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Agenda Overview

DRAFT AGENDA - Pre-Day: Monday, March 16, 2020

12:00PM Networking lounge opens
4:00PM Registration desk opens

Avoid the queue and come collect your badge and conference goodies early.

6:00PM Welcome drinks party – Rooftop

Come and enjoy the warm breeze and great food, catch up with old and new friends while overlooking the beautiful Miami marina.

DRAFT AGENDA - Day One: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

7:45AM Registration desk opens
8:55AM Opening remarks

Keynote sessions

9:00AM Global bauxite, alumina and aluminium trends
9:20AM Keynote panel: The next 10 years – preparing for the future
  • What are the future opportunities for the bauxite and alumina industry?
  • How is the global social-political landscape affecting the bauxite and alumina landscape?
  • Climate change and sustainability: Is this the main focus for the next 10 years?
  • What challenges will the industry face in the next 10 years?
  • How is the industry working to improve community and government relationships, said to be key to access future supply?

More panellists to be announced soon

Christopher Mexas, Commercial Director Aluminium, Alumina, Raw Materials, MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS SA
10:15AM Morning networking break
10:45AM Macroeconomic outlook
  • Trade ‘wars’ and their end game
  • With protectionism influencing politics: How is it affecting economies?
  • The effects of the Section 232 measures and countermeasures
  • Trade remedies (anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures)
Dean Pinkert, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
11:15AM Bauxite and alumina prices
  • Volatility over the past year and key market movers
  • Close-up of Fastmarkets’ bauxite and alumina prices
  • Non-met pricing update: refractory bauxite grade, BFA and WFA
  • Research tools to support your business development
Alice Mason, Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets
Davide Ghilotti, Industrial Minerals Editor, Europe, Fastmarkets
11:45AM Pricing panel: Adapting to increased volatility
  • How are global trading trends shaping the market?
  • Where is the floor alumina prices in the downward spiral?
  • Less demand for aluminium: How influencing the bauxite and alumina prices?
  • China importing: What does it mean to the price trends for upcoming year?
Moderator: Alice Mason, Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets
Duncan Hobbs, Research Director, Concord Resources Limited
Adam Mammon, Metal Derivatives Broker, Ocean Solutions LLC
12:30PM Networking lunch break

Sustainability and bauxite residue management

2:00PM Sustainability and bauxite residue management
  • Update on upstream dynamics of global aluminium market
  • Green aluminium: What challenges is the aluminium supply chain as a whole facing to achieve it?
  • Can supply disruptions be expected in upcoming years?
Paramita Das, General Manager Global Marketing & Development, Rio Tinto
2:20PM Global overview of bauxite residue management
  • The importance of responsible management of deposits
  • What to consider for the next 10 years?
2:40PM Joint Q&A – Discussing creating the sustainable supply chain
Moderator: Alice Mason, Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets
Paramita Das, General Manager Global Marketing & Development, Rio Tinto

Regional developments (part one)

3:00PM Guinean bauxite: How is future supply ramping up?
  • How is future supply ramping up?
  • Which main export markets to target?
  • How is the sustainable mining/ responsible mining developing?

 

Abdoulaye Magassouba, Minister of Mines and Geology, Ministry of Mines and Geology, Republic of Guinea
3:20PM Brazil: New Bauxite Resource for Metallurgy and Industrial Minerals
  • Latest on Brazilian Bauxite Barro Alto Deposit
  • Resources, Geology and Potential Uses of High Quality Barro Alto Bauxite
  • Dry Processing Technlogy of Barro Alto Bauxite
  • Metallurgy Market and Future Trends
  • Industrial Minerals Market and Future Trends
Reinaldo Noronha, Director, Bautek Minerais Industriais
3:40PM Short networking break

Aluminium fluoride

4:00PM Aluminium fluoride - latest update

Details to follow 

Anna Lindstrom, Sales and Marketing Director, Alufluor
4:15PM Report by Roskill - Aluminium fluoride

Details to follow 

4:30PM Joint Q&A - aluminium fluoride

Ask all your burning questions to the experts 

Anna Lindstrom, Sales and Marketing Director, Alufluor

MAIN STAGE: Non-met industry: What to expect beyond 2020?

4:45PM North America and the trade war
  • What is the latest on the tariffs imposed on aluminium imports, Section 232 and antidumping legislation?
  • How as the non-metallurgical side been affected in North America?
  • How are local importers of non-met feedstock reacting? What alternatives are there?
Lee Bray, Aluminum Commodity Specialist, US Geological Survey (USGS)
5:05PM Refractory industry: What is going on?
  • The struggle is real: refractories downturn in 2019/2020, regional performances – Europe vs. North America
  • Destocking of inventories: how are refractories producers managing raw materials demand?
  • What bright spots are there in refractories at the moment?

