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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
1:00 PM
Registration Opens
4:30 PM
Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
7:30 AM
Breakfast Networking
8:30 AM
Opening keynote from Benchmark Minerals
8:50 AM
Words of welcome from Japanese Government Hosts

Hidetaka Nishimura, Deputy Director General, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Government of Japan


9:10 AM
Meeting Electric Vehicle Supply Chain Goals Responsibly
  • Strengthening and diversifying critical mineral supply chains.
  • Ensuring these supply chains support environmental and labor priorities.
  • Policy efforts to further the green revolution.
9:45 AM
Charting the rise of the gigafactories in Asia Pacific
  • Asia Pacific's role in the global race to 300TWh deployed capacity
  • Shifting thinking from GWh to TWh for true Net Zero by 2050
  • Designing efficient gigafactory supply chains from mine to EV
10:55 AM
Networking Break
11:15 AM
  • Understanding where structural deficits and surpluses exist in critical material supply chains
  • The importance of securing an entire battery supply chain through diversity, resilience, and sustainability
  • Beyond extraction – breaking into the black box of refining capacity across different commodities & resource types
  • The benefits and risks of vertical integration and consolidation in international supply chains of exact specifications
  • Ensuring quality control starts at the mine site and continues through extraction, mid-stream chemistry and battery production
12:15 PM
Australia Spotlight Session
  • Leveraging Australia’s role as critical minerals superpower & investment hub
  • Building partnerships in the global lithium ion economy
  • Exporting expertise, best practice and technological innovation
12:55 PM
Networking Lunch
1:55 PM
Indonesia Spotlight Session
  • Building a world class nickel supply base
  • Ensuring sustainability and downstream development
  • High-Pressure Acid Leaching (HPAL) potential to unlock reserves & boost production capacity
2:20 PM
Understanding the APAC Automotive Dynamics
2:40 PM
Establishing an Indian battery value chain
3:00 PM
3:20 PM
Networking Break
3:40 PM
Understanding global battery supply chain developments
  • Scaling anode, cathode & battery component production
  • Improvements in the structures and properties of battery design
  • Ensuring circularity in the battery ecosystem
5:00 PM
Networking Reception
Thursday, September 21, 2023
7:30 AM
Breakfast Networking
8:30 AM
Critical Mineral Procurement Strategies Keynote
8:50 AM
Creating a global critical mineral policy framework
  • How leading jurisdictions are designing policy and incentive structures to balance cooperation and competition, mobilise finance and drive investment at pace and scale?
  • Demand focused policy: Assessing mandates, subsidies and investment in green power and charging infrastructure to encourage battery value chain development
  • The need for global & regional coordination, dialogue, transparency & consistency among policy makers
9:40 AM
Finance & Investment Panel
  • Aligning industry, policy and finance to unlock capital for the battery value chain
  • Identifying roadblocks between capital and battery industry projects
  • Importance of ESG credentials to facilitating investment in the new energy economy
10:30 AM
Networking Break
10:50 AM
Keynote : Spherical Graphite (SPG) for EV Battery Anodes
11:10 AM
Lithium: Scaling global extraction & conversion capacity
  • Latest analysis on market balance, capacity landscape and forecasted development
  • The challenges of achieving battery-grade lithium hydroxide or lithium carbonate
  • What is the true price of lithium? Understanding cost pressures and how purchasing models may impact price
  • Spodumenes, Lepidolites & Brines: What technologies are opening up new lithium resources to development and when can they be expected to impact the market? 
12:00 PM
Cobalt, Nickel & Manganese: Unlocking sustainable sources
  • What is the capacity for additional supply from Australia, Indonesia and other resources in Asia Pacific? What factors are limiting the ability for resources to scale?
  • What are the pricing pressures in these minerals that are critical to cathode production
  • How might next generation cathode chemistries impact demand?
12:40 PM
Graphite: Building anode supply chains
  • Understanding the current landscape of graphite production and forecasted challenges and opportunities
  • Natural graphite: Where is ex-China flake graphite in development? How are the spherical processing ambitions changing?
  • Synthetic graphite: How is the ex-China synthetic graphite and needle coke supply chain developing?
  • Silicon anodes: how will next generation silicon-based anode technologies improve EV performance and what will this mean for raw material demand?
1:20 PM
Networking Lunch
2:20 PM
Our journey towards EV revolution
2:40 PM
Sustainability keynote
  • What is the true carbon footprint and environmental impact of the EV, the gigafactory and the lithium ion battery value chain? How can this be managed and improved?
  • How can policy makers and industry leaders ensure that local communities throughout the value chain are informed, consulted, and upskilled to take benefit from the green economy? 
  • What steps are required to improve the governance, gender balance and minority representation within the value chain leadership?
3:00 PM
Recycling: Creating A Circular Battery Ecosystem
  • The importance of a closed loop for the lithium ion battery economy
  • What can policy makers, OEMs and other stakeholders be doing now to improve circularity?
  • Pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical or direct recycling processes: What are the new technologies that are impacting recovery rates and purity of recycled critical materials?
  • Adding balance to the market? What is the true potential supply and when will it be available?
  • Will longer life and second life applications of lithium ion batteries impact the availability of recyclable battery materials?
3:50 PM
Rare Earths Elements Session
  • Understand the significance of rare earth elements as critical minerals and their unique properties that make them essential in various industries
  • Explore the demand dynamics in advanced electronics renewable energy, electronics and electric vehicles
  • Discuss the supply chain vulnerabilities, strategic considerations and geopolitical implications
4:20 PM
Close of conference