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International Tantalum & Niobium Summit 2019 in Tokyo

2019.02.06 11:41

Tantalum, one of most important rare metals had been high-flying with its special capacity and values for a period of time. The rare metal became popular in the IT boom in and after 2000. And now, it is used in the 4th industry revolution and popular IoT. IRRSG will feature an international symposium on tantalum for the first time in Japan. We’ll invite 4 guest speakers from overseas. First, Dr. Daniel F. Persico, Senior Vice President of KEMET, will talk on the trends of tantalum demand and development. Then, Ms. Marianna Smirnova from RMI (Responsible Minerals Initiative, ex CFSI) which promotes responsible procurement of minerals, will speak on current situation of conflict minerals including tantalum. As the last speaker from overseas, Mr. Roland Chavasse, Chairman of Tantalum-Niobium International Center (T.I.C), only and unique international organization of tantalum and niobium in the world, will talk on the trend and outlook on demands for tantalum and niobium.

 

In addition, as special guest speaker, Ms. Candy from CRONIMET, which supports tantalum resource development in Rwanda, Africa, will talk on the latest trend of 3T (tin, tantalum and tungsten).

 

We’ll also invite speakers from Japan. Professor Toru Okabe from the Institute of Industry Science, University of Tokyo, will talk about the future of tantalum based on his research. From JX Metal which acquired HC Stark last year, Dr. Melanie Stenzel (Director Marketing and New Business Development, H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH) , and Professor Mitsuo Niinomi (specially-appointed professor at Meijo University Graduates School of Human Science and Engineering Research and emeritus professor at Tohoku University) will talk on the possibilities of new applications which leverage the capacities of tantalum and niobium.

 

We’re looking forward to the participation of those who are interested in these unique rare metals in Japan and other countries.

 

The details are as follows;
 

[Date]

 March 6th, 2019, Wed. 13:00-18:30 (tentative)

 ※Get-together after 18:30 (Registration starts at 12:15)

 

[Venue]

 KFC Room101-103, Daiichi Hotel Ryogoku

 (1-6-1 Yokozuna, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0015      TEL: +81-3-5611-5211)

 Please see the map; https://www.tokyo-kfc.co.jp/access/index.html

 Directly connected from the A1 Exit of Ryogoku Station of Oedo Line

 7 minutes’ walk from the west exit of Ryogoku Station of JR Chou/Sobu Line

 

[Application]

 Please email to IRRSG Office, info@iru-miru.com .

 

[Application Fee]

 1.Lecture meeting 12,000yen (10,000yen for MIRU member)
 2.Lecture meeting+Party 14,000yen for payment in advance (12,000yen for MIRU member), 16,000yen for payment in the meeting day

 ※MIRU members special price is limited to payment in advance.

 ※Price includes tax. The receipt is available at the registration desk on March 6th.

 ※As to the payment, please contact us by email. We’ll inform you of the bank account information.

 

[Application Deadline]

 March 1st, 2019.

 ※Because of the limited seating, when applicants reach maximum enrollment, we may stop accepting applications.

 

About sponsorship

 ※We are looking for sponsorship of corporate advertisement / panel.

  If you wish, please contact us.We will send you a detailed guide.

  Application deadline: Tuesday, February 26

                       

 

[Program (tentative as of February 5th, 2019)]

 ※The order of lectures is subject to change.

  Consecutive interpretation is available for overseas speakers)

 

1.13:00-13:45 “Factors Impacting Tantalum Capacitor Demand” (tentative)

  -Daniel F. Persico, KEMET Electronics Corporation

 

(abstracts)

 ・Historical Trends
 ・Root Causes
 ・Positive Activity
 ・Unexpected Opportunity
 ・Upwardly Trending Market
 ・Demand Form Factors

 

 

2.13:50-14:35 “Works for Conflict Minerals (3TG + Co)” (tentative)

  -Marianna Smirnova, Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)

 

(Presentation content)
In this session RMI will discuss the responsible sourcing of minerals and practical approaches to compliance and due diligence, including its Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP), as well as new resources and tools RMI has developed to help facilitate individual company due diligence activities. The session will also highlight data, indicators, and trends specific to the Tantalum industry.

 

(Marianna Smirnova)

Marianna Smirnova, RMI Project Manager, Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)

As the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) Project Manager, Ms. Smirnova leads policy and process development, upstream due diligence review, risk management, including grievance mechanism and platform design and implementation, as well as quality and continuous improvement for both the initiative and the audit program.

Ms. Smirnova also leads gold specific projects, refiner outreach, and cross-recognition efforts with London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC),. Marianna has 12 years of experience in human rights and compliance issues in supply chains, including human trafficking, conflict minerals, and raw materials traceability. Her expertise includes leading global collaborative projects, program management, policy analysis, standards and audit tool development, training, capacity-building, and research.

Previously she managed raw materials and extractives auditing and advisory services program at UL, including assessments using standards such as Thai Shrimp Sustainable Supply Chains (SSSC), LBMA, RJC and RMI (formerly, CFSI).

Marianna holds a Master’s degree in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin. She speaks English, Russian, and conversational Chinese.

 

(About RMI)
The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI, formerly CFSI) with over 360 member companies from a wide range of industries (including electronic, jewelry, automotive, retail, aerospace, telecommunications, mining, smelting/refining, etc.), provides companies with tools and resources to make sourcing decisions that improve regulatory compliance and support responsible sourcing from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

Founded in 2008 by the Responsible Business Alliance (formerly EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, RMI has grown into one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies addressing responsible mineral sourcing issues in their supply chains. RMI is also the only industry initiative that covers gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten, and cobalt.

