MMTA’s International Minor Metals Conference

Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London, UK

April 27-29 2014

July 2013 heralded the start of the MMTA’s 40th anniversary year, so we felt it would be appropriate to bring our annual conference back to London, the home off the Association, in 2014.

The conference will be held at the Park Plaza Victoria from 27-29 April 2014. The venue is centrally located, giving ease of access to the main airports, London Heathrow and London Gatwick, as well as the Eurostar located at St. Pancras. Bearing in mind that London accommodation can we very expensive, we have secured an extremely competitive room rate for attendees. As always we only have a limited number of rooms available at the group rate, so it is advisable to book early.

This event, as always, will provide excellent value for money, and with budget constraints dominating business travel, we have kept the delegate fees extremely competitive.

The delegate fee is currently GBP1200 plus VAT and this includes all aspects of the conference: welcome reception, conference sessions, tea/coffee breaks, luncheons, access to the presentations and, new for 2014, it also includes an additional networking reception on the second evening at Tate Britain, kindly sponsored by Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd.  

Don’t miss out on the exc, and make sure you benefit from participating in the premier event for the international minor metals industry. 

The MMTA’s nominated charity is Mufulira, which Anthony Lipmann has been involved with for many years.  If you would like to read more about Mufulira and/or to make a donation, you can click on this link

As usual, there will be a strong focus on the key issues relating to the global minor metals' industry. Already we have a number of top speakers lined up, who will be covering the following topics:

. New materials for aerospace
. Automotive supply chain
. Outlook for alloys in stainless and specialty steels
. Minor metals in catalysts
. Growth markets for refractory metals


Sunday April 27 2014

16:00 Registration at the Park Plaza Victoria Hotel
18:00-20:00 – Welcome reception

Monday April 28 2014

08:00 Registration desk re-opens
09:00 Welcome remarks by Rachel Carnac, Managing Director, Metal Events Ltd, United Kingdom;
09:05 Opening remarks by Roy Walton, Chairman, MMTA, United Kingdom;
09:15 Guest speaker: Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials & Society at University College London, University of London, United Kingdom;  


Mark is an engineer and materials scientist and teaches and runs a research group at UCL. He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK. His research lab is based in the Mechanical Engineering Department of UCL. His research areas include self-assembling materials, self-healing materials, psychophysical properties of materials. He is part of the Thomas Young Centre.

Mark is the Director of the Institute of Making which is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities.

Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is human. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to TV, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC TV programmes including the series How It Works for BBC4, the Genius of Invention, Wonderstuff and most recently Dara O’Briain’s Science Club for BBC2.

Mark was recently included in the The Times list of the top 100 most influential people in UK science. In 2013 he won the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal.

09:45 Keynote presentation — “China: Great expectations?” by Dennis Unkovic, Partner, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, USA;
10:15 -11:15 Coffee

Session 1: Automotive and aerospace:
11:15 “Sourcing critical metals and raw materials for the automotive industry: Latest developments for electric, hybrid and low carbon emission vehicles”, by Philippe Schultze, Expert Leader Environment-Energy-Strategic Raw Materials, Direction Strategie & Plan Group, Renault SA, France;
11:40 “A changing world with different rules – the re-introduction of lightweight magnesium alloys onto civil aircraft”, by Graham Wardlow, Managing Director UK Operations, Magnesium Elektron, United Kingdom;
12:05 “Recovery of rhenium in Poland”, by Kamil Kozub, Production Manager, KGHM Group, Poland;
12:30 “Is Dodd-Frank working for the people of Rwanda and for the tantalite-tungsten industry? A ministerial view”, by Evode Imena, Minister of State for Mining, Ministry of Natural Resources, Government of the Republic of Rwanda;
12:45 Q&A
13:00 -14:30 Luncheon

Session 2: Recycling and secondary:
14:30 “Latest developments in minor and electronics metals recycling”, by Christina Meskers, Business Development, Umicore Precious Metals Recycling, Belgium;
14:55 “Welcome to the ever-evolving world of super-alloys recycling”, by Duncan Birchley, Sales & Marketing Executive, Select Alloys & Materials Ltd, United Kingdom;
15:20 Q&A

16:00 MMTA Annual General Meeting 

19:00-21:00 Tate Britain Reception – join us for canapés & drinks at Gallery 9 at the newly reopened Tate Britain kindly sponsored by Lipmann Walton Ltd

Tuesday April 29

09:25 Welcome remarks
Session 3: Markets in steel, specialty and stainless:
09:30 Keynote presentation – “Global trends for specialty, tool and stainless steels”, by Marcus Moll, Managing Director, SMR, Austria;
10:00 “Vanadium market overview: Rebar, redox – reasons to be optimistic?", by Jack Bedder, Senior Analyst, Roskill Information Services Ltd., United Kingdom;
10:30 -11:15 Coffee

Session 4: Refractory metals and applications:
11:15 “Hafnium and zirconium: Growing demand in alloys?” by Cyrille Rontard, AREVA – Fuel Zirconium Sales, France;
11:40 “From gritty to nitty-gritty: Mining, investing in its future”, by Andrew Hinkly, Executive Head of Commercial, Anglo American Platinum, United Kingdom;
12:05 “New applications for antimony: Challenges/potential in the flame retardant market”, by Dirk Rimaux, Senior Business Manager, Campine, Belgium;
12:30 “Fanya's role in the global minor metals industry”, by Scarlett Zhang, Vice President, The Fanya Metal Exchange, China;
12:30 Closing remarks
12:45 Luncheon and close of conference


