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Agenda Overview

March 10

08.00 Departure on optional field trip to KME’s Serravalle plant

17.00 Registration desk opens

18:00 Cocktail reception

March 11

08:00 Registration desk opens

09.00 Opening remarks by Ann-Marie Moreno, Senior Conference Project Manager, Metal Bulletin Events

09.10 Welcome address by Dr Italo Romano, Chief Financial Officer, KME Group, and Chairman, Istituto Italiano del Rame, Italy

09.35 Session I: Executive Industry Panel
Moderator Ann-Marie Moreno, Senior Conference Project Manager, Metal Bulletin Events

Senior copper executives examine and discuss global industry challenge and strategy 

  • To what degree and in what direction will China influence copper market dynamics and strategic thinking in the mid- to long term?
  • Is it time to rethink mine investment decisions and exercise greater financial planning from the point of conception onwards? 
  • From stagnation to stimulation– what can be done to grow demand in established copper markets? 
  • What role does scrap play today in market balances and company strategy? 
  • Is copper high enough in the league tables when it comes to sustainability – and if not what should industry be doing? 
  • What is the greatest competitive threat for copper end-uses – price, volatility, performance, cheaper alternatives?
  • Examining the weakest links in copper’s industry chain – how can industry “pull together” more effectively? 
  • Other than China, what – or who – truly drives copper prices today: consumption, supply, the financial community?

Panellists include 
Massimo Comina, Group Director for Power Distribution, Prysmian Group, Italy
Christophe Koenig, Senior Vice President Cathodes and Hedging, Aurubis AG, Germany 
Rodrigo Toro, Corporate Sales Vice President, Codelco, Chile

10.40 Refreshment break

11.10 Session II: Mine supply: the pipeline replenishment imperative
Moderator: Paul Dallman, Programme Manager, Metal Bulletin Events, UK

  • A small surplus today but what outlook for mine supply later in the decade? 
  • Running to stand still – the challenge faced by many older, deeper mines 
  • Where will the finance come from to develop mines in the mid- to longer term?
  • While majors have access to the capital and bond markets, what options are available to the junior?
  • The exploration finance crunch and implications for global copper resources 
  • As capex and opex continue to rise, how will investment decisions be rehaped? 
  • Keeping the eye on the ball – shelving marginal assets and focusing on strong margins and cash flow 
  • Delivering capital projects effectively – on time and on budget 
  • How are risk profiles and perceptions changing in copper mining globally?

Speakers include: 

Clive Newall, President, First Quantum Minerals Ltd, UK 
Paul Benjamin, Principal Analyst – Copper Markets, Wood Mackenzie, UK 
Roberto Ecclefield, VP Non-refined Sales, Codelco, Chile
Michael Jones, Director, Natural Resources – MFR, UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking, UK



12.30 Lunch

14.00 Metal Bulletin’s new copper TC/RC index explained
A short introduction to Metal Bulletin’s new index for copper treatment and refining charges (TC/RCs). Metal Bulletin’s editor Alex Harrison and copper correspondent Mark Burton will be discussing the specifications, the methodology, the price history of Metal Bulletin’s new index for the copper market — and taking questions from the audience.


Session III: Global markets panel
Moderator: Mark Burton, Senior Correspondent, Metal Bulletin, UK

  • The market watchers share their views and forecasts on copper market drivers and prices 
  • What key economic factors are driving copper demand and prices?
  • Chinese consumption makes a comeback – or is it simply a question of arbitrage, premiums and stocking? 
  • Will 2013’s modest market surplus become a much bigger overhang in 2014?
  • Can global demand growth help soak up the additional supply? 
  • The off-warrant stock conundrum – what impact might these have on market dynamics? 
  • As mine supply grows can we expect to see something of a smelter bottleneck return to the copper market? 
  • Which applications are most buoyant and in which geographic regions? 
  • Scrap vs concs vs blister – analysing the interaction of copper raw material flows – in China and elsewhere

Panellists include

James Luke, Vice President, Metals Research, JP Morgan, UK 
Marco Calamia, Head of Metal, KME Group, Italy 
Andreas Hommert, Head of Research, Citrine Capital Management, USA


15.30 Refreshment break

Session IV: Focus on the midstream segment
Moderator: Christian Schirmeister, Executive Director – Global Commodities Group, J P Morgan, UK

16.00 Copper smelting and refining today – economics, the environment and evolving feedstocks 
With concentrate back in surplus, how have smelter and refinery economics improved? 
How much pressure is coming from environmental, emission and energy costs? 
Keeping the eye on productivity improvements and reducing supply chain imbalances 
As ore grades decline and mine sources multiply, what does this mean for concentrate quality? 
Are lower grade concentrates necessarily a bad thing – or is there money to be made by the feed-flexible smelter? 
Scrap as a valuable feedstock for the primary smelter and refiner – what are the benefits and the limitations? 
What impurities are causing the biggest headaches at the smelting stage?
How are sulphuric acid market dynamics impacting on copper smelting?

