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.

Mineral Recycling Forum 2021 ONLINE will provide an invaluable opportunity to take the pulse of this evolving sector through expert presentations from leading players, informative discussion, and all-important networking with those active in the business.


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

CET +1 | EDT -5 | SGT +8

Programme Outline

Tuesday 9 February 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.