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The Chinese rare earth market witnessed slow buying and soft prices in 2018. China increased the rare earth mandatory plan from 105,000t in 2017 to 120,000t in 2018. Restricted by the environmental inspections, the Chinese rare earth ore supply decreased, the end industries operate at low operation rate and producers' production cost increased. Discouraged by the abundant supply and weak demand, rare earth prices rides on a downtrend in general. Although there are some elating news about crackdown on illegal production and stockpiling, the Chinese rare earth market remained dim in 2018 due to the slack economy. Can we expect a turnaround in the Chinese rare earth industry in 2019?
The overseas rare earth industry witnessed enormous changes in 2018. Following the development of rare earth projects in North Australia, North America, South East and Africa, imported ores become the new forces. An Austria corporation began to price heavy rare earth concentrate since September 2018, which means China is not the unique heavy rare earth producer. The global rare earth supply chain changed dramatically with China's rare earth reserves declined to around 40%. The appearance of rare earth separation plants in Thailand and other Southeast Asian nations suggests the shift trend of rare earth industrial from China to Southeast countries. Furthermore, Lynas's light rare earth oxides output increased in 2018, so Chinese rare earth enterprises will confront new challenges. The European rare earth market was dominant by a few REACH qualified companies after this May.
The downstream industries were flat in most 2018. As the key growth driver of rare earth, permanent magnet market was oversupplied in 2018, while some middle-sized enterprises continued enlarging production, which resulted in more intense competition among magnet producers. A few small-sized companies went bankrupted. What impacts will the change of China's new energy auto subsidy policy and U.S.'s $200 billion tariff list bring to permanent magnet industry in 2019? What's opportunity and challenge will rare earth catalyst industry face in 2019? China's polishing powder output decreased in 2018. Will this change in 2019? Whether the demand for scandium products from Fuel cells, aluminum alloys and targets industries will pick up further in 2019?
In order to provide a platform for participants from both China and overseas to share opinions about rare earth price trend and supply & demand pattern, Asian Metal is going to hold the 11th International Rare Earth Summit in Qingdao, Shandong on May 9th-10th, 2019. The summit will provide an opportunity for industry elite from around the world to face to face exchange ideas, meet customers and join in industry discussions. All industrial elite is welcome to the summit for joint discussion.
Thursday on 9 May, 2019 16:00-19:00 Early Registration
18:00-20:00 Welcome Dinner
Friday on 10 May. 2019 08:30-09:00 Session Registration
09:00-09:10 Opening Speech
Mark Tory
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Northern Minerals Limited
09:10-09:40 Progress and Prospect of Browns Range Rare Earth Project
Mark Tory
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Northern Minerals Limited
09:40-10:20 Status Quo and Prospect of Rare Earth Resource Comprehensive Utilization in China
Liu Weihua
President of Ji'an Xintai Technology Co., Ltd.
10:20-10:50 Thoughts on Chinese Rare Earth Industry Pattern Under New Import & Export Situation
Wang Yanli
Vice GM of Salesof Shenghe Resources Holding Co., Ltd.
10:50-11:10 Tea break
11:10-11:40 Application of NdFeB Magnet in Loudspeaker Industry
Andrea Pratesi
Chief Procurement Officer of B&C Speakers SPA
11:40-12:00 Development an African Rare Earths Mine
Martin Eales
CEO of Rainbow Rare Earths Limited
12:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 New Supply Sources for Heavy and Light Rare Earths
Dirk Naumann
CEO of Canada Torngat Metals Ltd.
14:30-15:00 Lynas' Current Situation and Rare Earth Application Prospects
Pol Le Roux
Vice President Sales & Marketing of Lynas Corporation Limited
15:00-15:30 Rare Earth Commodity and NdFeB Magnet Market
Ding Kaihong
General Manager of Yantai Shougang Magnetic Materials Co., Ltd.
15:30-16:00 Tea break
16:00-16:30 Rare Earth Market Trend in Japan
Mirali Amayama
Vice General Manager of Advanced Material Japan Corporation
16:30-17:00 Opinions on Scandium Oxide Industry Development in New Era
Nie Donghong
General Manager of Jiaozuo Rongjia Scandium Industry Science&Technology Co., Ltd.
End of summit
18:00 Business Dinner
  • Mark Tory
    Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary
    Northern Minerals
  • Mark is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years of professional experience in the mining industry and accounting professions. Prior to Northern Minerals, Mark held senior positions at Crescent Gold Limited, Anglo American Exploration and Homestake Gold (now Barrick Gold). Before joining Homestake, Mark worked for Deloittes in the Audit Division with the majority of his clients being in the mining and resources industry.
