12.00-17.00 GMT Tuesday 9 February 2021

EU Action | Mine Tailings | Refractories | Li-ion Batteries | Ceramics | Alumina | Graphite | Magnesia

IMFORMED is delighted to announce Mineral Recycling Forum 2021 ONLINE, 12.00-17.00 GMT Tuesday 9 February 2021.

This year’s pandemic has amplified the issues of overreliance on certain mineral sources and the vulnerability of mineral supply chains.

More than ever, the fast evolving mineral recycling sector has an essential and increasing role to play as consuming markets undergo a major rethink on strategic mineral sourcing and evaluate alternatives.

Essential to all those in the mineral recycling supply chain: sourcing, trading, logistics, sorting, processing, end use application, R&D

Attending Companies include: ALFRAN | Almatis | Calderys | DEREF | Imerys | HarbisonWalker | Hydro Aluminium | JSW Steel | Mineralen Kollee | Possehl | PRCO America | Quarzwerke | Refratechnik | RHI Magnesita | REF Minerals | Sibelco | Saint-Gobain | Sojitz | TRL Krosaki | Vesuvius

Developments in mineral sourcing strategy will be accompanied by the continuing evolution of the mineral recycling sector, driven by benefits of alternative recycled mineral sources, cutting costs (from waste disposal), the overall move to develop the Circular Economy to protect the environment, and providing mineral suppliers and mineral consumers with a “green” portfolio.

It is significant that the EC’s recently announced Action Plan, in line with the “European Green Deal”, will also address circularity and sustainability of the raw materials value chain, develop sustainable financing criteria for mining and extractive sectors by the end of 2021, and map the potential of secondary critical raw materials from EU stocks and wastes to identify viable recovery projects by 2022.

The mineral industry future should see:

  • Opportunities to process minerals from waste, develop & supply sorting technology & equipment
  • Increasing economic alliances between waste sources (end users) + recyclers, new logistic chains
  • Supply chain co-operation in modifying end product formulations to ease end-of-life recyclability
  • More primary mineral producers involved in recycling tailings and other waste sources to offer wider product range (including blends?)

With such developments in progress, changes in mineral sourcing strategy, and a boost from national and regional government-led initiatives, the 2020s will certainly herald a new era of industrial mineral recycling. This cannot come soon enough in order to stimulate economies and meet demand when market recovery starts in earnest.

Until we are able to provide our usual high quality in-person event, we are offering the market an excellent alternative: a live online conference to examine and discuss these key mineral recycling trends and developments.

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.


12:00 Welcome & Introduction
Ismene Clarke & Mike O’Driscoll, Directors, IMFORMED
12:15 Critical raw materials resilience: charting a path towards greater security and sustainability –increased circularity and efficient use of resources
Maria Nyberg, Policy Officer, EC, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Belgium
12:30 EcoGraf: Closing the Carbon Loop in Li-ion batteries
Andrew Spinks, Managing Director, EcoGraf Ltd, Australia
13:00 BREAK
13:15 South Korea’s refractory recycling status & key challenges to address 
Joo Yongdon, CEO, Korea Material Co. Ltd, South Korea & Sangpil Raul Hwang, Industrial Minerals Trader, Sojitz Corp., Japan
13:30 Requirements for implementing Circular Economy in the refractory waste management of a steel plant
Aintzane Soto, R&D Process Engineer, Sidenor, Spain
13:45 Refractory recycling developments
Wilker Felipe Silva, Refractory Purchasing Manager, ArcelorMittal Brazil, Brazil
14:15 BREAK
14:30 ENSUREAL – Pedersen Process Revisited: Changing the colour of alumina production
Dr David Konlechner, Owner, KON Chemical Solutions e.U, Austria
14:45 Mineral waste streams in ceramic construction products: Potential & limitation
Carl Sorrell, Vice President, IntoCeramics, OPF Enterprises LLC, USA
15:00 Reclamation & repurposing tailings as a source of low-risk MgO supply for construction market
J. Michael Sullivan President & CEO, BAIE Minerals Inc., Canada
15:15 Use of LIBS in recycling and in steel, refractory and mining industry
Amit Ahsan, Sales Engineer, SECOPTA analytics GmbH, Germany
15:45 Roundtable Breakout:

1. Refractory Recycling

2. Sorting & Other Challenges in Mineral Recycling

16:30 Close of Forum

* subject to change; all times GMT

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Contact: Ismene Clarke ismene@imformed.com | +44 (0)7905 771 494