Programme*

Outline

Monday 30 October
Evening Welcome Reception
sponsored by  Mexichem_Logo_RGB_#00b5ec
Tuesday 31 October
Presentations & Discussion
Wednesday 1 November
Presentations & Discussion

Thursday 2 November
Field Trip: Mexichem_Logo_RGB_#00b5ec & Lunch
08.30-18.00

The programme will include a Keynote Discussion Panel featuring senior management from leading companies across the fluorine supply chain, and themed sessions structured mine to market on the latest trends and developments in supply, processing, logistics, and consuming markets.

MONDAY 30 OCTOBER 2017

16:30 Registration

18:00 Welcome Reception sponsored by Mexichem_Logo_RGB_#00b5ec

TUESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2017

07:30 Registration

08.45 Introduction
Ismene Clarke, Director, & Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED, UK

09:00 Welcome Address
Gustavo Puente, Secretary of Economic Development State of San Luis Potosí, Mexico

KEYNOTE OVERVIEWS 1
09:15 Mexichem: Leading the fluorspar industry today and tomorrow
Andrés Múgica Jiménez de la Cuesta, President, Fluor Business Group, Mexichem, Mexico

09:45 Global fluorine production and supply trends
Michele McRae, Fluorspar & Barite Specialist, US Geological Survey, USA

10:15 Coffee

11:15 Keynote Panel Discussion: Status of the Fluorine Market

12:15 Lunch

REGIONAL 1: CHINA | MEXICO

14:00 The evolving influence of China on the world fluorspar market
Kerry Satterthwaite, Division Manager, Industrial Minerals & Carbon & Chemicals, Roskill Information Services Ltd, UK

14:30 Mexico’s fluorspar resources and production
Armando Alatorre, Industrial Minerals Consultant, Mexico

15:00 Coffee

REGIONAL 2: SOUTH AFRICA
15.30 Doornhoek: One of the world’s largest fluorspar deposits?
Allan Saad, CaF2 SA Fluorite Pty Ltd, South Africa

16:00 SepFluor’s Nokeng Mine
Rob Wagner, Chief Executive Officer, SepFluor Ltd, South Africa

16:30 Downstream fluorochemical industry development activities and progress in South Africa
Chris Potgieter, Director, BFluor Chemicals (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

17:00 Close of Day 1

*subject to change

WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2017

08:00 Registration

KEYNOTE OVERVIEWS 2
08:30 The shaky supply-demand balance of acidspar: facts and fortune telling
Oliver Rhode, Managing Director, XENOPS Chemicals GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

09:00 Fluorspar to 2018 and beyond
Gerry Clarke, Consultant, & Peter Huxtable, Consultant, UK

09.30 Recent advances and trends in fluorine-based chemicals manufacturing
Olivier Ruffiner, Business Manager Fluorine, Buss ChemTech AG, Switzerland

10:00 Coffee

SUPPLY CHAIN INPUTS
11:00 Cost pressures in acid-grade fluorspar & downstream industries
Ashok Shinh, Ashok Shinh Consulting Ltd, UK

11:30 Sulphuric acid a key factor in fluorochemical production: a global outlook
Fiona Boyd, Director, Acuity Commodities, USA

12:00 Shipping fluorspar and the dry bulk market outlook
Aernaut Meijer, Director North America Dept., Spliethoff Transport BV, the Netherlands

12:30 Lunch

PROCESSING
14:00 Upgrading fluorspar material using optical, near infrared and laser sensor-based sorting
Harold Cline, North American Area Sales Manager, Tomra Sorting Solutions, USA

14:30 Separation technology solutions for the fluorspar industry
Lütke von Ketelhodt, Business Development Manager – Mining, Steinert US, USA

15:00 Coffee

MARKET TRENDS & OUTLOOK

15:30 Adoption of non-fluorochemical refrigerants: a reset of expectations for the future?
Ray Will, IHS Markit Ltd, Director Chemical Consulting, Specialty and Inorganic Chemicals, USA

16:00 Global steel supply and demand outlook
Justine Coyne, Asst. Editor, Steel Markets, S&P Global Platts, USA

16:30 Fluorspar use and demand as a welding flux
David Fedor, Global Consumable Chemicals Mgr & R&D, Lincoln Electric Co., USA

17:00 Fluorspar application in the cement market
David Guerrero, Elementia Plan Optimization Manager, Cementos Fortaleza, Mexico

17:30 Close of Day 2

*subject to change

THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2017

FIELD TRIP: Mexichem_Logo_RGB_#00b5ec MINE & PLANT

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Itinerary*

08.15 Meet in hotel lobby
08.30 Depart by bus to Mexichem mine and plant
09.45 Mine/plant induction briefing and tour
14.00 Lunch at Centro de las Artes, SLP
17.00 Depart for hotel
18.00 Arrive hotel

*subject to change

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The Tree of Fluorine Life 

whose many branches will be well tended to at Fluorine Forum 2017

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Source: Eurofluor (CTEF, Comité Technique Européen du Fluor), the Association representing the major producers and users of hydrogen fluoride (HF) and fluoride chemicals in Europe.