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23rd Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference

A new generation of mines, game changing technology, improved productivity & reduced carbon footprint

10-11 August 2021 | Perth

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“The iron ore industry led Australia out of the GFC and there is every chance it might do it again as we crawl from the COVID crisis.” 15/8/20, The Australian

“Global brokers Citi, Credit Suisse and most of all JPMorgan have quite literally changed their tune on the outlook for iron ore and it could mean a new sweet spot for BHP, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group, along with a string of mid cap producers.” 15/8/20, The Australian

This year’s event will focus on COVID-19 and the impact to steel raw materials, industry growth & developments, optimizing value, managing & improving iron ore quality, developments in innovation & automation, process improvements and decarbonisation pathways to reduce carbon footprint, lower energy costs and improving the bottom line.

With the health and safety of our speakers, delegates and staff as our top priority, this years Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast conference will now run over 3 days via our fully interactive virtual event platform.

We believe that by going virtual the event will greatly facilitate interstate and international attendees and speakers, as there is no need to worry about flights, accommodation, border closures, quarantine periods and other restrictions.

As we look ahead the event will provide the perfect opportunity for the region’s iron ore & steel executives to come together to assess, debate, and anticipate how 2021 is going to unfold after the current uncertainty.

Join hundreds of iron ore executives, project directors, analysts, engineering firms, industry suppliers and many more for 2 days of presentations, discussions, networking and private meetings.

Just some of the key issues to be addressed at the 2020 event include:

  • Iron ore & steel market outlook and updates
  • COVID19 and the impact to steel raw materials, supply chains & operations
  • Project updates & expansions
  • Optimising value – technology developments
  • Revolutionary decarbonizing technologies – Opportunities to reduce reliance on costly fossil fuels and their carbon foot print
  • Renewables increasing important role in attracting project investment and maintaining a “social license” to operate
  • Innovation & Automation -The future of growth, IOT, remote operation centers, new productivity developments

This year’s 23rd Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference will be run concurrently with the 21st Mineral Sands Conference as a key industry gathering and a networking opportunity not to be missed.


Paul McTaggart

Co-Head Pan Asia Metals and Mining, Citi Research

Paul Bloxham

Chief Economist, HSBC

Lachlan Shaw

Director, Head of Commodity Research, Markets, Corporate & Institutional Banking, National Australia Bank

Vivek Dhar

Director - Mining and Energy Commodities Research, Commonwealth Bank

Kim Christie

Senior Analyst Iron Ore and Steel, Wood Mackenzie

Simon Thomas

Project Director, South Flank, BHP

Greg Lilleyman

Chief Operating Officer, Fortescue Metals Group

Peter Kerr

CEO, Mount Gibson Iron Limited

Mark Eames

Strategic Technical Advisor, Magnetite Mines

Quentin Hill

Managing Director, Carpentaria Resources

Amir Sabet

Senior Consultant, CRU

Dr Neil J. Bristow

Managing Director, H & W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd

Clyde Russell

Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist, Thomson Reuters

Alex Griffiths

Principal Analyst, Steel and Iron Ore Markets, Wood Mackenzie

Li Xinchuang

Chairman and Chief Engineer, China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute (MPI), Vice Chairman, China Iron and Steel Association (CISA)

Xiaoxuan Sun (David)

Managing Director, Sinosteel Australia Pty Ltd

Lloyd Hain

Managing Director, AME Consulting

Jun Kai Heng

Associate Editor, Metals – Steel Business, S&P Global Platts

Chris Newman

Senior Editor, Argus Ferrous Markets, Argus Media


Agenda timing is Australian Western Standard Time – AWST

9:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Paul McTaggart, Co-Head Pan Asia Metals and Mining, Citi Research


9:40 am

Economic outlook

Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, HSBC

10:10 am

Iron ore and steel market outlook

Paul McTaggart, Co-Head Pan Asia Metals and Mining, Citi Research

10:40 am

  • COVID19 and the impact to steel raw materials, supply chains & operations
  • China
  • New supply and industry developments
  • Sustainability & decarbonisation – investment, development & growth
  • The effect of changes in recycling of scrap steel on iron ore demand
  • Is India the next disrupting factor in the iron ore market?

11:10 am

Refreshment break (20mins)


11:30 am


Simon Thomas, Project Director, South Flank, BHP

12:05 pm

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | World class operations, infrastructure and marketing delivering value

Greg Lilleyman, Chief Operating Officer, Fortescue Metals Group

12:40 pm

Lunch break (30 min)

1:10 pm

Australia’s premium grade hematite iron ore miner

Peter Kerr, CEO, Mount Gibson Iron Limited

1:35 pm

  • Iron ore quality and price drivers
  • Economics of processing versus DSO production
  • Magnetite mines overview

2:00 pm

Carpenteria Resources – Plans to develop Hawson Iron ore project

Quentin Hill, Managing Director, Carpentaria Resources

2:20 pm

COVID19 and the impact to steel raw materials

Amir Sabet, Senior Consultant, CRU

2:40 pm

CLOSE OF DAY 1 | Closing remarks from the Chair

Agenda timing is Australian Western Standard Time – AWST

9:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Dr Neil J. Bristow, Managing Director, H & W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd


9:40 am

  • Will the combination of the COVID19 and volatile market conditions distract the attention of business leaders from clean energy transitions?
  • Are iron ore miners and global steel producers doing enough to combat climate change
  • How rapid should the industry de-carbonise
  • What are the main risks? Increased regulation, loss of social licence, technological innovation
  • A future path for the industry

10:10 am

  • How is the steel industry addressing the challenge of reducing carbon emissions?
  • Evaluating emerging decarbonisation technologies
  • Challenges for steel industry transformation
  • What is the impact of decarbonisation in steelmaking on Iron Ore and Met Coal demand?


10:40 am

China’s changing environmental policies and the growing scrap industry

Li Xinchuang, Chairman and Chief Engineer, China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute (MPI), Vice Chairman, China Iron and Steel Association (CISA)

11:10 am

Refreshment break (20mins)

11:30 am

  • How will we see the market change?
  • What could become the main challenges in 2020 for iron ore and steel mills?
  • Investment & collaboration opportunities
  • What effect will pollution control measures around the world have on the steel industry


12:00 pm

  • Impact of shifting trade flows on Chinese procurement preferences
  • A closer look at contaminant trends and dynamics

12:30 pm

  • How much have mine lease delays tightened its iron ore supply?
  • What risks are there to its seaborne fines and pellet exports?
  • What factors could mitigate its supply disruptions?

1:00 pm

CLOSE OF DAY 2 | Closing remarks from the Chair


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Brand your company across this virtual event from the safety of your home or office. The virtual Forum is fully interactive, sophisticated and will enable you to connect with industry thought-leaders.

You will have access to the same great content, hear from leading experts and access unique networking and business development opportunities with key decisions makers. Our virtual platform will allow you to engage directly with attendees through meetings, video link, chat, live product demos, and virtual exhibits.

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
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Why attend 23rd Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference Virtually?

Content is King: Enjoy Curated Content
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Time Efficient and Cost Saving
Save on travelling time and accommodation costs while getting in touch with industry professionals without geographical boundaries

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Connect and meet with fellow attendees from all over the world by taking advantage of the AI powered matchmaking within the virtual platform.

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Engage with our expert speakers
Make the most of your virtual experience by keeping updated with the latest insights and discussions, all while engaging with speakers through live polls, Q&A and more!


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when & where

10 - 11 Aug 2021


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Alexandra Bennet
Conference Manager
+61 (0)2 9080 4315

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (0)421 048 191

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