  • Liu Weihua
    Ji'an Xintai Technology Co., Ltd.
  • As a senior engineer, economist and EMBA of CKGSB, Liu Weihua is a CPPCC member of Ji'an city and NPC member of Ji'an county. Having been engaging in research of rare earth metallurgy and rare earth applications since 1992, Liu Weihua is rich-experienced in rare earth production and management. He has obtained two patentstill now. His new projects take the lead in production technology in China. In particular, one project was awarded the second prize of Jiangxi Province Excellent New Products and two projects were awarded the third prize of Jiangxi Province Excellent New Products.
  • Acting as President and General Manager of Ji'an Xintai Technology Co., Ltd., Liu Weihua aims to make the company a leadingrare earth enterprise focusing on comprehensive utilization of rare earth resources, promoting development of rare earth metals, magnet and rare earth function materials and characterizing in comprehensive utilization of rare earth resources.
  • Pol Le Roux
    Vice President Sales & Marketing
    Lynas Corporation Limited
  • Pol joined Lynas in October 2010 as Vice President Sales & Marketing. Prior to Joining Lynas he worked for Rhodia (since acquired by Solvay in 2011) as Diphenol Global Strategic Business Unit Director based in China. He managed all operations worldwide (six plants) of Rhodia Diphenol’s businesses, its R&D programs and he was accountable for cash generation, CFROI and business growth sustainability. During this period, strong cash flow was generated in spite of the global financial crisis, and heavy restructuring was undertaken along with implementing a cost-competitive plan for the subsequent three years.
  • Pol also held various positions in Rhodia (Rhone-Poulenc until 1998) that included:
    •Electronics Business Unit Director based in La Rochelle France
    •President of Rhodia Polyamide Co Ltd and Engineering Plastic Asia/Pacific GM based in Seoul
    •Regional Business Director for Polyamide Intermediates based in Seoul
    •Global Strategy Manager for Polyamide Intermediates based in Paris
    •Project management and Electrical Instrumentation Engineering roles with Polyamides Intermediates in Chalampe plant France, starting in 1985.
  • Prior to working with Rhodia, Pol participated in the construction of a factory for Renault in Mexico.
  • When not working, Pol would prefer to be sailing. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in electrical engineering and robotics from the Grenoble Institute of Technology.
  • Ding Kaihong
    General Manager, Application Researcher
    Yantai Shougang Magnetic Materials Co., Ltd.
  • As a member of Han nationality, Ding Kaihong was born in Baotou city, Inner Mongolia and graduated from Research Institute of Applied Technologies, Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a master degree.
    Ding Kaihong has been engaging in R&D, production and trading of rare earth magnetic materials.
    From 1990 to 2000, he worked in Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earth.
    (From 1990 to 1993, he focused on research of SmFeN permanent magnet material.)
    From 1993 to 1994, he worked on new compounds of La(Ce)-TM-X in the University of West Australia.
    From 1995 to 1997, he developed high-performance N50 NdFeB permanent magnet material for αMagnetic Spectrometer project of Mr. Ding Zhaozhong, the 1976 winner of Nobel Prize in physics.
    From 2000 to now, he has been working for Yantai Shougang Magnetic Materials Co., Ltd. and successively served as Director of R&D Department, Director of Magnet Manufacturing Department, Deputy General Manager & Chief Engineer as well as General Manager & Chief Engineer. During this period, he got a number of patents both at home and abroad and won the third prize of Shandong Prize for Progress in Science and Technology twice.
    (From 2000 to 2002, he chaired the implementation of 300tpa high-performance sintered NdFeB permanent magnet material project, the unique national high-tech industrialization demonstration project in Chinese magnet materials industry, and was in charge of R&D of high-performance rare earth permanent magnet material.)
    From 2012-2015, he chaired the 1,500tpa high-performance sintered NdFeB permanent magnet material industrialization project, the national strategic emerging industry development special project.
    From 2014 to now, he acted as General Manager of Yantai Shougang Magnetic Materials Co., Ltd., being in charge of operation and management of the company.
  • Andrea Pratesi
    Chief Procurement Officer
    B&C Speakers SPA
  • 12 years as B2B sales in Information Technologies market
    11 years as Purchasing Manager of B&C Speakers Spa
    4 years as Chief Procurement Officer of B&C Speakers group
    Founding member of Rare Earth Industry Association (REIA), Leuven, Belgium
  • Dirk Naumann
    Canada Torngat Metals Ltd.
