Event Details

2024 REIA Annual Conference and General Assembly Meeting

DATE: June 19 - 20, 2024

LOCATION : JOGMEC Headquarters, Tokyo (Japan)

18 June 2024 - Annual General Assembly Meeting (ONLY FOR MEMBERS) at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting

Rare-earth elements (REEs) are essential materials for our well-being. The seventeen rare-earth elements are used for many advanced applications, such as electric vehicles, wind turbines, automobile catalysts, laser devices, and batteries. REEs continue to be critical contributors to the energy transition. The market has been characterized by various factors, including global demand, supply dynamics, geopolitical considerations, and environmental concerns. The increasing demand for electric vehicles and renewable energy sources has driven the need for rare-earth elements. Meanwhile advanced research focuses on finding alternative materials or technologies that can replace or reduce the reliance on rare-earth elements in certain applications. Innovations in recycling and extraction techniques are also being explored to minimize environmental impact and increase the sustainability of rare-earth technology. Balancing the demand for these elements with environmental sustainability and supply chain security is crucial for the continued advancement of high-tech industries.

Please join us in Tokyo for 2024 REIA Annual Conference to understand the evolving nature of the rare-earth market, technological developments, regulatory issues and circular economy strategies. The conference will bring together key stakeholders from the rare-earth sector, drawn from industry, academia, government and the investment community. 

REIA Annual Conference will try to address pertinent questions such as:

  • Will the supply of rare earths required for the energy transition be sufficient, and from where will it come?
  • Where will rare-earth prices go, with ever-increasing demand?
  • Will the criticality of rare earths change in the near future?
  • What are the specific contributions that rare earths make to the energy transition?
  • What technology and procurement decisions are OEMs and Tier 1 motor and generator manufacturers taking?
  • What are the latest process technologies being developed for the production of rare earths?
  • How do recycling and circular-economy strategies contribute to a resilient supply chain?
  • How can stakeholders ensure that the supply chain is ESG compliant?
  • What are institutional investors looking for in the rare-earth sector?
  • Which current and future regulations and directives will have an impact on the rare-earth supply chain?
  • What is the role of government in the creation of a robust rare-earth sector?

For detailed location information and hotel recommendations, please download our Conference Guide here.

Featured Speakers

Michio Daito

President, JOGMEC

Amanda Lacaze

Managing Director & CEO, Lynas Rare Earths

Philippe Kehren

CEO, Solvay

Michael Rosenthal

COO, MP Materials

Randy Ahuja

Co-President, Proterial America, Ltd.

Masato Sagawa

Advisor, Daido Steel

Tom O'Leary

Managing Director & CEO, Iluka Resources

Oliver Bischof

CPO, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Bernd Schäfer

Managing Director & CEO, EIT Raw Materials

Roderick G. Eggert

Professor, Colorado School of Mines

Yasuhiro Kato

Professor, University of Tokyo

Tsukasa Komatani

President, Suzuki Shokai

Programme agenda

Subject to change

19 June 2024

Conference Registration 


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


Inaugural Address: Michio Daito, President, JOGMEC 


JOGMEC’s role and function, Mr. Hiroshi Shimotori, Executive Vice President, Metals Unit, JOGMEC 


Europe’s Efforts in Diversification of Critical Raw Materials: CRMA and Beyond, Bernd Schaefer, CEO and Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials


REE Demand and Sustainability: Perspectives from the Wind Industry, Oliver Bischof, CPO, Siemens Gamesa 


Member Spotlight: Energy Fuels


Coffee break


Panel Session: The Role of Government and Public-Private Partnerships in Addressing the Criticality of Rare Earths and Other CRMs 
Moderator: Nicole Rodgers, Chief Government & External Affairs Officer, GreenMet 

Bernd Schäfer, CEO and Managing Director, EIT Raw Materials; 

Roderick G. Eggert, Professor, Colorado School of Mines;  

Dan Glover, Counsellor, Australian Embassy in Tokyo; 

Abigail Hunter, Executive Director, SAFE Center for Critical Minerals Strategy;

Phoenix Cai, Second Secretary and Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Japan.


Diversification of the Rare-Earth Permanent-Magnet Supply Chain, Greg Kroll, Executive Vice-President, Neo Magnequench


Diversifying the Rare Earths Supply Chain, Tom O'Leary, Chief Executive Officer, Iluka Resources 

12.30- 14.00

Lunch Break


Hitachi to Proterial, and a Perspective on the Future of RE Permanent Magnets, Randy Ahuja, Co-President, Proterial America, Ltd. 


