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Agenda Overview

Monday 29 February

17:00 Registration desk opens
18:00 Welcome drinks reception

Day one: Tuesday March 1

7:30 Registration desk opens

8:45 Opening remarks

Session I: Economic realities

9:00 The global economic outlook and the impact on the industry

  • How are global economic movements impacting production and consumption of bauxite and alumina?
  • How have movements in bauxite and alumina prices compared with the price movement in other commodities in the past year?
  • To what extent will global bauxite prices be driven by Chinese demand and China’s ability to mine domestic bauxite?

Ron Knapp, Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute, UK

9:45 China: what is happening on the ground?

  • How has China’s consumption of bauxite and alumina responded in light of current prices?
  • What are the capacities for smelters in China? Where are closures and expansions happening? Is an alumina deficit predicted in the near-term?
  • What is the Chinese cost of production for alumina?
  • How much bauxite does China have? Where is it? Who is exploiting it?
  • What is the current status of stockpiles, domestic resources and refinery capacity?

Cindy Wei, Senior Analyst, BGRIMM Lilan Consulting, China

10:15 Pricing: major trends and forecasts

  • What have been the major pricing trends for global bauxite and alumina pricing trends in the past 12 months? How does that compare with what was predicted to happen this year?
  • What bauxite projects are expected to come on line and what would this do to the price?
  • What pricing pressures are alumina producers under? What impact is this having on the price of alumina? Could a bauxite index save alumina refineries?

Al Clark, Managing Director, CMGroup, Australia

10:45 Networking refreshment break

Session II: Supply of bauxite

11:30 Production: project updates from Guinea

  • How are producing regions repositioning themselves for demand in light of Malaysia ramping up its production? Is supply from other regions expected to come online still?
  • Has the hole left by the Indonesian bauxite ban been completely filled by Malaysia or is there still room for others? What can others offer in competition?
  • What are the status of current projects and where is material going from and to?
  • What is the quality of the bauxite being supplied?

Karim Karjian, CEO, Karalco Resources, UK
Namory Conde, Director General, CBG, Guinea
Bernard Pryor, CEO, Alufer Mining, UK

13:00 Networking lunch break

14:15 Bauxite in Malaysia: distribution, properties and patterns of supply

  • How extensive are Malaysia’s supplies of bauxite? Does Malaysia’s bauxite meet the grade?
  • Can Malaysia expect to supply China for many years to come?
  • What are the port facilities sustain the increased levels of production?
  • Why do some commentators predict the exports may decline after 2017? How accurate is this?
  • How are environmental and sustainability concerns being managed in light of the boom? How many operations are unregulated? What impact is this having?

Azemi Haji Eki, Principal Assistant Director/Geologist, Minerals & Geoscience Department, Malaysia

14:45 Iran: what potential does this market hold?

  • How much bauxite does Iran have?
  • Where could the region supply material to?
  • What impact will this new supply have on both metallurgical alumina and steel refractories?
  • Where will Iran be importing bauxite from?

Panthea Geramishoar, Senior Expert, Non-Ferrous Department, IMIDRO, Iran

15:15 Networking refreshment break

Session III: Non-met markets and demand

15:45 Non-met alumina: looking for bright spots

  • What are the market conditions for non-met alumina products? Which areas are best poised to grow in significance?
  • What are the latest trends for this growing niche as refractories shift to high-end steel?
  • How does demand for higher purity (lower soda) aluminas compare with other types of alumina? Why is AluChem investing in this space?
  • Why use tabular alumina as an alternative to WFA?

Matt Painter, Vice President & General Manager, AluChem, USA
Jessica Roberts, Senior Analyst, Roskill Information Services, UK

16:30 Speciality alumina in China: the good and the bad

  • Why is consumption of specialty alumina in refractories is still relatively low in China? Is this set to change?
  • To what extent are higher quality steels being produced in China and India?
  • Would using tabular alumina as an alternative to white fused alumina shield producers from the downturn?

Martin Ma, Vice President, Zili, China

17:00 Non-met pricing pressures

  • What are the price trends in the hydrate market compared with aluminium and alumina markets?
  • How is the falling alumina price impacting the hydrate market?
  • With pressure on refractories in China and overcapacity in non-met alumina, could domestic producers look for export opportunities?
  • What would this mean for relatively isolated European speciality alumina producers?
  • Could China mobilise their specialised materials on a global scale?

