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Agenda Overview

Pre-conference day: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

3:00PM Metal Bulletin's pricing workshop
  • Growing adoption of the MB copper TC/RC index and update on methodology
  • Expansion plans in other copper prices
Kiki Kang, Senior Copper Analyst, Metal Bulletin
Shivani Singh, Asia Editor, Metal Bulletin Singapore
Shahnawaz Islam, Research & Product Development, CME Group
5:00PM CESCO Week opening drinks reception

Join Metal Bulletin, CESCO and our reception sponsor Access World for the week's official opening reception at the Park Hyatt

Day one: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:45AM Asia Copper Conference welcome address
  • The growing importance of CESCO Asia Copper Week
  • The role of Chile and South America in the copper industry
  • China’s role in copper refining and consumption
Alejandra Wood, Executive Director, CESCO
Patrick Cussen, Past Chairman, CESCO
9:00AM Keynote executive panel discussion
  • Discussing the short-term outlook for the supply and demand balance; commenting on the predictions of the various global copper committees
  • Moving into the turn of the decade, is the supply deficit a virtual certainty?  Or could the red metal underperform expectations?
  • How have recent levels of capital expenditures differed across the value chain?  Does the real capex burden lie with the miners?
  • How much are Chinese smelters and refineries investing in equipment upgrade, maintenance and upgrades?
  • At what price level do we see investment levels increase and how does this feed into the long-term supply and demand balance?
  • Open forum: what do you see as the greatest challenges to your business and the industry?
Jeffray Gao, General Manager, China MinMetals Nonferrous Co. Ltd.
Yuneng Wu, Vice President, Jiangxi Copper Co. Ltd.
Iván Arriagada, CEO, Antofagasta Plc
Shigeru Oi, Chief Executive Officer, JX Nippon & Mining Metals Corp
Diego Hernandez, President, SONAMI
10:00AM Networking coffee break
10:30AM Financing from Chinese institutions, foreign direct investment and One Belt One Road
  • How are domestic Chinese companies dealing with the clamping down in available lending facilities? 
  • How does the domestic copper industry cope with debt levels in comparison to other Chinese industrial sectors?
  • Given recent restrictions on capital outflow, will this impact Chinese foreign direct investment in overseas mining projects?
  • In terms of indirect investment, could Chinese corporations and investors also rein in their spending?
  • How many elements of these projects remain speculative and how many are already in progress?
  • What is the scale of raw materials needed for these projects?  Can we talk both conservative and realistic figures?
  • What kind of financial and physical cooperation does this require with neighbouring and cooperating countries
Jinbi He, Chairman and CEO, Maike Group
Bai Changzhi, Chairman, China Ordins Corp
Bonnie Liu, Chief Executive Officer, GF Futures (Hong Kong)
11:30AM Technology and industry statistics out of Japan
Toshiaki Sato, General Manager - Research & Planning, Pan Pacific Copper Co Ltd
12:00PM International Copper Study Group's market observations
  • Detailed analysis of supply and demand developments
  • Official ICSG near-term market forecast
  • Likely capacity developments out to 2020
Don Smale, Secretary General, International Copper Study Group
12:30PM Networking lunch
1:45PM Cochilco with the latest information on Chilean mine cash costs
  • Examination of the cost curves for various mining regions in Chile
  • How have cash costs in Chile been developing and how much of this is due to currency translation to the USD?
  • Where costs are rising or falling, what are the reasons for this?  How do structural challenges in ore grades and geography impact mining costs?
Jorge Cantallopts, Director of Public Planning and Research, Cochilco
2:15PM Overview of a detailed study on how to maximise mining productivity in Chile
  • Explanation of the ecosystem of the copper mining industry – how do all of the organisms interlink and interact?
  • How to standardise productivity across the various Chilean mines – how much of this is due to ore depletion?
  • Are there conclusions to be drawn about productivity measures between Chilean and international mining operations?
  • What measures does the study propose and how feasible is the implementation?
Alfie Ulloa, Executive Secretary, Chilean National Commission of Productivity
2:45PM Networking break
3:15PM Pricing discovery, transparency and holistic service in the concentrate space
  • The development of concentrate contract settlement - what direction will this continue to head in?
  • The main challenges and benefits of a platform for price discovery and transparency for a diverse material product
  • What other platforms or e-services can be plugged into a system to further facilitate concentrate trade?
Boris Eykher, Founder and CEO, Open Mineral
3:45PM The internet of things and the comminution circuit
  • Advanced technologies for reliability assessments
  • Real time data for operational decision making
  • Integral solutions to increase equipment availability and productivity
  • How do we progress using advanced technology for monitoring the comminution circuit
Edwin Gong, VP General Manager Asia Pacfic, Me elecmetal
4:15PM Asian scrap: fundamentals and at what price does the inundation arrive?
  • What are the main hurdles with respect to scrap collection infrastructure that China still has to overcome?
  • Under what industry conditions does the spread between exchange-determined copper price and scrap price widen most?
  • What appears to be the price ceiling for copper at the moment where the incentive price curve for copper scrap initiates?
  • Comments on the National Sword initiative to reduce waste materials in China – how does copper scrap fit into this?
Michael Lion, President, Lion Consulting Asia Ltd.
4:45PM Copper industry supply; the story of a looming mid-term deficit
  • What are the third party views on an impending deficit within the next few years?
  • Detail of current capacity and expected concentrate and refined capacity to come online in the near future
  • Within the framework of scenario analysis, what could be the shortfall in supply?
  • What are the variables and important macroeconomic factors at play that could sway these figures?
  • How could American economic policy impact demand and how are consuming countries, like China, trying to lessen the importance of the dollar on pricing?
Edward Meir, Independent Commodity Consultant, INTL FCStone
Nicholas Snowdon, Executive Director Metals Analyst Global Research, Standard Chartered
5:30PM End of day one