   5N Plus
 Aaron Ferer & Sons Co
 ABS Alloys & Metals
 Advanced Alloys Services Ltd
 AIM – Indium Materials
 Alex Stewart Assayers Inc
 Alfred H Knight International Ltd
 All Metals & Materials Inc
 Amalgamated Metal Corporation
 Ampere Alloys
 Anglo American PLC
 Anglo American Platinum
 AON Commodity Trade Insurance
 AREVA – Fuel Zirconium Sales
 A&R Merchants Inc
 Atlantic Metals & Alloys LLC
 Aurubis AB
 Avon Metals Ltd
 Beijing Jiya Semicondutor Materials Co Ltd
 Buss & Buss Spezialmetalle GmbH
 Campine is
 Chile Copper Ltd
 Climax Molybdenum Co. Ltd
 CMK Ltd – The Gallium Arsenide Company
 Codelco USA Inc
 Colonial Metals Inc
 C. Steinweg
 C. Steinweg Belgium NV
 Cronimet Central Africa AG
 Darton Commodities Ltd
 DK Associates
 Donald Mcarthy Trading Pte ltd
 Dubal International
 E&C Trading Ltd
 EAC Corporation
 Earth Metals LLC
 Environmetals LLC
 Eura Minmetchem Ltd
 Exotech Inc
 Fam International Corp
 Firth Rixson
 F.W. Hempel Metallurgical GmbH
 GE Aviation
 Glencore International AG
 Government of Rwanda
 Greenbriar Partners
 Hard Assets Investor
 H.C. Starck
 Heraeus Metal Processing Limited
 Hudson Metal Corporation
 Hydrometal SA
 ICD Alloys
 Indium Corporation
 Innova Recycling
 Interalloys GmbH
 Jean Goldschmidt International SA
 Jiujiang Jinxin Non Ferrous Metals Co Ltd
 Johnson Matthey Plc
 Johor Port Berhad
 Jurametal S.A.
 Kai Li Da of Changsha
 Kazakhmys PLC
 KBM Affilips BV
 KGHM Group
 KGHM Metraco SA
 KGHM Polska Miedz SA
 Lambert Metals International Ltd
 Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd
 LS Nikko Copper Inc
 Magnesium Elektron
 Maritime House Ltd
 Mendham Metals LLC
 Metal Do Co Ltd
 Metalink International Co Ltd
 Metal-Pages Ltd
 Metherma KG
 Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP
 Molycorp Inc
 M&R Claushuis B.V.
 MTL Index
 Norilsk Nickel Europe Limited
 Pacific Materials (UK) Ltd
 Pacorini Metals Rotterdam B.V.
 Penningtons Manches LLP
 Phoenix Infrared
 Plansee SE
 PM Recovery Inc
 Portal Capital
 Powmet Inc
 Retorte GmbH
 Rhecodor Special Metals
 Rhenium Alloys Inc
 Rio Tinto London Ltd
 Rittenhouse International Resources LLC
 RJR Alloys Inc
 Rolls Royce Plc
 Roskill Information Services Ltd
 Saatveeka Steels & Alloys Pvt Ltd
 S&A Alloys Inc
 Saft Batteries AB
 Sargon Holdings Inc
 Sekom Handeles.m.b.H & Co Kg
 Select Alloys & Materials Ltd
 Shaanxi Huadian Fine Chemical Co Ltd
 Siegfried Jacob Metallwerke GmbH & Co KG
 Sims F E Mottram Ltd
 Sovereign Int’l Metals & Alloys Inc
 Stapleford Minerals & Metals
 Strategic Metal Investments Ltd
 Tasman Metals Ltd
 Telex Metals LLC
 Terra Commodities
 The Chem-Met Company
 The Fanya Metal Exchange
 Todini & Co SPA
 Transoceanic Projects & Development Singapore Pte Ltd
 Tranzact Inc
 Traxys Europe
 Traxys North America
 Umicore Precious Metals Refining
 Umicore SA NV
 Umicore Thin Film Products
 UMMC Holding Corp
 Vital Materials Co Limited
 Voyager Group
 Wogen Resources Ltd
 Womet GmbH 

Register for this event and find out the latest information from the leading experts in their field.  There will be excellent networking opportunities and 250 attendees are expected to join again this year.

This conference is exceptional value for money so if you are going  to attend one minor metals event in 2014 then make sure it is the MMTA’s International Minor Metals Conference.


The fee is now GPBP1200 plus VAT.
You can register Online  (click the online button to be taken to our secure online booking form) or you can download this PDF form  MMTA 2014 International Minor Metals

There are various sponsorship opportunities available – if you would like further details please e-mail sales&  (for genuine e-mails please replace the & with@)


The full registration fee is £1,200 plus VAT. The fee includes the cost of receptions, all sessions, luncheon, tea/coffee and event documentation. It does not include accommodation or flights to and from the event venue.

Please contact sales$ (please replace the $ with @ if it is a genuine e-mail) or call on +44 (0)20 7840 0145 for details of special offers for groups and for rates in other currencies, which will be calculated on the day. Metal Events reserves the right to change any of its rates due to currency fluctuations. Our base rate is always in Sterling. Cancellations, Refunds & Transfers: A full refund (subject to a 25% handling charge will be made for all written cancellations received up until four calendar months (124 days) before the meeting. A 50% refund will be made for written cancellations received between two and four calendar months before the meeting is held. Cancellations made in the last two calendar months (62 days) will receive no refund. A substitute may be made at any time. Joining information and a list of participants will not be available until 14 days before the event. Delegates are responsible for organising and paying for their own transport, insurance and accommodation.

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