MMTA’s International Minor Metals Conference

Park Plaza Victoria London United Kingdom
April 27-29 2014

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

The conference will be held at the Park Plaza Victoria during 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 be 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 MMTA members’ current early-bird rate is GBP800 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.

Lipmann Walton  & Co Ltd is kindly sponsoring a reception at Tate Britain on April 28 as a part of the conference. 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 please visit

If you would like to make a donation to Mufulira  you can do so using 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 Schulz, 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, 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 & Co 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 “Zirconium, Hafnium: Why those metals have a bright future!” 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 ways of formulating with flame retardants: a story about antimony tri-oxide and alternatives”, 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
F.W. Hempel Metallurgical GmbH
GE Aviation
Glencore International AG
Goldstar Minerals
Government of the Republic 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
Mastermelt 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
Nyrstar Sales & Marketing AG
Pacific Materials (UK) Ltd
Pacorini Metals Rotterdam B.V.
Penningtons Manches LLP
Phoenix Infrared
Plansee SE
PM Recovery Inc
Polyfer Handels GmbH
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
William Roland Limited
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 MM Registration Form

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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