US Efforts in Diversifying and Sustaining the REE Supply Chain, Roderick G. Eggert, Professor, Colorado School of Mines &  Deputy Director, Critical Materials Innovation Hub 


Panel Session: Alternative Financing of REE Mining and Processing projects: National Perspectives 
Moderator: Andrea Cornwell, Director Asia Pacific, REIA   
Jani Adolfsson-Tallqvist, Development Manager, Finnish Minerals Group;
Muhammad Imran, Vice-President of the Rare Earth Element Division, Saskatchewan Research Council; 
Al-Farabi Ydyryshev, Director General, National Center for Technology Foresight, Kazakhstan;
Tore Malo Ødegård, CFO, Rare Earths Norway. 


Coffee Break


MP Materials: the Front Runner in Developing an Integrated REE Value Chain in USA, Michael Rosenthal, COO MP Materials


Dismantling and Recycling of Permanent-Magnet Motors, Tsukasa Komatani, President, Suzuki Shokai


The Growth of Electric-Vehicle Industry in China, Tomoo Marukawa, Professor, University of Tokyo


Dynamics of the Japanese Rare Earth and Magnet Market, Nagaosa Masatake, Manager, Arthur D. Little Japan Inc


Member Spotlight: Afrimat


Closing remarks: Yuji Tanamachi, President, IRUniverse


Networking Dinner

20 June 2024

Rare Earths Industry: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow? Philippe Kehren, CEO, Solvay 


Panel Session: HREEs - Sustainability, Market and Challenges
Moderator: Thomas Kruemmer, Director, Ginger International Trade & Investment
Tim Harrison, Managing Director, Ionic Rare Earths; 
Ramon Barua Costa, CEO, Aclara Resources;
Khan Liu, President, JL Mag USA;
Brett Hazelden, Managing Director and CEO, Od6 Metals;
Darrin Campbell, President, Namibia Critical Metals. 


Navigating the Future: Sustainable Strategies for Rare-Earth Industries, Amanda Lacaze, CEO, Lynas Rare Earths Corp 


Coffee break


Will the Rare-Earth Permanent Magnet Be Replaceable? Masato Sagawa, Advisor, Daido Steel


Panel: New Process Technologies for Rare-Earth Separation
Moderator: Gareth Hatch, Strategic Advisor, REIA
Sean Medin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, REEgen;
Sirli Sipp Kulli, CEO, BiotaTec;

Francisco Morrone, Co-founder and CEO, ALKEMIO;

David O'Brock, Commercial Director, REEtec.


Electric Vehicles Outlook: Motors, Magnets and Critical Materials,
Daan de Jonge, Product Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence




The Deep-Sea Mining of Rare Earths: Pros and Cons, Yasuhiro Kato, Professor, University of Tokyo


Caremag: an Innovative Unit to Process Efficiently a Mixed of Recycling and Mining Sources, Frederic Carencotte, CEO Carester 


Panel Session: Recycling Rare Earths: Techno-Economic and Environmental issues 
Moderator: Caroline Messecar, Strategic Market Editor, Fast Markets 
Ahmad Ghahreman, CEO, President and Co-Founder, Cyclic Materials; 
William Dawes, Director, HyProMag; 
Felipe Guerrero, Technical Commercial Engineer, JGI-HYDROMETAL;
Leonard Ansorge, Managing Partner, RockLink;
Pini Althaus, CEO and Co-Founder, REEMag.


REE Market Dynamics: The Supply-Demand Paradigm, Ronan Murphy, Editor, Argus Media


Design and Development of Permanent Magnets: How to Solve Rare-Earth Criticality While Considering New Demands?, Hossein Sepehri Amin, Group Leader - Green Magnetic Materials, National Institute of Material Sciences, Japan


Member Spotlight: TAM International 


Vote of Thanks, Nabeel Mancheri, REIA Secretary General


Coffee Break 

Registration for this event is now closed.

