26 February - 01 March 2019
London, UK

Argus Metals Week

  • 08:40
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  • 09:45
  • Morning registration and exhibition opening
  • 09:50
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  • 10:00
  • Producer’s welcome Tonika Campbell - Metals, Senior Project Manager, Argus
  • 09:50
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  • 10:00
  • Chairperson’s opening address Stuart Penson - Senior Editor, Metals, Argus
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • The economics of battery metals extraction Laurent Cohen - Global Marketing Manager, Solvay

- Lithium market dynamics
Game theory scenario analysis
- Strategic options for producers through the lens of the lithium cost curve

  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Battery market overview Ben Wrightsman - President and Chief Executive Officer, Battery Innovation Center

- The growth of Li-ion batteries
Lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, manganese: Supply overview
- Nickel metal hydride outlook
- New applications for batteries

  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Assessing lithium ion raw material supply Charles Swindon - Managing Director, RJH Trading

- Current supply picture
Planned expansions by existing producers
- New production
- Are there sufficient lithium units to meet demand?
- Future prospects and outlook

  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Morning coffee break
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Keynote presentation: Where is the battery market heading? Koji Sakamoto - General Manager, Sumitomo Corporation Europe

- Analysing EV batteries
Assessing the Asian market:Japan, South Korea and China
- Examining the role of the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Future demand and outlook

  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Battery materials: Lithium-ion batteries value chain – From mine to market Elbert Loois - Managing Partner, HiTech Materials Advisory

- Materials value chain analysis: A conceptual introduction
Electric vehicle battery markets: Global demand projection
- Battery raw materials markets: Demand vs supply projections
- Strategic supply options: How to diversify risk for the downstream sector
- Battery value chain development: Recent perspectives from Germany

  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch break
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Lithium production Ryan Parkin - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Infinity Lithium Corporation

- Lithium availability
Existing production expansion and new projects
- Unit quality constraints and possible delays in upgrading battery grades
- Assessing unit availability and the quality needed to meet the requirements for batteries

  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Sustainable manufacturing of lithium and cobalt: From mine to manufacturing Steven Izatt - President and Chief Executive Officer, IBC Advanced Technologies

- How far behind Asia is European cell manufacturing?
- What barriers does Europe need to overcome to catch up with Asia?
- Cathode material production: Regional overview in the region
- Can cell manufacturing in Europe be sustainable?

Panellists:

Ryan Parkin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Infinity Lithium Corporation
Koji Sakamoto, Assistant Manager, Sumitomo Corporation
Ben Wrightsman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Battery Innovation Center


  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Panel discussion: Cell manufacturing, from Asia to Europe

- How far behind Asia is European cell manufacturing?
What barriers does Europe need to overcome to catch up with Asia?
- Cathode material production: Regional overview in the region
- Can cell manufacturing in Europe be sustainable?

Panellists:

Ryan Parkin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Infinity Lithium Corporation

Koji Sakamoto, Assistant Manager, Sumitomo Corporation

Ben Wrightsman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Battery Innovation Center

  • 15:30
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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: Lithium 

Roundtable two: Nickel and cobalt

Expert leader: Nicole Willing, Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus

Roundtable three: Alternative energy for power

  • 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 Stuart Penson - Senior Editor, Metals, Argus
  • 16:30
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  • 17:30
  • Networking drinks reception
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Morning registration and exhibition opening
  • 10:10
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  • 10:20
  • Chairperson’s recap Nicole Willing - Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus
  • 10:20
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  • 10:50
  • Keynote presentation:Global growth in the battery industry Francisco Carranza - Managing Director, Nissan Europe

- Opportunities and challenges
The emerging global ecosystem
- Developing complex systems and opening doors to innovators
- Pushing the design envelope for high-performance, low-cost and safe energy storage solutions

  • 10:50
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  • 11:20
  • Evolution of battery technology

- Overview of current lithium technologies
Assessing how changes in the batteries industry are affecting the supply of raw materials
- Evolving standardisation of batteries
- Assessing the next 5-10 years for lithium and the development of batteries

  • 11:20
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  • 11:50
  • Morning coffee break
  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • Potential new source of high-purity manganese products Marco Romero - President and Chief Executive Officer, Euro Manganese

- Existing manganese supply
Project updates and opportunities
- Analysing the effect of new manganese sources on the battery industry
- Outlook and prospects

  • 12:20
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  • 12:50
  • The changing face of graphite resource Fabrizio Corti - Senior Vice-President of Sales and Business Development, Imerys Graphite & Carbon

- Supply and demand landscape
The new pattern of graphite resources and new requirements for new energy
- Changing requirements for graphite resources development
- Existing graphite resources and the development mode
- Current picture and prospects for the Chinese graphite market

  • 12:50
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  • 13:20
  • Supply and demand of cobalt and copper in the battery market Hamish Collins - Managing Director, Aeon Metals

- Development projects
Supply deficits with existing mines at full capacity
- Grade availability and sustainability
- Assessing the geopolitical picture affecting these markets

  • 13:20
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  • 14:20
  • Networking lunch break
  • 14:20
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  • 14:50
  • Battery supply and demand landscape: Raw material to end use Ken Brinsden - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Pilbara Minerals

- Assessing current sources of raw material supply
Current grade availability and outlook
- An update on battery demand markets: Transportation, consumer electronics and renewables
- Improving the battery supply chain

  • 14:50
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  • 15:20
  • Trends in lithium battery material composition Claude Chanson - General Manager, Recharge aisbl

- How does this translate in tons of Li, Co, Ni
How could the continuing revision of the EU Batteries Directive influence access to secondary materials?
- Future recycling requirements for lithium batteries
- Assessing the influence of recycling on primary materials needs in the long term

  • 15:20
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  • 15:50
  • Tin use potential in lithium-ion batteries Jeremy Pearce - Technology Team Leader, International Tin Association

- Tin-based materials to maximise capacity
- How can tin be used to protect lithium and sodium electrodes?
- Production and supply benefits of using tin
- Current market picture and prospect

  • 15:50
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  • 16:00
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of Battery Materials Nicole Willing - Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus