New York

Benchmark World Tour 2018

New York, USA


New York | Monday May 7th 2018
Venue: Bloomberg HQ 731 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022.


07:30 Registration & Breakfast
08:15 Event Introduction
Christopher Perrella – Equity Research Analyst – Chemicals, Bloomberg Intelligence

Keynotes: One

08:30 Lithium ion and alternative battery technologies and their supply chains
  • Lithium ion batteries: state of play – production, capacity build out, and market forecast
  • EVs: Introducing Solid State Batteries
  • Energy Storage: Lithium ion versus vanadium flow
  • Benchmark’s new raw material demand forecast for lithium and cobalt
Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK)
Andy Leyland, Head of Forecasting, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (UK

Benchmark is the world’s leading market price data and supply chain intel provider focused on lithium ion and solid-state battery supply chains. Benchmark sets the monthly lithium reference price that is published by Bloomberg, testified to US Senate in 2017 and is widely quoted in global media.

Industry Presentations:

08:50 Battery Mineral Resources Ian Pringle, Technical Director (Australia)
09:05 Neometals – Chris Reed, Managing Director (Australia)
09:20 Pure Energy Minerals – Patrick Highsmith, CEO (Canada)
09:35 Standard Lithium – Robert Mintak, CEO & Director (Canada)
09:50 Global Geoscience – Bernard Rowe, Managing Director (Australia)

Keynotes: Two

10:05 Introducing the commercial potential for solid state batteries in EVs
  • Solid state batteries 101 – a producer’s perspective
  • The medium and long-term potential in solid state cells versus lithium ion batteries
  • Solid state’s anode and cathode materials that are leading the charge
Douglas Campbell, CEO, Solid Power Inc (USA)

Solid Power is a cutting edge leading researcher and developer of next-generation, all solid-state rechargeable batteries with a goal of commercializing the technology as a successor to lithium ion in EVs.

10:25 Q&A with all speakers
10:45 Coffee Break

Keynotes: Three

11:15 Have we underestimated the EV truck market?
  • Introducing Thor Trucks and the ET-One electric class 8 tractor
  • Thor’s blueprint to electrify the US trucking industry
  • Views on lithium ion batteries from the end user perspective
Dakota Semler, CEO & Co-Founder, Thor Trucks (USA)

Thor Trucks is one of the highest profile new EV companies in North America and is the winner of Fast Company‘s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards – transportation category.

Industry Presentations

11:35 Piedmont Lithium – Keith Phillips, Managing Director, Piedmont Lithium (US)
11:50 Lake Resources – Steve Promnitz, Managing Director (Australia)
12:05 Savannah Resources – David Archer – CEO (London)
12:25 Nano One Materials Corp – Dan Blondal, CEO & Director (Canada)
12:40 Q&A with all speakers
13:00 – 13:45 Finish & Networking lunch / Meet the Speakers



Ian Pringle

Executive Chairman, Battery Mineral Resources Ltd

Robert Mintak

CEO, Standard Lithium

Steve Promnitz

Managing Director, Lake Resources NL

Patrick Highsmith

CEO, Pure Energy Minerals

Chris Reed


Dan Blondal

CEO, Nano One Materials

David Archer

CEO, Savannah Resources

Bernard Rowe

Managing Director
Global Geoscience