Cape Town, South Africa

May 31 to June 2, 2022

The IMnI Annual Conference is a unique global platform for manganese leaders to meet, network and exchange on the development of manganese industry. Hosted by the International Manganese Institute, the conference moves around the world and always includes technical visits to mines and/or plants. The IMnI conference is open to IMnI Members and relevant stakeholders.

After the success of the 2019 edition in Vienna, where 200+ delegates of the manganese community networked and learned about the latest trends of the industry, Cape Town has been chosen for the 2022 event.

The conference will include technical visits to:

  • Manganese Metal Company (MMC), Transalloys and Transnet Port Elizabeth & Coega on Monday, May 30
  • 4 open-pit mines (Kudumane, South32 Mamatwan, Tshipi & UMK) and 2 underground mines (Assmang Gloria & Nchwaning) on Friday, June 3


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  • Robert Ward

    Robert Ward is Director of Geo-economics & 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. Robert Ward is Director of Geo-economics & 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.

  • Goolam Ballim

     Goolam is the chief economist and head of research for the Standard Bank Group. The bank’s commercial emphasis is on Africa and the research unit is aligned to this pursuit. Standard Bank Research comprises 53 analysts and 10 support staff, variously located in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, London and Beijing. Goolam and his team consistently earn accolades for macroeconomic, political, sectoral and financial markets research. The team has been rated the Best Research House in South Africa for the past 4 years in the coveted Financial Mail Ranking the Analysts survey. Goolam’s interest spans politics, the macroeconomy and financial markets, and he regularly engages in public dialogue on national and continental issues across the globe.

  • Maxime Vandersmissen

    Maxime Vandersmissen is an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company in Brussels Maxime focuses on serving companies in the metals industries. Over the past 9 years he has led engagements in the Metals value chain, working in more than 15 countries across all continents Maxime co-leads McKinsey's Basic Materials practice in Europe, where he also co-leads McKinsey’s Digital in Metals service line. Examples of recent work include

    • Leading multiple comprehensive operational transformation programs in the steel industry, incl. Asset footprint choices, technical improvement levers, labor productivity improvement and optimisation of raw material sourcing
    • Leading the digital transformation of several players in the metals industry, across multiple geographies, through the development of more than 100 digital use cases and the set-up of a Digital Academy
    • Developing raw material value-in-use optimization tools (scrap, iron ore, coal, alloys) for steelmaking groups around the world
    Education Maxime holds a masters in Metallurgy and a bachelor’s in Chemical Technology and Materials Science, both from the University of Ghent, in Belgium

  • Gajanan U. Kapure

    Mr. Kapure is a Head of Ferro alloys and minerals research group at R&D department of Tata Steel, India. He is a chemical engineering graduate and did his post-graduation in chemical engineering – Master of Science by research from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He is working in the area of Ferro Alloys and Minerals from last 17 years at Tata Steel. His research interests are Ferro alloys extraction processes, mineral processing, Process engineering, smelt reduction and alternate processes. Mr. Kapure has more than 20 research papers in national and international journals as author and 25 national and international patents and one National Award from department of scientific and industrial research, government of India to his credit.

  • Ramsey Yavuz

    Ramsey joined Roskill in November 2019 primarily focusing on manganese, chromium and steel alloy research. From 2017 to 2019, Ramsey worked as a Management Consultant within the Strategy and Operations service line at Deloitte in Tbilisi, Georgia. In addition, he worked as a Mining Manager at TurkMangan in Ankara, Turkey. Ramsey graduated from Cass Business School with a MSc in International Accounting and Finance and a BSc in Business.

  • Aloys d’Harambure

    是国际锰研究所的执行主任,该研究所是代表全球锰工业的巴黎组织。 Aloys于2014年加入IMnI,担任市场研究经理,专注于分析锰业务的供需基本面。他毕业于蒙特利尔商学院HEC,专攻市场情报。在加入IMnI之前,他是国际铬发展协会(ICDA)的业务分析师。 Aloys是金属和矿物行业活动以及全球其他会议的常规演讲者。

  • Kevin Fowkes

    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.

  • Rorie Wilson

    Rorie obtained his Honours Degree in Economics (International Trade and Finance) in 2004. After spending a year on a banking graduate programme, he joined the Standard Bank Group as part of the Investment banking and Investment Banking Coverage teams concentrating on Telecoms and Media across African and other emerging markets, with a key focus on M&A ,debt and financing options in various jurisdictions. In 2010, he worked in London for Standard Bank Plc in Investment Banking Coverage. In 2011, Rorie  joined Assore Limited (Assore) which is a mining holding company principally engaged in ventures involving base minerals and metals. He was appointed a Director of Ore & Metal in 2014 and also an alternate director for Assmang and Cato Ridge Alloys.

