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2023 REIA Annual Conference and General Assembly

DATE : June 21 - 23, 2023

LOCATION : World Trade Centre Barcelona

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Rare-earth elements continue to be critical contributors to the energy transition that will be required to achieve net-zero objectives. Despite their vital contribution to new energy vehicles and electrical energy generation, there are many uncertainties concerning the rare-earth supply chain.
The 2023 REIA Annual Conference will bring together key stakeholders from the rare-earth sector, drawn from industry, academia, government and the investment community. Participants will hear about the latest developments in pricing and market dynamics, resource and supply challenges and solutions, new and improved technology development, sustainability and the circular economy, and efforts to advance the role of rare-earth elements in meeting the demand challenges to come, for decarbonization.

Participant Companies in 2023

  • Grundfos Holding A/S
  • Stellantis
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Finnish Minerals Group
  • Bosch
  • GE Vernova
  • Siemens Gamesa
  • BMW
  • Opel-Vauxhall
  • SOLVAY
  • Neo Performance Materials
  • Bayer AG
  • ZF
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Adamas Intelligence
  • Pensana Plc
  • Ara Partners
  • DMEGC Germany GmbH
  • BASF
  • B&C Speakers Spa
  • CLEPA – European Association of Automotive Suppliers
  • Treibacher Industrie AG
  • Schaeffler Group
  • Bruker BioSpin Group
  • Fujian Changting Golden Dragon Rare-Earth Co.,Ltd.
  • Innovate UK KTN
  • BEC Gesellschaft
  • Valeo
  • Baotou Tianhe Magnetics
  • Saskatchewan Research Council
  • CEA-LITEN
  • CoTec
  • Heraeus Remloy
  • Wood Mackenzie
  • Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earths
  • Wave International
  • GKN Powder Metallurgy
  • Magneti Ljubljana
  • HCF International Advisers
  • Inner Mongolia Rare Earth Industry Association
  • China Northern Rare Earth High-Tech Co.
  • Baotou Xijun Rare Earth Co.
  • Rocklink GmbH
  • GreenMet
  • Circularise
  • Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V. (VDA)
  • Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp.
  • Phoenix Tailings
  • Energy Fuels
  • EIT RawMaterials GmbH
  • Pforzheim University
  • JL MAG Rare-Earth Co. Europe B.V.
  • Rare Earths Norway
  • ACLARA RESOURCES
  • BOMATEC AG
  • British Geological Survey
  • Orano
  • Tradium GmbH
  • Jožef Stefan Institute
  • Cyclic Materials
  • REEtec
  • Ionic Rare Earths Limited
  • CARESTER
  • Peak Rare Earths
  • University of Bologna
  • Minviro
  • University of Vienna
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • KU Leuven – SOLVOMET Group
  • Critical Materials Recycling, Inc
  • Fraunhofer IWKS
  • Arafura Rare Earths
  • Canadian Critical Minerals & Materials Alliance (C2M2A)
  • ALLIED METALS CORP
  • Iluka Resources Limited
  • Energy Transition Minerals
  • WMC Energy
  • Astron Corporation Limited
  • Less Common Metals Ltd
  • NINGBO SONGKE MAGNETIC MATERIAL CO., LTD
  • Argus Media
  • GE Chaplin Inc
  • REEgen
  • Tusaar Corp.
  • Afrimat
  • Hastings Technology Metals
  • Search Minerals Inc.
  • Ketian Magnet/Jintian Copper
  • Okon Metals
  • Jack Lifton LLC
  • USARE
  • Mkango / HyProMag
  • Malaco Mining Sdn Bhd
  • Tronox
  • The Mosaic Company
  • MAGREESOURCE
  • Delph25
  • Australian Strategic Materials
  • Valent Asset Management
  • TIANJIN SANHUAN LUCKY NEW MATERIALS INC.
  • Rare Earth Salts LLC
  • Entellus Industries Pvt Ltd
  • Dexter Magnetic Technologies
  • CIBAS
  • SERRA VERDE RARE EARTHS
  • Greyfriars LLC
  • Pgtech
  • Fastmarkets
  • Chimerical Technology
  • Tula Technology, Inc.
  • Midwest Energy Pvt Ltd
  • Saudi Ministry of Industry & Mineral Resources
  • Covalis Capital
  • Traxys Europe SA
  • RZ Resources
  • Blue Lakes Advisors
  • MA’ADEN (Saudi Arabian Mining Company)
  • MagPat Consulting
  • Advanced Material Japan Corporation
  • Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources – BGR
  • Rare Earths Norway AS
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Star Group Industry
  • Project Blue
  • Rainbow Rare Earths
  • Baotou Xinyuan Rare Earth New and High-tech Materials Co.
  • Baotou Skrock Rare Earth New Materials Co.
  • Ningbo Longsheng Rare Earth Materials Co.
  • Inner Mongolia Rare Earth Functional Materials Innovation Center Limited Liability Company
  • Anhui Jin Sanlong Recycling Resources Co.
  • Growth Advisors
  • Altona Rare Earths
  • Inner Mongolia Rare Earth Ovoiv Metal Hydride Co.
  • Changsha Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Turkish Energy, Nuclear and Mineral Research Agency
  • Lynas Rare Earths Ltd

