trader with Louis Dreyfus, a leading global soft commodities company. The next 20 years were spent at Roskill Information Services, a leader in international metals and minerals research. In January 2001, Mark was appointed a director at Roskill and in December 2010 became the Managing Director of the company. Prior to joining Argus, he ran his own metals consulting company, Tungsten Market Research.
David Brooks
David Brooks
, Senior Vice President of Metals, Argus

David Brooks is head of  Metals at Argus Media.

Nigel Tunna
Nigel Tunna
, Consultant, Argus

Nigel Tunna has been involved with the metals industry since 1979 when he joined Cominco as a metals trader. Since that time he worked with Sassoon Metals and Chemicals and China Industrial Resources before setting up his own trading company, Rushmore. His experience covers base metals, ferro-alloys, minor metals and rare earths.

In 1999 he started Metal-Pages to provide business intelligence to the metals industry. In 2014 he joined Argus Media following their acquisition of Metal-Pages. He is a former chairman of the Minor Metals Trade Association.

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2018 Sponsor

American Manganese
American Manganese Inc. (AMY) is a critical metal company with focus on recycling electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion batteries (LIB). Due to rapid development and commercialization of EVs, the LIB market is growing exponentially along with the supply chain metals, such as lithium, cobalt, manganese, nickel, and aluminum. These supply chain metals are currently sourced from mines that are limited in production by social and environmental barriers in their operating countries.

In addition, the existing methods for recycling spent EV LIBs is inefficient and limited, but EV manufacturers are being held accountable on collecting and recycling their spent LIBs. In order to capitalize on the demand for LIB metals, the Company plans to be an industry leader and the lowest cost recycler of cathode materials in spent LIBs, with their proprietary hydrometallurgical process, which was initially developed from one of AMY’s mineral properties.

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