Benchmark World Tour 2019


15 MAY

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08:00 Registration & Breakfast



Dawn of the lithium ion battery megafactories

  • Approaching a multi-terarwatt hour battery blueprint
  • China’s increasing cell capacity: but what chemistry choices are being made?
  • Europe and the US fight back with major plans
Simon Moores, Managing Director, 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.



Magnis a future global LIB technology and cell manufacturer

  • Building a global fleet of gigafactories
  • Breaking the cost barrier via materials technologies and manufacturing efficiencies
  • Technologies for next generation performance
Marc Vogts, Managing Director –Magnis Energy Technologies 20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote
Magnis plans to become one of the world’s largest lithium-ion cell manufacturers through its involvement in various international gigafactories with over 100GWh of production planned by 2025. The Company has rapidly moved into battery technology with their high performing, chemical free anode technology and through the partnership formed with US Based Charge CCCV. Magnis will be responsible for the end to end supply chain in sourcing the raw materials and associated technologies for these gigafactories with the first plant scheduled for production located in New York.

Industry Presentation

09:20 Standard Lithium – Robert Mintak,CEO & Director (Canada)
09:35 Balmoral Resources Ltd – John Foulkes, VP, Corporate Development (Canada)
09:50 TBC



Innovation Addressing a Billion Dollar Lithium Ion Battery Market

  • New proprietary technology changes the way battery materials can be made
  • Innovation lowers costs while increasing performance
  • Strategic partnerships established to commercialize
  • 20+ strategic partner pipeline in place
  • Proven – Piloted – Patented
Dan Blondal, CEO, Director & Founder, Nano One Materials 20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote
Nano One is a Canadian technology company with a scalable industrial process for producing low cost high performancebattery materials and a wide range of other advanced nanostructured composites. This novel three-stage process uses equipment common to industry and is being engineered for high volume production and rapid commercialization.

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 ionbattery 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.

45 mins: Fire side chat: Simon Moores xVivas Kumar xGianni Kovacevic
From Diesel-gate to end of the ICE age: Entering the energystorage revolution

  • Reflections on Four years of intense change for the EV supply chain (20 mins)
  • 20 mins interactive audience participation
Chaired by Jay Roberge, Executive Director, Tehama Capital Participants: Gianni Kovacevic, CEO, Copperbank and World Renown Public Speaker Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence Vivas Kumar, Consultant – Supply Chain, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence