2018 Annual Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2018, June 18-21

IMnI 44th Annual Conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur from Monday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Optional Technical Tour to Sarawak will be scheduled on Thursday, June 21.

Companies registered to date:

  • Afro Minerals Trading AG
  • Alloys Consulting Luxembourg
  • Alok Ferro Alloys Limited
  • Asia Minerals North America LLC
  • Autlan
  • Ayush Barthia
  • Bhartia Non Conventional Products
  • China Minmetals Corporation
  • CITIC Dameng Mining Industries Ltd.
  • CRU
  • Distribucion de Polishing Refractarios y Ceramica S.L.
  • Eramet Comilog Manganese
  • Euro Manganese Inc.
  • Ferroglobe
  • Galmet SpA
  • Glencore International AG
  • Gulf Manganese Corporation Limited
  • Hascor Metals S.A de C.V
  • Hira Electro Smelters Limited
  • Jupiter Mines Ltd
  • Kalahari Trading AG
  • Kudumane Manganese Resources
  • Manganese Metal Company (MMC)
  • Maringá Ferro-Liga S.A.
  • Marubeni Tetsugen Co., Ltd.
  • Maxiprom Group Ltd.
  • Mineração Buritirama S.A
  • Minerais U.S. LLC
  • MOIL Ltd.
  • Navodaya Trading Dmcc
  • Ntsimbintle Mining (Pty) Ltd.
  • OFZ a.s.
  • OM Holdings Ltd.
  • Ore & Metal Company Ltd
  • QVC Exports Private Limited
  • Renova
  • Simpac ANC
  • Shaanxi Sinian Metal & Mining Co., Ltd.
  • South32
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • The Economist
  • Transalloys (Pty) Ltd.
  • Traxys Europe S.A.
  • Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Ltd.
  • World Metals & Alloys (FZC)
  • World Steel Association


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Pedro Larrea is Chief Executive Officer of Ferroglobe since December 23, 2015, when the company was created as a result of the merger of Grupo FerroAtlántica and Globe Specialty Metals.

Pedro Larrea was Executive Chairman of Grupo FerroAtlántica since December 2012. He joined Grupo FerroAtlántica as CEO in 2011.

Professional experience

Before joining Grupo FerroAtlántica, Pedro Larrea developed most of his professional career in the energy sector.

For thirteen years (1996-2009), he worked in Endesa, the biggest power company in Spain and Latin America, where he reached the position of Chairman and CEO of  Endesa Latinoamérica, with total revenues above 8 bn€ and EBITDA above 3 bn€. In Endesa he also held positions related to raw materials management, long term planning, risk management and M&A. He served in the Board of Directors of Enersis (2007-2009) and Endesa Chile (1999-2002 and 2006-2007), both public Chilean companies listed in NYSE.

Pedro Larrea has also worked in management consulting firms like PwC (20102011), where he lead the energy sector practice in the Spanish office, and McKinsey & Company, in Spain, Latin America and the USA (1989-1995).

Educational background

  • Mining Engineer (MSc equivalent) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Graduated With Honors.
  • MBA from INSEAD. Henry Ford II award for academic excellence 


Andrew Staples - As Director for The Economist Corporate Network in South-east Asia, Andrew provides members with insight and analysis on a range of topics related to ASEAN and the broader East Asian economy. He regularly chairs and moderates major Economist events, delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of states) in his areas of expertise which include international political economy, foreign direct investment, corporate strategy and comparative management, and regularly appears in the international media (BBC, CNN, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera).

Andrew was previously Director for The Economist Corporate Network in North Asia covering Japan and South Korea. Prior to joining The Economist Group, Andrew was an associate professor of international business at business schools and leading universities in the UK (University of Sheffield) and Japan (Keio University, Doshisha Business School and Globis University Graduate School of Management).

Andrew has published widely in his areas of expertise and his major publications include Responses to Regionalism in East Asia: Japanese Production Networks in the Automotive Sector published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series and chapters in edited volumes including Asian Inward and Outward FDI: New Challenges in the Global Economy and popular textbooks including Asian Business and Management. He was also a Senior Editor for the internationally peer reviewed journal Asian Business and Management.

Andrew has an MSc in East Asian Business and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and was a Ministry of Education research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2001-2003).


Mr. Frank ZHONG is the Chief Representative of the World Steel Association’s office in Beijing. His main focus includes the outlook of the global steel industry as well as steelmaking raw materials market. He has been in charge of a variety of studies on steel demand, steelmaking capacity, raw materials outlook, monitoring the development of emerging economies in particular China and India. He used to be the Secretary to the association’s Raw Materials Committee for six years.