Participant Organisations 2024

  • PLANET Co.,Ltd.
  • Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Daido Steel Co., Ltd.
  • Arthur D.Little Japan Inc.
  • Tokyo University
  • MinebeaMitsumi Inc.
  • Japan Special Material Co.,Ltd.
  • National Institute for Materials Science
  • Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Mazda Motor Corporation
  • DMEGC Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Energy Fuels Resources
  • Neo Performance Materials
  • Cyclic Materials Inc.
  • OD6 Metals
  • Kinzokuen Corporation
  • Ningbo Songke Magnetic Material Co., Ltd.
  • Investment NSW
  • The Anchor House, Inc.
  • Iwatani Corporation
  • Qiandong Rare Earth Group CO.,ltd
  • Nippon Pulse Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Ningbo Songke Magnetic Material Co.,Ltd
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • GQD
  • Kumamoto University
  • Iluka Resources Limited
  • Honda Trading America Corp.
  • TAM International LP
  • Saskatchewan Research Council
  • Entellus Industries
  • Finnish Minerals Group
  • REEtec AS
  • REEgen
  • Austrade Japan
  • Colorado School of Mines, Critical Materials Innovation Hub
  • Fastmarkets
  • BEC Gesellschaft für Produktmanagement mbH
  • Fujian Golden Dragon Rare-Earth Co.,Ltd.
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S
  • Lynas Rare Earths
  • Argus Media
  • Mkango Resources
  • Ionic Rare Earths Limited
  • Iluka Resources
  • Brazilian Critical Minerals
  • Torngat Metals Ltd.
  • Rasa Corporation
  • Mongolian National Rare Earth Corp LLC
  • Base Resources
  • Cobra Resources Plc
  • Copenhagen Business School & University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Roc Global
  • Qiandong Rare Earth Group Co., Ltd
  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
  • MagPat Consulting
  • Bomatec AG
  • Mitsubishi Corporation RtM Japan Ltd.
  • GreenMet
  • Grundfos Holding A/S
  • Namibia Critical Metals Inc.
  • Daido Steel Co., Ltd
  • RAG Zakyat Investment -FZCO
  • Arafura Rare Earths Ltd
  • Beijing Co-broad Co., Ltd.
  • CBI
  • Minviro
  • SAFE Center for Critical Minerals Strategy
  • JX Metals
  • Shin-Etsu Magnetics Europe GmbH
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd.
  • Baotou Xijun Rare Earth Co., Ltd.
  • Current Chemicals
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Baotou Mingxin Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
  • CoTec Holdings Corp.
  • Proterial America, Ltd.
  • Baotou Jinmeng Huici Materials Co., Ltd.
  • Sojitz Corporation
  • Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • Hangzhou Permanent Magnet Group
  • Baotou Jingrui Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.
  • Rocklink GmbH
  • Hosokawa Alpine AG
  • JInmeng Huitong Adanced Materials
  • GE Chaplin
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Université de Liège
  • Japan Society of Newer Metals
  • Less common Metals Ltd
  • RZ Resources
  • SFA Oxford Ltd
  • Mineral Technologies
  • TZMI
  • BiotaTec OÜ
  • Afrimat
  • Ganzhou Chenguang Rare Earth New Material Co., Ltd
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Australian Embassy Tokyo
  • Embassy of Canada to Japan
  • DMEGC Germany GmbH
  • Resource Connect Asia
  • University of Tokyo
  • Carester
  • Baotou Research Institute of Rare Earths
  • Tronox
  • Tradium GmbH
  • Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Orano
  • Michelin
  • Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.
  • Australian Strategic Materials
  • Kay Investment Limited
  • Phone In Mag Taiwan
  • Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI)
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Ginger International Trade & Investment Pte Ltd
  • Neo Chemicals & Oxides
  • Proterial, Ltd.
  • JL Mag High End Magnetics Europe BV
  • EIT Raw Materials
  • Rare Earth Industry Association of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
  • Rare Earths Norway
  • Pensana Plc
  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
  • Toyota Tsusho Material Incorporated
  • Baotou Xinyuan Rare Earth New and High-tech Materials Co., Ltd.
  • B&C Speakers SPa
  • SGS Canada Inc
  • JackLifton, LLC
  • Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co. KG
  • Inner Mongolia Xinyu Rare Earth Functional Materials Co., Ltd.
  • Lindian Resources Ltd
  • Bharat Advance Metals LLP
  • BASF Metals Ltd
  • JL Bonded Magnet Co., Ltd.
  • Malaco Mining Sdn Bhd
  • Ningbo Longsheng Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.
  • Baotou Tianhe Magnetics Technology Co.,Ltd.
  • Serra Verde
  • Cap S.a.
  • TOYO Engineering Corporation
  • Ucore Rare Metals
  • Baotou Zhongxin Antai Magnetic Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Rare Earth Technologies
  • Meteoric Resources
  • SGI co.,ltd
  • Trafalgar Rare Earth Alloys Private Limited
  • Victory Metals Ltd
  • Wolftree Group
  • National Center for Technology Foresight Ministry of Industry and Construction Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Bosch (China) Investment Co., Ltd
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Nihon Denji Sokki Co., Ltd
  • Baotou Kerui Micromagnetic Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.


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