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Rare Earths, Lithium & Graphite for Automotive Magnets & Batteries Conference

Lowry Hotel, Manchester
June 19-20 2017

Rare Earths, Lithium & Graphite for Automotive Magnets & Batteries Conference

This two-day event will examine developments in the materials being used in magnets and battery technology, which are all key components of electric/HE vehicles.

Focusing on developments in the markets for rare earths, lithium, graphite and cobalt, the conference will address materials choice in new technology for the automotive sector and will focus on supply-chain issues for these key metals and minerals. Lithium and cobalt are both showing price increases as questions are asked about supply-side availability.

Meanwhile, rare earths prices have languished as end-users moved away from using heavy rare earths as a material of choice in magnet technology after the price surges in the early part of this decade. However, with prices at lower levels are rare earths about to benefit from a resurgence in demand as the best material for magnets in electric motors?

As governments fight to reduce emissions and clean up polluted city air, the pressure remains to develop transport systems that are reliable and less polluting. This is also ensuring that developers focus on materials that are freely available and do the job right. This again has led to a focus on how to recycle materials effectively to be able to recover the rare earths from magnets and other products from lithium-ion batteries.

Manchester is at the heart of the UK’s new Northern Powerhouse. It’s home to a highly-developed technological academic sector which includes Manchester’s world-renowned National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester.

Monday June 19
10:00 Welcome coffee & registration
10:45 Opening remarks

Session 1: Developments in EV/HEV demand and implications for minerals and metals
11:00 “Developments in the battery market for HEVs & EVs – what is the growth potential for this sector?” by Arij van Berkel, Research Director, Lux Research Inc., The Netherlands;
11:30 “How can the UK automotive industry capitalise on low carbon technology opportunities?” by Mike Woodcock, Head of the National Networks, Advanced Propulsion Centre, UK;

12:00 “Leading Edge – a new European supplier of automotive materials: rare earths & graphite”, by Blair Way, CEO & President, Leading Edge Materials Corp, Canada;
12:30 Lunch

Session 2: The materials supply chain in batteries
14:00 “Cornish Lithium- a new viable source of supply?” by Jeremy Wrathall, Director, Cornish Lithium, UK;
14:30 “The rise of Lithium-ion batteries – the impact on graphite supply”, by Fiona Reiser, Geologist/Project Manager, ProGraphite GmbH, Germany;
15:00 Presentation on cobalt
15:30 Speaker tba
16:00 Q&A
17:00-18:30 Networking drinks reception

Tuesday June 20
Session 3: Rare Earths supply chain and ensuring availability
09:00 “Trends in the European magnet supply chain for automotive”, by Ryan Castilloux, Managing Director, Adamas Intelligence, The Netherlands;
09:30  “Rare earth magnets for EVs”, by William Dawes, CEO & Executive Director, Mkango Resources Ltd., Canada;
10:00 Coffee

Session 4: Recycling and recovery of technology metals

10:45 “The importance of recycling to the rare earths supply chain”, by David Kennedy, Hon. Research Fellow. School of Metallurgy, University of Birmingham, UK;
11:15 “A presentation on rare earth magnets”, by Feddo Bax, JL Europe B.V., The Netherlands;
11:45 “The cost-effective separation of technology metals using the RapidSX Process”, by Gareth Hatch, President & Director, Innovation Metals Corp., USA;
12:15 Q&A and closing conference summary
12:30-14:00 Lunch

Adamas Intelligence

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Appian Capital Advisory

Cornish Lithium

Innovation Metals Corp

JL Mag Europe B.V.


Leading Edge Materials Corp

Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd

Lux Research Inc


Mkango Resources Ltd

ProGraphite GmbH

Rio Tinto

University of Birmingham

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The early-bird rate is £695 plus VAT for all registrations & payments received by Thursday 25 May 2017

The fee includes the cost of all receptions, conference sessions, luncheon, tea/coffee and event documentation. It does not include accommodation or flights to and from the event venue.

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Cancellations, Refunds & Transfers:

A full refund (subject to a 25% handling charge will be made for all written cancellations received up until four calendar months (124 days) before the meeting. A 50% refund will be made for written cancellations received between two and four calendar months before the meeting is held. Cancellations made in the last two calendar months (62 days) will receive no refund. A substitute with a representative from your own company may be made at any time. Joining information and a list of participants will not be available until 14 days before the event. Delegates are responsible for organising and paying for their own transport, insurance and accommodation.