Vienna, Austria

2019, June 10-12

Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 12.

200+ delegates registered, a new record high for an IMnI Conference!

Optional Technical Tours to OFZ plant in Slovakia and Eramet & Ferroglobe’s plants in Dunkirk, were scheduled on Thursday, June 13.

Companies which registered:

Afro Minerals Trading AG
Alloys Consulting Luxembourg
ArcelorMittal Sourcing
Argus Media
Asia Minerals Ltd
Barry Rogliano Salles
BDG Metal & Power Limited
Bhartia Non Conventional Products
Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad
Charisma Resources Ltd.
CITIC Commodities Pte Ltd.
CITIC Dameng Mining Indstries Limited
Clarkson Platou
Compania Minera Autlan, SAB de C.V.
Compagnie Minière du Littoral
CRU Group
Dameng Resources Limited
DCM Alloys GmbH
Demeka Mining Inc.
Distribucion de Polishing Refractarios y Ceramica S.L.
East India Trading Co.
Element 25 Limited
E Plus Company
Eramet Comilog Manganese
FeConsult and Trading
Full Comex Trading SA
Galmet SpA
Geofirm EA. Ltd
Glencore International AG
Guangxi Guikang New Materials Co., Ltd.
Guangxi Hourong Trading Company
Gulf Manganese Corporation Limited
Gurta A.G.
Italghisa S.p.A.
Japan Ferroalloy Association
JFE Shoji Trade Corporation
JMD Ltd.
Jupiter Mines Limited
Kalahari Trading AG
Kalon Resources Pte. Ltd.
Kimpe SAS
Kudumane Manganese Resources
L&M Rohstoffhandelsgesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
London Commodity Intelligence Bureau Ltd.
Mali Manganese SA
Manganese Metal Company (MMC)
Manganese Products Corporation

Maringá Ferro-Liga S.A.
Marubeni Tetsugen Co., Ltd.
McKinsey & Company Inc. France
Meca-Trade Oy
Metalleghe Spa
Micromesh Minerals & Metals
Million Link (China) Investment Ltd.
Minerais U.S. LLC
Minmet Sam
Mitra S.K. Hong Kong Limited
Mizushima Ferroalloy Co.
Nippon Denko Co., Ltd.
Ntsimbintle Mining (Pty) Ltd.
OFZ a.s.
Oldendorff Carriers
OM Holdings Ltd.
Ore & Metal Company Ltd
Oswald Minerals Limited
Prosperous Resources (HK) Limited
Purdue University
Quintal S.A.
Radhika Metals & Minerals
Ronly Limited
S.H. Bell Company
S.K. Sarawagi & Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Sarda Metals & Alloys Ltd.
Shaanxi Sinian Metal & Mining Co., Ltd.
Shanghai J. Sun Trading Consultants Lt.
Shanghai Qunxian International Trade Co., Ltd.
Shyam Ferro Alloys Ltd.
Shyam Sel and Power Ltd.
Sineco SPA
Sinosteel Resources Company Limited
Sumitomo Corporation
Tata Steel Limited
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Transalloys (Pty) Ltd.
Traxys Europe S.A.
Tremond Metals Corp.
Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining (Pty) Ltd.
Turfes Alyaj Dis Ticaret Ltd.
Ultrabulk South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
United Manganese of Kalahari
Vilmeks A.S.
Voestalpine Rohstoffbeschaffungs GmbH
World Metals & Alloys (FZC)
Xiangxi Minmetals Co., Ltd.
YASAI Resources LLP

Alex Puissant, a Brussels journalist, is a prominent international conference facilitator. As a foreign correspondent, editor and news anchorman, he has ensured television news coverage, including live comments and interviews, from around Europe and the USA. As a an independent conference moderator, he has chaired hundreds of sessions and panel discussions with speakers as diverse as Vaclav Havel, Margaret Thatcher, and Bill Gates. He has worked for global corporations and associations as well as European Union institutions and the United Nations Organization in New York. Alex Puissant, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in the City of New York, is the author of “The press, a voice on behalf of the citizen?” on social responsibility of the media, published on behalf of the King Baudouin Foundation.
  • Aloys d’Harambure

    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.

