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Argus Americas Rare Earths Summit

North America's Leading Rare Earths Event - 2 full days, 15+ speakers, 12+ hours of networking

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The 2017 Argus Americas Rare Earths Summit is moving to San Diego, June 12 - 14! Join senior-level rare earths consumers, producers, processors, traders and government representatives in San Diego this June for networking and in-depth insight on rare earths supply, end product demand, navigating supply chain concerns, the future of rare earths substitutions and much more!

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Confirmed speakers: 

  • Suzanne Malden, Global Commodity Manager, Bose Corporation 
  • Robert Wolf, Vice President, Alliance LLC
  • Brian Gabriel, Chief, Strategy Planning, DLA Strategic Materials 
  • Feng Yun Guang, Rare Earths and Steel Industry Manager, CCCMC
  • Cameron Davies, Chief Operating Officer, Rare Earths Salts 
  • Jon Blumenthal, President and CEO, Blue Line Corporation
  • Melvin Hill, Business Manager, Rare Earths, GE Chaplin 
  • Mary Anne Alvin, Technology Manager, Rare Earth Elements, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Shri D. Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Rare Earths Ltd
  • David Abraham, Author, The Elements of Power
  • Jim Kennedy, President, ThREE Consulting 
  • Nabeel Mancheri, PhD, Marie Currie Fellow, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University
  • Jack Lifton, Founding Principal, Technology Metals Research 
  • Nigel Tunna, Vice President, Business Development, Argus 
  • Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting, Metals, Argus 

View the full speakers list 

What is in store for 2017:

  • New west coast location: Meet with senior-level, rare earths industry participants from across the globe in beautiful San Diego, California! Network and get deals done in a relaxed setting at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort! Learn more.  
  • Roundtable discussions: Engage in industry led, informal discussions over the issues shaping the global rare earths market including rare earths supply chain risks, upcoming projects, technology advancements and much more.

  • Brewery tour and reception - Stone Brewing Escondido: Join delegates for a brewery tour and offsite reception on Monday, June 13th! This event is complimentary for all registered delegates and transportation will be provided. 

2016 delegates visiting the Critical Materials Institute at the Colorado School of Mines:

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Meet with CEOs, Directors, Presidents, Engineers, Commercial Managers, Procurement, Purchasing and Commodity Managers, Traders and many others from the following organizations:

Albemarle Corporation • Auer - Remy GmbH • B&C Speakers Spa • Blue Line Corporation • Bose Corporation • Commerce Resources Corp • Congressional Research Service/Library of Congress • Defense Logistics Agency Energy • Department of Energy • DLA Strategic Materials • Eutectix, LLC • Fort Wayne Metals • Fujian Changting Golden Dragon Rare-Earth Co.,Ltd • GAO • Geomega Resources Inc. • Hefa Rare Earth Canada Co. Ltd • Hicks Dome LLC • Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University, • Instituto De Ciencias Fisicas Unam • Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) • Johnson Matthey Process Technologies • Matamec Explorations Inc. • Oak Ridge National Laboratory • P.T. Tritunggal Sakti Mandiri • Palm Commodities International LLC • Polaris Rare Earth Materials • PT TIMAH (Persero) Tbk • Rainbow Rare Earths Limited • Rare Earth Salts • Regal Beloit • ROI Investors • Stanley Black & Decker • The Anchor House • Thinova Magnet Company Ltd. • Toyotsu Rare Earths Corporation • Treibacher Industrie Inc. • U.S. Geological Survey • U.S. Government Accountability Office • Urban Mining Co.



Registration Rates
Government Rate 

Please contact us at conferencesales@argusmedia.com to register as a government employee 
 USD $595
Pre-registration (Available until April 21st)
Expired
Early Registration (Available until May 19th) USD $1,195
Standard Rate (After May 19th) USD $1,495

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Registration fee includes:


  • Access to all speaker presentations and related documentation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, breaks and receptions
  • The opportunity to meet with leading industry representatives in a relaxed setting
*Travel and accommodation are not included

Terms and Conditions


View the conference booking terms and conditions here.

