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20th Annual Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference

The Global Iron Ore & Steel Forecast Conference is renowned as the most definitive convention to discuss the global market outlook for the iron ore and steel industry.
29 – 30 March 2017 | Crown Perth

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Early bird rate - $2,995 + GST (SAVE $200)
Expires 13 March 2017 - BOOK TODAY!


The event looks set to continue its role as the premier event for the global iron ore and steel industry during this challenging and crucial time as the resources sector considers the outlook for 2017 and beyond. In a time of industry volatility and uncertainty, it is now more important than ever to receive the latest expert analysis and insights into possible market and industry scenarios and network with industry leaders. Join hundreds of iron ore executives, analysts, fund managers, engineering firms, industry suppliers and many more under the one roof for 2 days of presentations, discussion, debate and networking functions and private meetings.


8:15 am

Registration and morning coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Clarke Wilkins, Director, Metals & Mining Research, Citi Research


9:10 am

Global economic and financial outlook

Paul Brennan, Chief Economist, Citi Research

9:40 am

  • Chinese steel demand in 2017
  • Supply-side reforms in Chinese steel industry and its impact on steel and iron ore market balance
  • Global iron ore supply and cost evolution

10:20 am


Kellie Parker, Managing Director, Planning Integration and Assets, Rio Tinto

10:50 am


Edgar Basto, Asset President, BHP Billiton Western Australia Iron Ore

11:20 am

Networking & refreshment break

11:50 am

Mineral Resources

Gary Gray AO, General Manager, External Affairs, Mineral Resources Limited

12:20 pm

Project update

1:20 pm

Networking Lunch

2:20 pm

  • BCI’s iron ore projects
  • BCI’s business model
  • Diversification vs simplification

2:50 pm

Surviving a near-death experience

Cliff Lawrenson, Managing Director, Atlas Iron

3:20 pm

Mawson Iron Project in South Australia has simple ambitions –

  • Largest magnetite resources
  • Largest magnetite concentrate producer
  • Highest quality magnetite concentrate
  • Lowest cost magnetite delivered to steel mills

3:50 pm

Networking & refreshment break

4:20 pm

To what extent will the iron ore market be impacted by rising scrap availability in China?

Alex Tonks, Head of Australia, Consulting, CRU

4:50 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | The developments and rise of ferrous derivatives

Oscar Tarneberg, Regional Manager, Asia, The Steel Index

Anurag Nema, Director, BNP Paribas

5:20 pm

Networking drinks

6:00 pm

Close of Day One

8:30 am

Networking and morning coffee

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

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

9:10 am

When forecasts fail: Tools for navigating markets

Chris Newman, Editor – Argus Steel Feedstocks, Argus Media

9:40 am

  • New and current brand assessments
  • Cost benefit of lower Fe vs higher Fe ores using value in use – impact on coking coal demand
  • Lump and pellet changing trends

10:20 am

Networking & refreshment break


10:50 am

China’s steel industry

Li Xinchuang, President, China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute, & Deputy Secretary General, China Iron and Steel Association

12:00 pm

Indian iron ore industry at cross road

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

LNG as a transport fuel - A new approach to powering the Pilbara

Linda Albano, VP Power and New Markets, Woodside

2:00 pm

  • Improving operations’ processes and optimising for value
  • Building new capabilities using disruptive technologies
  • Project case studies

2:30 pm

  • Productivity improvements using driverless autonomous trucks
  • Autonomous drills

3:00 pm

Close of Conference and afternoon refreshments


Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $3195$2995+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Two day conference + Workshop $4390$4190+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird
Workshop $1495$1495+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

Event pricing

  • Early bird rate – SAVE $200! Expires 13 March 2017
    Early bird Package (Two days): $2,995 + GST
    Early bird Package (Two days) + Workshop: $4,190 + GST
    Early bird Workshop: $1,495 + GST (not applicable)
  • Standard registration pricing
    Package (Two days): $3,195 + GST
    Package (Two days) + Workshop: $4,390 + GST
    Workshop: $1,495 + GST


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Global Iron Ore

Iron Ore Processing Course

Tuesday 28th March 2017
9am – 4pm


The Iron Ore Processing Course provides a concise overview of the specific unit operations associated with iron ore processing. With a strong market for iron ore and the growth of new projects, there is unprecedented demand for personnel with expertise in iron ore production. The course contains comprehensive information on the beneficiation of iron ore including comminution, sintering, upgrading, and pelletizing aspects. Various types of furnaces utilised for the production of iron are considered, and the pyrometallurgy of smelting in a blast furnace is discussed in detail.