Our flagship Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) offers companies and their suppliers an independent, third-party audit that determines which smelters and refiners can be verified as having systems in place to responsibly source minerals in line with current global standards.

 

 

3.14:40-15-25 “What is TIC and current tantalum market”

  -Roland Chavasse, Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center

(abstracts)

 ・introducing T.I.C. (who we are, the Ekeberg Prize and our Hong Kong even in October)

 ・on the key subjects in Ta and Nb supply (conflict-free minerals, radioactivity and critical raw materials)

 ・on developments in Ta consumption (capacitors, additive manufacturing and superalloys)

 

 “Roland Chavasse is Director of the Tantalum‐Niobium International Study Center (T.I.C.), the global trade association for the tantalum and niobium industries.

 He was appointed in January 2016 and has spent his career in the minor metals markets in both commercial and association roles. He has a BA from Oxford University and an MBA from the Open University School of Business, both in the UK. 

 Mr Chavasse runs the daily operations of the T.I.C., represents the T.I.C. at government or regulatory agency hearings, and promotes the T.I.C. and tantalum and niobium. In particular, he takes an active role in overseeing matters relating to the supply chain of tantalum and niobium and transport or naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). He represents the T.I.C. on a number of international panels, including the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Group, ITSCI Governance Committee, and EPRM Advisory Committee. He is based in London, UK.”

 

 

-20 minutes Break-

 

 

4.15:45-16:30 “Supply and due diligence of the 3T’s”

  -Candida Owens - Senior Trader and Company Director, Cronimet

(abstracts)

 - Africa’s rise as a major supplier of Tantalum units to the world market over the last 10 years

 and Australia’s decline

 - Africa’s current robust world position and the evolution of due diligence, traceability

   and its effect on the ASM landscape
   - New sources of 3T’s from South America and how that will affect supply
   - Africa’s dominance versus future demand and the rise of the digitized world

(Candida Owens – Biography)

photoCandida Owens is a shareholder, director and Senior trader at Cronimet Central Africa AG, based in Switzerland.    Cronimet Central Africa AG trades and processes Tantalite, Cassiterite and Wolframite and has been present in Rwanda for the past 10 years.  Previously Candida worked at 3 trading houses in the UK: Capital Minerals & Metals, RJH Trading and Simmonds Metal Trading Ltd, where she was responsible for Minor metal scrap and concentrates.   Candida also sits on the Multi Stakeholder steering committee of the OECD’s working group for responsible mineral supply chains from conflict affected and high risk areas, as well as being an executive committee member of the Tantalum & Niobium International Study centre (TIC).   She studied English, politics and economics and is passionate about sailing and keeping fit.

 

 

 

5. 16:35-17:10 “Viewing tantalum industry from academy“

  –Prof. Toru Okabe, Director, Integrated Research Center for Sustainable Energy and Materials, Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo

  HP: http://www.okabe.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp

(Profile)

 I was born in Kyoto in 1965, and after graduating from The Japanese School in London, and Senior High School at Otsuka, University of Tsukuba, I received a Bachelor of Engineering degree, in metallurgy, from Kyoto University in 1988. I began my doctoral course in the same graduate school to research the processing of reactive metals, such as titanium and niobium, and completed the course in 1993. After earning the doctoral degree, I worked for 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS, Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad). Then, I worked as a research associate at the Institute of Advanced Materials Processing (Currently, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM)), Tohoku University for five years. In 2001, I became an associate professor at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. After my associate professorship at the same institute, I became a professor in 2009.

 Currently, I specialise in materials science, environmental science, resource circulation engineering and rare metal process engineering. For more than 30 years, I have consistently pursued research on refining/recycling “rare metals” or “specialty metals” or “less-common metals”. I have also been developing a new processing technology for future-materials such as titanium, with the ultimate goal of realising processing technology that changes rare metal to common metals. Recently, in addition to the research on the innovative production technology, I have been working on new recycling and environmental technology of rare metals, such as niobium, tantalum, scandium, tungsten, rhenium, and precious metals.

 

 Please refer to the following website for the list of papers:http://www.okabe.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/english/index_e.html

 

 

-10 minutes break -

 

 

6.17:20-17:45  “A design concept and characteristic of the alloy of straight substantives and inflectionals Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr origin”

  -Mitsuo Niinomi (specially-appointed professor at Meijo University Graduates School of Human Science and Engineering Research and emeritus professor at Tohoku University) from JX Metal.

 

 

7.17:50-18:30  “Tantalum and Niobium - Turning unique properties into innovative applications” 

  - Dr. Melanie Stenzel(Director Marketing and New Business Development, H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH)&

 

(Melanie Stenzel)

Melanie Stenzel  graduated in 1996 in Chemistry at the Technical University in Clausthal. In 1999 she made her Ph.D. in Polymer chemistry by working on kinetic analysis using thermo-analytical methods. Beginning of 2000 she joined EPCOS as development engineer developing Niobium capacitors for four years.  After another 2 years working at a Start-up company in recordable DVD business, a big interest in electronic materials brought her back into the Ta industry by working for H.C. Starck as Application engineer for capacitor materials starting in 2006. Since 2008 she took over the responsibility for the Strategic Marketing and New Business Development for Tantalum & Niobium Products.

 

 

※A party is held after the lectures. (18:45-) 

 

 

 

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