Antitrust Compliance Reminder


  • Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas Rare Earth Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the rare earth’s market including supply and demand fundamentals and understanding global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.
  • Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application


Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Monday, June 12th: Opening Reception 
14:30 - 17:30 Brewery Tour and Offsite Reception:

Stone Brewing Escondido 

1999 Citrcado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029

Open to all registered delegates, transportation will be provided from the hotel 
Stone Brewing

Tuesday, June 13th: Day One 
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:35 Chairman's Opening Remarks 

Nigel Tunna,
Vice President, Business Development, Argus
08:35 - 10:00 An Update on the Global Rare Earths Market and the Impact on North America

  • The impact of China’s consolidation of rare earths producers on supply dynamics: What is the outlook for global production through 2020? How has China’s crack-down on illegal production impacted global supply? Will rare earths prices continue to firm? What does this mean for rare earths projects outside of China? 
  • How can organizations best ensure that they are purchasing responsible and legally produced supply from China? What is the status of illegal rare earths processing and separation? Are government penalties and actions deterring illegal activity?
  • The new US administration’s impact on global trade: How might the Trump administration impact trade dynamics with China and the world?
Speakers:
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting, Metals, Argus
Feng Yun Guang,
Rare Earths and Steel Industry Manager, China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals and Chemical Importers and Exporters (CCCMC)
David Abraham,
Author, The Elements of Power
10:00 - 10:45

Morning Break

10:45 - 11:15 The North American Supply Situation

  • There is no resource problem: Developing A U.S. based global resource & fully integrated value chain
Speaker:
Jim Kennedy,
President, ThREE Consulting
11:15 - 11:45 How does the Defense Logistics Agency Analyze Rare Earths Requirements for Defense Applications?

  • What is the current status of the DLA’s rare earths stockpile and research and development programs?
Speaker:
Brian Gabriel,
Chief, Strategy Planning, DLA Strategic Materials
11:45 - 12:15 Global Trading Dynamics and Exports from China

  • What is the outlook for rare earths exports from China? What regions and sectors are we seeing increased demand from? 
Speaker:
Melvin Hill,
Business Manager, Rare Earths, GE Chaplin
12:15 - 13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45 - 14:15 Europe’s Rare Earths Market

  • What is the future of rare earths demand from Europe? How much will the European automotive sector impact permanent magnet demand? What does Europe’s REE supply chain look like? 
Speaker:
Nabeel Mancheri
, PhD, Marie Currie Fellow, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University
14:15 - 14:45 Permanent Magnets – Demand Trends, Applications and Technology

  • Permanent magnet trends, applications and substitutes: In what sectors will see the most demand for permanent magnets? 
Speaker:
Robert Wolf,
Vice President, Alliance LLC
14:45 - 15:30 Afternoon Break
15:30 - 17:00 Opportunities for New Rare Earths Production Outside of China
  • India
  • Canada
  • Extracting rare earths from monazite 
Speakers:
Shri D, Singh,
Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Rare Earths Ltd.
Don Lay
, CEO, Medallion Resources 
 17:00 - 19:00 Reception

Santiago Courtyard


Wednesday, June 14th: Day Two 
07:30 - 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 - 09:05 Chairman's Opening Remarks and Summary of Day One 

Nigel Tunna,
Vice President, Business Development, Argus
09:05 - 09:30 The DOE-NETL’s Program

  • REEs from Coal-Based Resources: Program focus and recent accomplishments.
Speaker:
Mary Anne Alvin
, Technology Manager, Rare Earth Elements, National Energy Technology Laboratory
09:30 - 10:00 Manufacturing Rare Earths in the US

  • What are the challenges associated with manufacturing rare earths in the US?
Speaker:
Jon Blumenthal,
President and CEO, Blue Line Corporation
10:00 - 10:30 Morning Break 
10:30 - 12:00 Rare Earths Processing, Technology and Recovery

  • Developments in rare earths technology and recovery
  • Rare earth processing and separating
  • Recycling neodymium and dysprosium from electronics
Speakers:
Robert Fox,
Ph.D., Senior Chemical Research Scientist, Idaho National Lab
Cameron Davies,
Chief Operating Officer, Rare Earths Salts
Casey McNeil,
CEO, REEcycle
12:00 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

14:30 - 17:00 Roundtable Discussions:
Rotate through workshops and engage in informal discussion over the following: 