  • Navesh Ragoonanthun

    Navesh started his career as a mining engineer at AngloGold Ashanti and thereafter at Rio Tinto, serving in various roles in underground and open pit production as well as mine design. Later, Navesh spent 10 years as a seasoned management consultant having worked at Bain & Co and Deloitte Consulting as an Associate Director serving the mining industry. Navesh joined Transnet in March 2017 with the objective of connecting mining companies to the global platform through efficient rail and port solutions. He currently leads the portfolios of Iron ore and Manganese for Transnet. During this tenure, Navesh and his team have concluded formal contracts with all major manganese producers and implemented tools and systems for effective contract management. Supported by the business, manganese has become an important commodity for Transnet due to its remarkable year on year growth. Navesh has a Mining Engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, and a Post Graduate Management Diploma from INSEAD in France.

  • Sebastian Kreft

    Dr. Sebastian Kreft is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Metalshub, a Germany based commoditech company with the vision to make ferroalloy and metal trading more efficient. Previously he was Head of Nickel Sales for the leading mining company Anglo American where he was responsible for marketing ferronickel and nickel cathodes and served on the LME Nickel Committee. Sebastian started his career with The Boston Consulting Group, where he led transformational commercial projects in the mining industry across the globe for over 7 years. He holds a Master degree in business and economics and a PhD from WHU, Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management. Sebastian is married and has a son and a daughter.

  • Bingbing Song

    International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Mr Song is the Secretary for the Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC), which is the key international body, dealing with cargo related issues including solid bulk cargoes (International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code), bulk gas cargoes, dangerous goods, and containers. Mr Song is also dealing with maritime regulations related to alternative fuels, under the framework of the International Code of Safety for Ship Using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), in particular with the implementation of IMO 2020 sulphur limit (1 January 2020 entry into force of the new global sulphur limit of 0.5 per cent for ships’ fuel oil).

  • John Bell

    S.H. Bell Company was founded in 1933, and is currently owned and operated by the third and fourth generation Bell family. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, the Company provides handling, warehousing (regular, LME, and CME), processing, packaging, and transportation services at five warehouse locations in five States serving the North American market. The Company and its subsidiaries presently handle over 80 different products  - including ferroalloys, non-ferrous metals, pig iron, scrap metals, frac sand, and industrial minerals used in a wide spectrum of steel, metals, oil/gas/energy, and related industries. John Bell has been associated with the business for his entire life. During summers while in high school, his first job with the Company involved sweeping the warehouse floors. Mr. Bell holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and later received an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Bell started with the business “full time” in 1973, was appointed Vice President – Sales & Marketing in 1978, and took over as President in 1985 . . . where he continues in that position today.

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.
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.
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.
Transalloys is a well-recognized supplier of silicomanganese globally, and the only silicomanganese producer in South Africa. The production plant is situated 14 km west of eMalahleni (Witbank) and approximately 90 km east of Pretoria, in the Mpumalanga Province. Manganese ore used in the production process comes from the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, which is known to contain 75% of the world’s identified manganese ore reserves. The company was established in 2007 when the Renova Group, a Russian diversified investment holding, acquired the plant. Under Renova’s strategic leadership and as a result of the concerted effort by the Transalloys’ management team and the employees, the productivity and output of the plant were increased by 50% without the addition of any additional smelting capacity. The plant has the capacity to produce approximately 180 000 tonnes of silicomanganese per annum. In 2018 Renova divested 51% of its interest in Transalloys to Israeli and Swiss investors. The plant itself dates back to the mid-1960’s when the first two furnaces were built. Currently, there are 5 submerged arc furnaces, with capacity ranging between 22 and 48 MVA. Transalloys is currently in the process of constructing a UHT oxygen blown converter, which is scheduled to come into operation in Q1 of 2020. Once in operation, one of the SiMn furnaces will be converted to HCFeMn production, as feedstock to the converter for conversion to MCFeMn. The standard grade silicomanganese contains a minimum of 16.5% of silicon, 65 to 67% of manganese and a maximum of 2% carbon.
Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining Proprietary Limited is an independently operated and managed, black empowered manganese ore producer. Tshipi é Ntle means “beautiful steel” in the local Tswana language. Tshipi is not only the largest single manganese mine and exporter from South Africa but is also one of the five largest manganese ore exporters globally. Based in the Kalahari Manganese Field (KMF), the largest manganese-bearing geological formation in the world, Tshipi Borwa Mine is a shallow open-cast operation developed on a large and homogenous ore body with a currently confirmed life of mine reserve of approximately 30 years.
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.