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Agenda Overview

Day one: Sunday, November 19, 2017

Football tournament

2:00PM Ferroalloys Premier Football Tournament

Are you the Ronaldo of the ferroalloys market? Want to be a part of the inaugural ferroalloys tournament? With the chance to meet and mingle with players from across the ferroalloys supply chain, steel mills producers and traders, this tournament gives you the opportunity to meet with clients and customers is a relaxed and competitive environment before the conference proceedings in Portugal's national stadium and score! Please register your interest with 

Welcome Party

5:30PM Welcome deals and diamonds party

To start the event off with a bang, we’re hosting a champagne reception with a twist on Sunday 19 November.

In addition to networking and getting the deal talks started, one lucky delegate will be walking away with a diamond. Each delegate will receive a jewel, and can visit our expert jeweller to determine whether theirs is real or fake.

Join us on Sunday evening for drinks, deals and diamonds.

Day two: Monday, November 20, 2017

Keynote presentations

9:00AM Global economic outlook and steel demand
  • What are the expected European economic growth rates? Which steel specific industries be most impacted?
  • What are the implications of technology, consumer preferences and trade affecting trends?
  • What are the implications of an integrated policy approach in light of globalisation?
  • Will production cutbacks in China be significant/ long lasting enough to have an impact on the market as a whole?
  • What are the economic developments within China and how are they affecting the price and demand of steel products?
  • What are the regional and international protectionist challenges that are facing steel markets?
9:30AM The three Ps: Products, prices and places
  • Pricing trends of ores and alloys within Asia and beyond
  • In which products are we seeing noticeable developments?
  • Pricing forecasts in light of perceived market demand
10:10AM How are they looking: Carbon and stainless steel production and purchasing 2018?
  • Market outlook for the global steel industry 
  • What are the estimated growth trends and market forecasts?
  • Which products, applications, end-uses and technologies were most attractive for investments?
  • How are these segments expected to fare during the forecast period?
11:00AM Morning networking break
11:30AM The digitization of the ferroalloys market
  • What kind of technologies will bring sophistication and efficiency to the market?
  • What will blockchain mean for the ferroalloys market?
  • How can product and information be better tracked by use of technology?
12:00PM Executive Interview

Leading industry figures will take part in an unrestricted interview in which many of the industry’s pressing and sought-after questions will be answered. Live and topical dialogue which touch on the issues that matter.

12:15PM A year on – Protectionism, the status of China and isolationism
  • What are the European trade defense challenges in an ever changing union?
  • What are the continued international and regional protectionist challenges facing the ferroalloys industry?
  • Current dumping calculations? Will we see a decline after negotiations close?
  • How have the active environmental impetuses within China affected negotiations?
12:45PM Networking lunch break
Be a part of the many networking activities taking place around the venue, from our ping pong tournament to the pool competition. Network with suppliers and have fun!

Ferroalloys in the spotlight

2:00PM Chrome and away: the state of the chrome market
  • What is the benchmark used and how are ferrochrome producers moving to alternative pricing formulas?
  • What is the future of the market benchmark?
  • How are the challenges of specialty and standard material bringing change to the market?
  • How do you compete with the major producer to provide a unique product?
2:30PM Chrome time panel discussions
  • High grade ore and market needs
  • Antidumping investigation into imports of low carbon ferrochrome
  • Demand from China and implications for price
  • Furnace closures and fiscal challenges
3:00PM Networking break
3:30PM Manganese in the spotlight
4:00PM Panel: Manganese on it's knees?
  • Acquisitions and challenges for regional streamlining
  • New projects and development capacities
  • Spot price  high carbon ferromanganese narrowing and its implications
  • Will the announcement of overseas new offer prices affect Chinese offer prices?
4:30PM Nickel presentation
5:00PM Nickel panel discussions
  • How are the national trade and policy prohibitions affecting price? Will this have long term implications for the trade of nickel out of Asia?
  • Will supply to battery application create a challenge to the ferronickel market supply?
  • Will challenges to open pit mining in the Philippines affect major nickel producers going forward?

Day three: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Morning networking opportunities

9:00AM Women in ferroalloys breakfast meeting

Join us as we bring the women of the industry together to share experiences and best practices with one another

10:00AM Meet the market brunch

Capitalise on the opportunity to get re-acquainted with old colleagues and make new contacts across the supply chain with breakfast and Bloody Mary’s.

Ferroalloys roundtable discussions

10:30AM Ferrovanadium roundtable
  • How are the tightening sanctions of US commerce affecting global rice trends and sales to the US market?
  • Automotive and critical steel components: where will specific growth ferrovanadium products in this space? What effect will this have on the export and import of ferrovanadium?
  • Where are the major imports of ferrovanadium coming from? Will China’s supply to the market be sustainable in the long term? 
11:15AM Ferromolybdenum roundtable
  • What are the implications of reduced copper capacity on ferromolybdenum prices going forward?
  • What is the role of the primary molybdenum consumption rebound in metallurgical, chemical and metal products playing in price volatility? 
  • How are producers taking advantage of the arbitrage window within copper?
  • What are the implications of the stronger price forecasts on Chinese by product and primary moly?
12:00PM Ferrosilicon roundtable discussion
  • Will the Chinese market hold firm on supply tightness over the next quarter?
  • What will the implications of US and EU price pressures this summer?
  • Excess imports from Malaysia to continue into the next quarter?
  • How will prices in the US fair against global prices following a slowed summer?
  • Will the price rise if smelters maintain their current operating rates?
12:45PM Lunch and of International Ferroalloys Conference

South African Ferroalloys Summit

2:00PM Energy on the back burner or still aflame?
  • Overview of historical data and trends for electricity prices in ferroalloy producing emerging markets
  • What have been the implications for the ferroalloys supply chain? Will these be sustained?
  • Has the approved average increase in energy cost of a 2.2% brought challenges to the sale ferroalloys from South Africa to the market?
  • Are there management practices that have seen the control of the negative impacts of these increases?
2:30PM The future of the mining rights: policy uncertainty, depressed prices, soaring costs
  • How are the new regulation and political movements going to push this challenge forward?
  • Is there a possibility of international intervention in this domestic dispute?
  • Where will the changes in mining applications and policy be most identifiable?
3:00PM South Africa's product, price, placement and promotion
  • Are there alternative products being used to ensure the pricing of product is stabilized across the region?
  • How heavily have price hikes in tariffs affected the current price of South African product?
  • Will these prices push any players out of the market?  What will this mean for the collective distribution of production cutbacks?
3:45PM Networking break
4:15PM Competing with the major players – Chrome in the spotlight
  • What have been the challenges of the South African market in light of the product in the marketing from China, Turkey and Russia?
  • How will regulation play a role going forward to support South African in providing an alternative ferrochrome?
  • origin of material: How are the challenges related to illegal mining and origin of material being tackled in the South African market?
  • Will integration remain a strategy going forward or will ores and alloys be unrelated?
  • How will the demand for alloy or ore play out once the expected Chinese smelting capacity comes online?
4:45PM Technology and its impacts on the South African market
  • How are carbon reduction technologies impacting the production and process of ferroalloys end use products in South Africa?
  • Are the environmental challenges impacting producer pushes towards greener product?
  • What are the cost benefits of the use of these technologies?
  • How does this place South Africa against its geographical competitors in ferroalloys production?
5:15PM End of South African Ferroalloys Summit

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