As the Chief Representative of the association’s office in Beijing, Mr. Zhong is also working on the communications between the Chinese steel industry and the rest of the world.

Frank Zhong obtained his Bachelor Degree in Iron & Steel Metallurgy from the University of Science and Technology Beijing, and an MBA degree from the Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Prior to the World Steel Association, Mr. Zhong had four years career experience with China’s leading steel producer Baosteel Group, two years with the China Iron & Steel Association’s information center, and three years with the Australian mining company Rio Tinto. 


Kevin Fowkes, Managing Consultant, AlloyConsult. Kevin Fowkes has 20 years’ experience working as an economist and consultant in the ferroalloy industry.

From 2007 to 2009, Kevin Fowkes was a business development manager in the metals division of Privat Group.  Before that he was the senior market analyst for the Norwegian ferroalloy group Elkem, and a consultant for Hatch Beddows and CRU International.  Since 2009, Kevin has run AlloyConsult, his own company, which provides bespoke consulting services to the ferroalloy industry.

Kevin Fowkes is a graduate of the London School of Economics.



Hamish Bohannan – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Manganese Corporation Ltd.

Hamish holds an Honours Degree in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines UK and a MBA from Deakin University. He has extensive corporate and operational experience in public companies within Australia and overseas in the capacity of Managing Director or CEO. Hamish has built a career developing exciting projects around the world and has a reputation for high standards in community liaison, environmental excellence and developing a safety culture.

Gulf (ASX. GMC) is focused on the near-term development of its low-cost, ferromanganese smelting facility in Kupang, Indonesia. Gulf’s strategy includes the purchasing of high grade Indonesian manganese ores at smelter gate, processing of these ores at the Kupang Smelting Hub and the exporting of a premium (circa 78%) ferromanganese alloy to growing, high-demand global markets.


Asia Minerals Limited (AML) is an international corporation with subsidiaries spread across the globe in Asia, Africa, Europe, CIS and North America. We were founded in Hong Kong since 1993. We specialize in all Manganese related business from Ores to Ferroalloys, Metals and Chemicals. We are committed to Manganese and devoted to provide all kinds of solutions to our customers for their needs of Manganese. We strive for providing excellent products and services to all our customers, as well as maintaining the long term partnership with all our stakeholders in a respectful manner and “Win-Win” attitude.

AML started with trading of manganese related products, and now is an integrated producer of manganese mining, smelting and global sales


AUTLÁN is a Mexican company specialized in the production and commercialization of manganese ore and manganese ferroalloys. The company was founde

d in 1953 and has been recognized as a reliable supplier because of its high quality products and commercial 

service. Autlán is focused on fulfilling the manganese needs from the steel industry as well as the specialized manganese requirements from the dry battery, ceramic and micro nutrient producers. The company owns three mining units and three ferroalloy plants. Recently, Autlán has successfully entered into the energy sector with its own hydro electrical power station.


Ferroglobe is the global leader in the silicon metal industry and one of the largest producers of a wide variety of metal alloys (silicon-based and manganese-based alloys) and other metallic products, which are critical ingredients in many industrial and consumer products. Beyond metal-related industries, Ferroglobe is also involved in hydro-electrical power generation and mining, both of which are related to its core activities and which produce synergies that benefit the company.

 Ferroglobe is listed on the NASDAQ and headquartered in London. It has a market capitalisation of $2.8bn, a turnover of $1.5bn (FYE 2016) and over 4,000 employees worldwide. It is a truly international company, with industrial facilities in Spain, United States, France, Canada, South Africa, Argentina, Venezuela, Poland, Mauritania and China. Ferroglobe has a broad global customer base covering the following industries: chemical (silicones), aluminium and steel manufacturers, producers of photovoltaic solar cells and computer chips, the auto industry, ductile iron foundries, concrete and building material producers. 


OM Holdings Limited with its subsidiaries, is an integrated commodity player engaged in the business of mining, smelting, trading, and marketing of ores and ferroalloys. With an established history of 23 years in the industry, the Group is listed on the ASX and captures value across the entire value chain through operations in Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa. The Group’s flagship smelter complex in Sarawak commenced production in 2014, marking a successful foray into the production of silicon based products.

Today, the Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of manganese ores and ferroalloys, and seeks to supply new customized products for the specialty steel and chemical industries. Through its global trading network, the Group distributes products from its Asia-Pacific base to customers around the world.






















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