Benchmark Minerals Week 2019
Tuesday 12th November 2019

Solid State Symposium

Ahead of the annual Benchmark Minerals Week Joint Networking Reception, join our expert speakers on a session designed to explore the biggest potential disruptor to existing lithium ion battery technology: solid state batteries.

Given the implications of the technology across the supply chain, delegates from both Graphite + Anodes 2019 and Cathodes 2019 are invited to join us for an interactive symposium exploring the challenges and opportunities of new battery technology.

17:00 Welcome Address
Emily Hersh, Managing Partner, DCDB Group
17:10 Battery technology outlook
Logan Goldie-Scot, Manager, Energy Sotrage, Bloomberg NEF
17:25 Commercialising a solid-state future
17:45 Solid state technology
Doug Campbell, CEO, Solid Power
18:00 Q&A with all speakers
18:30 Networking Reception
19:00 – 22:00 BM Week Joint Networking Reception
Wednesday 13th November 2019

Session 1: Keynotes

Chair: Vivas Kumar, Principal Consultant, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
08:45 Welcome Address Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
09:00 Guest of Honour 2019
09:30 China’s cathode empire Yuan Gao, President and CEO, Pulead Technology
09:50 Developing cathode capacity outside of Asia Robert Privette, Business Development Manager, Umicore
10:10 Asian cathode producer
10:30 Coffee Break

Session 2: Cobalt & Nickel

11:00 Cobalt Keynote
11:20 Trent Mell, President & CEO, First Cobalt Corp
11:35 The future for cobalt and nickel in batteries Anthony Milewski, Chairman & CEO, Cobalt 27
11:55 Developing US nickel sulphate capacity Sean Werger, President, Talon Metals
12:10 Cobalt Keynote
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Lunchtime debates
Debate 1: Brine vs Spodumene

In recent years the urgent need to expand lithium supplies to meet growing battery demand has seen a shift in the leading feedstock material, towards what has historically been a higher cost source of production.

Our expert panel debate the pros and cons of lithium’s two primary sources of feedstock material and ask which will be more crucial in meeting the needs of the EV revolution.

Moderator: Joe Lowry, President, Global Lithium LLC

  • Dr. Christian Graf, Business Unit Director
  • Alex Holmes, CEO, Plateau Energy Metals
  • Carlos Vicens, CFO, Neo Lithium
Nickel vs Cobalt

The hype that surrounded the shift towards high-nickel cathode technologies has not come to bear as quickly as many were anticipating at the start of 2018.

As cathode, battery and EV producers weigh up the benefits of progressing established technologies, our expert panel discuss what this means for the intensity of nickel and cobalt in lithium ion battery cathodes over the coming decade, and how each industry is prepared to meet these needs.


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14:30 Coffee & Dessert

Session 3: Lithium

15:00 SQM
15:30 Lithium Keynote
16:00 Jon Evans, CEO, Lithium Americas
16:20 Ken Brinsden, MD & CEO, Pilbara Minerals
16:40 Richard Cohen, Managing Director, Rio Tinto
17:00 Mr Xiong Wei, VP, General Lithium
Fireside Chats

Day One of Cathodes 2019 will conclude with two fireside discussions with a group of expert panelists, exploring the outlook for the minerals and metals of strategic importance in the lithium ion battery supply chain.

An interactive discussion will be held over a wine tasting, providing delegates with a chance to finish the day with an in depth discussion on the the opportunities and challenges facing the EV supply chain in the relaxed setting of Merina Del Ray.

Fireside chat 1: Lithium’s EV leap
Moderator: Abid Mukhtar, Partner, Commodity Capital
  • Robert Mintak, CEO, Standard Lithium
  • Chris Doornbos, President & CEO, E3 Metals Corp
  • TBC
Fireside chat 2: Battery Mineral Investment
Moderator: Tobias Tretter, Partner, Commodity Capital
  • Marco Romero, President & CEO, Euro Manganese Inc
  • TBC
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Thursday 14th November 2019

Session 4 : Demand Keynotes

08:45 Lithium ion battery outlook
Sam Jaffe, MD, Cairn ERA
09:00 Consumer electronics
09:20 Heavy Duty EVs
09:40 Stationary Storage
10:00 EV producer
10:20 Future Applications
10:40 Q&A Panel with all speakers
11:00 Coffee Break

Session 5 : Future Technologies

11:30 Introductory remarks
Logan Goldie-Scot, Mananger, Energy Storage, Bloomberg NEF
11:45 Cathode technology update
Dan Blondal, CEO, Nano One Materials
12:00 Lithium ion’s recycling challenge
Mike Tamlin, COO, Neometals Ltd
12:15 Cathode material solutions
Eric Kish, CEO, Nanoramic Labs
12:30 Forecasting the lithium ion revolution
Andy Leyland, Head of Forecasting, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
12:45 Q&A Panel
13:15 Lunch and conference end



To be announced