IMnI 2019 Annual Conference

Vienna, Austria

2019, June 10-12

Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 12.

Optional Technical Tours to European Mn alloys producers will be organized on Wednesday, June 12 & Thursday, June 13

Registration is now open! Click here to fill out the participation form and take advantage of the early bird rate.

Companies which attended the 2018 Annual Conference:

Access World Logistics (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
African Mining and Trust Co., Ltd.
Afro Minerals Trading AG
Alloys Consulting Luxembourg
Asia Minerals Ltd
Ayush Barthia
Bhartia Non Conventional Products
Bryah Rescources Limited
Chayouqianqi Xinchuang Ferroalloy Co., Ltd
China National Minerals Co., Ltd.
CITIC Dameng Mining Industries Ltd.
DaMeng Resources Limited
DB Metal
DBG Metal & Power Limited
Distribucion de Polishing Refractarios y Ceramica S.L.
Eramet Comilog Manganese
Euro Manganese Inc.
Ferroglobe PLC
Full Comex Trading SA
Galmet SpA
Glencore International AG
Guangxi Steel Raw-Material Trading Co.,Ltd
Gulf Manganese Corporation Limited
Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd.
Hanwa Co., Ltd.
Harcan Engineering Co., Ltd.
Hascor Metals S.A de C.V
Huade Tiancheng Ferroalloys Co., Ltd
Inner Mongolia Chayouqianqi Mengfa Ferroalloy Co., Ltd
ISKY Chemicals Co., Ltd
Japan Ferroalloy Association
JFE Shoji Trade Corporation
JMD Ltd.
JSC "Zaporozhye Ferroalloys Plant"
Jupiter Mines Ltd
Kalahari Trading AG
Kalon Resources Pte. Ltd.
KarthikAlloys Limited
Kimpe SAS
Kudumane Manganese Resources
L&M Rohstoffhandelsgesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
Malaysian Investment Development Association (MIDA) 
Manganese Metal Company (MMC)
Maringá Ferro-Liga S.A.
Marubeni Tetsugen Co., Ltd.
McKinsey & Company
Minerais U.S. LLC
Minmet SAM
Mitra S. K. Private Limited
Mizushima Ferro-Alloys Co. Ltd.
Navodaya Trading Dmcc
Nippon Denko Co., Ltd.
Nizi International
Ntsimbintle Mining (Pty) Ltd.
OFZ a.s.
Oldendorff Carriers (Singapore) Pte Ltd
OM Materials (S) Pte. Ltd.
Omni Industries B.V.
Ore & Metal Company Ltd
Ore Alloy Department Corporation Ltd.
Pilbara Metals Group Pty. Ltd.
PJSC "Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant"
Production Innovation Trading LLC
PT Gulf Mangan Grup
QVC Exports Private Limited
Risks & Policy Analysts
Ronly Limited
S.K. Sarawagi & Co. Pvt. Ltd;
SAC Co., Ltd.
SESA Global Impex FZE
Shaanxi Sinian Metal & Mining Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Shengjia Industrial Co., Ltd.
Sharp Ferro Alloys Ltd.
Shyam Ferro Alloys Ltd.
Shyam Metalics and Energy Ltd
Simpac Metal
Sumitomo Corporation
Syarikat SESCO Berhad
Taekyung Ind. Co., Ltd.
Tennant Metallurgical Group Ltd
The Economist
Tianjin Zhongjun International Trading Co., Ltd.
Transalloys (Pty) Ltd.
Traxys Europe S.A.
Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Ltd.
Turfes Alyaj Dis Ticaret Ltd.
UHT - Uvån Hagfors Teknologi AB
United Manganese of Kalahari (Pty). Ltd.
Vietnam Hai Duong New Resources Metallurgy Shareholdings Company
World Metals & Alloys (FZC)
World Steel Association


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Before becoming Editorial Director, Robert was Country Publishing Director and, before that, he led the EIU's Global Forecasting unit. In this latter capacity, Robert led the EIU's response to the global financial and economic crises and he remains an expert on global political and economic issues.

Recent highlights include developing the EIU's China strategy and spearheading the company's recent expansion of its China city analysis, and devising the rollout of the EIU's new "Events" service, reorganising the editorial team to integrate the production of quick-response daily analysis with continued output of monthly and quarterly core subscription products.

Robert also plays a leading role in communicating the EIU's views to high-level audiences around the world. His external activities have included advising company boards on strategy, keynotes at large corporate gatherings and event chairing.

