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 are scheduled on Thursday, June 21.

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Companies registered to date:

  • Afro Minerals Trading AG
  • AlloysConsult
  • Alloys and Metals India
  • Alloys Consulting Luxembourg
  • Asia Minerals North America LLC
  • Autlan
  • Ayush Barthia
  • Bhartia Non Conventional Products
  • CCMA, LLC
  • China Minmetals Corporation
  • CITIC Dameng Mining Industries Ltd.
  • CRU
  • DaMeng Resources Limited
  • DCM Alloys GmbH
  • Distribucion de Polishing Refractarios y Ceramica S.L.
  • Eramet Comilog Manganese
  • Euro Manganese Inc.
  • Ferroglobe PLC
  • Full Comex Trading SA
  • Galmet SpA
  • Gamcore Zambia Limited
  • Glencore International AG
  • GoodEarth
  • Guangxi Steel Raw-Material Trading Co.,Ltd
  • Gulf Manganese Corporation Limited
  • Hascor Metals S.A de C.V
  • Huade Tiancheng Ferroalloys Co., Ltd
  • IMR Resources India Private Limited
  • JFE Shoji Trade Corporation
  • JMD Ltd.
  • Jupiter Mines Ltd
  • Kalahari Trading AG
  • Kalon Resources Pte. Ltd.
  • Kimpe SAS
  • Kudumane Manganese Resources
  • L&M Rohstoffhandelsgesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
  • Manganese Metal Company (MMC)
  • Maringá Ferro-Liga S.A.
  • Marubeni Tetsugen Co., Ltd.
  • Maxiprom Group Ltd.
  • Mineração Buritirama S.A
  • Minerais U.S. LLC
  • Minmet SAM
  • Mitra S. K. Private Limited
  • Mizushima Ferro-Alloys Co. Ltd.
  • MOIL Ltd.
  • Navodaya Trading Dmcc
  • Nippon Denko Co., Ltd.
  • Ntsimbintle Mining (Pty) Ltd.
  • OFZ a.s.
  • Oldendorff Carriers (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  • OM Holdings Ltd.
  • Omni Industries B.V.
  • Ore & Metal Company Ltd
  • Prince
  • QVC Exports Private Limited
  • Renova
  • Ronly Limited
  • Shyam Ferro Alloys Ltd.
  • Simpac Metal
  • Shaanxi Sinian Metal & Mining Co., Ltd.
  • Sharp Ferro Alloys 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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Chairman

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 

Speakers

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.

 

Meg Postle, a founding Director of Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (RPA), is a natural resource economist and policy analyst with over thirty years’ experience in economics based consultancy.  Her work has ranged from the preparation of project level cost-benefit analyses for organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, to undertaking impact assessments and evaluations of major reforms in European policy (for example, on the adoption of the REACH Regulation).  She is currently leading a range of studies for various industry organisations aimed at either demonstrating the economic value of a specific chemical or metal to society, or at justifying the continued use of a chemical/metal or compound based on a comparison of the benefits to society from its continued use against potential health and environmental risks.

She is also carrying out major studies for the European Commission, examining the impacts of the potential introduction of binding occupational exposure limit values into EU legislation.  Meg has also been involved in a series of studies for the European Commission which fed into its critical raw materials policy.  Clients other than the IMnI include the International Lead Association, the International Aerospace Environment Working Group, Titanium dioxide manufacturers, the Coal Tars Chemicals Consortium, the OECD, the European Commission and European Chemicals Agency, as well as a range of individual companies.

 

 

Aloys d’Harambure is the Executive Director of the International Manganese Institute, the Paris-based organisation representing the global manganese industry. Aloys joined the IMnI in 2014, as Market Research Manager, focusing on analysing the supply and demand fundamentals of the manganese business. He is a graduate from Montreal business school HEC, where he specialised in market intelligence. Prior to joining the IMnI, he was Business Analyst at the International Chromium Development Association (ICDA). Aloys is a regular speaker at metal and mineral industry events, and other conferences worldwide.

 

 

 

Dr. Cline joined the International Manganese Institute (IMnI) in September 2017. He received his PhD from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg in Germany and has over 17 years of academic research experience in neurodegenerative diseases and affective disorders. He brings to the IMnI and the Mn industry extensive understanding of the possible neurological risk of Mn and the ability to engage challenges using sound science. Dr. Cline strives to meet all issues relating to Health, Safety and the Environment and regulations facing the Mn industry.