  • Dirk Naumann has been involved with Rare Earth for more than 30 years: first in the 1980 developing rare earth magnets and their manufacturing processes, then producing rare earth compounds as the active material for rechargeable batteries, and more recently using rare earth in a wide range of catalysts as a means for process intensification. Now Dirk is driving the development and engineering for Torngat Metals' Strange Lake Project.
  • Prior to Torngat Metals, Dirk`s professional career path spanned TH Goldschmidt AG, a specialty chemicals company in Germany, now part of Evonik; Bayer AG in Germany and Canada, overseeing construction of production facilities in Sarnia, Ontario; Inco (now Vale); and Juniper Associates, an international strategic business and technology consulting firm.
  • Dirk earned a diploma degree in chemistry and a doctorate in natural sciences.
  • Martin Eales
    Rainbow Rare Earths Limited
  • After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 Martin embarked on a 15-year career in corporate finance, corporate broking and equity capital markets in the City, rising to the position of Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in London. With long experience of natural resources companies and transactions Martin joined the Pella Resources Group as Business Development Director in early 2014 and was appointed CEO of Rainbow later that year. Since that time he has overseen the development of Rainbow through to its IPO in London in January 2017 and commencement of production and sales of Rainbow’s rare earth mineral concentrate from the Gakara Project in Burundi, East Africa.
  • Shigeo Nakamura
    Advanced Material Japan Corporation
  • In 1947, Shigeo Nakamura was born in Kyoto, Japan. He joined CHORI, one of the major trading companies in Japan. In 1979, he had started his sales career in chemical department, to import rare-metals like wolfram, molybdenum etc. from China. Since 1989, he has developed Russia-Japan trading business. He had started to import Titanium Sponge from Russia. In 2003, Advanced Material Japan Corporation was splitted up from CHORI. Mr. Nakamura, CEO has developed rare metal, rare earth trading business over 35 years, and today granted as a leading person in this field. AMJ has cooperated with not only Chinese, Russian companies but with CIS's, AESAN, African and East middle companies.
  • Wang Yanli
    Vice President of Sales,International Business Operator & Economist
    Shenghe Resources Holding Co., Ltd.
  • As Vice President of Sales, Wang Yanli is in charge of marketing activities. She joined rare earth industry in 1997 and has been engaging in domestic trade and foreign trade of rare earth for over two decades by playing a role in marketing and management. Witnessing development and changes of rare earth industry in the recent two decades, she has insights into the rare earth market.
  • Nie Donghong
    General Manager
    Jiaozuo Rongjia Scandium Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Born in Hengyang, Hunan province, and of Han nationality, Nie Donghong graduated from Hunan University with a bachelor's degree and is a senior engineer.
    Since 1984, he has been engaged in production, development and operation of hydrometallurgical products (manganese, vanadium, indium, germanium, scandium and so on).
    From 1987 to 1993, he served as Vice Director of Vanadium Workshop of Hengyang Special Ferroalloy Factory.
    From 1994 to 1997, he was in charge of sales business in Hengyang Manganese Products Factory.
    From 1998 to 2008, he was Deputy General Manager of Hunan Ronghua Technology Co., Ltd., responsible for the production technology of Liuzhou Zinc & Indium Technology Co., Ltd.
Analysis on Rare Earth Supply and Demand in Chinese Market in 2018 and Outlook for 2019
Analysis and Forecast on China's Rare Earth Export Market in 2019
Status and Prospect of Chinese Rare Earth Permanent Magnet industry
Review on Rare Earth Catalyst Market in 2018 and Outlook for 2019
Chinese Polish Powder Industry Development Trend
Analysis on Chinese Scandium Market in 2018
Austrian Rare Earth Resources Development Status
Analysis and Outlook for Rare Earth Demand & Supply in Japanese Market
Supply & Demand Pattern in U.S. Rare Earth Market
Status and prospect of European Rare Earth Market
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Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao is superbly situated right in the heart of the city’s central business district, making business a breeze when in Qingdao, and is also invitingly convenient for an array of shopping and seafront tourist attractions. The hotel comprises 702 guest rooms, located in the City Wing and Valley Wing respectively.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao, presents 702 guest rooms and suites exuding contemporary Asian flair and furnished in warm and soothing hues. Each room is enhanced by outstanding views of the city or sea. Enjoy indulgent beds and deluxe bathrooms equipped with luxury amenities to ensure a restful stay.
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Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao ’s located in the downtown area, and only 40 minutes' drive from the airport, 30 minutes from Qingdao north railway station and 16 minutes from Qingdao railway station. It’s also closed to the Financial and Government District, as well as tourist attractions and the seafront.
Address: No.9 Hong Kong Mid-Road, Qingdao, China
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