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Battery Conference | 27 — 28 February 2018

Rechargeable batteries continue to dominate and drive the base metals market but there is uncertainty whether existing 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.

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NiCoMo SnWTa

Battery Conference — working agenda:


Tuesday 27 February | Battery Conference day one

9:00 Registration and Morning Coffee
10:15 Producer's Welcome
10:30 Chairperson's Welcome

Nicole Willing,
Minor Metals Editor, Argus

Lithium-ion Raw Materials 

10:45

Overview of the Rechargeable Battery Industry

  • The current state of the battery market: Lead acid, Li-ion, NMH, NiCd, production and application
  • The prospects for the future
  • Forecasts and opportunities?
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Consulting (Metals), Argus
11:15 

Assessing the Current State of Production for Li-ion Raw Materials

  • Current production of lithium
  • Planned expansions from existing producers
  • New production
  • Are there sufficient lithium units to meet demand?
  • Future prospects and outlook
Hakim Faqir, R & D Hydrometallurgy Deputy Director, Managem Group
 11:45 People Bingo Networking and Morning Break
12:30

Cobalt and Nickel in Li-ion

  • Current supply outlook
  • Planned new production
  • What does the involvement of physical cobalt funds mean for supply?
  • Is cobalt Li-ion’s Achilles heel, will there be sufficient supply?
  • The influence of metallurgical demand on Cobalt supply
  • What does demand from the battery sector mean for nickel market dynamics
13:00
Bearing Lithium Case Study
  • Project update
  • Assessing supply outlook
  • Addressing lithium production
  • Prospect and supply stability
Jeremy Poirier, President & CEO, Bearing Lithium
 13:30 Networking Lunch
14:45

Chvaletice Manganese Project Case Study: Potential New Source of High-Purity Manganese Products in the Heart of Europe

  • Project overview, plans and strategic significance
  • Analysing the effect of new manganese sources on the battery industry
  • Outlook and prospect
Marco Romero, President & CEO, Euro Manganese
15:15

Assessing Market Drivers for Redox Batteries

  • Supply and demand landscape for vanadium
  • Vanadium exports and imports in China, South Africa and Brazil
  • Analysing capital, operation and long-term costs of Li-ion vs vanadium batteries
  • Are vanadium batteries a more energy efficient choice than lithium? Or is the price simply too high?

Terry Perles, President, Motive Metals

15:45 Afternoon Coffee
16:15

Cathode Materials: Lithium, Cobalt, Manganese Nickel and Graphite

  • Current production: China, Japan, South Korea, the US and Europe
  • Battery production: The growth of the mega-factories
  • Overview of current and planned battery production
  • Vertical integration in supply and off take agreements
16:45

Panel Discussion: Does the Growth of Li-ion Batteries Spell the End of NiCd, NiMH, Lead-Acid Batteries?

  • What is the current position?
  • How will the markets evolve? 
  • Outlook and future prospect
Panellists:
Christopher Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Alix Resources

17:15

Closing Remarks and End of Day One

Nicole Willing, Minor Metals Editor, Argus
17:30   Networking Battery Drinks Reception



Wednesday 28 February | Battery Conference day two

9:00 Registration and Morning Coffee
 10:00 Chairperson's Recap

Nicole Willing
, Minor Metals Editor, Argus

Demand for Rechargeable Batteries

10:15

Electric Vehicles driving growth

  • Assessing Li-ion battery demand for Hybrid, PHEV, EV and electric bikes
  • Commercial and domestic vehicle applications
  • Driving battery performance: Reducing charging time, Increasing lifespan and range
  • Aligning weight, with capacity and performance 
10:45 

Batteries for Energy Storage

  • Grid storage, what the power companies are trying to achieve
  • Domestic storage and smart grids
  • An overview of the competing technologies, including Li-ion, Zinc, Lead-acid, NAS, NaNiCl, Redox, NiCd, LiB
  • Assessing zinc batteries as a more cost-competitive  option to lithium 
  • Examining use cases for zinc batteries in China
  • Availability of zinc in line with pricing and demand
Christopher Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Alix Resources
 11:15  Networking Break
11:45

Assessing the Current Situation and Development Trend of the Global LiPF6 Industry

  • Consumer electronics as a major application for LiPF6
  • Global output of lithium battery electrolyte
  • Electrolytes growth and demand
Cassie Yen, Manager of Foreign Trade Department, Do-Fluoride Chemicals Co
12:15

Lithium Titanate: The New Face of Lithium Batteries?

  • Overview of lithium and titanium supply and demand trends
  • Assessing current applications for lithium titanate batteries
  • Lithium titanate vs lithium-ion:  An argument of sustainability and efficiency 

Christopher Reed, Managing Director, Neometals

12:45  Chairperson's Closing Remarks and End of Battery Conference
 Nicole Willing, Minor Metals Editor, Argus
13:00 Networking Lunch Break



 18:00

Gala Dinner

Argus will be hosting an exclusive gala dinner to bring together our NiCoMo, Battery and SnWTa attendees in a unique networking event. You are welcome to join this dinner on a complimentary basis, however spaces are limited so please do let us know ASAP if you would like to join the dinner. Interested in sponsoring a table at the dinner? Contact mazhar.khoja@argusmedia.com



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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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Avon Metals

...gives a valuable insight into the key drivers that are affecting the market. A must for supply chain professionals.” 
- Nigel Clarke, Tata Steel


"Well I was here last year, and I found it to be a very good conference – well attended, good speakers. There will be a lot of people here from London, from the financial communities. So all round, a good event.
- Barry Jackson, Anglo American