Workshop 1: Rare earths consumer’s perspective
- Suzanne Malden,
Global Commodity Manager, Bose Corporation

Workshop 2: Rare earths supply - Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats 
- Nigel Tunna,
Vice President, Business Development, Argus
- Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting, Metals, Argus 

Workshop 3: Rare earths processing and technology
- Jack Lifton, Founding Principal, Technology Metals Research, LLC

Workshop 4: Supply chain and logistical constraints
- Clint Cox, President, The Anchor House, Inc. 
18:30 - 20:30 Networking Dinner

AVANT Resturant 

An additional $100 fee applies, complimentary for government representatives. More information to be announced. 


Confirmed Speakers
Suzanne Malden
Suzanne Malden
, Global Commodity Manager, Bose Corporation

Suzanne Malden is Commodity Manager for Transducer Hard Parts for Bose Corporation, headquartered in Framingham, Mass, with offices in San Diego, CA. She leads a global cross-functional team including design, supplier quality, VAVE engineering and manufacturing engineers as well as plant quality, purchasing and customer teams who define strategy for the purchases of Neodymium and ferrite magnets. Suzanne has managed the Neodymium magnet team for seven of the seventeen years she has worked for Bose, so has experienced the extremes of market fluctuations, supply issues and technology innovations over that period of time. Suzanne has also worked for other large corporations such as Gillette and Black and Decker prior to her experience at Bose Corporation.
Bob Wolf
Robert Wolf,
Vice President, Alliance LLC

Robert Wolf has more than forty years’ experience in the permanent magnet industry. He has authored over a dozen articles and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Bob is a graduate of Loyola University, BS – Physics, and DePaul University, MS – Physics.

Bob has held the positions of Product Manager for Rare Earth Magnets at Crucible Materials Corporation, Manager of North American Marketing of Permanent Magnets for Philips Corporation, and Vice President Neodymium Iron Boron Sales for Ugimag Corporation and was on the Board of Directors of the Magnetic Materials Producers Association.

Currently as the President of Data Decisions, a consultancy company specializing in market research, and he exclusively represents Alliance LLC in sales and marketing. Bob was also an instructor in mathematics at Purdue University North Central.
Brian Gabriel
Brian Gabriel, Chief, Strategy Planning, DLA Strategic Materials

Brian Gabriel has been the Chief of the Strategic Planning Branch at Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Strategic Materials since late 2014. His team analyzes the risks associated with material supply chains as per the requirements of the Strategic and Critical Materials Stock Piling Act (50 U.S.C. 98 et seq.). The team also executes risk mitigation efforts such as stockpiling or initiating recycling programs for potentially vulnerable supply chains. Previous to starting work at DLA in 2012, Brian was a Materials Engineer at the Army Research Lab (ARL). His research focused primarily on structure-property-performance relationships for coating technologies such as cold spray. Brian has a B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State. He has authored or co-authorized several papers and technical reports and is a co-inventor of one US patent.
Mary Ann Alvin
Mary Anne Alvin, Technology Manager, Rare Earth Elements, National Energy Technology Lab

In 2005, Mary Anne Alvin joined DOE's NETL where she has led the ORD’s advanced gas turbine engine materials development and heat transfer research efforts for land-based power generation. Her collaborative efforts with universities, small businesses, and industrial partners directly support DOE’s hydrogen-fired turbine program. Ms. Alvin additionally serves as a Division Director for ORD's Functional Materials Development division, supervising a team of federal and contract scientists and engineers. She serves as the 2013-2014 Leadership Chair of the Power and Propulsion Systems Alliance (PPSA), which is comprised of a multi-agency DOD, DOE, NASA, WPAFB, Army, Navy, and FAA collaboration, and was previously PPSA's Materials, Technical Area Team (TAT) lead from 2007-2010. Mary Anne Alvin currently holds 27 patents with additional pending.

