26 February - 01 March 2019
London, UK

Argus Metals Week

  • 08:40
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  • Morning registration and exhibition opening
  • 09:40
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  • 09:45
  • Producer’s welcome Tonika Campbell - Metals, Senior Project Manager, Argus
  • 09:45
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  • 10:00
  • Chairperson’s opening address Mark Seddon - Senior Manager, Metals Consulting, Argus
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Addressing conflict-free sourcing in Asia Dominic Heaton - Head of Strategic Initiatives, Masan Resources

- Tackling Vietnam’s conflict materials: Starting with the consumers
Business sustainability: From mining to downstream operations
- Responsibility throughout the supply chain
- Assessing ways of processing materials

  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Tungsten pricing market Fedor Mironenko - General Manager, AVAS Trading

- Analysing current tungsten pricing mechanism
Transparency of mechanism
- Outlook for global trade and how this will affect pricing mechanism

  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Supply and due diligence of the 3T’s Candida Owens - Senior Trader and Company Director, Cronimet

- Africa’s rise as a major supplier of Tantalum units to the world market over the last 10 years and Australia’s decline
Africa’s current robust world position and the evolution of due diligence, traceability and its effect on the ASM landscape
- New sources of 3T’s from South America and how that will affect supply
- Africa’s dominance versus future demand and the rise of the digitized world

  • 11:30
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  • 12:15
  • Morning coffee break
  • 12:15
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  • 12:45
  • Tin market outlook Tom Mulqueen - Tin Markets Analyst, International Tin Association

- Overview
Consumption trends and prospects
- Future supply potential
- Market balance and price outlook

  • 12:45
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  • 13:15
  • Factors affecting the growth of capacitors in the market Daniel Persico - Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions/TOKIN Integration, KEMET Electronics

- What are the factors implementing growth for the future
Analysing the global scale: Growth in customer demands for high-capacity powder
- High range, nano-scale powder and its capacity in the use of capacitors
- Demand in the market: The methodology of structured materials
- Highlighting the advantages of using the product in the current manufacturing climate

  • 13:15
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  • 14:15
  • Networking lunch break
  • 14:15
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  • 14:45
  • European and North American supply Michael Masterman - Executive Chairman, W Resource

- Low-cost capacity into the market
What are the supply sources in the Americas and Europe?
- Non-China supply highlights
- New production from Spain
- Consistency and availability outside China

  • 14:45
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  • 15:15
  • Assessing tin supply Richard Williams - President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Strongbow Exploration

- Current supply overview
South Crofty tin project update
- Assesses new use cases of tin
- Outlook of tin: Tin and new technology

  • 15:15
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • 16:00
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  • 16:45
  • Roundtable discussions

These roundtables offer you a chance to join the group of your choice and be led in discussion by an industry expert. It 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 event to ask you to select your table of choice — if you would like to suggest a topic or leader for a discussion, please contact Tonika.Campbell@argusmedia.com

Roundtable one: Tin

Expert leader: Tom Mulqueen, Tin Markets Analyst, International Tin Association

Roundtable two: Tantalum

Expert leader: Frederic Delforge, Senior Trader Specialty Metals, Traxys

Roundtable three: Tungsten

Expert leader: Lewis Black, Director, President and Chief Executive, Almonty Industries

  • 16:45
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  • 17:00
  • Roundtable conclusions
  • 17:00
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  • 17:20
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of day one Mark Seddon - Senior Manager, Metals Consulting, Argus
  • 17:20
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  • 18:20
  • Networking drinks reception
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Morning registration and exhibition opening
  • 10:30
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  • 10:40
  • Chairperson’s recap Mark Seddon - Senior Manager, Metals Consulting, Argus
  • 10:40
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  • 11:20
  • Overview of the tantalum and niobium market Polina Sparks - Analysis Editor, Argus

- An update on supply and demand dynamics
New resource and mining acquisition
- Assessing new appliances in electrification and how this is supporting growth in the market

  • 11:20
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  • 11:50
  • Tungsten market change in Asia Furkhat Faizulla - Deputy Director, Advanced Material Japan Corp

- How has the market been affected by refinery closures in China after safety inspections?
Production and raw material in Asia
- To what extent has China integrated to ammonium paratungstate (APT)?
- Stockpiles of APT in China and the overall impact on the tungsten market

  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • Morning coffee break
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  • Tantalum capacitor trends and new challenges Tomas Zednicek - President, European Passive Component Institute

- Benchmarking tantalum capacitors and other technologies
High-energy density storage and delivery capability
- Assessing the use of tantalum capacitors in gallium nitride power systems
- New challenges
- Impact to the tantalum supply and demand market

  • 12:50
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  • 13:20
  • Assessing the progression of alloys in the tungsten industry Michael Anderson - Product Director, Wolfmet, M&I Materials

- Overview of tungsten application
Assessing the use of alloy demand in the aerospace, radiation shielding, motor sport and vibration-dampening markets
- How will supply to these markets affect demand and pricing of virgin metals?

  • 13:20
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  • 14:20
  • Networking lunch break
  • 14:20
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  • 14:50
  • Joint discussion: Carbide production, scrap and recycling

- Assessing the scale of the scrap and recycling market
Examining raw feed supply to suppliers and consumers
- Recycling back to a core product
- Sorting and refining of scrap metals
- Cemented carbide applications
- What is the outlook for cemented carbide production, and its uses?

Karin Laursen, Strategic Raw Materials Purchasing Manager, Global Tungsten & Powders

Cliff Nance, President, Tungco

  • 14:50
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  • 15:20
  • Responsible sourcing and sustainability: A buyer's perspective Meera Pau Mehta - Corporate Responsibility Program Manager, ArcelorMittal

- Responsibility of the buyer
Expectations of stakeholders and supply chain assurance across industries
- Due diligence implementation and assurance

  • 15:20
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  • 15:50
  • Cross-sector panel discussion: Conflict-free throughout the supply chain

- Update on Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Provision 1502: Outlook on the provision and its effect on the industry
Assessing EU regulation and how this has impacted expansion
- Conflict-free sourcing initiatives throughout the supply chain: From mining to logistics and government involvement
- Assessing how the industry can support local development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and neighbouring countries

Panellists:

Maarten Gassmann, Head of Asian Business, Grondmet

Jim McCombie, Trader, Stapleford Trading

Michele Bruelhart, Director of Innovations, Responsible Minerals Initiative

Karin Laursen, Strategic Raw Materials Purchasing Manager, Global Tungsten & Powders

  • 15:50
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  • 16:00
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of Battery Materials Mark Seddon - Senior Manager, Metals Consulting, Argus