Process analytical methods are also highlighted to familiarise personnel with quality assurance procedures, and a strong emphasis is placed on pollution control measures given trends on environmental regulations. Finally, we cover some case studies in order to familiarise ourselves with industry best practice and some of the challenges that we potentially face within the industry.

Who Should Attend?

The course is designed to provide key knowledge of Iron Ore Processing to mining executives, project managers, geologist, senior mine and processing plant operating staff, engineers and researchers. The course can also benefit training providers, suppliers to resource industry, technologist, accountants, brokers and investors. It requires no pre-requisite knowledge and a certificate is provided at the completion of the course.

Course Programme

  • Introduction
  • Ore Mineralogy
  • Ore Processing Hematite
  • Ore Processing Magnetite
  • Iron Ore Testwork
  • Iron Production
  • Review of Projects

Course Benefits

The course includes sound technical information regarding iron geological occurrence, mineralogy and mining techniques as well as factors to be considered in blending of ores from a processing perspective. Comminution and beneficiation of ore are discussed at length. Detailed discourse on commonly utilised pyrometallurgical extraction process for iron manufacture are included. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss issues they have encountered with their plant processes.

Participants are provided with comprehensive course notes on CD covering the basic theoretical and practical aspects of iron ore processing. This will serve as a valuable resource for later reference.


Damian Connelly
Director/Principal Consulting Engineer
Mineral Engineering Technical Services

Damian has over 40 years experience as a Consulting Metallurgist. He has extensive experience in the gold, copper, lead, zinc, uranium and iron ore industries. His field of expertise lies in plant operations, feasibility studies, detailed design, and commissioning. He has been involved in many projects including engineering, audit, due diligence, tenders and expert witness work.

Damian’s training courses have been run both in Australia and overseas, and are highly regarded.



Clarke Wilkins

Director, Metals & Mining Research, Citi Research


Paul Brennan

Chief Economist, Citi Research


Tracy Liao

Asia Commodities Strategist, Citigroup


Kellie Parker

Managing Director, Planning Integration and Assets, Rio Tinto


Edgar Basto

Asset President, BHP Billiton Western Australia Iron Ore

Gary Gray AO

General Manager, External Affairs, Mineral Resources Limited


Caue ‘Paul’ Araujo

Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting (Australasia) Pty Ltd


Alwyn Vorster

Managing Director, BC Iron Limited

Cliff Lawrenson

Managing Director, Atlas Iron


Gordon Toll

Executive Chairman, Magnetite Mines Limited


Alex Tonks

Head of Australia, Consulting, CRU


Oscar Tarneberg

Regional Manager, Asia, The Steel Index


Anurag Nema

Director, BNP Paribas


Dr Neil J. Bristow

Managing Director, H & W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd


Chris Newman

Editor – Argus Steel Feedstocks, Argus Media


Alina Wills

Senior Commodities Research Analyst, S&P Global Platts


Li Xinchuang

President, China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute, & Deputy Secretary General, China Iron and Steel Association


Wu Wenzhang

Board Chairman & President, Shanghai SteelHome E-Commerce Co., Ltd


Linda Albano

VP Power and New Markets, Woodside


Dale Harris

Regional Director Iron Ore, Australia / Asia, Hatch


Damien Harding

Director Performance Innovation, Hatch

when & where

29 - 30 Mar 2017

Crown Perth
Great Eastern Highway
Burswood WA 6100
1800 556 688

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.

PLEASE NOTE: The conference is held within the Crown Perth complex in the Astral Room. The Crown Towers, Crown Metropole and Crown Promenade hotels are all within easy 5-10 minutes walk to the conference rooms. The closest hotel is the Crown Promenade.
View map here


Still have a question?

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

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (0)2 9080 4030

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