Programme agenda

21 June 2023
14.00-17.00

REIA Annual General Assembly (REIA Members only)

22 June 2023
08.00-08.45

Conference Registration

08.45-08.55

Welcome speech: Dr. Badrinath Veluri, REIA President ‘REIA – a global platform for a sustainable world’

08.55-09.15

Keynote 1: Lessons from three decades in the rare earth trenches Constantine Karayannopoulos, CEO, Neo Performance Materials

PANEL 1: Is there enough REE (Rare Earth Elements) resources for energy transition- challenges and opportunities to develop those resources

09.15-10.05

Moderator:
Erika Faigen, Research Fellow Vienna University, Austria
Panelists:
Karen Hanghoj, Director, British Geological Survey
Andrea Cornwell, Head of Marketing, Peak Rare Earths Limited  
Frances Wall, Professor, Exeter University
Rowena Smith, Managing Director, Australian Strategic Materials  

10.05-10.35

Keynote 2: Securing supply of critical materials for an affordable energy transition
Lars Rytter, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), GE Vernova

10.35-11.05

Coffee break

11.05-11.35

Introduction:  Tom Schneberger, CEO, USA Rare Earth

Keynote 3: Inauguration and Keynote Speech
Mike Pompeo, 70th US Secretary of State and Advisor, USA Rare Earth

PANEL 2: Challenges to the automotive industry in securing rare earths for electric mobility

Moderator:
Jose Santamaria, CEO, NuMobility

11.35-12.25

Panelists:
Richard Moore, Head of Materials, NIDEC PSA emotors SAS
Rafal Andrzej Piotuch, Lead Engineer, Porsche Engineering
Nils Poel, Deputy Head of Market Affairs, European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
Karol Bednarek, Consultant, German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA)
Richard Arlot, Key Account Manager, Bomatec

12.25-12.35

Member Spotlight: Iluka Resources

12.35- 13.30

Lunch Break

13.30-13.50

Keynote 4: The evolution of rare earth supply chains: Progress and hurdles Ellie Saklatvala, Senior Editor – Nonferrous Metals, Argus Media

PANEL 3: Sustainable investment: How do companies address the challenges of timeline and cost to reach an optimal ESG state?

