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Argus Metals Week 2017

Battery Conference — 6th March 2017

Rechargeable batteries continue to dominate and drive the base metals market but there is uncertainty whether ongoing lithium resources can meet rapid growth in demand. Unanswered questions about the future of lithium supply has prompted us to introduce the Battery Conference to the Argus Metals Week line-up. Highlights of the event include a first-hand case study of the Sonara Lithium Project from Peter Secker, Chief Executive Officer at Bacanora Minerals.

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Topics on the Battery Conference agenda include:

10:00 Chairman's opening address
Nicole Willing
, Minor Metals Editor, Argus Media

Market Overview and Latest Developments in the Market

  • Lithium production
  • Markets and projects 
  • Changing dynamics of battery chemistry
  • New developments and future prospects
Kurt Vandeputte, VP of Umicore Rechargeable Battery Materials, Umicore

Sonora Lithium Project Case Study: Meeting Lithium Demand in the 21st Century

  • Sonora lithium project overview
  • Lithium supply and pricing
  • Lithium consumption, resources and reserves
  • Processing and costs

Peter Secker, Chief Executive Officer, Bacanora Minerals

 11.20 Morning coffee break

Battery Production in Asia

  • Lithium supply picture
  • Market outlook
  • Policy updates
  • Trends in lithium resources development in Asia
  • The impact of china’s renewable energy policies 
Haohan Wu, International Business Development Manager & Assistant to President, Pulead Technology Industry Co.

Challenging the Growth of the Battery Market: 

  • Lithium in the battery market
  • Lithium demand in battery and other uses
  • Electric vehicle and demand in the battery market

Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus

Battery Recycling 
  • The urban mine: Assessing the channel of recycling starting with storage
  • The present time: Primary information and new knowledge about stock and flow
  • Usage of material: Examining the volume of recovered metal
  • Lack of product: Will the lack of cobalt and lithium warrant recycling?
  • Investing in battery recycling: Concluding whether there is there a place for this in the current market?
Christopher Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Alix Resources
 13:20 Networking lunch

Assessing the use of Renewables in Energy Storage: Driving Battery Performance and Increasing Life Span

  • Energy density and capabilities: Delivering a higher discharge current
  • Aligning capacity with performance
  • Future prospect and opportunities in the market
  • Assessing how the car industry is adapting to this growth

Charles Swindon, Managing Director, RJH Trading Ltd


Lithium Supply Chain

  • Supply and demand market challenges
  • Managing international lithium projects
  • Sustainability of the renewable energy industry and its impact on the cathode materials sector
  • Trends in lithium resources development

Anthony Tse, Managing Director, Galaxy Resources

Afternoon Coffee

Exploring New Uses of Lithium through Petalite Lithium

  • Analysing the technical applications market and supply and demand balance in this market
  • Introducing Petalite lithium, SQI and Lepidolite based lithium units into the chemical industry
  • Quantifying the growth of supply of raw materials in the chemical industry
  • Multi-product harvesting: Mining lithium and prospective new materials
  • Providing for the future: Lithium production in the market
  • What is Bikita’s role in this industry

Wilfried Pabst, Chairman, Bikita Minerals (Pvt)


Panel Discussion: Growing Developments of Graphite in Li-ion

  • Analysing the current natural graphite market by application
  • Projected impact of electric vehicle and energy storage markets on the natural graphite market
  • New applications for natural graphite additional to lithium-ion batteries and their potential impact on the supply chain
  • Future prospect and opportunity for developments

Haohan Wu, International Business Development Manager & Assistant to President, Pulead Technology Industry Co.
Jon Hykawy, President and Director, Stormcrow
Richard Seville, Managing Director, Orocobre Ltd


Closing Remarks and End of Battery Conference

Nicole Willing, Minor Metals Editor, Argus

Drinks Reception

 Join your fellow industry experts for an evening of hospitality, giving you the chance to discuss the day’s presentations in an informal and relaxed setting.


We continue to expand on the agenda for the Battery Conference. If you are interested in speaking or want to suggest a topic, please contact Tonika Campbell, Conference Producer:

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