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Argus Global Antimony Conference 2018

Despite international antimony prices showing signs of recovery in 2017, the antimony industry is still confronting many challenges, including:

  • Declining accessible resources of antimony concentrate globally
  • Risng production costs
  • Increasing pressure from changes to China’s environmental regulations and safety procedures 

Join us at Argus Global Antimony 2018 that will be held on 28 February – 1 March in Singapore as a platform for stakeholders in the antimony industry to congregate and discuss these upcoming trends and challenges.

Confirmed speakers for Argus Global Antimony 2018:

Geert Krekel

Questions to be addressed at the event:

  • What are the emerging opportunities coming from new antimony applications?
  • Will the rising antimony price spark interest from investors on new mining infrastructure?
  • Lead-acid battery recycling –What are the trends, opportunities and challenges?
  • Flame retardant manufacturers are seeking for alternative to replace antimony due to health and environmental concerns. To what extent will this initiative impact demand for antimony?

Why should delegates attend Argus Global Antimony 2018?

  • Meet with global antimony miners and producers, traders and industrial users, as well as analysts in Asia’s largest commodity trading hub
  • Discover the impact of China’s latest environmental policies on the global supply chain
  • Learn about the latest market development and trends in the global antimony industry
  • Build relationships with major producers of antimony for investment and business development opportunities
  • Hear updates on key industry developments from leading market participants

Day 1 | 28 February 2018
09.00 – 09.30
Welcome Refreshments
09:30 - 09:40

Chairman's Opening Remarks

Geert Krekel, Chair of the Board of Directors, International Antimony Association

Session 1:

Global Antimony Supply and Demand Landscape 

09:40 - 10:10 

Global Antimony Markets Overview and Outlook to 2023

  •        General market overview
  •        Criticality of primary supply and antimony trade
  •        Global trade flow patterns of antimony and antimony intermediates
  •        Country specific trade analysis
  •        Future supply and demand (up to 2023)
Michael Schmidt, German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)
10:10 - 10:40

Russian Antimony Market Outlook

Vitaliy Butkeev, Head of Logistics Department, GPM Chemicresource

10:40 - 10:50  Q&A
10:50 – 11:20  Morning Refreshments
11:20 - 11:50  Antimony Product Stewardship in North America and Europe
  • Hazard classification and risk management of antimony substances
  • Circularity of material loops: responsible sourcing and production, safe use and safe disposal/recycling
  • Raw materials and Industrial symbiosis
  • Value chain product stewardship approach
Caroline Braibant, Secretary General, International Antimony Association
11:50 - 12:20

Sharing of Takeaways from International Antimony Association's 2017 Antimony Day

12:20 - 12:30  Q&A
12:30 - 14:00  Networking Lunch 
14:00 - 14:30 
EU's Initiative to Promote More Investment in Antimony Mining Sites - What are the Implications for Antimony Supply and Demand? 

Maurits Bruggink, Secretary General, Critical Raw Material Alliance
14:30 - 15:00

Europe Antimony Market Outlook

Charles Swindon, Managing Director, RJH Trading

15:00 - 15:10


15:10 - 15:40
Afternoon Refreshments

Session 2: Antimony Industry and Market Outlook in China

15:40 - 16:10
China’s Antimony Production Outlook

Sally Xu, Market Analyst, Argus
16:10 - 16:40

Pollution Management and Latest Environmental Policies in China

He Mengchang, Professor, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University

16:40 - 16:50


16:50 - 17:00

Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Geert Krekel, 
Chair of the Board of Directors, International Antimony Association

17:00 - 20:00
Cocktail Reception

Day 2 | 01 March 2018
08:50 - 09:30
Welcome Refreshments
09:30 - 09:40
Chairman’s Remarks 

Geert Krekel, Chair of the Board of Directors, International Antimony Association

Session 3: Antimony Downstream Applications and Market Trends

09:40 - 10:20

Panel Discussion: Latest Updates in Flame Retardant Industry


Geert Krekel, Chair of the Board of Directors, International Antimony Association


Dr Daisy Li, Flame Retardant Technical Manager, ICL Investment Co., Ltd

Yuichi Hattori, General Manager, Sales Department, Suzuhiro Chemical Co., Ltd

10:20 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:00
Morning Refreshments
11:00 - 11:30

Demand for Antimony Trioxide by Application and Regulatory Updates in Japan

  • Antimony Trioxide Market in Japan
  • Regulatory Updates for Antimony Trioxide in Japan
  • Suzuhiro's Antimony Concentrate Products

Yuichi Hattori, General Manager, Sales Department, Suzuhiro Chemical Co., Ltd

 11:30 - 12:00 Future Recycling of Antimony

Hans Vercammen,
Business Unit Head - Antimony and Plastics, Campine
 12:00 - 12:10
 12:10 - 12:20
Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Geert Krekel, Chair of the Board of Directors, International Antimony Association
 12:20 - 14:00
Networking Lunch and End of Conference
Argus Electronic Metals Forum (Complimentary)

Argus Electronic Metals Forum (Complimentary)

EU's Initiative to Promote Investment in Antimony Mining Sites - What Are the Implications to Antimony Supply and Demand? 

Maurits Bruggink, Secretary General, Critical Raw Material Alliance

EU's Initiative to Promote Investment in Antimony Mining Sites - What Are the Implications to Antimony Supply and Demand? 