 

Sponsors

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 founded 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.

 

 

Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn. Bhd. was established on 2nd December 2010 as the first large-scale manganese alloys and ferrosilicon plant in Malaysia. During the ground-breaking ceremony of the factory site, the Chief Minister of Sarawak The Right Honourable Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud proposed the name “PERTAMA” for the company, being the first of its kind in Malaysia. “PERTAMA” meaning “FIRST” in the Malaysian language, was eventually adopted by the company as its new name.

The project is a fully integrated works comprising of:

Raw Material (RM) Warehouses

  • RM Feeding and batching system
  • Furnace Complex (including six 33MVA SAF Furnaces and two 5MVA refining furnaces)
  • Sinter Plant
  • Power Receiving Sub-station and four power distribution centers
  • Cooling Complex
  • Laboratory
  • Workshop and Spares Stores
  • Compressor Complex
  • Finished Goods Warehouse
  • Weighbridges

 

Products & Capacity :

Manganese Ferroalloy

  • SiMn                            : 120k tpy
  • MCFeMn and LCFeMn : 50k tpy

Silicon Ferroalloy (FeSi)            : 60k tpy

Micro Silica                              : 20k tpy

Sintered Manganese                 : 200k tpy

 

Vision :

To be the First Choice producer for Ferroalloys

 

Mission :

To manufacture high quality Ferroalloy Products primarily for the steel industry, utilizing the unique advantages for Pertama FA, including our cost structure, our location, our raw material sources(s) and our knowledge to deliver sustainable "triple-bottom-line" growth, i.e. balanced between Financial, Social and Environmental performance ("Profit, People & Planet").

 

Shareholders :

ASIA MINERAL LTD. (Major shareholder, AML)

An international corporation with subsidiaries spread across the globe in Asia, Africa, Europe, CIS and North America. AML was founded in Hong Kong since 1993. AML specialize in all Manganese related business from Ores to Ferroalloys, Metals and Chemicals and 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission:

Your Company of Choice.

Vision:

Sakura is an innovative and committed company that will, through excellence, create high quality products to become a company of choice, resulting in wealth and success for our stakeholders, whilst maintaining a high level of safety.

Sakura will strive for excellence in all aspects of what we do. We will act with honesty, integrity, respect the values of others, accept responsibility and be accountable for our actions.

We recognise the diversity of communities and the importance of building strong relationships with those around us. Through active participation we will provide tangible benefits and positive outcomes to these communities.

At Sakura, we will embrace new ideas, technology and innovation and take a leadership role in setting industry standards. We will strive for continuous improvement, setting new benchmarks to establish and maintain a strong reputation as an industry leader.

Products:

Sakura is a greenfields project which consist of two 81MVA furnaces that will manufacture high carbon ferro-manganese (HCFeMn) and silico manganese (SiMn). Each furnace is designed to produce HCFeMn or SiMn giving the plant flexibility. A furnace can produce approximately 107,000 tons of HCFeMn per annum or approximately 67,000 tons of SiMn per annum. Alloy production is an energy intensive process and Sakura has been established in Sarawak due largely to the availability of green hydro-electrical power.

Environmental practices:

Sakura is committed to conserving resources, reducing waste and minimizing adverse effects on the environment. The plant has been designed specifically to lower its impacts on the surrounding area, by incorporating a number of environmental considerations into its production process.

Raw materials are largely stored under roof, so reducing potential dust pollution. A briquetting plant facilitates the recycling of under- size raw materials, undersize product and by-products resulting from the production process.

Furnace off gas is cleaned before release and energy is even extracted from the gas for on-site usage. Water recycling is employed in line with the plant’s zero effluent policy. All of these actions demonstrate Sakura’s dedication to resource optimization.

 

 

United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) is a Manganese mine operating on the Kalahari Manganese Field in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality (the old Kuruman District), in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

The Kalahari Manganese Field is regarded as the largest manganese ore deposit globally. The field extends continuously in a north-western direction, for a distance of 34km, from Mamatwan Mine in the south to the Wessels and Black Rock Mines in the north.

On 17 May 2005, a Prospecting Right was issued to UMK for a total area of 15,200ha and this was followed up with the issuing of a new Order Mining Right, dated 10 March 2008. At the time UMK identified a total manganese resource and reserve of 282 million and 41.3 million tonnes respectively, the results then of a total of 361 boreholes drilled.