Prior to joining NETL, Ms. Alvin had 30 years of experience at Westinghouse and Siemens Westinghouse, working in the area of advanced energy system. As a Fellow Scientist, she served as both program manager and principal investigator, leading the development of advanced porous ceramic, intermetallic and superalloy materials, and filter components for high-temperature particulate removal in domestic and off-shore pilot- and demonstration-scale land-based power generation island wrap-around systems. Her expertise was coupled with pressurized, gasification and combustion coal-fired power generation facilities, combustion catalysts and high temperature, gas separation, membrane component development. Her extensive publications and exceptional communication and presentation skills led to international recognition in the area of high temperature porous media, and provided Westinghouse and Siemens Westinghouse with a commercial leadership role in materials. Ms. Alvin was awarded the Siemens Westinghouse Eagle Award in 1999, which is the highest corporate award at Siemens that is granted to an employee. In addition, she received a Six Sigma DFSS/DMAIC Green Belt in May 2004.
Feng Yunguang, Rare Earth and Steel Industry Manager, CCCMC
Feng Yun Guang
, Rare Earths and Steel Industry Manager, China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals and Chemical Importers and Exporters (CCCMC)

Feng Yunguang, Rare Earths and Steel Industry Manager, China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals and Chemical Importers and Exporters (CCCMC)
Graduated from China University of Geosciences during 2009-2007,Bachelor Degree of English and Master Degree of Economics. Since 2007 has worked for the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters, responsible for rare earth export coordination since 2010.
Shri Singh
Shri D. Singh,
Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Rare Earths Limited

Shri Deependra Singh has taken over as Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Rare Earths Ltd (IREL) a Central Public Sector Undertaking under the aegis of Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India w.e.f. 1st December 2015. Prior to this he was Director (Marketing) in Indian Rare Earths Ltd, since March, 2010. Shri Singh is M.Tech in Industrial Design and M.B.A in Marketing. He has rich and varied experience spanning over 3 decades in the field of Strategic Corporate Planning, Sales & Marketing, Project Management, Production Planning & Control, Quality Control & Quality Management System, Human Resource Management, Skill Development & Industrial Training.

He is a qualified Lead assessor of NABL as per ISO/IEC/17025 and Lead auditor of ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. He has the credential of association in various projects under World Bank, OPEC and Asian Development Bank including prestigious projects of Central Govt. and UNIDO fellowship. He is recipient of several Awards including (1) CMO Asia Award for Most Influential National Leaders in Marketing (2) Award for Most Influential Marketing Leaders by World Marketing Congress and (3) Global HR Excellence Award for CEO with HR Orientation and credited with about 25 presentations in international mineral and other conferences. Mr.Singh is the President of the Rare Earths Association of India, Chairman of Processed Mineral Panel of CAPEXIL, Member of the Executive Board, Standing Committee on Public Sector (SCOPE) for 2017-19 and member of Managing Committee of Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI).
Robert Fox
Robert Fox
, Ph.D., Senior Chemical Research Scientist, Idaho National Lab 

Robert V. Fox, Ph.D., a distinguished senior chemical research scientist, joined INL in 1989 and is active in performing and directing innovative scientific research in the areas of metal complexation reactions, nanomaterials, laser spectroscopy, and supercritical fluid process chemistry. Dr. Fox has a broad level of experience in the areas of molecular and atomic spectroscopy, supercritical fluid catalysis, supercritical fluid extraction and separations, nanoparticle synthesis, geochemistry, and metal-complexation reactions in alternative solvent systems.

Dr. Fox has technical leadership responsibilities in research tasks and has been Principal Investigator of a number of successful programs for the U.S. Departments of Energy, Defense, Homeland Security and other government organizations, plus private industrial companies. Dr. Fox received two international R&D 100 awards for patented inventions; Precision Nanoparticles in 2009, and Supercritical Solid Catalyst in 2010. The Supercritical Solid Catalyst invention was awarded a 2010 Gordon Battelle Prize for Technology Impact as well as receiving 5 other innovation awards. Dr. Fox has been issued 25 U.S. patents and authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Fox is the recipient of an INL Laboratory Director Award in both 2009 and 2010, and was recently (2017) recognized with an Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. Dr. Fox was also named INL Inventor of the Year for 2009 and again in 2010. Most recently, Dr. Fox was selected as the Idaho Innovator of the Year at the 2010 Idaho Innovation Awards, and was nominated R&D Magazine’s 2010 Scientist of the Year.
Cameron Davis, COO, Rare Earth Salts
Cameron Davies,
Chief Operating Officer, Rare Earths Salts

Cameron is a seasoned professional with more than fifteen years of experience investing in, advising, and building successful businesses. He has acted as a trusted advisor to numerous public and private companies and has been a profiled speaker at events across North America.