Speaker to be confirmed

5:25PM Panel: Current challenges and future opportunities
  • Discussing the uncertainty around production
  • Future opportunities and challenges
  • Prices remaining flat – how it is affecting the industry.
Moderator: Davide Ghilotti, Industrial Minerals Editor, Europe, Fastmarkets
Ted Dickson, Consultant, Tak Industrial Mineral Consultancy
Dirk Auge, Managing Partner, Minerals by Cofermin Rohstoffe GmbH & Co Kg

Roundtable sessions

5:00PM Roundtable details

Take part in the debate led by an industry expert during roundtables knowledge sharing sessions

Setup: Roundtables sessions each lasting 45 minutes. Pick the topic you are most interested in and join the table for the discussion.

 

 

Table 1: China: What will their focus be for the future?

Table host: Liping Li, Strategy and Business Development Manager, Alumina Limited

 

Table 2: Investing in Guinea bauxite projects

Table host: Ashok Nandi, President, International Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium Society

 

Table 3: Bauxite residue management

Table host: Katy Tsesmelis, Manager – Mining & Refining, International Aluminium Institute

 

Table 4: Aluminium and alumina: Future outlook on how they affect each other

Table host: Alice Mason, Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets

 

Table 5: Freight and logistics  

Table host: to be announced

 

Table 6: Sustainability and the aluminium supply chain

Table host: to be announced

Alice Mason, Senior Price Reporter, Fastmarkets
Liping Li, Strategy & Business Development Manager, Alumina Limited
Ashok Nandi, President, International Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium Society
6:00PM End of day one

DRAFT AGENDA - Day Two: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

8:15AM Registration desk opens
8:55AM Opening remarks

Regional developments (part two)

9:00AM Open discussion panel: Creating an industry working group
  • Securing future supply: Why is it key to improve community and government relationships?
  • How to operate worldwide with governments, companies and communities?
  • Who and what should an industry working group look like?


Speakers to be announced

9:30AM China: Update on production, demand and price trends
  • Chinese bauxite and alumina supply/demand balance outlook?
  • China supply and consumption patterns?
  • Refining capacity: What is happening in the domestic market?
Yang Cao, Metals Analyst, Metal Bulletin Research
9:50AM Factors impacting Chinese refinery growth – inside and outside China
  • Alumina supply-side reform?
  • Environmental impacts
  • ‘’Go out’’ and Chinese-style refineries outside China
  • Economics of Chinese alumina refineries
  • Bauxite constraints and opportunities
Andrew Wood, Group Executive Strategy & Development, Alumina Limited
10:10AM Panel: Will Indonesia ban the export of bauxite again?
  • What is the Indonesian government plan for the proposed ban and its timeline?
  • How will the potential ban of bauxite impact China’s aluminium industry?
  • Is China already adapting to the supply dynamic?
  • How are other bauxite regions benefitting from the potential diverted trade flows?
Moderator: Andrea Hotter, Special Correspondent, Fastmarkets
Ashok Nandi, President, International Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium Society
Sunny Huang, Aluminium Analyst, BGRIMM Lilan Consulting
10:55AM Morning networking break
11:40AM Jamaica: Industry legacy issues and sustainable approaches
  • What are the future opportunities in Jamaican bauxite lands?
  • Particular closure aspects of red mud disposal sites
  • Continuation of working with local communities
  • What remain challenges?
Shanti Persaud-Levy, Senior Environmental Officer, Jamaica Bauxite Institute
Yolanda Drakapoulos, Senior Director of Bauxite Reserves, Jamaica Bauxite Institute
12:00PM Where else can costs be saved?
  • Global production cost curve overview
  • How are producers innovating to save costs?
  • Advice for the future
Ami Shivkar, Principal Analyst - Aluminium Markets, Wood Mackenzie
12:20PM India: What challenges do new projects face?
  • Latest updates on key projects in development
  • What are the future opportunities for India’s bauxite and alumina industry?
Ashok Nandi, President, International Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium Society
12:50PM Latest of the caustic soda industry
  • The latest on the caustic soda industry of the past year
  • What challenges is the industry facing?
  • What will the future hold for the caustic soda market?
Catherine Webster, Senior Analyst, IHS GLOBAL INC.
1:10PM Shipping and logistics for the future
  • Increased freight prices: How is it affecting the freight commodity market?
  • 2020 Regulations towards fewer emissions: How is the freight industry going to change in the upcoming 10 years?


Speaker to be confirmed

1:30PM Networking lunch break and end of the conference

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