Myles McCormick, Reporter, Industrial Minerals, UK

17:30 HPA and sapphire: projected to boom

  • How is HPA used in this application?
  • How much is this market predicted to grow by?
  • Which players are operating in this market and which markets are they targeting?

Iggy Tan, Managing Director, Altech Chemicals, Australia

18:00 End of day one followed by networking drinks reception

Day two: Wednesday 2 March

8:00 Registration desk opens

8:45 Opening remarks

Session IV: Alumina and aluminium

9:00 Alumina capacity and health: global and European performance

  • What is the medium to long outlook for aluminium and alumina?
  • How is alumina surplus taking its toll on demand? Where is the most alumina demand?
  • Changing patterns of smelting capacity and closures: what does that mean for alumina demand going forward? What is capacity going to look like in 5 years’ time?
  • How does the health of European refineries compare with the global market?

Christopher Mexas, Alumina Sales, Raw Material Purchasing Director, Aluminium of Greece, Greece

9:30 Aluminium markets under pressure: the impact on alumina

  • How many operations are cash negative and how long can they last this way?
  • What do current and potential smelter cutbacks mean for the alumina market?
  • Comparison of alumina production costs: how is the global alumina cost curve moving lower with the decline in energy prices?
  • Lower for longer: have lower costs pushed down the price support level for alumina?

Ami Shivkar, Senior Analyst - Aluminium Markets, Wood Mackenzie, UK

10:00 Caustic soda: an essential part of alumina

  • What is the outlook for global caustic soda prices and how will it influence alumina production costs?
  • A breakdown of supply, regional variations, freight cost, pricing and contracts
  • How is the consolidation process in the US influencing supply options for alumina customers? 
  • How will the mercury phase-out in Europe transform the caustic soda trade for alumina players?
  • What is the future for Australian caustic soda strategic sourcing?
  • How big is the threat of a switch, using the Bayer Sintering process, to move from caustic soda to soda ash consumption?
  • How to benchmark caustic soda prices and what the risks/advantages of doing so

George Eisenhauer, Director, Chlor-alkali, IHS, USA

10:30 Networking refreshment break

11:00 Middle Eastern alumina: an exciting future

  • What are the plans for alumina and aluminium production in the region?
  • Are there plans for additional refineries?
  • How is bauxite demand growing in this region and where will it be sourced from?
  • Could Iran prove to be a key supplier to the region?

Zouhir Regragui Mazili, Strategy and Corporate Development, Emirates Global Aluminium, UAE

12:00 Indonesian alumina: What, where and when?

  • What are the current policy objectives of the Indonesian government?
  • How are plans to expand alumina capacity developing?
  • What the plans for chemical grade versus smelter grade alumina refineries?
  • If refineries are not built quickly enough, could exports resume? How might the rules be adjusted?

Henry Lumbantoruan, Vice Chairman, Asahan Authority of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia

12:30 Networking lunch break

Session V: Logistics

14:00 Freight and buying patterns

  • Can freight rates withstand China’s slowdown? How much lower can they go?
  • How might China’s bauxite buying patterns change if freight rates were to rise?
  • Review of the IMO guidelines to help avoid carrying liquefying bauxite cargoes: under what conditions should extra caution be taken?
  • How does the break-even cost compare with freight rates for shippers at the moment?
  • What opportunities might the new Panama Canal locks present Caribbean and South American shippers of bauxite?
  • Is Ultramax is the new Supramax? What opportunities are Capesize offering bauxite?

Snorre Blix, General Manager – Cabu Chartering, Klaveness, Brazil

Session VI: Sustainability concerns

14:30 Achieving sustainability: a case study

  • What are the major sustainability concerns for companies?
  • How can sustainability be ensured at every stage of production?
  • What are the priorities when working with local communities?
  • Alcoa’s case study on best practices for sustainability: showing how good it can and should be
  • Western Australia: what health and safety measures are a priority in the region?

Brett McIntosh, Environmental Health and Safety Director, Alcoa, Australia

15:00 Red mud: trends and technological innovations

  • What is still to be done to make red mud sustainability a wide spread and generalised option?
  • How can technology facilitate the environmentally neutral extraction of high-purity alumina (HPA) and high-value rare earths elements, from aluminous clay?
  • To what extent is iron ore being extracted to make pig iron?
  • What are the opportunities and value for Scandium extraction as well?

Parris Lyew-Ayee, Executive Director, Jamaica Bauxite Institute, Jamaica

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