Maurits Bruggink, Secretary General, Critical Raw Material Alliance

*This working agenda is subject to change.

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Registration Fees

Standard Registration Fee
USD 1,800

Conference fee includes:

  • Day pass to participate in all Argus Global Antimony 2018 sessions
  • Cocktail party on 28 February 2018
  • Networking lunches on 28 February and 1 March 2018
  • Refreshment breaks during all conference days
  • One set of conference documentation
  • Travel, accommodation and visa costs are NOT included in the conference fee.
  • Registration fees are subject to the prevailing government tax.

To register, please contact Yuanchang Yu:

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For speaking opportunities, please contact Luke Lai:

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Geert Krekel
Geert Krekel, Chair of Board of Directors, International Antimony Association

Geert Krekel was the chief executive of Campine, one of the main producers of Sb substances in Europe, until September 2017. He is one of the founders of the International Antimony Association and its current chairman. He has been a key contributor to the development and growth of the lead and antimony recycling and raw materials business, embedding industrial and business processes in a sustainable and regulatory context.

2018 Speakers
Maurits Bruggink
Maurits Bruggink,
Secretary General, Critical Raw Material Alliance

Maurits Bruggink is secretary-general of the Critical Raw Materials Alliance, representing 15 critical raw materials and of which the International Antimony Association is a member, representing the interests of the sector to policymakers at a European level and in member states. He has been involved in international advocacy and government affairs for over 30 years in different positions.

Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt,
German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA), Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)

Michael Schmidt is a research associate at the German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) in Berlin, part of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR). He is a geologist with practical experience in exploration, global market analysis and consultancy. Between 2009 and 2012, Michael worked for Martin Luther University Halle – Wittenberg in the CCS technology sector. He has also worked for various junior mining companies (mostly silver and gold but also antimony). Since October 2012, Michael has worked in risk analysis for different commodities including antimony, PGMs and lithium. In this position he is also a consultant to German industry on commodity related issues.

Charles Swindon
Charles Swindon,
Managing Director, RJH Trading

Charles Swindon has worked in the metals industry for more than 35 years, spending many years with Rudolf Wolff, the founder members of the London Metal Exchange, before setting up RJH Trading in May 1997. RJH puts together antimony deals from mines to smelter to consumers. It also trades in other minor metals, ferro-alloys, non-ferrous metals and precious metals. 

Vitaliy Butkeev
Vitaliy Butkeev,
Head of Logistics, GPM Chemicresource

Vitaliy Butkeev is Head of Logistics at GPM Chemicresource and has experience in logistics such as cargo delivery, customs clearing and warehouse management.

Vitaliy Butkeev
He Mengchang,
Professor, School of Environment Beijing Normal University

He Mengchang is currently professor at the School of Environment at Beijing Normal University. He was a visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins University in 2005.

Vitaliy Butkeev
Yuichi Hattori,
General Manager of Sales Department, Suzuhiro Chemical

Yuichi Hattori is general manager of the sales department at Suzuhiro Chemical. He worked at Albemarle Japan during 1987-2010 and was in charge of technical and sales of brominated flame retardants. He joined Suzuhiro Chemical in 2015.

Vitaliy Butkeev
Sally Xu,
Market Analyst, Argus

Sally Xu joined Argus Beijing in July 2017. She focuses on researching the antimony and tungsten markets with responsibility for updating prices, news reporting and market analysis.

Vitaliy Butkeev
Hans Vercammen,
Business Unit Head - Antimony and Plastics, Campine

Hans Vercammen joined Campine in February 2016 as business unit manager responsible for antimony trioxide and fire retardant master batches, He previously worked at Agoria/Sirris offering consultancy in material technology and advanced manufacturing. He spent six years at Umicore as operations manager in the electro-optic materials business unit, dealing with germanium substrates, IR optics and germanium-based chemicals.

Vitaliy Butkeev
Caroline Braibant,
Secretary General, International Antimony Association

Caroline Braibant took over the position of secretary-general of the International Antimony Association in July 2016. She joined the metals association in 2007 with the task to set up and manage the association and REACH consortium for the European precious metals sector. She joined Eurometaux’ EHS and REACH team in 2014 and was in charge of managing regulatory issues related to ECHA’s classification and labelling inventory, transport classification, data sharing, nanomaterials, RoHS, waste classification, Seveso, and others.

Raise your profile among an audience of producers, mining companies, consumers, traders, processors, investors and financial institutions. 

A wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages are available for many budgets and will deliver a high return on your investment.

Your sponsorship can include:

  • Industry recognition with logo and link on conference website, marketing materials, signage, and projection screen
  • Exhibit space in high-traffic areas where delegates register, network and enjoy refreshments
  • Distribution of literature at every conference seat
  • Full colour advertisement in conference book
  • In-publication recognition in conference ads and notices distributed to Argus subscribers
  • Multiple delegate passes and discounted sponsor rates for your clients
  • Branded sponsorship for networking events such as luncheons, receptions and breaks
  • Private board room to set up meetings with delegates attending the event

For more details on the sponsorship packages, please contact William Fork

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Conference and Exhibition Venue

Carlton Hotel Singapore
Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189558

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We are pleased to offer discounted accommodation rates exclusive to our delegates at the conference venue.

If you wish to make a booking or require more information please contact 

Accommodation costs are not included in the conference fee.

International Antimony Association

China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters

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