Cameron currently serves as Rare Earth Salts Chief Operating Officer where he oversees the Company’s operations and interactions with the investment community. Prior to joining Rare Earth Salts, Cameron was Managing Partner at Kirchner Private Capital Group, a leading U.S. based merchant bank focused on sell-side mergers and acquisitions to strategic buyers, operational turnaround management, and venture capital and private equity investments. Cameron provided leadership as part of the company’s senior management team and was instrumental in driving extensive growth in the Canadian operations.

Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President at investor relations firm, TMX Equicom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Toronto Stock Exchange. At TMX Equicom, Cameron oversaw numerous groups, helped grow the company’s client base more than 500 percent and acted as a critical member of the team that was responsible for the company’s acquisition by the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2007. Prior to that, he worked with a Toronto-based technology and life science focused Investment Fund and worked in investment services for the Royal Bank of Canada. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
David Abraham
David Abraham, Author, The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, and the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age

David S. Abraham is the author of the award-winning book, The Elements of Power. His career spans from commodities trading and Wall Street to the White House where he oversaw international and natural resource programs. He counsels investors, mining companies and government agencies on risks and opportunities in minor metals. David is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and previously worked in Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
James Kennedy
Jim Kennedy, President, ThREE Consulting

ThREE provides consulting services to the financial, mining and energy industry on strategic issues related to rare earths and Thorium within the U.S. regulatory environment. Mr. Kennedy is also a leading industry advocate for the development of a fully integrated rare earth value chain inside the U.S. and is actively working to promote the development of Centralized Rare Earth Refinery and rationalize Thorium policy within the U.S.

Mr. Kennedy, in conjunction with the Thorium Energy Alliance, is behind federal legislation to end China’s rare earth monopoly and initiate the commercial development of Thorium Energy systems in the United States: Senate bill S. 2006 and House bill H.R. 4883. Mr. Kennedy has worked with the U.S. Congress, advised the Administration and Pentagon on rare earth issues and Thorium Energy. Mr. Kennedy has contributed to Senate rare earth bills in the 111th and 112th Congress.
Nabeel Mancheri
Nabeel Mancheri, Ph.D Marie Curie Fellow, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, Netherlands

Nabeel A. Mancheri is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University, the Netherlands, where he works on a project funded by the European Commission. The programme evaluates critical material flow and the value chain in the EU economy. Nabeel trained as an economist, specialising in international trade and environmental and resource economics.
Jack Lifton
Jack Lifton,
Founding Principal, Technology Metals Research 

Jack Lifton’s work career began at Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. in Detroit, Michigan with the preparation and study of the electronic properties of ultrapure technology metals’ their compounds, and their alloys in 1962. He first examined the electronic uses of lithium and its compounds for energy storage and production in 1962. Jack Lifton produced, in 1964, the first thin film phase change memory cell, which resulted first in the invention of the recordable CD/DVD and is today the basis of SSD computer memories. At ECD he also worked on the development of the first commercial europium based cathodoluminescent phosphor and participated in the first work on rare earth based hydrogen storage alloys that led ultimately to the development of the nickel hydride battery in the period 1965-67. He was also at that time a volunteer member of the team at the Ford Motor Company developing alkali-metal sulfur molten salt batteries for vehicular traction use. After receiving his M.S. Chemistry degree from Wayne State University (Detroit) in 1967 he began his employment by ITT Advanced Electro-Optical Laboratories in San Fernando, Ca. where he developed a method for the deposition of thin films of photoactive materials along the walls of microchannel plate tubes that resulted in the successful creation of a type of solid state image intensifier device still in use today. Returning to Detroit in 1970 he began a new career in developing and manufacturing engineered materials for the OEM automotive and electronics industry. Between 1972 he served as production manager; technical sales director; VP operations, and finally CEO of a Detroit based private production materials manufacturing company and then of a FrancoBritish joint venture. His industrial career ended when he retired as the CEO of a wholly owned American OEM engineered materials subsidiary of Germany’s MetallGesellschaft, but he continued as a business operations consultant as Jack Lifton LLC, which he founded in 1999 and which continues in operation today. He consults to public and private companies, institutional investors, and governmental organizations on the sourcing, refining, fabricating, and marketing of the technology metals and materials. He is on the advisory or main boards of companies in the lithium, graphite, rare earths, niobium, and process engineering ventures.
Casey McNeil
Casey McNeil, CEO, REEcycle

