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Argus Metals Week 2017

Tungsten Summit — 9th March 2017

Tungsten continues to be an unpredictable and somewhat volatile marketplace but industry peers anticipate an increase in Tungsten concentrate over the next 6 months. Michael Masterman, Executive Chairman at W Resource discusses the prospects as part of his case study on the W Resource La Parrilla Project. Casting a wider net in the global outlook of the tungsten market; Denis Gobrache, Director of International Business at Wolfram Company CJSC, delves into the Russian market and its wider impact on related industries.

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Topics on the Tungsten Summit agenda include:

 08:00 Opening and Registration
 8:50 Chairman’s Opening Address

Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Argus Consulting Services (Metals), Argus
A Global Outlook of Tungsten: Russian Intel in the Wider Market View

  • Consumer market overview: Russian outlook vs. European, African and Asian markets
  • The global supply and demand balance
  • New projects in the Russian market
  • Tungsten scrap developments: Consumption, collation and applications
  • Tungsten: Forecasting future growth areas across the globe
Denis Gorbachev, Director International Business, Wolfram Company
Assessing the Tungsten Market in Japan

  • Fundamentals of supply and demand 
  • Increasing competition and market volatility 
  • Future prospect and stock levels
  • Increasing competition and market volatility 
  • Focus and where we see the market going in comparison to over tungsten markets
Furkhat Faizulla, Deputy Director, Advanced Material Japan Corp
A Wolf Mineral Case Study: Is Security of Supply an Issue for Tungsten - a Strategic Metal?

  • What can be learned from the rare earths experience?
  • Assessing strength of the Chinese and the desire of Western
  • Production and pricing: Western costs and Chinese costs
  • Balancing value and cost in western made materials
  • Tungsten concentrate: Apt and price inflation
  • Spot business in the current market and how this is affecting pricing
Russell Clark, Managing Director, Wolf Minerals
10.30 Co-located Tungsten-Tantalum Speed Networking Session and Morning Break

Weathering the Storm: Mine Acquisition and Business Opportunity

  • Investments overseas to reduce downstream costs
  • Streamlining supply chain processes
  • Increasing borrowings and cost control
Dominic Heaton, Chief Executive Officer, Masan Resources
Assessing the Ferro-Tungsten Market in Russia, wider Europe, Vietnam and China
  • Fundamentals of supply and demand 
  • Market demands
  • Overall stock levels
  • Focus and where we see the market going in comparison to over tungsten markets
Fedor Mironenko, General Manager, AVAS Trading

Development of Tungsten Raw Material Availability and Usage in the European Tungsten Industry

  • Evolution of the breakdown of tungsten raw materials (APT/Oxide, scrap and concentrate)
  • Dependency of European hard metal industry from Chinese
  • Effect of increased usage of scrap on the prices for tungsten raw material
  • What is a fair price for tungsten raw material?
Michael Dornhofer, Director of Purchasing and Logistics, Wolfram Bergbau and Hütten
 12:45 Co-Located Tantalum Networking Lunch

W Resources La Parrilla Project Case Study

  • Overview and update of production of the largest tungsten mine in Western Europe
  • Assessing challenges associated with current tungsten prices
  • How we kept operation and capital costs low
  • Future developments and outlook for the mine
Michael Masterman, Executive Chairman, W Resources

Tungsten Recycling

  • Is this the future primary source of tungsten in Europe?
  • Developments in tungsten recycling
  • How is this impacting primary tungsten supply?
  • What does this mean for the supply and demand balance in the industry?
Jim Oakes, President, Oak-Met Tech Resources
 15:15 Co-Located Tantalum Networking Afternoon Break
16.00 Co-located with Tantalum Session: Dynamics of the European Market: Tungsten Usage
  • The European market from a raw materials perspective
  • What is the outlook for usage of concentrate and producers of oxide in China
  • Requirements of tantalum and tungsten consumption and requirement for supply
  • Applications of the market: How tungsten and tantalum drives the market separately
Quentin Lamarche, Trader, Specialty Metals Resources S.A.

Co-located with Tantalum Conference: Responsible Sourcing Panel Discussion

  • Production in the DRC: How can we minimise exploitation?
  • Assessing conflict free sourcing initiative
  • How can we ensure cost efficiency and overcome financial challenges associated with due diligence
  • What does lithium increasing for battery demand mean for this market place?
  • New mine development and production
Panel Chair: Benjamin Clair, Managing Director, Better Sourcing Program
Leah Butler, CFSI Program Director, EICC
Lewis Black, Managing Director, Almonty
Dragan Kilibarda, Trader, TMT Metals AG
William Millman, Responsible Sourcing Consultant, AVX Corporation
Jim McCombie, Trader, Stapleford Trading
Maarten Gassmann, Trader, Grondmet GmbH & Co KG
 17.15 Close of Conference
Mark Seddon, Senior Manager, Argus Consulting Services (Metals), Argus


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