  • Anthony De Carvalho

    Joined the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2006, where he currently works as a senior economist and heads the Steel Unit within the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry. His primary duties include contributing to the policy work of the OECD Steel Committee, an intergovernmental forum for dialogue on challenges facing the global steel industry and policy approaches to promote more open markets for steel. He also participates in the OECD’s work to facilitate the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity, a G20 initiative established in late 2016. Prior to joining the OECD, Anthony worked as a research economist at the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA), in Helsinki, Finland, where he did macroeconomic and commodity price forecasting, and was editor of the Institute’s quarterly journals The Finnish Economy and Society and International Economic Outlook. Anthony received his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2000. As a university student, Anthony held short positions at the U.S. International Trade Commission (working in the office of Commissioner Crawford) and spent several years as graduate research assistant in the Economics Department of George Mason University. He has published articles including in the Asian Economic Journal. Anthony was born in Monte Estoril, Portugal in 1968. He is a citizen of the United States and Portugal.

  • Denis Alvarenga

    Joined ArcelorMittal in 2004 and since then has taken up roles in Strategy, M&A;, Business Development, Operational Excellence, Transformation, Procurement and Supply Chain at Corporate and Segment levels. Before joining the Group, Denis was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co for over 6 years. Denis holds a BSc. degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a MBA with majors in Finance, Marketing and Strategic Management from the University of Chicago, USA. Along with his work at ArcelorMittal Denis also took the role as the Chairman of the Raw Materials Expert Group of WSA (World Steel Association) over 4 years from March 2012 till March 2016.

  • 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 sStrategist. 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.

  • Dr. Brandon 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 Manganese Industry extensive understanding of the possible neurological risk of Manganese 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 manganese.

  • Dr. Ulrike Dydak

    "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."

  • Robert Ward

    Robert Ward is Director of Geoeconomics & Strategy and Japan Chair at The International Institute for Strategic Studies, one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, political risk and conflict. Before joining the IISS in 2019, Robert was the Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence Unit where he led the EIU’s country, industry and data analysis and forecasting teams. Robert joined the Economist Group in 1997. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1989, Robert went to Japan where he lived and worked until 1996. Robert also studied in the Soviet Union in 1986.

  • 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.

  • Paul Desportes

    Paul Desportes has joined the Eramet Group in 1990 and has been working in various positions related to sales and marketing of nickel, manganese and specialty steel. He has lived in the USA, France and Italy and is currently based in the head-office in Paris. He has been promoted the beginning of 2017 Senior VP Commercial of Eramet Mining and Metals Division in charge essentially of marketing both nickel and manganese produced within the group.

  • 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. 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 (2010-2011), where he lead the energy sector practice in the Spanish office, and McKinsey & Company, in Spain, Latin America and the USA (1989-1995).

