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SnWTa | 27 – 28 February 2018

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Battery Conference NiCoMo

SnWTa Summit Agenda:

Tuesday 27 February | SnWTa Summit day one

8:30 Registration and Morning Coffee
9:40 Producer's Welcome
9:50 Chairperson's Welcome

Mark Seddon,
Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus

Market Overview


Global Tungsten Market Overview

  • Sustainability and responsible sourcing in the DRC
  • The importance of methodology and compliance
  • Analysing the relationship between supply, production and due diligence 
  • Market outlook, prospects and key questions
Burghard Zeiler, General Secretary, International Tungsten Industry Association

Assessing the Global Ferro-Tungsten Market

  • Fundamentals of supply and demand
  • Assessing the supply of tungsten concentrate and oversupply in APT
  • The current stock situation
  • Market outlook compared to other tungsten markets
Fedor Mironenko, General Manager, AVAS Trading
 11:00 Morning Networking Break 

Echoing Conflict Free Sourcing Initiatives throughout the Supply Chain

  • Breaking down the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Provision 1502: What does this mean to the industry?
  • Integrating conflict free sourcing initiatives throughout the supply chain: From mining, logistics and government involvement
  • Assessing how we can the industry can support local development in the DRC and adjoining countries
Per-Olof Loof, Chief Executive Officer, KEMET Corporation 
 12:00 Tantalum: Stable, Sustainable, Superior
  • Stable supply dynamics: present and future 
  • Sustainable and conflict free: mature, effective programs
  • Superior performance in electronics and other applications
Andrew O'Donovan, Chief Executive Officer, Global Advanced Metals
 12:30  Networking Lunch

The Changing Face of the Tungsten Market

  • Chinese market overview
  • Chinese stocks and their influence on the market
  • The growth of tungsten production in China and its influence on the Asian market 
  • Vertical integration in the Chinese tungsten industry
Ran Maimon, Director, Metal-Tech
14:35  Tungsten Market Overview
  • Establishing global demand
  • What are the drivers of spot and contract business?
  • New developments in tungsten sourcing
  • Where is Europe going to get tungsten from in the future?
  • What is on the horizon?
Michael Dornhofer, Director of Purchasing and Logistic, Wolfram Bergbau und Hütten
15:10  Afternoon Coffee Break

Conflict Free Sourcing 

Responsible Supply for the Tin Market
  • Overview of global production and future trends
  • Sources of responsible minerals from high risk areas
  • Reporting sustainability via the tin industry Code of Conduct
  • Potential impacts from EU mineral import regulation
Kay Nimmo, Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, ITRI

SnWTa Responsible Sourcing Panel Discussion

  • Dodd Frank Act and EU regulation update
  • Production in the Democratic Republic of Congo: How can we minimise risks?
  • Assessing conflict-free sourcing initiatives
  • How can we ensure cost efficiency and overcome financial challenges associated with due diligence
  • What does higher cobalt demand for lithium batteries mean for this marketplace?
Panel Chair: Kay Nimmo, Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, ITRI


                 Richard Lucas, Interim Managing Director, Wolf Minerals
                 Denis Gorbachev, Director International Business, Wolfram Company
                 Candid Owens, Company Director and Sales Manager, Cronimet Central Africa

 16:55  Chairperson’s Closing and End of SnWTa Day One
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus
 17:10  SnWTa Networking Drinks Reception

Wednesday 28 February | SnWTa Summit day two

09:10 Registration and Morning Coffee
09:50 Chairperson's Recap

Mark Seddon,
Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus

Refractory Metals Used in Additive Manufacturing

  • Assessing the usage of tungsten, tantalum and niobium in this industry
  • Analysing nuclear energy, medical and aerospace consumption in additive manufacturing
  • Outlook and future market developments

Cristian Cretu, Director, Business Development, H.C. Starck

Barruecopardo Project Case Study
  • Project update and overview
  • Tungsten production: High quality, rich tungsten concentrate
  • Modifying the historic site into a modern, efficient, responsible and sustainable mine

Stephen Nicol, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Saloro

11:00 Morning Networking Break 
11:30 Roundtable Discussions

These roundtables offer you a chance to join the group of your choice and be led in discussion by an industry expert. This is an ideal opportunity to ease into the more informal networking of the evening, enjoying a drink while you meet delegates with similar interests and concerns.

The conference team will be in touch with you in the run-up to the conference to ask you to select your table of choice — if you’d like to suggest a topic/leader for a discussion, please contact

Roundtable 1: Tin
Polina Sparks, Analysis Editor, Non-Ferrous Metals, Argus

Roundtable 2: Tantalum and Niobium
Roland Chavasse
, Director, Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center (T.I.C.)

Roundtable 3: Tungsten
Mark Seddon
, Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus
 12:30 Chairperson’s Closing Remarks and End of SnWTa Summit
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus
 12:40 Networking Lunch Break 


Metals Networking Dinner

Argus will be hosting an exclusive dinner to bring together our NiCoMo, Battery and SnWTa attendees in a unique networking event. You are welcome to join this dinner on a complimentary basis, however spaces are limited so please do let us know ASAP if you would like to join the dinner.

Information Register by Friday 15 December and save up to $350 / €350 / £300

We continue to expand on the agenda for the SnWTa Summit. If you are interested in speaking or want to suggest a topic, please contact Tonika Campbell, Conference Producer:

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