13.50-14.40

Moderator:
Donna Vareha-Walsh, Valent Asset Management
Panelists:
Drew Horn, CEO GreenMet
Rafaello Follieri, Founder Pasele SA
Katy Boettcher, Principal, Ara Partners
Robin Fiedler, Senior Analyst, Covalis Capital

14.40-14.50

Member SpotlightSaskatchewan Research Council, Canada

14.50-15.10

Keynote 4: REIA/Minviro/Circularise/Grundfos/BEC ‘Demonstration: How you assess sustainability and trace the material rare earths in electric motors

15.10-15.20

Q&A

15.20-15.50

Coffee Break

15.50-16.05

Keynote 5: Challenges, and opportunities recycling of traction motors, Carlo Bukhardt, Pforzheim University

16.05-16.20

Keynote conversation: Rafal Andrzej Piotuch, Lead Engineer, Porsche Engineering & Carlo Bukhardt, Pforzheim University

16.20-16.30

Member Spotlight: Arafura Resources

PANEL 4: Can Europe build a rare earth value chain and what are the bottlenecks?

Moderator:
Jan Giese, Senior Manager, Tradium
 

16.30-17.20

Panelists:
Jani Adolfsson-Tallqvist, Development Manager, Finnish Mineral Group
Alexander Barcza, VP Permanent Magnets, Vacuumschmelze
David O’ Brock, Commercial Director, REEtec AS
Roland Gauss, Head of Innovation, EIT RawMaterials

19.00-22.00

Networking Dinner

23 June 2023
08.30-9.00

Registration

09.00-09.45

Keynote 7: Electric and digital. The holistic detoxed Opel way,
Florian Huettl, CEO, Opel-Vauxhall

9.45-10.05

Keynote 8: Electric vehicles outlook: motors, magnets and critical materials,
Ryan Castilloux, Managing Director, Adamas Intelligence

10.05-10.35

Keynote 9: Rare-earth industry in Inner Mongolia: status and prospects,
LIU Haifeng, President, Inner Mongolia Rare Earth Industry Association &
WANG Yan, Deputy Director, Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earths,

10.35-10.45

Member Spotlight: Peak Rare Earths

10.45-11.15

Coffee Break

11.15-11.35

Keynote 10:  Rare Earths: Solvay strategy for a sustainable and independent supply
Sebastien MERIC, Executive Vice President, Solvay

PANEL 5: Can Canada bring the REE Supply chain links together?

Moderator:
Ryan Castilloux, Managing Director, Adamas Intelligence

11.35-12.25

Panelists:
Tom Drivas, CEO, Appia Rare Earths
Mohammad Imran, VP, Saskatchewan Research Council
Vasileios Tsianos, Director, Neo Performance Materials
Ahmad Ghahreman, CEO, Cyclic Materials

12.25-12.35

Member Spotlight: Aclara Resources

12.35-13.30

Lunch

13.30-13.50

Keynote 11: Battery material market: trend and forecast
Ross Embleton, Research Analyst, WoodMac

13.50-14.40

PANEL 6: Tecno-economic constraints to build a rare earth recycling loop

Moderator:
Jürgen Gassmann, Head, Magnetic Materials Division, Fraunhofer Institute-IWKS

Panelists: 
Daniel Bina, CEO, Critical Materials Recycling (CMR)
Leonard Ansorge, CEO,  RockLink
Frederick Carencotte, CEO, Carester
Michelle Simpson, Vice President, Okon Metals
Karsten Rachut, Technology Manager, Heraeus Remloy

14.40-14.50

Member spotlight: Tradium

14.50-15.10

Keynote 12: Revision of the European End-of-life Vehicles Directive: Technical proposal to address circularity of rare-earth permanent magnets
Martina Orefice, Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

15.10-16.00

PANEL 7: The development of a sustainable and resilient supply chain for rare earth materials and magnets- in alignment with the EU Raw Materials Act and G7 guidelines

Moderator:
Elbert Loois, Director, HighTech Material Advisory

Panelists:
Jule Naffin, Senior Sustainability Specialist, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Sean Gorman, Managing Director, HCF International Advisers Ltd
Lloyd Kaiser, General Manager, Arafura Rare Earths

16.00-16.05

Conclusion and Wrap Up

16.05-17.00

Coffee Break and Networking

Exhibitors

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