04 junio - 06 junio 2019
Chicago, Illinois, US

Argus US Specialty Metals

  • 14:30
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  • 14:45
  • Workshop registration opens and antitrust reminder
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided
  • 14:45
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  • 17:00
  • Pre-conference introductory workshop: Processing and separation techniques and equipment Jack Lifton - Founding Principal, Technology Metals Research

This workshop will take you through the preliminary stages and options for rare earths processing to minimize costs and reduce waste, maximizing your return on investment.

  • An overview of current separation techniques and equipment
  • Analyzing and critiquing new processing and separation equipment
  • A tutorial on rare earths processing
  • China’s 2025 plan and the rare earths
  • Unorthodox techniques and alternatives to solvent extraction
  • Cutting costs and reducing waste
  • Innovations that stimulate technology to ensure better assurance in the supply chain
  • 17:00
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  • 17:10
  • Workshop summary and close
  • 08:10
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  • 09:10
  • Opening of registration and exhibition, breakfast buffet opens
A hot cooked breakfast will be provided
  • 09:10
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  • 09:15
  • Producer’s welcome Tonika Campbell - Senior Project Manager, Argus
  • 09:15
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  • 09:25
  • Chairperson’s opening and anti-trust reminder Nicole Willing - Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus
  • 09:25
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  • 09:55
  • Panel discussion: Assessing US-China trade relations
  • What effect will these restrictions have on the industry?
  • What are the projected changes in the flow of trade?
  • Tariffs: What are the short-term and long-term pictures?
  • How will the US government respond and support rare earth supply deficits?
  • What does this mean for the rest of the world?

Panelists:

Kenny Leung, Senior Sales Manager, Fujian Changting Golden Dragon Rare-Earth
Jason Nie, Material Engineer, Defense Logistics Agency
Scott Tubbs, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Quadrant Magnetics

  • 09:55
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  • 10:25
  • Creating a holistic supply chain: What can we learn from China? Chris Hall - Commercial Director, Less Common Metals
  • How does the Chinese industry integrate?
  • What alternatives exist outside China?
  • What viable alternatives do we need to compete?
  • What mechanisms are needed to create integration?
  • What impact will the Chinese 2025 strategy have on the industry and how can we learn from it?
  • What options are there to fill gaps in the market?
  • 10:25
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  • 11:10
  • Morning coffee break
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Sustainability in sourcing James Litinsky - Co-Chairman, MP Materials
  • Safe extraction
  • Creating a self-sufficient source of rare earths for the US
  • Minimizing risk to the planet and environment
  • Water solidification techniques
  • Evaluating the impact on the environment of extraction procedures
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Sustainable western supply chain in the rare earths market Melvin Hill - Business Manager, Rare Earths, GE Chaplin
  • How can the US government participate in getting production into the western world?
  • Extracting rare earths from coal
  • Assessing other suppliers of feedstocks outside China
  • Analyzing volume and quality in North America: Is this region the answer to secure supply?
  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • Integrating recycled feedstocks into new mined rare earth production Christine Burow - Vice President of Marketing, Torngat Metals
  • Addressing the deficit: thrifting and substitution, new supply, and recycling
  • Developing refining processes to handle recycled feedstock as well as mined feedstock
  • How recycled sources and new mined sources can be planned together to increase future rare earth supply security
  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Networking lunch break
  • 14:10
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  • 15:10
  • Geopolitics round tables

These round tables 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 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 (tonika.campbell@argusmedia.com) 

Round-table one: Environmental shutdowns in China

Expert Leader: Caroline Messecar, Reporter, Argus

Round-table two: The role of government: Quotas, restrictions and provisions

Expert leader: William Summers, General Engineer, US Department of Energy


  • 15:00
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  • 15:10
  • Roundtable summaries and conclusions Nicole Willing - Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus
  • 15:10
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  • 15:55
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • 15:55
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  • 16:25
  • An overview of processing and products Mary Anne Alvin - Technology Manager, National Energy Technology
  • Producing from a coal-based material
  • Assessing feedstock material
  • Examining different products that are produced
  • What is being done in the US to increase supply?
  • 16:25
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  • 16:55
  • Securing rare earths from unorthodox sources Clint Cox - President, The Anchor House
  • Rare earths as a potential by-product of coal production and processing
  • Heavy mineral sands: What is the potential today?
  • Rare earths from mud, phosphates, iron ore and lead
  • Magnet recycling: What is the current state of affairs?
  • How to secure feedstock in the future
  • 16:55
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  • 17:25
  • Cross-sector panel discussion: The integrated approach
  • What does the holistic approach look like?
  • How can the west approach the market like China?
  • What will it take to bring the supply chain to the US?
  • Discussing sector roles in creating a holistic approach to problems in the supply chain

Panelists:
William Summers
, General Engineer, US Department of Energy
Chris Hall
, Commercial Director, Less Common Metals
Pol Le-Roux
, Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Lynas

  • 17:25
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  • 17:30
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of day one Nicole Willing - Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus
  • 17:30
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  • 19:00
  • Networking drinks reception

Pre-Lunch session

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • Opening of registration and exhibition, breakfast buffet opens
A hot cooked breakfast will be provided
  • 09:30
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  • 09:35
  • Chairperson’s recap and antitrust reminder David Brooks - Senior Vice-President Metals, Argus
  • 09:35
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  • 10:05
  • Successfully establishing a sustainable supply chain outside China Pol Le-Roux - Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Lynas
  • The challenge of establishing new rare earth production
  • Additional investments in the metals supply chain
  • Positive results of Japan’s downstream RE industry
  • Promoting rare earths: Life cycle assessment
  • Challenges from the west: Developing downstream capacity
  • 10:05
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  • 10:35
  • Rare earths for national defense Kevin Jones - Stockpile Program Engagement Liaison, Defense Logistics Agency
  • US government initiatives and market interaction
  • Minerals for production
  • Buying rare earth materials for stockpiling
  • Development and integration strategies for processing
  • Increasing the representative supply chain in the US
  • Promoting US domestic manufacturing
  • 10:35
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  • 11:05
  • Panel discussion: Financing and investment in the supply chain
  • Whose responsibility is it to invest?
  • Discussing the current picture: Where does the US stand?
  • How much investment will be needed to reduce dependence on China?

