Refractory Minerals Forum 2021 ONLINE will focus on global trends and outlook in supply and demand for refractory raw materials and markets

Refractory Minerals Forum 2021 ONLINE will bring together a panel of industry experts to present, discuss, and network with international attendees from across the refractory raw material supply chain.


All times GMT | +1 CET | -5 EDT | +8 SGT

Day 1 Tuesday 16 March

11.00 Welcome & Introduction
Ismene Clarke, Director & Mike O’Driscoll, IMFORMED, UK
11.30 Refractory futures: the Circular Economy, climate change & its effect on refractory mineral markets
Dr Richard Flook, Managing Director, Mosman Resources, Australia
12.00 Latest supply trends for Chinese refractory minerals
Vincent Wong, Market Analyst, Refractories Window, China
12.30 India’s response to refractory raw material supply & demand
Sameer Nagpal, CEO, Dalmia-OCL, India

13.00 BREAK

13.15 Overview of dolomite activities within RHI Magnesita
Thomas Frömmer, Senior VP Mining, RHI Magnesita, Austria
13.45 Magnesia review
Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED, UK
14.15 A Year in Transition: 2021 Global Refractories Outlook
Carol Jackson, President, World Refractories Association & CEO, HarbisonWalker International, USA


Informal Networking

1. Magnesia

2. Refractory Market

Day 2 Wednesday 17 March

12.00 Welcome & Introduction
Ismene Clarke, Director & Mike O’Driscoll, IMFORMED, UK
12.15 Evolution of raw material selection for refractory applications
Phil Edwards, Refractory Market Director, & Chris Parr, VP Science & Technology, Imerys Refractories, Abrasives and Construction, France
12.45 Refractory bauxite trends
Ted Dickson, TAK Industrial Mineral Consultancy, UK
13.15 Update on First Bauxite’s high grade bauxite supply from Guyana
John Karson, VP Sales and Marketing, First Bauxite LLC, USA

13.45 BREAK

14.00 Andalusite supply outlook
Dirk Auge, Sales Manager, Cofermin Rohstoffe GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
14.30 The graphite supply chain: a strategic review
George Miller, Analyst, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, UK
15.00 Speciality grade chromite: the trends & impacts from mainstream ferrochrome demand
Dr Nils Backeberg, Manager Steel Alloys, Roskill, UK


Informal Networking

  1. Aluminosilicates

  2. Graphite/Chromite

*subject to change


Programme Outline

Tuesday 16 March 2021
11.00-16.00 GMT Presentations & Discussion
Wednesday 17 March 2021
12.00-17.00 GMT Presentations & Discussion

At present, we are using Zoom Pro Webinar, and we are aiming to add breakout rooms and wider networking functions for 2021. We shall keep you posted on this with appropriate advisories.

  • Safe The next best thing to meeting in person, and it’s totally safe
  • Practical Access direct from your place of work, or different sites if you’re on the move
  • Economic Save money on travel, hotels, and visas
  • Time Efficient Avoid time out of the office and organising travel arrangements
  • Engage Ask and comment on questions to the panel
  • Network Themed Breakout Roundtables to meet contacts, discuss, and chat
  • Don’t miss a thing The entire Forum is recorded, and PDF presentations available, so you can review and digest at your convenience

Dead burned magnesia ready for loading for export from Bayuquan, China