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MMTA's China Minor Metals Seminar

The Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA) is delighted to be hosting a new one-day seminar focusing on the Chinese minor metals markets on November 6 in Hong Kong.

The MMTA has seen its membership from within China and across Asia grow substantially over the past five years and in recognition of this and of China’s key role in the international minor metals and specialty alloys sectors, the association is holding this inaugural event, organised by Metal Events Ltd, at the Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong.

China remains a key producer of a range of minor metals that are vital in technologies such as renewable energy, electronics, aviation and the automotive industries. It also dominates the supply of several minor metals to the rest of the world.

As the Chinese government continues to introduce strict environmental policies, this is having wide-ranging implications for minor metals industries and export availability of materials overseas. The import ban on certain scrap products at the start of 2018 has had an effect on the minor metals markets this year too. Sustainability and responsible sourcing also are critical areas for Chinese companies developing mining assets overseas as well as domestically.

Meanwhile, the “Made in China 2025” policy will see the country develop its technological sectors even further as China focuses on boosting domestic consumption and this again may impact on the availability of metal to overseas companies. China is already a global leader in the electric vehicle market and in nuclear technology.

These and other pertinent areas will be reviewed during the day plus there will be an opportunity to hear from the MMTA on its work and what it is doing for its China members.

The early-bird fee is GBP350/USD500 per person for MMTA members or GBP395/USD530 per person for non-members. This rate is valid until September 26 2018.

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Tuesday November 6

9:15-9:45 Registration and welcome coffee

09:45 Welcome remarks

Session 1: China: economic expansion and growth

09:50 “The MMTA’s – expanding role in Asia”, by Simon Boon, Chairman, MMTA,

10:10 “China’s One Belt and One Road Initiative and Made in China 2025: what are the implications?”, by Calvin Ho, Lau, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hong Kong;

10:40 “China’s policies and impact on the minor metals industry”, by Liu Mai, Deputy Secretary General, CNIA Bismuth, Indium, Germanium Branch, CNIA, China;

11:10 – 11:45 Coffee

Session 2: Minor metals and market developments

11:45 “Increasing minor metal supply chain challenges in the solar industry”, by Kris Guns, Managing Director, Fortis Metals, Hong Kong;

12:15 “Antimony supply outlook and implications of chemical legislation”, by Charles Swindon, Director, RJH Trading, UK;

12:45  “Indium market developments — impact of changes in China on trade”, by Donna Vareha-Walsh, Director Metals Business Unit, Indium Corporation, USA;

13:15 – 14:30 Lunch

Session 3: Trade, supply chains and responsible sourcing — the way forward

14:30 “The trade war: a viewport of a US minor metals trader”, by Noah Lehrman (李 文), Senior VP, Hudson Metal & Alloy LLC, USA;

15:00 “A responsible cobalt supply chain”, by Bryce Lee, Director of CSR, Huayou Cobalt Co Ltd., China;

15:30 “A sustainable supply chain for tantalum”, by Sue Shaw, Senior Analyst, Roskill Information Services, UK;

16:00 Q&A and Closing remarks

17:00-19:00 Networking drinks reception for all attendees

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China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association

Chishaw Resources Limited


Donald Mcarthy Trading Pte Ltd

Friendship (Asia) Development Company Limited

Foshan Weijun Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd

Fortis Metals

German Mineral Resources Agency

Herbert Smith Freehills

Hudson Metals & Alloys LLC

Hunan Jinwang Bismuth Industrial Co., Ltd

Huayou Cobalt Co Ltd

Indium Corp

Lambert Metals International

Lewer Corporation Pty Ltd

Lexus Group Limited

Minchem Limited

Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co Ltd

Mount Emei City Elements and New Materials Technology Co Ltd

Neo Performance Materials

RJH Trading

Roskill Information Services

Shaoguan Goldenbull Industry& Trading Co., Ltd

Sovereign International Metals and Alloys

Taike Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd

Teck Metals Ltd

Vital Materials Co., Limited

W. H. Ferer Co LLC

Wogen Resources Ltd

Wuhan Xinrong New Materials Co., Ltd

Zoar Specialty Metals Co

Zhuzhou Keneng New Material Co Ltd

The  fee is now GBP400/USD540 per person for MMTA members or GBP450/USD600 per person for non-members.

Metal Events reserves the right to change any of its rates due to currency fluctuations. Our base rate is always in Sterling and rates in other currencies will be calculated on the day.

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.

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