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2019 IMnI 45th Annual Conference

Vienna, Austria

2019, June 10-12

IMnI’s 45th Annual Conference took place in Vienna on June 10-12, attracting 200+ delegates from 120 companies based in 34 countries.

Structured around the theme “Rethinking Manganese in Changing Times: New Directions for Europe”, main speakers included: Robert Ward, Editorial Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit; Sebastien Leger, Partner of McKInsey & Company Inc. France, Denny Sabah, Business Development for Clarksons Platou, Anthony de Carvalho, Senior Economist of the OECD, Dennis Alvarenga, Head of Global and European Procurement Strategy, Digital Transformation for ArcelorMittal, Aloys d’Harambure, IMnI Executive Director, Kevin Fowkes, Managing Consultant for AlloyConsults, Pedro Larrea, CEO of Ferroglobe, Paul Desportes, Senior Vice-President Commercial Nickel and Manganese Mining Divisions of Eramet, Jack Bedder, Director at Roskill, Dr. Ulrike Dydak, Professor of Health Sciences at Purdue University and Brandon Cline, IMnI HSE & Regulatory Affairs Manager.

Two panel discussions were part of the program: on global trade and steel on the first day and on manganese on the next day.

After the conference, technical tours to three manganese alloys plants (Eramet and Ferroglobe in France and OFZ in Slovakia) were a major success with 60 delegates who participated to the visit.

Generous sponsors included Asia Minerals, Assore, Autlan, Eramet, OFZ, South32 and United Manganese of Kalahari.

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