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Argus Specialty Metals Week

 Track 1: Battery Metals

*Preliminary program, subject to change

Monday, April 16
Registration Opens
15:30 - 15:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks
15:45 - 17:00
Keynote Session: Lithium Supply to Market
  • Supply outlook from the lithium triangle and forecast for lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide production 
  • Mining investments, challenges and opportunities
  • New developments in production and impact on the raw materials supply chain
17:00 - 19:00
Welcome Reception
Tuesday, April 17
08:00 - 09:00
Registration and Breakfast 
09:00 - 10:30
General Session: Specialty Metals Outlook - Battery Metals and Rare Earths
Joint Session for both tracks
  • State of the EV industry: Every major auto manufacturer has announced plans to produce EVs in their fleet by 2020. Understand what rising demand will mean for the battery metals and rare earths supply chain.
  • Specialty metals outlook: Rapid growth in the EV industry will change the dynamics of the markets for metals and minerals used to produce Li-ion batteries and the magnets in the electric motors. Many are worried about potential supply disruptions and price spikes. What is the outlook for supply/demand balances for the battery metals and rare earths market in the wake of the EV boom?
  • Rechargeable battery market: The most cost for producing Li-ion batteries are raw materials. Metals needed to make rechargeable batteries will increase rapidly. What are the key trends and forecast for the rechargeable battery market moving forward?
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:30
Session 1A: Managing Supply Chain Risk
  • Developing resources: What are the latest developments for responsible mining and how are government and industry working together to ensure a steady supply of critical raw materials? 
  • Global cobalt supply: Understand the forecast for supply/demand balances in 2018 and beyond and how traditional buyers will be impacted by demand for high cobalt containing batteries
  • Manufacturer perspective: Case study from a manufacturer on resource strategy for critical raw materials
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:30
Session 1B: Cathodes and Anodes
  • Cathode chemistry: What is the chemistry making up the cathodes in today's batteries? What is the capability for China's battery factories? How much capacity are they building and how much will get used?
  • Graphite production: What is the outlook for graphite production, natural vs synthetic? How much blending are we seeing and what is the quality of anode materials on the market today?
  • End user perspective: Downstream user view on quality and performance
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:00
Session 1C: New Battery Technologies and Recycling 
  • New technologies: What are the different technologies and applications available to efficiently manage economies of scale for mass production?
  • Recycling: What is the potential for recycling Li-ion batteries? How might that impact future demand for raw materials?
17:00 - 19:00
Wednesday, April 18
08:00 - 09:00
Registration and Breakfast
09:00 - 10:00
Session 1D: New Supply Sources              
  • Western investment projects on the horizon
  • Developing unconventional resources from oil and gas wastewater
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:00
Session 1E: Introduction to Lithium Trading
  • Risk management: The surge in Li-ion battery market means new opportunities. But volatility and lack of transparency means more exposure to risk. Get the tools you need to manage risk in 2018 and beyond
  • Hedging strategies: How can market participants get liquidity along the lithium chemicals supply chain?
  • Indexation opportunities: What are some of the new indexation tools we might see and how can you get transparency in the market?
12:00 - 12:05
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  • Automotive
  • Alloys
  • Cemented Carbides
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Magnets


  • Semi-processors
  • Anodes
  • Cathodes
  • Separators


  • Battery
  • Battery Packs


  • Lithium 
  • Cobalt
  • Nickel
  • Manganese
  • Graphite
  • Rare Earths


  • Government
  • Banks
  • Traders
  • Recyclers
  • Academic
  • Associations

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