Panelists:

Melvin Hill, Business Manager, Rare Earths, GE Chaplin
Clint Cox
, President, The Anchor House
Vaibhav Jain
, Materials Engineer, Defense Logistics Agency

  • 11:05
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  • 11:35
  • Morning coffee break
  • 11:35
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  • 12:05
  • A buyer’s perspective of strategies to minimise risk Suzanne Malden - Global Commodity Leader, Bose
  • Managing and minimizing risk in supply
  • Strategies for end-users to mitigate supply chain risk: What are they doing to protect themselves from concerns in the supply chain?
  • Reviewing performance specification of magnets and ensuring magnet compliance
  • Requirements in regard to licensing and geopolitical concerns
  • Mitigation of geopolitical concerns and raw material shortages
  • Controlling magnet costs
  • 12:05
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  • 12:35
  • Alternatives to new-age magnetic materials Scott Tubbs - Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Quadrant Magnetics
  • Assessing other magnetic material options
  • Attractive alternative solutions
  • Analyzing the advantages with mature products
  • 12:35
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  • 13:05
  • New material discovery in magnetic material alloys Thomas Lograsso - Deputy Director, Critical Materials Institute
  • Improving the ability of existing alloys and new blends to fulfill existing application roles
  • De-risking critical materials
  • Becoming cost competitive with minimal changes in the production line
  • 13:05
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  • 14:05
  • Networking lunch break

Track A: Automotives and electrification

Start End
  • 14:05
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  • 14:35
  • Market outlook for demand Mark Seddon - Senior Manager Metals, Argus Consulting Services
  • Global supply outlook
  • Responsible sourcing
  • Demand overview of electric vehicles (EVs) and electronics
  • Emerging disruptive technologies
  • Additive manufacturing for cars
  • What is the demand outlook for finished products for different types of usage?
  • 14:35
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  • 15:05
  • Assessing changing rare earths demand in the automotive sector Jack Lifton - Founding Principal, Technology Metals Research
  • Does rare earths demand still exist for car catalysts?
  • Overview and outlook for the demand potential for NdPr magnets in EVs and smart technologies in cars
  • 15:05
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  • 15:35
  • The development of permanent magnets in the automotive market Leyi Zhu - Research Engineer, Ford Motor
  • Assessing different types of permanent magnets supporting EV motor operations
  • Analyzing the general trends of vehicle electrification
  • How EVs are affecting the supply and demand of permanent magnets
  • Examining the development of technical motors for EV application
  • Discussing different motor designs: What does it mean for permanent magnet usage
  • 15:35
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  • 16:05
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • 16:05
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  • 16:35
  • Metal usage in electric vehicles and the battery market
  • Assessing how LME is supporting developments in the EV and battery markets
  • Discussing LME’s existing and evolving offering
  • Supporting prices in the market
  • Market movement and outlook
  • 16:35
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  • 17:05
  • Rare earths in the catalyst market Jon Blumenthal - President and Chief Executive, Blue Line
  • Assessing demand from the FCC catalyst market
  • Alternative technologies for rare earths in catalysts
  • Analyzing demand for catalysts outside the automotive and oil industries
  • Outlook for demand in this market
  • 17:05
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  • 17:10
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks Mark Seddon - Senior Manager(Metals), Consulting Services, Argus

Track B: Consumer electronics and industrial applications

Start End
  • 14:05
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  • 14:35
  • Overview of selenium and tellurium market Nicole Willing - Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus
  • Selenium and tellurium pricing update
  • Electronic semi-conductor market trends
  • Developments in the Chinese market affecting global prices
  • 14:35
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  • 15:05
  • Assessing the minor metals market for small electronics Donna Vareha-Walsh, - Director — Metals Business Unit, Indium
  • Update on Fanya exchange and the remaining metals
  • Development in localization of fiber-grade germanium tetrachloride production
  • Increasing supply in indium
  • Growth in the gallium market
  • The growth spurt of GaAs and other industries
  • New uses of supply and applications
  • Supply and demand outlook
  • 15:05
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  • 15:35
  • Recycling rare earth metals from consumer electronics and coal fly ash Patrick Eduafo - Senior Process Engineer, Intel
  • Rare extraction from consumer electronics: florescent lamps, circuit boards and coal fly ash
  • Assessing the future of consumer electronics recycling
  • The economics of the recycling processing
  • 15:35
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  • 16:05
  • Afternoon coffee break
  • 16:05
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  • 16:35
  • Permanent magnet materials in niche applications Chris Ras - Director of Technology, Dexter Magnetic Technologies
  • Overview of the permanent magnet market
  • Technical application of PM materials
  • Niche applications for the oil and gas, medical, semiconductor, and aerospace industries
  • Geographic demand in these markets
  • Permanent magnet future use cases in this market
  • 16:35
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  • 17:05
  • Magnets in industrial applications Robert Wolf - Vice-President Sales, Alliance
  • What types of materials will you need to miniaturize magnets for refrigerators and home applications?
  • How are requirements changing for magnets in other industries?
  • Assessing downstream capacity
  • Global growth trends in industrial applications for rare earth magnets
  • 17:05
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  • 17:10
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks and end of conference Nicole Willing - Editor, Argus Metals International, Argus