Robert joined the Economist Group in 1997. As well as living in Japan in the 1990s, in the 1980s he attended Voronezh University in the Soviet Union and worked for two years in geriatric care in West Berlin. He is a fluent speaker of Japanese and holds a bachelors and masters degree from Cambridge University.

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Denny Sabah started his career as a mining analyst. For a decade, he worked for mining research companies and metal trading companies, as an analyst and trading strategist. His focus was predominantly on steel, iron ore, coal and manganese.

He has held seats on the Statistics Committees of two international industry bodies (manganese and chrome).

Denny joined Clarksons four years ago as a dry bulk analyst, shifting his focus towards the freight markets, while keep one foot firmly in commodities. He now is in a business development role; reaching out to commodity industries in which Clarksons has less of an established presence, and building relationships with new mining companies that have yet to

begin shipping.

Denny has degrees in economics from the University of Birmingham and the Sorbonne in Paris, and a Masters degree in International Politics from the University of London.


Kevin Fowkes has 21 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.



Dr. Ulrike Dydak, Professor of Health Sciences at Purdue University. After studying physics and mathematics at the University of Vienna, Austria, Dr. Dydak received her PhD and postdoctoral training in physics and engineering of Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland. Dr. Dydak’s research is focused on the development and application of novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) techniques to study brain metal accumulations and metabolic effects in welders exposed to manganese and other metals through welding fumes. For this work she received the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) award from NIEHS. Over the past five years she built up a unique cohort of welders, who are being followed with neuroimaging, measures of biomarkers – such as toe nail clippings, cognitive and motor testing and personal exposure measurements at their work place. Dr. Dydak also collaborated with the German WELDOX II study on manganese exposure. Currently, she is using neuroimaging and biomarker techniques to study thresholds of effect, reversibility and finding markers for individual risk assessment in welders. 

Dr. Dydak is the director of the Purdue Life Science MRI Facility, which she founded with funds from NIH, and holds adjunct faculty appointments with the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and with the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University.


 Autlán is a Mexican company engaged in MANGANESE, ENERGY and PRECIOUS METALS.  The company was founded in 1953 and has been recognized as a reliable supplier because of its high-quality products and commercial service.  With regard to manganese, Autlán is the largest producer of manganese ferroalloys in the Americas and is the most important producer of manganese ore in North and Central America.

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 manganese mining units and three ferroalloy plants.



ERAMET is one of the world's leading producers of:

- manganese and nickel, used to improve the properties of steels, mineralized sands (titanium dioxide and zircon),

- parts and semi-finished products in alloys and high-performance special steels used in industries such as aerospace, power generation and tooling.

ERAMET is also developing activities with strong growth potential, such as lithium extraction and recycling, playing a key role in the energy transition and the mobility of the future. The Group employs around 12,600 people in 20 countries.


OFZ, a.s. is a diversified manufacturer of ferroalloys, cored wires and Silicon metal with over a 60-year history. Today, the company manufactures and offers its customers a wide range of manganese and silicon ferroalloys, cored wires with different powder fillers, different grades of silicon metal and by-products from the furnace dust and slag. OFZ is among the most important suppliers of ferroalloys for steelmakers & foundries in the Central Europe where roughly 90% of the production is sold. OFZ focuses on diversification strategy of manufacturing high value-added products and pursues waste-free management processes & technologies.

Since 2018, OFZ, a.s. has introduced Integrated Management System including Quality Management System pursuant to ISO 9001 (the first certification is dated back to 1994) and Environmental Management System pursuant to ISO 14001. Since 1996, OFZ has been an affiliate member and since 2004 a regular member of the European Association of Ferroalloys Producers - Euroalliages headquartered in Brussels. The company is a member of International Manganese Institute IMnI seated in Paris since 2000 and an affiliate member of CaSi Institute seated in Brussels since 2013.

OFZ, a.s. is also a member of National technology platform for research, development and innovation for raw materials (NTP VVIS).


South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company with high quality operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.

We are headquartered in Perth, Australia and have marketing offices in Singapore and London. Our shares trade on the Australian, Johannesburg and London Stock Exchanges.

South32’s purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.

We have a simple strategy to maximise the potential of our assets and shareholder returns by optimising our existing operations, unlocking their potential and identifying new opportunities to compete for capital. Further information on South32 can be found at


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.

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