Annual Conferences

Annual conferences

Our unique annual conferences are the largest gatherings of the chromium industry and offer attendees the opportunity to gain valuable market insights, hear industry experts, keep up-to-date with industry issues and to access invaluable networking opportunities.

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Chromium 2024

The Chromium 2024 conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 November 2024.

Further information including booking details will be made available closer to the event.

Members Meeting 2024

Hong Kong, SAR China

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22-23 May 2024

ICDA is back in Hong Kong, SAR China, for a unique conference that has been the chrome industry’s go-to event for 4 decades!

Is the future of the chrome industry bright or bleak?

For more than a decade, China has been the engine of global growth, supplying the world with steel and manufactured goods and powering the development of its domestic economy.

In 40 years, the country has become a top global economic powerhouse at the forefront of technological, digital and industrial innovation.

Nevertheless, Covid 19 years, the subsequent Western economic crisis, fuelled by massive debt since the 2008 crisis, the energy crunch due to the military conflict in Ukraine created a perfect storm to potentially impact both prosperity and societal cohesion worldwide.

Our invited experts will address these topical issues and attempt to answer key questions.

The conference is a must-attend for anyone in the chromium industry, and a unique opportunity to network and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the ICDA!

 

Programme

22 May 2024

11:45 - 13:00

Networking luncheon

13:00 - 14:30

Opening session and Keynote speech

Welcome address by ICDA President and keynote by Shaun Rein on China’s new economic drivers for growth

14:30 - 15:00

Networking coffee break

15:00 - 16:45

China’s chrome industry post pandemic: what will be the drivers of recovery?

Presentations by Han Jianbiao ZLJ Steel, Wen Luo Ferroalloynet and Tina Tong Fastmarkets

17:00 - 18:00

Networking aperitif

18:30 - 23:30

Gala dinner – 40-year celebration

23 May 2024

09:30 - 11:00

Stainless steel market, a bright future?

Topics include: chromium in special and stainless steels, what’s hot and what’s not by Markus Moll SMR, Overview of the Indonesian Ni industry by kathrin Meidy Indonesian Ni Miners Association, China plans to become a green stainless steel producer

11:00 - 11:30

Networking coffee break

11:30 - 13:00

An outlook on the global market

Topics include: Development in the South African chromium supply chain by Tanisha Schultz project Blue, India’s ferrochrome supply and demand outlook by Nishta Mukherjee SteelMint and impact of global events shaping market volatility by Tong Tong CRU ; closing remarks by ICDA Vice President

13:00 - 14:00

Networking luncheon

Conference desk opens from 09:00 to 17:00 on 22 May 2024 and from 09:00 to 13:00 on 23 May 2023

The conference is open to both ICDA members and non-members.

ICDA Members, please contact us for the code to access the discounted online registration form.

Non ICDA Members please register using this online form

Reflecting on the Members Meeting 2023

‘Recalling our commitment to ESG in a challenging global context’

Our recent event held in Munich in May 2023 was another outstanding success.

Attended by 150 ICDA members, it was a very special conference as we decided to resume the ICDA members-only tradition. We believe that there must be benefits to being part of the ICDA and dedicated conferences are one of them.

During the event, members had the opportunity to interact with their ICDA representatives. ICDA President Zelda du Preez gave a comprehensive opening address, updating members on the latest developments and milestones of the ICDA, introducing the newly elected Council and welcoming new members.

Keynote speakers Maxence Cordiez (independent energy expert) and Dr Martin Kueppers (International Energy Agency) agreed that the energy crisis has highlighted the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and the urgency of decarbonising electricity and industrial processes.

Demand for chromium will be driven by dynamic developing economies, but also by sustainability, as Dr Nicole Kinsman (IMOA, Team Stainless) showed how flexible stainless steel service lines have helped to save billions of cubic metres of water in several municipalities (Seoul, Taipei, Taiwan, Tokyo).

During the event, delegates had the chance to question leading analysts on the drivers of stainless steel demand, the impact of the global economic situation on markets and the impact of the EU carbon border tax on trade.

While China and India remain the economic drivers, the experts agreed that the global situation remains highly uncertain, with energy, social and geopolitical issues at the heart of a fractured global economy.

The event provided excellent networking opportunities with two dinners, a conference lunch and dedicated networking areas. The Chromium Sustainability Awards, sponsored by TELF AG, and a superb gala dinner brought the event to a wonderful close.

“Thank you for your team’s active support throughout the discussions for the recently concluded ICDA Conference. I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on the successful conclusion of your event.”

Vinamrata Jaisinghani

SteelMint

“I have enjoyed the members meeting very much, as usual.”

Lars Heck

Metal Partner GmbH

“Thanks a lot for organizing ICDA Sustainability award! It was an honor for us to participate.”

Galina Donnik

ERG - Kazchrome

“Thank you for another great ICDA conference!”

Andrew Torre

CCMA

“Firstly, may I say how impressed I was with the content (particularly the ESG presentations), and organisation of the recent Members Conference in Munich. This was my first experience of an ICDA conference and I have nothing but positives to take away from the event.”

Colette Sellers

AMG Chrome

“Arrangements, location, participation, concern on key challenges. All were very good.”

Rajendra Pathak

Jindal Stainless Limited