The MMTA is delighted to announce that the 2017 International Minor Metals Conference will be held at The Conrad Hotel, Dublin on April 24th– April 26th 2017.

The 2016 conference in Amsterdam attracted more than 250 attendees and was among our greatest successes with more member and non-member companies attending, almost twice as many Asian companies as previously, and significantly more first-time delegates!

We believe that a programme of strong and enthusiastic speakers, alongside a growing interest in the MMTA, not to mention the location, played a huge part in that success.

This year will not disappoint, as we relocate to Ireland’s lively and friendly capital. Not only is Dublin the place for a good pint of Guinness – we swear it tastes different there! – it is also full of history and culture which we vow to make the most of with our series of networking drinks receptions and events. Of course, our programme of speakers will continue to be the highlight of the conference.

The conference is not only the highlight of the global minor metals industry calendar, it is the go-to event to meet, share and learn.

To register for the MMTA conference, please go to the event page, or alternatively contact our event partner at

New Enhanced MMTA Member Conference Rates

As part of our review of Member benefits, MMTA members will pay the special rate of £700 per person on this second early-bird rate, a £250 saving on the non-members’ rate during the early-bird period that expires on 11th January 2017. Non-members rates are also very competitive and offer great value for money – the early-bird rate is £950 per person and expires on January 11th.

If you would like information about how to join the MMTA and take advantage of our discounted rates for this and other events, there is still time to apply, so please contact


Programme Outline (*subject to change):

Monday April 24
MMTA Golf day at the K Club – sponsored by ICD

16:00 Registration at the Conrad Hotel
18:00-20:00 – Welcome reception for all attendees

Tuesday April 25

08:30 Registration & Coffee

Session 1: New applications for minor metals

09:00 Opening remarks
09:10 Welcome by James Peer, Chairman, MMTA;
09:20 The popular science spot: “An amazing journey among the elements”, by Laurence Knight, Producer, BBC World Service, and Andrea Sella, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University College London, UK;
10:20-11:20 Coffee

Session 2: End-use developments for minor metals

11:20 “An update on specialty and stainless markets”, by Markus Moll, Managing Director, SMR GmbH, Austria;
11:50 “Developments in aero-engines and material choice”, by Bill Reid, Strategic Sourcing Manager: Airfoil castings, Forgings & Mill Products, Pratt & Whitney, USA;
12:20 “Delivering a conflict-free supply chain”, by Carolyn Duran, Director, Global Supply Management, Intel Corp, USA;
12:50 14:30 Luncheon

14:30 MMTA’s AGM

15:00-16:30 MMTA’s “Black Velvet” Topical Discussions: enjoy a pint of Guinness or a glass of bubbly while discussing a range of issues and market information with fellow participants. Topics will include the outlook for rhenium, hafnium, zircon led by Anthony Lipmann of Lipmann Walton & Co Ltd; supply chain issues led by David Henderson of Rittenhouse International Resource, and battery metals outlook for lithium and cobalt led by Karolina Jackiewicz.

Drinks will be served during the afternoon session and will be followed by a reception for all attendees

Wednesday April 26
09:00 Welcome remarks

Session 3: Minor metals in batteries and storage

09:10 “Energy storage and its applications”, by Professor Peter Hall, Chair in Chemical Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK;
09:35 “Lithium and cobalt supply requirements for batteries”, by Rebecca Gordon, Consultant, CRU Consulting, UK;
10:05-10:45 Coffee

Session 4: Minor Metals: the future is bright

10:45 “Future applications for minor metals: Bi, In, Se, Ge & Ga”, by Dominic Boyle, PPM Pure Metals GmbH, Germany;
11:10 “Outlook for antimony”, by Geert Krekel, Managing Director, Campine, Belgium;
11:35 -12:00 Coffee

Session 5: New material opportunities

12:00 Speaker tba
12:25 “Coatings for gas turbine blades”, by Dr Lisa O’Donoghue, University of Limerick, Ireland;
12:50 “Tomtor — an alternative source of supply for scandium and niobium”, by Alexander Malakh, Chairman of the Board, TriArc Mining Ltd;

13:15 -14:30 Close of conference and luncheon

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