Day two: Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:45AM What the copper industry told us via LME discussion paper process
9:15AM Panel discussion: Dr. Copper - the red metal as an economic bellwether
  • How is the copper price used as a forecast of economic performance
  • Which other commodity benchmarks are gaining prominence both inside and outside China
  • Copper arbitrage and physical flows
10:00AM Updates from the CME on metals products offerings
Lucy Shitova, Director Metals Products, CME Group
10:30AM Evolution of Chinese hedgers, financialisation, broking and impact on prices
Frederick Demler, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Metals, INTL FCStone
11:00AM Hedging, paper markets and how exchanges adapt to market opportunities
  • What are the fundamental differences in product offerings between the exchanges?  Are these offerings heading in divergent directions?
  • As hedging becomes more sophisticated and amenable to market opportunities, how are exchanges adapting?
  • Where do exchanges add unique value?  In what ways do they overlap or compete for a similar market opportunity?
Jin Chang, Global Head of Metals, CME Group
Frederick Demler, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Metals, INTL FCStone
Jianghong Zhu, Associate Director, Non-ferrous Metals Markets, Shanghai Futures Exchange
11:45AM Networking break
12:15PM Institutional investors, evolution of Asian exchanges and financialisation
  • Overview of new policies within the ecosystem of institutional investors and the metals industry
  • What is the latest information on developing metals and even base metals-backed ETFs in China?
  • How and why is the central government encouraging mutual funds, hedge funds, insurance companies and other institutional investors to invest in more commodity related investment products and vehicles?
  • Does policy favour long-term long positions in order to smooth out volatility?  Or could we see a liberalisation of the kinds of positions taken?
  • How prominent to alternative investments such as commodities appear in investment portfolios in China today?
Yinghui Yang, General Manager, COFCO Futures Coporation
Adam Gillard, ‎Commodity Hedge Fund Sales, Standard Chartered Bank
Hao Qiu, General Manager, ZhuoDao Capital Management Co
Haihua Shen, Senior Portfolio Manager, HFZ Capital Management Ltd
Donghai Xie, Chairman of the Board, Sycapital Management Co
Zewen ZHU, XinDe Capital Management
1:15PM Networking lunch
2:30PM Technical and commercial workshop offered by the ICA

This workshop is offered and included in the conference fee by the International Copper Association and will feature high-profile speakers on themes both technical and commercial.  Details will be updated soon.

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