Speakers include:

Artur Wieznowski, Managing Director, and Jerzy Lisak, Chief Metallurgist, Legnica Refinery, KGHM Polska Miedź, Poland
Thomas Buenger, SVP Business Unit Primary Copper, Aurubis, Germany

17.00 Close of Day 1


March 12

Registration and refreshments

09.00 Opening remarks

Session V: Industry dynamics and developments in wire rod, wire and cable
Moderator Ann-Marie Moreno, Senior Conference Project Manager, Metal Bulletin Events

09.10 Examining trends in electrical energy generation: implications for copper demand 

  • How have global economic and other crises impacted on energy demand? 
  • What projections for continued growth in the 21st century 
  • How will this benefit copper, and will aluminium make inroads in these applications? 
  • What should the supply base be doing now to address the anticipated surge in electricity demand globally?

Carmelo Maria Brocato, Commercial Director and VP of the Board, Continuus Properzi SpA, Italy

09.40 Supply chain considerations in the wire and cable business 

  • The copper supply chain from a cable manufacturer’s point-of-view 
  • How do the latest trends in supply chain and manufacturing impact the copper value chain?
  • Material flows in wire and cable – is the refinery and wire rod segment meeting customer needs? 
  • Impact of commodity risk and price volatility in managing inventories and purchases in a global, cyclical, and even seasonal business

Karl Zimmer, SVP Supply Chain and Sub-Saharan Africa, General Cable, USA

10.10 Wire rod panel: change and challenge in copper’s main producer:consumer interface

  • Restructuring and repositioning in the wire rod industry – vertical integration, relocation, diversification 
  • The economics of wire rod production – pricing benchmarks, premiums and margins 
  • Adding rod to the refinery production range – what are the benefits? 
  • Are modest entry barriers continuing to sustain overcapacity in the wire rod sector? 
  • Is the non-integrated rod producer more adaptable in meeting changes in usage and local demand levels? 
  • What raw materials options are available to the stand-alone rod producer? 
  • Meeting customer needs: quality assurance, drawability, cost issues 
  • Oxygen free wire rod – is this where most demand growth lies?
  • Process innovation in the rod mill – improving product quality and cost containment

Panellists include: 

Will Berry, President, SCR Technologies, Southwire Co, USA 
Gustau Castellana, Business Development Manager, La Farga Group, Spain 
Cemal Cubukcuoglu, Commercial Group Manager, Er-Bakir – Elektrolitik Bakir Marmulleri AS, Turkey

 11.05 Discussion period

11.20 Refreshment break

Session VI: Sectorial and regional demand review
Moderator Ann-Marie Moreno, Senior Conference Project Manager, Metal Bulletin Events

11.50 Where will the increase in copper usage come in the near, mid and longer term? 

  • Which emerging markets will provide the lion’s share of demand growth? 
  • In what applications? And for home consumption or export? 
  • Can the more mature markets of Europe, North America and Japan revitalise their consumption copper growth? 
  • Safety and sustainability – what role for copper in aquaculture, antimicrobial and renewable energy, etc?

Jonathan Barnes, Principal Analyst - Copper Demand, Wood Mackenzie, UK

12.20 Keeping consumption growth on track – an examination of China’s downstream segment 

  • Economic and industrial indicators for the world’s biggest consumer 
  • How are these impacting on copper in its different end-uses? 
  • Is the main focus still on infrastructure, energy and transport? 
  • How much overcapacity is there in rolling, fabricating, wire drawing etc? 
  • To what extent do Chinese downstream companies rely on export markets?

Yang Jianhui, Vice General Manager, JCC Jinrui Futures, China

13.00 Copper as a material of choice in the white goods, engineering, energy and electronics industries 

  • Where is copper currently being used, and in what form? 
  • How does copper fare in comparison to other materials in terms of cost and performance? 
  • Global projections for growth in consumer goods and infrastructure – good news for copper?

Wolfgang Jupe, Director Purchasing NF Metals, Siemens AG, Germany

13.30 Close of conference and lunch

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