8th International Rare Earths Conference
Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, Hong Kong
November 2012
Metal Events Ltd will be holding its 8th International Rare Earths Conference in Hong Kong in 2012.
Tuesday 13 November
16:00 – 18:00  Registration
18:00 – 20:00 Welcome Reception sponsored by Great Western Minerals
Wednesday 14 November
08:00 – 08:45 Registration desk re-opens
Session 1 – Rare earths sector overview
08:45 Welcome remarks by Rachel Carnac, Director, Metal Events Ltd United Kingdom;
08:50 Keynote paper – Nicholas Curtis, Executive Chairman, Lynas Corporation Ltd., Australia:
09: Earths Industry: Comatose or In Limbo”, by  Dudley Kingsnorth, Director, IMCOA, Australia;
09:40 “Increasing global supply diversity through technology innovation”, by Mark Smith, President, Molycorp Inc., USA;
10:05 Q&A
10:15 Coffee
Session 2 – Asian Rare Earths Markets
11:15 ”Japan’s search for rare earths”, by Nick Kotaki, Managing Director, Material Trading Company Ltd., Japan;
11:40  ”An overview of the Vietnamese rare earth industry – what does the future hold?”, by Hoanh Son Nguyen, Chairman, S.O.N International Minerals Consulting Corp , Vietnam;
12:05 “India as a potential hub for rare earths”, by D. Singh, Director (Marketing) IREL, India;
12:30 “Overview of the Chinese rare earth market”, by Judith Chegwidden, Director, Roskill Consulting Group, United Kingdom
12:55 Q&A
13:00 – 14:30  Luncheon
Session 3 – Processing, Separation & Waste Management
14:30 “Obstacles faced in feasibility studies of REE containing rocks and minerals processing”, by Reiner Haus, Managing Director, Dorfner ANZAPLAN, Germany;
14:55 “How to obtain an efficient rare earths concentrate”, by Edwin Bentzen, Lyntek Inc., USA;
15:30 Q&A
15:45 Tea
Thursday 15 November
Session 4 – Integrating the supply chain
09:00 “Access to heavy rare earths: Sourcing diversification, separation and recycling”, by Frédéric Carencotte, Director Operations, Rhodia Rare Earth Systems, France;
09:25  ”Vertical integration and expansion at Less Common Metals”  by Gary Billingsley, Executive Chairman, Great Western Minerals Group Ltd., Canada;
09:50 Q&A
10:00 Coffee
Session 5 – Rare earths consumption 
11:00 ” The way forward for the Japanese NdFeB magnet industry: Improving performance while minimising reliance on scarce resources of REEs”, by Takehisa Minowa, Shinetsu, Japan;
11:25 “NdFeB magnets in new energy applications”, by Han Yu, JLMAG Rare-Earth Co Ltd;
11:50 “Permanent magnets: Demand for rare earths materials”, by Suzanne Shaw, Analyst, Roskill Information Services Ltd., United Kingdom & Steve Constantinides, Director of Technology, Arnold Magnetic Technologies, USA;