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Agenda Overview

Pre-Conference Day: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

6:00PM CESCO Week Opening Party - Park Hyatt Hotel

Kick off CESCO week with drinks on us and a chance to connect with friends old and new as we get ready for the busy week ahead! 

Park Hyatt Hotel, Shanghai

Day One: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

8:00AM Registration desk opens
8:55AM Opening Remarks
9:00AM Opening Address from China Minmetals
Zhifeng Jin, President of Minmetals Economic Research Institute, China Minmetals Innovative Investment Co., Ltd
9:10AM Welcome address from Fastmarkets
Raju Daswani, CEO, Fastmarkets

Session I: What's new in copper?

9:20AM Executive Q&A with Anglo American
Archie Hunter, European Base Metals Editor, Fastmarkets
Ruben Fernandes, CEO Base Metals, Anglo American
9:40AM KEYNOTE PANEL: Expert insight into past, present and future market drivers
  • How has the market been behaving since the end of the price volatility? What effect has supply tightness had?
  • Where have new demand and supply side projects come online and can we anticipate any market disruption from within?
  • To what extent is copper production driven by the endorsement of green technologies, such as solar and wind power and electric vehicles?
Ruben Fernandes, CEO Base Metals, Anglo American
Rui Shi, President Trading and Operations, Metal Challenge Global Trading Co Ltd
Zhicong Li, Deputy General Manager, Minmetals Nonferrous Metals Co Ltd
Patrick Cussen, President, CELTA
Yuanfeng Xu, Vice President, Jiangxi Copper Co., Ltd.
10:30AM Chinese copper market at home and abroad – is self-sufficiency the way forward?
  • What supply and demand dynamics are we currently seeing in China, and concerning which copper products?
  • To what extent are copper prices dictated by the US-China trade war? How is the yuan faring against the dollar?
  • How does the copper demand in China align with the government’s ambitious growth targets and plans for less reliance on imports?
  • Is the copper price incentivising investors?
Bonnie Liu, Chief Executive Officer, GF Futures Hong Kong
Mark Loveitt, President, International Wrought Copper Council
Tracy Liao, Head of China Commodities Strategy, Citi
Cecelia Zhong, CMO, Guojin Metal Technology, CEO, Guojin Resources, Guojin Resources
11:00AM Networking refreshment break
11:45AM The high-quality development of the Chinese copper Industry
  • How does the stategy of 'Go Global' align with an increase of quality?
  • The link between technology innovation and industrial upgrading 
  • The role of the 'green transformation' and other industrial reform
Baojin Zhai, Chairman of the Board, Daye Nonferrous Metals Co

The role of exchanges: latest update in the copper trading market

12:15PM Networking lunch break
1:30PM LME view on the development of the copper market
  • LME view on the development of the copper market
  • Update on warehouse reform
  • Evolution of responsible sourcing for copper
  • What does the copper market of the future look like?
1:50PM How are exchanges supporting and advancing the copper industry?
Sachin Patel, Senior Director, Metal Products, Asia Pacific, CME Group
Archie Hunter, Base Metals Editor, Europe, Fastmarkets MB

Session III: The latest updates in copper demand: who is buying what?

2:20PM Comparing Chinese import patterns in copper cathode, copper concentrate and copper scrap
  • How has the ratio of copper cathode, copper concentrate and copper scrap imports changed in recent months? Why is this?
  • What is the availability of copper concentrate and how does this affect the strategy of smelters?
  • Are there any new end use opportunities on the horizon that would affect this ratio?
Julian Luk, Reporter, Fastmarkets MB
Yuanfeng Xu, Vice President, Jiangxi Copper Co., Ltd.
Wenqiang Jiang, Manager, DAYE Nonferrous Metals Group Holdings Ltd.
Rui Shi, President Trading and Operations, Metal Challenge Global Trading Co Ltd

Session IV: Spotlight on smelters: is going abroad the way forward?