Casey possesses an extensive background in the electronics recycling space from his many years of experience working in numerous roles within the industry. Casey currently focuses a majority of his attention on working with electronics recycling companies to develop more efficient techniques for magnet extraction and procurement. He is also tasked with sourcing a continuous, sustainable supply of NdFeB magnets from a variety of recycled materials from around the world. His strategic insight into the electronics recycling industry can be attributed to his founding of Vendera Mobile, a start-up focused on managing and recycling mobile devices for large enterprise clients. His background in the mobile recycling sector has provided him with a unique understanding of the data security aspects related to electronics recycling. Prior to Vendera and REEcycle, he was an initial member of iCracked, a high growth Silicon Valley cell phone repair and recycling company.
Jon Blumenthal
Jon Blumenthal,
President & CEO, Blue Line Corporation

Jon Blumenthal is President and CEO of Blue Line Corporation - a specialty chemical business focused on rare earth chemistry and inorganic compounds with facilities in San Antonio, TX, and Hondo, TX. Jon has succeeded at growing the idea of an inorganic chemical manufacturing company into a reality. Blue Line acquires its raw materials around the world and distributes manufactured products throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Its manufactured materials are used for catalysis in petroleum refining, nano-technology, electronics, optics, and water treatment.

Jon has a passion for working closely with his customers to develop new technologies and is currently exploring new rare earth, molybdenum, tungsten, cobalt and nickel recycling projects. Blue Line Corporation is ISO9000 certified and Jon prides himself on providing each customer with the highest quality of product and superior service.

Jon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University, performed post-graduate work in Chemical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York and has over 30 years of industrial experience. He is a member of the San Antonio Manufacturing Association, the American Chemical Society and American institute of Chemical Engineers.
Melvin Hill
Melvin Hill, Business Manager, Rare Earths, GE Chaplin

Melvin Hill joined GE Chaplin in 2015. Established in 1987 as a manufacturer’s representative/sales agency, GE Chaplin has grown into a global specialty chemical distributor. He has played a pivotal role in the expansion of the company’s rare earth business.

Melvin is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he doubled majored in Economics and Mandarin. He completed a year of post-graduate study at the Harbin Institute of Technology where he focused on Mandarin Language studies and applied natural resource economics. Melvin’s background in the rare earth sector includes multiple years in research and analysis as well as global sales and procurement management.
Nigel Tunna
Nigel Tunna, VP Business Development, Metals, Argus

Nigel Tunna has been involved with the metals industry since 1979 when he joined Cominco as a metals trader. Since that time he worked with Sassoon Metals and Chemicals and China Industrial Resources before setting up his own trading company, Rushmore. His experience covers base metals, ferro-alloys, minor metals and rare earths. In 1999 he started Metal-Pages to provide business intelligence to the metals industry. In 2014 he joined Argus Media following their acquisition of Metal-Pages. He is a former chairman of the Minor Metals Trade Association.
Mark Seddon
Mark Seddon,
Senior Manager, Argus

Mark Seddon is Senior Manager (Metals), Consulting Services, based in London. He is responsible for Argus’ rare earths and tungsten monthly outlooks and for developing metals consulting services. With over 25 years’ experience in the commodities industry as a trader, researcher, consultant and company executive, Mark has a wealth of experience in the metals sector.

After gaining a BA (Hons) Degree in European Business Administration, as well as a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Européennes de Management, Mark spent three years as a sugar trader with Louis Dreyfus, a leading global soft commodities company. The next 20 years were spent at Roskill Information Services, a leader in international metals and minerals research. In January 2001, Mark was appointed a director at Roskill and in December 2010 became the Managing Director of the company. Prior to joining Argus, he ran his own metals consulting company, Tungsten Market Research.


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