UMK is strategically located with good access to rail infrastructure, and has a state of the art load out station to enable rapid train loading. The UMK processing plant was developed as an integrated system from the primary crusher, through the cone crusher, primary stockyards, screening plant and product stockyard to eventually deliver ore to the load-out silo. A state of the art stockyard system consists of 2 yards with 3 fully automated stackers and 2 PLC controlled portal re-claimers to stack and reclaim ore from the above stockpiles and assist with the blend quality of the final product. The

production capability initially planned allowed for a saleable product of 1.873 million tons per annum. The final design was subjected to “value engineering” throughout and as a result the commissioned capacity exceeded initial expectations with an annual throughput of 3.5 million tons having been previously achieved.  UMK currently employs one hundred and forty three full time staff and over 800 contractors.

 

 

Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Ltd operates the open pit manganese mine, called Tshipi Borwa Mine, in the Kalahari Manganese Field (KMF) located in the Northern Cape. Tshipi é Ntle means “beautiful steel” in the local Tswana language. Waste development and infrastructure construction commenced in 2011 and the first ore was exported in 2012. The Tshipi Borwa mine is a modern low cost manganese black economic empowered producer that has been setting the benchmark for how mines should be constructed, managed and operated in the New South Africa.

Key strengths and benefits

Tshipi represents a unique combination of the perfect mix of black economic empowerment, financial and strategic shareholders, a world class manganese deposit, a state of the art processing facility, a world class private siding and rapid load-out station, best of breed financial and corporate governance systems and a dynamic management team that has driven this world class project into production and built a premium asset that currently occupies the position of the largest exporter of manganese ore from South Africa.

Shareholders

Since its establishment, Tshipi’s equity is effectively held by three leading organisations, being:

 Ntsimbintle Mining Proprietary Limited, South Africa’s leading black owned manganese investment holding company, led by Saki Macozoma;

 Jupiter Mines Limited, which amongst other significant shareholders is backed by POSCO, the world’s fifth largest steel producer and is led by resources legend Brian Gilbertson; and

 OM Holdings, a leading manganese ore and metal producer and marketer, listed on the ASX and led by NT Low.

It is this breadth of relevant commercial, financial and technical wisdom that the Tshipi team has harnessed to allow it to bring the Tshipi Borwa Mine into production only 20 months after the board approved its development.

World class manganese deposit

Tshipi has a world class manganese deposit and is one of South Africa’s four largest open-pit medium grade semi-carbonate manganese ore producers. Tshipi’s ore body, which is contiguous to that of South32’s Mamatwan mine, has a total resource in excess of 400 million tonnes of manganese. Tshipi’s deposit is very homogenous when compared to that of both its new and existing competitors, making it easy to mine and produce a consistent grade.

State of the art processing facility

Tshipi owns the state of the art primary crushing plant, secondary crushing and screening plant and stockpile management system. This facility has been designed with the specific objective of minimising the double-handling of material and to be both water and energy efficient.

World class private siding and rapid load-out station

Tshipi’s private rail siding was constructed in record time and has been in use since October 2012 – the loop siding is approximately 8km long and is currently the only siding in the manganese industry that can accommodate a 208 rail wagon train, which creates a significant logistical advance for Tshipi. Tshipi’s rapid load-out station, which was imported from the United States of America, is the fastest rapid load-out station for manganese in the country – capable of loading a 6 552 tonne train in less than 4 hours. Accordingly, Tshipi is a clear industry front runner in its utilisation of supply chain technology.

Best of breed systems

Tshipi acknowledges that operational efficiency is achieved through implementing the best of breed financial control and information technology systems and has, together with its information and communication technology partners, procured and implemented best of breed information management systems. Furthermore, the board and management team are fully committed to the corporate governance principles set out in the King III Report on Corporate Governance in South Africa and have adopted a fit for purpose board charter which regulates its board and committee practices and executive accountability.

Experienced Management Team

Lastly, and most importantly, Tshipi has managed to attract a group of experienced managers who are all experts in their respective fields to navigate the business from the historic project development to current operational phase.

 

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Documents

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Draft Program 05/04/18 PDF » Download
Delegate List 20/04/18 PDF » Download
Technical Tours 05/04/18 PDF » Download
Exhibition Stand 08/03/18 PDF » Download
FAQ 05/11/17 PDF » Download

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