2:50PM A deep dive into treatment charges and harnessing projected capacity
  • How are low treatment charges affecting smelter’s ability to refine copper and reach functional capacity?
  • Is this situation set to change any time soon and where are smelters making off-setting the cost? What role is the government playing?
  • Analysing the transition from benchmarking – to what extent is this fuelled by speculation about the supply of copper concentrate?
  • Why are we seeing major industry players open facilities overseas, such as in Southeast Asia? Is this the future for smelters in China?
Yuanhui Lui, Production Director, Shandong Humon Smelting Co Ltd
Yuanfeng Xu, Vice President, Jiangxi Copper Co., Ltd.
Anna Xu, Price Reporter, Fastmarkets MB
3:30PM Networking refreshment break

Session IV: The need-to-know policy changes in copper: latest updates for the global supply chain

4:00PM One year later: how is the ‘Category 6’ scrap policy affecting the market?
  • Are scrap importers having to turn to substitutes in order to keep up with demand? How else are these companies navigating the changes?
  • How are the disruptions in scrap trade flows affecting the domestic and international copper markets?
  • How is this going to impact on Chinese manufacturing in the future?
  • Are we predicting tighter restrictions on the horizon?
Michael Lion, President, Lion Consulting Asia Ltd.
Jiwei Wang, Secretary General, China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CMRA)
Murat Bayram, Director & Head of European Non-Ferrous, EMR Ltd
4:45PM The true cost – environmental restrictions on global production
  • Comparing the impact of tighter production regulation in China and the rest of the world
  • Are end users having to find other sources of material? How will this affect market dynamics in the long run?
  • Are there cost effective ways of mining and smelting copper that comply with the new restrictions?
Robert Pell, Director, Minviro
5:15PM End of Day One of Asia Copper 2019

Day Two: Thursday, November 21, 2019

8:30AM Registration desk opens
9:25AM Chairperson's opening remarks

Session V: Regional production patterns and changing market dynamics

9:30AM Session VI: FOCUS SESSION: copper concentrates coverage - key trends and insights
  • The latest on indexing copper concentrate TC/RCs
  • How to help your business benefit from our key insights on market trends
  • Effect of market moving towards more spot pricing
Archie Hunter, Base Metals Editor, Europe, Fastmarkets MB
Julian Luk, Reporter, Fastmarkets MB
10:15AM Is arsenic back? The market’s quest for high quality, clean concentrates
  • The surge in high-arsenic material and potential repercussions downstream
  • What is the practise of ‘blending’ an is it a feasible way for smelters to prepare potentially hazardous copper ores for smelting?
  • Does this problem look set to continue? How are market participants mitigating risk?
Paul White, Secretary-General, International Copper Study Group (ICSG)
Duncan Hobbs, Research Director, Concord Resources Limited
Alex Schmitt, Executive Head Of Marketing, Anglo American Base Metals
Ken Hoffman, Leader McKinsey EV Battery Materials Research Group, McKinsey& Company
11:00AM Networking refreshment break
11:30AM Assessing the health of investment and project financing in today’s copper market
Nicholas Snowdon, Metals Analyst, Deutsche Bank
Kunjin Wu, Researcher, Minmetals & Jingyi Futures Co.,Ltd.
Archie Hunter, European Base Metals Editor, Fastmarkets
Yi Zhu, Global Head of Metals & Mining, Bloomberg Intelligence
12:15PM Networking Lunch
1:15PM ICA Workshop 2019

ICA Workshop, 15th Asia Copper Conference
Thursday 21 November

13:15 Session 1

  • Welcome and introduction
    Richard Xu, Regional Director-Asia, ICA

13:20 Session 2

  • ​Future China Transportation: Mr. Huang Fangqing, Brilliance Consulting
  • Vehicle Electrification and its Impact on the Future of China Automotive Wire Harness: Keith Miller, The Martec Group
  • Shaping the Future of Recycling: Luis Tercero, Fraunhofer ISI

14:05 Questions and Answers
Steve Kukoda, Vice President/Executive Director, ICA ​

14:10 Coffee Break

14:30 Session 3

  • LME Responsible Sourcing: Next Steps Georgina Hallett, London Metal Exchange
  • The Copper Mark: Michele Bruelhart, Executive Director of the Copper Mark, ICA 

15:15 Questions and Answers
Steve Kukoda, Vice President/Executive Director, ICA ​


15:20 Close of Workshop

  • Summary and thanks
    Richard Xu, Regional Director-Asia, ICA

Richard Xu, Regional Director Asia, International Copper Association
Georgina Hallett, Chief of Staff, LME

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