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Agenda Overview

Pre-conference Day: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

5:00PM International Iron Ore’s welcome drink reception

Day One: Thursday, June 6, 2019

7:30AM Reception desk opens
8:55AM Chairperson's opening remarks
Joe Poveromo, President, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting

Session I: Market movements and major iron ore miners

9:00AM Portugal's iron ore - a short history
  • Iron ore in pictures - how did Portugal make its stake on the global stage?
  • A thriving industry - what projects are coming online that the world needs to know about?
  • How is Portugal navigating recent market changes?
Eduardo Pessotti Rangel, Business Development Director, IESB - Instituto de Estudos Sistêmicos do Brasil
9:15AM Anglo American in today's market
Timo Smit, Executive Head of Marketing, Iron Ore, Anglo American
9:45AM The European supply chain of tomorrow
  • Sustainable underground mining of the future needs new technique and way of working
  • The mining and steel industry is part as well as the solution for global goals
  • Iromaking of tomorrow
  • Sustainability through the value chain
Markus Petajaniemi, Senior Vice President Sales & Logistics, LKAB
10:15AM Executive Q&A and market leading insights
Joe Poveromo, President, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting
Markus Petajaniemi, Senior Vice President Sales & Logistics, LKAB
10:45AM Morning coffee break
11:15AM Iron ore pellet production in the CIS
  • What are the current rates of pellet production in the CIS region and what volume of pellets are destined for Western Europe?
  • How will investment plans in Karelsky Okatysh alter the volume and quality of pellet production within this region?
Pavel Nekhvoroshch, Head of Sales of Raw Materials and Procurement, JCS “Severstal Management”

Session II: What is driving market prices and how can you stay ahead?

11:45AM China’s appetite for higher-grade material and usage of ferrous scrap
  • What are the predicted trends in Chinese ore purchasing for the next year?  
  • To what extent has China made efforts to shift toward EAF steelmaking?
  • What have been the effects of increased scrap usage and how will this continue to develop?
  • How will forecast crude steel output impact iron ore and scrap prices?
Alona Yunda, Senior Analyst, Fastmarkets MB Research
12:15PM Continuously improving internationalization of the iron ore futures market
  • How does the futures market provide a continuous, transparent and reliable pricing benchmark?
  • How can iron ore futures derivatives help mitigate price risk?
  • How is the Chinese iron ore futures market performing since opening-up?
Anping Chen, Director of International Cooperation Department, Dalian Commodity Exchange
12:45PM Networking lunch break

Session III: Iron ore updates from around the world

2:15PM The supply of iron ore within North America
  • What are the current supply trends of iron ore within this region, and what can it tell us about how the steel market is changing?
  • How has the history of North American iron ore production changed and affected the current net iron ore exports to the seaborne market?
  • What does the future like for Tacroa’s Scully mine and how is the current market supporting its development?
2:45PM Afternoon refreshment break

Session III: Roundtable discussions


Roundtables will run in conjunction with each other from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Our Roundtables will give all delegates the chance to get together to discuss and debate the following topics.

Table 2

3:30PM Environmental pressures on iron ore
Adrian Doyle, MineSpans Specialist, McKinsey & Company

Table 3

3:30PM Insights into the DR grade pellet issue
Joe Poveromo, President, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting
4:30PM Networking drinks reception

Day Two: Friday, June 7, 2019

8:30AM Reception desk opens
9:25AM Opening address from Fastmarkets Events

Session IV: Steelmaking in Europe

9:30AM A background to grades and crucial pricing dynamics
  • What drives demand for higher-grade iron ore?
  • How does the behaviour of Chinese steel mills influence higher-grade premiums?
  • How could environmental regulations affect the availability of different types of ore?
  • What do we expect in terms of markets, pricing regimes and value-in-use for 2019 and beyond?
Adrian Doyle, MineSpans Specialist, McKinsey & Company
10:00AM Europe’s drive for higher-grade material
  • How are European carbon credits affecting the consumption and demand of sinter fines, lump and pellet?
  • Are coking coal and met coke prices supporting Europe’s demand for iron ore pellets?
  • How has the shift towards using higher grade material in Europe affected the bottom line of steel mills and iron ore miners? 
  • What is the current availability and pricing of both pellets and lump and how have they changed since 2018? What could happen in 2020?
Alexander Griffiths, Commodities Analyst- Iron Ore and Steel specialist, Wood Mackenzie
10:30AM A case study: how is a leading European mine navigating today's market?
  • What opportunities has the supply tightness from Latin America opened up for European mines?
  • Which end users are demanding higher quality iron ore and why? Which regions are particularly lucrative?
  • Are there any projects due to the come online that will benefit the market? In which ways?
Paul Marsden, Technical and Market Advisor, Nordic Iron Ore AB
11:00AM Morning refreshment break
11:30AM Freight & logistics in today’s market
  • What is the outlook for the dry bulk shipping market?
  • How have the US-China trade tariffs affected dry bulk commodities?
  • To meet the IMO 2020 regulation, will fuel processors pass the costs on to the shipping industry or is the shipping industry likely to pass on these costs to their customers?
  • What is the current status of coking coal imports for China, the USA and Europe?
Alexis Ellender, Analyst, SSY
12:00PM Close of conference and lunch reception

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