IMnI 2019 Annual Conference

Vienna, Austria

2019, June 10-12

Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 12.

Registration is open! Click here to fill out the participation form and join the 150+ delegates already registered!

Optional Technical Tours to OFZ plant in Slovakia (immediate confirmation) or Eramet and Ferroglobe's plants in Dunkirk (waiting list), are scheduled on Thursday, June 13. Open to conference delegates only. Click here to register.

Companies registered to date:

  • Afro Minerals Trading AG
  • AlloysConsult
  • Alloys Consulting Luxembourg
  • ArcelorMittal Sourcing
  • Asia Minerals Ltd
  • Assore
  • Barry Rogliano Salles
  • BDG Metal & Power Limited
  • Bhartia Non Conventional Products
  • Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad
  • Charisma Resources Ltd.
  • CITIC Commodities Pte Ltd.
  • Clarkson Platou
  • Compania Minera Autlan, SAB de C.V.
  • Compagnie Minière du Littoral
  • ConsMin
  • 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
  • Eramet Comilog Manganese
  • Ferroglobe
  • Galmet SpA
  • Geofirm EA. Ltd
  • Glencore International AG
  • GoodEarth
  • Guangxi Guikang New Materials Co., Ltd.
  • Gulf Manganese Corporation Limited
  • Gurta A.G.
  • Japan Ferroalloy Association
  • JFE Shoji Trade Corporation 
  • JMD 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.
  • Mc Kinsey & Company Inc. France
  • Meca-Trade Oy
  • Metalleghe Spa
  • 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.
  • OM Holdings Ltd.
  • Ore & Metal Company Ltd
  • Oswald Minerals Limited
  • Prince
  • Purdue University
  • Radhika Metals & Minerals 
  • Ronly Limited
  • Roskill
  • 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.
  • Sibelco
  • Sineco SPA
  • Sinosteel Resources Company Limited
  • South32
  • SSAB
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • 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)


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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.

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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.


Sébastien Léger is a Partner in McKinsey’s Paris Office. Since joining the firm in 2000 in London, where he has spent his first three years with McKinsey, Sebastien has focused on strategy, sustainability and the energy industry. He also leads our global Service Line on the long-term evolution of power markets

Sébastien serves clients along the energy value chain : power equipment manufacturers, oil and gas companies, utilities, energy intensive industries, financial investors and governments. In addition to clean tech, he is also very passionate by the water and waste industry and the circular economy.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Sebastien worked for three years with Diagma as a consultant in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Sebastien also worked two years for L’Oreal in Indonesia.

Sebastien holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris with a specialisation in manufacturing and production management.

Sébastien lives near Paris with his wife and three children. He enjoys gardening and running in the forest.


Jack Bedder, Director, Roskill. Jack has 10 years’ experience of analysing the economics of natural resources. He graduated from University College London in 2008 with an MA in Political Science and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Cambridge where his research explores the processes and behaviours that shape critical materials supply chains.

Jack joined Roskill is 2012 and is now a Director, responsible for all of Roskill’s multi-client reports and subscription products.  He also manages Roskill’s Steel Alloys Division, which undertakes bulk alloys, noble alloys and stainless steel and alloys research, and is an authoritative voice on the global antimony, cobalt and vanadium markets.   

Jack has worked on a wide range of consulting assignments focused on steel alloys and battery raw materials and is a regular speaker at international conferences especially on the subject of emerging technologies and their impact on raw material supply chains. 


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.



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 (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).

Educational background

  • Mining Engineer (MSc equivalent) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Graduated With Honors.
  • MBA from INSEAD. Henry Ford II award for academic excellence


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.


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. 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 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.

Tech Tours

The conference program includes visits to Eramet and Ferroglobe plants in Dunkirk on Thursday, June 13. Open to conference delegates only

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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.


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.


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.





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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