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Metal Events 20th International Rare Earths Conference 

What have we learnt over the past 20 years; what has changed; what does the future hold?

This annual conference is the longest standing premier event in the rare earths industry calendar.

It has grown exponentially from the 60 delegates who attended the first one in 2003 to a regular attendance of over 300 participants.

Every year we bring together all the major companies involved in this sector and, in addition to presentations, we have panels focusing on the global supply chain; impact of the US tariffs on China; magnets; pricing; geopolitics and new sources of supply.

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary Metal Events, in addition to our usual Welcome Reception, is hosting a party for all delegates on Tuesday 15 October. More details will be available soon.

We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you all in Washington in October.

Provisional Programme

Monday 14 October
18:00hrs – 20:00hrs Registration & Welcome Reception

Tuesday 15 October

08:00hrs – 09:00hrs Welcome coffee and registration desk re-opens

09:00hrs – 09:05hrs Opening remarks by Rachel Carnac

09:05hrs – 09:20hrs Introduction – What have we learnt over the past 20 years? by Constantine Karayannopoulos, Principal, KLONI Inc., Canada;


09:20hrs – 09:45hrs A presentation by Amanda Lacaze, Managing Director & CEO and Pol Le Roux, Chief Operating Officer, Lynas Rare Earths, Australia

09:45hrs – 10:10hrs A presentation on magnet supply chains, by Greg Kroll, Executive Vice President, Neo Magnequench, Singapore;

10:10hrs – 10:35hrs Presentation to be confirmed

10:35hrs – 11:35hrs Coffee break


11:35hrs – 12:00hrs    A presentation by Grant Bromhal, Senior Science Advisor, Office of Resource Sustainability Acting Director, Division of Minerals Sustainability Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, DOE, USA;

12:00hrs – 12:25hrs   A presentation by Jan Giese, Senior Manager Minor Metals and Rare Earth Elements, Tradium, Germany;

12:25hrs – 13:00hrs   Presentation to be confirmed

13:00hrs – 14:30hrs   Luncheon


14:30hrs – 15:00hrs A presentation by David Merriman, Project Blue, United Kingdom; 

15:00hrs – 16:00hrs Panel focusing on Global Supply Chain Issues, US tariffs, China and Geopolitics
Panellists include Shayne Bennett, Applied Materials/Rowena Smith, Australian Strategic Metals/Rocky Lee, InnovAsian/

18:00hrs 20th Anniversary Party at SPIN D.C.

A night of fun including ping pong, giant Jenga, a photo booth to commemorate the evening,  live DJ, food and drink to celebrate Metal Events 20th year of hosting its rare earth conferences.

Wednesday 16 October


09:00hrs – 09:25hrs “Developments in the magnet sector over the past two decades: Supply chain updates and what we can expect for the defence, industrial, aerospace and automotive industries in the future”, by Aaron Williams, VP Sales & Marketing, Arnold Magnetics, USA; 

09:25hrs – 09:50hrs “LCM and the RE market: An insider’s perspective”, by Grant Smith, Chairman, Less Common Metals, United Kingdom;

09:50hrs – 10:15hrs “Circularity of REE, critical metals and bulk metals: The case for valorisation of mine tailings and end of life streams”, by Kiril Mugerman, President, Geomega Resources, Canada;

10:15hrs – 11:00hrs Coffee


11:00hrs –11:20hrs “Heavy rare earths: Sourcing and processing for the American market”, by Jack Lifton, CEO, HREE-USA LLC;

11:20hrs – 12:00hrs Project updates from Aclara Resources, Torngat Metals, Rare Earth Technologies, Brazilian Critical Minerals

12:00hrs -12.30hrs Panel discussion

12:30hrs – Conference close & luncheon

ABx Group

Aclara Resources

Advanced Material Japan Corporation

Applied Materials

Arnold Magnetics

Australian Rare Earths

Australian Strategic Materials

Beijing Co-broad

Blue Line Corporation

Brazilian Critical Materials

Creative Engineers

Critical Minerals Institute

Current Chemicals

Entellus Industries


Ford Motor Company

Fujian Chanting Golden Dragon Rare-Earth

GE Chaplin

Geomega Resources Inc

Ginger International Trade & Investment Pte Ltd (GITI)

HEFA Rare Earth Canada Co Ltd


Idaho Strategic Resources Inc

InnovAsian Inc

Kay Investment Ltd


Less Common Metals Ltd

Lynas Rare Earths Ltd

Magnet Geological

Nanoscale Powders

Neo Magnequench

New Dawn Metals

Palm Commodities Intl

Project Blue

Proterial America, Ltd

Proterial Ltd

Rare Earth Technologies Inc

SCP Resource Finance

Shenghe Resources Overseas Development

Tenova Goodfellow

Tenova S.p.A

The Anchor House

Torngat Metals


Traxys Europe


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