Asia Minerals Limited (AML) is an international corporation with subsidiaries spread across the globe in Asia, Africa, Europe, CIS and America. AML was founded at Hong Kong in 1993 and is specialized in all Manganese related businesses from Ores to Ferroalloys, Metals and Chemicals. AML is committed to Manganese and devoted to provide all kinds of solutions to the customers for their needs of Manganese. Mining business – Kudumane Manganese Resources (Pty) Ltd. (KMR) KMR is a Manganese mining company incorporated in South Africa and a joint venture among AML, Nippon Denko Co., Ltd. and BEE entity partners. KMR is one of the five largest miners of Manganese in South Africa and currently operating two farms of “York” and “Hotazel” with annual production of 2 million MT Manganese ore of Mn 36%-42%. Smelting business – Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn. Bhd. (PFA) PFA is a ferroalloy smelting plant located in Bintulu, Malaysia and jointly owned by AML, Nippon Denko Co., Ltd., Shinsho Corporation and a Malaysian corporation. PFA started production in 2016 and it is the first ferroalloy smelting plant in Sarawak, Malaysia. PFA currently produces Ferro Silicon as well as Silicon Manganese, with annual production of 250K MT. AML, as an integrated producer of Manganese, strives for providing excellent products and services to the customers, as well as maintaining the long term partnership with all our stakeholders in a respectful manner and “Win-Win” attitude.
Assore is a mining holding company engaged principally in ventures involving base minerals and metals. The company was incorporated in 1950 and its shares are listed on the JSE Securities Exchange (JSE) under “Assore” in the general mining sector. The group’s principal investment is a 50% interest in Assmang Proprietary Limited (Assmang) which it controls jointly with African Rainbow Minerals Limited (ARM). The group, through its various joint-venture entities and subsidiary companies, is involved in the mining of iron, manganese and chrome ores together with other industrial minerals and the production of manganese alloys. The group is also responsible for marketing all products produced by the Assore and Assmang groups, the bulk of which is exported and the remainder either used in the group’s beneficiation processes or sold locally.
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.  We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come, and to be trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.
United Manganese of Kalahari (UMK) is a South African company, mining manganese in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The Kalahari manganese fields are regarded as the largest manganese ore deposit globally. Established in 2005, UMK is 51% black owned and is the 4th largest manganese exporter in South Africa. In 2018 the mineral resources were estimated at 607mt with 200mt in measured and indicated categories.  Mineral Reserves for Open Pit Mining are estimated at 112mt that provides a life of Open Pit Mine of more than 30 years.
Main purpose of the Dunkirk plant is to transform manganese ore, nowadays mainly coming from Gabon and South-Africa, into manganese sinter and manganese alloys, more specifically into ferromanganese high carbon (HC FeMn). Manganese alloys are used by the steel industry so as to give steel various use properties, in particular mechanical ones. From its ideal geographical location, the Dunkirk plant is able to deliver goods not only to the main European steel producers (in France, Germany, UK, Belgium, Italy, Poland, etc…) but also to the ones overseas (recent shipments to the Middle-East, India and China). The plant employs 85 people, mainly dedicated to production and maintenance activities, but also working in the administration (purchases and logistics, HR, bookkeeping) services.
The Comilog Dunkerque plant is one of the biggest European producer of silcomanganese (SiMn) and is part of Eramet Group, a leader company in its mining and metallurgical businesses. The plant was built in 1978 and is celebrating its 40 years of existence. Its 35 MW open submerged arc furnace has an annual 65 kt of SiMn capacity with 24/7 operations. The 60 employees working at Comilog Dunkerque are committed to achieve the plant’s vision : safe, environmental friendly and energy efficient operations, dedicated to produce top quality SiMn alloys for its customers.
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Technical Presentation - Ferroglobe Login
Technical Presentation - Eramet Login
Latest developments in the steel market - Denis Alvarenga, Head of Global and European Procurement Strategy, Digital Transformation, Arcelor Mittal. Login
Toenails and Hair: Valid Biomarkers for Manganese Exposure? - Dr Ulrike Dydak, Professor of Health Sciences, Purdue University, USA Login
Sustainable, Healthy Manganese - Dr Brandon Cline, IMnI HSE & Regulatory Affairs Manager Login
Faultlines and shifting tectonic plate - Robert Ward, Editorial Director, the Economist Intelligence Unit Login
Technical Presentation - OFZ Login
How the Manganese Industry Can Use Freight to its Advantage - Denny Sabah, Business Development, Clarksons Platou Login
Excess Capacity In The Global Steel Industry: Efforts To Address The Challenges - Anthony de Carvalho, Senior Economist, OECD Login
Overview of the Manganese Market - Aloys d’Harambure, Executive Director, IMnI Login
Manganese taster menu: A glance at 5 interesting issues across the market - Kevin Fowkes, Managing Consultant, AlloyConsult Login
Ferroglobe, Mn alloys update - Pedro Larrea, CEO, Ferroglobe Login
Value proposition as European integrated Mn producer - Paul Desportes, Senior Vice-President Commercial Nickel and Manganese Mining Divisions, Eramet Login
Manganese in Li-ion batteries: a game-changer? - Jack Bedder, Director, Roskill Login