Agenda Highlights

Top sessions


9:00 Ferroalloys outlook with pricing trends and concerns

  • Market overview of each ferroalloy
  • Pricing trends of alloys and ores across regions
  • What to expect for upcoming year?

Amy Bennett, Senior Steel Editor, Principle Consultant, Fastmarkets

Christopher Kavanagh, Non-Ferrous Editor, North America (Metals and Mining), Fastmarkets


13:50 Annual manganese panel:

Changing trade flow and end user markets - New developments in the manganese industry

Aloys D’Harambure, Executive Director, International Manganese Institute

Pedro Larrea, CEO, Ferroglobe

Kevin Fowkes, Managing Consultant, Alloy Consult

Manish Sarda, Director – International Business, Sarda Metals & Alloys Ltd
Karl Liu, General Manager, Sino-Minemet International Co.,Ltd

15:05 Annual chrome panel:

Price volatility, oversupply in high-carbon ferrochrome - How will new developments transform supply and demand balance?

Jon Stibbs, Senior Pricing Reporter, Fastmarkets

Robert Yildirim, President & CEO, Yildirim Holding

Dr Danko Konchar, COO, Afarak Group

Lara Smith, Managing Director, Core Consultants

Dmitry Pastour, CEO, Unichrome AG

16:35 Annual nickel panel:

Continuous demand in battery and stainless steel industry?

Krisztina Kalman-Schueler, Managing Director, DMM Advisory Group

Denis Sharypin, Head of Market Research, Norilsk Nickel

Anil Shah, President, Ni-Met Metals



Ferroniobium: Latest developments and trading trends 

  • Ferroniobium – how is the trend of substituting vanadium continuing to develop?

Closer look at ferrosilicon industry

  • What does the next year hold for the ferrosilicon market?
  • The Chinese silicon industry and its impact on Western World supply/demand 2019/2024
  • China government policies toward export of silicon – how are they changing?

Circular economy & resource efficiency roundtable breakout session

  • Circular economy and the steel industry: Future ideas for improvement to be more ‘green’

Diversity and equality roundtable session

  • Gender diversity and equality: How to become a more inclusive company?

Vanadium roundtable breakout session

  • Redox flow batteries and their future: what does it mean for the high purity vanadium demand?

Molybdenum roundtable breakout session

  • What is the demand outlook for 2020?
“The Fastmarkets conference is a good opportunity to meet your customers and suppliers in Budapest in November. The IMnI will attend to learn from industry experts and network with international delegates of the ferro-alloy industry.”
Aloys d'Harambure, Executive Director at International Manganese Institute (IMnI)

Meet our speakers

Key speakers:

Paulo Misk, President and CEO, Largo Resources

Robert Yildirim, President & CEO, Yildirim Holding

Denis Sharypin, Head of Market Research, Norilsk Nickel

Andreas Keller, Vice President, Scandinavian Steel

Pedro Larrea, CEO, Ferroglobe

Dr Danko Konchar, COO, Afarak Group

Amy Bennett

Senior Steel Editor, Principal Consultant

Fastmarkets MB

Matteo Chareun

Sales Manager

Euromet SA

Barry Lazar



Filipe Costa


Cronimet Envirotec GmbH

Aloys D'Harambure

Executive Director

International Manganese Institute

Kevin Fowkes

Managing Consultant

Alloy Consult

Krisztina Kalman-Schueler

Managing Partner

DMM Advisory Group

Christopher Kavanagh

Non-ferrous editor, North America

Fastmarkets AMM

Jelena Manojlovic

Chairmen Of Board

Afarak Group

Ewa Manthey


Fastmarkets MB

James May


Midland Silicon Company

Robert Messmer

Market Analyst

SMR - Steel & Metals Market Research

Dmitry Pastour


UniChrome AG

Charlotte Radford

Senior Pricing Reporter And Battery Raw Materials Team Leader

Fastmarkets MB

Anil Shah


Ni-Met Metals

Lara Smith

Managing Director

Core Consultants

Jon Stibbs

Senior Pricing Reporter


Michel van Hoey

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company