Benchmark World Tour 2019



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07:30 Registration & Breakfast
Chair: Andy Miller, Head of Price Assessments, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence



Establishing lithium ion battery cell production in Germany by 2020

  • The role of Terra-E and BMZ in the rise of megafactory capacity in Europe
  • €300m investment to build cell lines with BMZ from 4GWh to 8GWh
  • Pushing forward e-mobility: The outlook for Europe
Christian Adamczyk, CMO – Chief of Marketing, BMZ Group 20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote

Industry Presentations


Chris Reed, Managing Director (Australia)



Dawn of the lithium ion battery megafactories in Europe

  • Approaching a multi-terawatt hour battery blueprint
  • China’s increasing cell capacity: but what chemistry choices are being made?
  • Europe’s Supply Chain Position Versus China and US
Andy Miller, Head of Price Assessments, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence 20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote
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 2019 and is widely quoted in global media.

Coffee Break

Industry Presentations


Savannah Resources
David Archer, CEO (London)


European Metals Ltd
Keith Coughlan, Managing Director (Australia)



Energy Density and the EV lithium ion battery

  • Lithium ion cell energy density and its consequences for EVs
  • The role of EV platforms and battery pack management
  • EV range versus cost and stumbling blocks to mass adoption / forecast
Adam Panayi, Managing Director, Rho Motion 20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote
Rho Motion is an independent publisher focused on the downstream of the lithium ion battery industry. The London-based company offers monthly energy density assessments and research linking the battery packs to the EV platform. Rho Motion has advised some of the world’s leading banks, investors, EV producers and battery makers.

Building the 21st Century electric vehicle supply chain – First Hand Perspectives

  • Selection criteria for lithium, nickel, graphite anode and cobalt
  • The principles of negotiating a long-term contract from a consumer perspective
  • Battery cell selection policy: the must haves from the nice to haves
Vivas Kumar, Principal Consultant – Supply Chain, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence 20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote
Vivas’ was responsible for building Tesla’s lithium ion battery supply chain from May 2017 and oversaw the most rapid growth period in the EV battery industry’s history. He has rapidly become a pioneer in the lithium ion battery supply chain as the auto industry enters uncharted EV waters.
At Tesla, Vivas was responsible for sourcing and contracting lithium, cobalt, graphite anode and nickel sulphate, in addition to other battery components as the Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada scaled to become the world’s biggest battery plant.
Vivas’ lunch presentation will explore what the auto OEMs want from supply chain contracts and their battery and raw material suppliers, the hurdles to successful dealmaking, and the mismatch of cultures from mine to EV.

Finish Seminars

Field Trip to BMZ HQ


Lunch on the field trip bus

Benchmark Minerals is delighted to announce a field trip to BMZ’s headquarters in Karlstein, one houroutside of Frankfurt.

BMZ is one of Europe’s and the world’s leading lithium ion battery majors with battery pack manufacturing facilities in Germany, Poland, Asia, and China.

The Field Trip will showcase BMZ’s major plans for Europe and tour its battery pack production lines. It will also give the audience a direct contact with top tier management.

Please confirm your place on the BMZ Field Trip – email Emily Dunn –


Bus Leaves Seminar Hotel

14:00 – 14:30

Arrive at BMZ


Introduction to BMZ and networking


Tour of Battery Pack Facilities and HQ

16:00 – 16:30

Bus Leaves for Seminar Hotel, Frankfurt

17:00 – 17:30

Arrive at Hotel