The Oxford Platinum Lectures, 2018

Friday 11th May 2018

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change

SFA (Oxford) Ltd is pleased to announce the 2018 Oxford Platinum Lectures, bringing together major players from across the PGM value chain for an event packed with thought-provoking presentations and passionate discussion.

This unique forum for leading international experts will examine and debate the nature of the evolution taking place within the platinum industry. Now in its ninth year, the theme of the 2018 Oxford Platinum Lectures is:

Smart responses for platinum's natural selection

The event’s focus will be on how evolving global issues affecting the industry can be addressed in order to secure platinum’s future, with presentations from CEOs and Presidents from several major organisations.

The attendance fee for the 2018 Oxford Platinum Lectures is £690 (excl. VAT), with an ‘Early Bird’ discount of £100 for delegates who book and pay before the 30th March 2018. This reduced fee reflects the economic challenges currently facing the platinum industry and the fact that we have a new venue this year which can accommodate more delegates, thus allowing us to offer the limited-time discount. 

When registering more than four delegates from the same organisation, please contact us to discuss a special arrangement. 

Held annually, the Oxford Platinum Lectures has become a staple of the London Platinum Week calendar, facilitated by experts and intellectuals, welcoming the PGM value chain’s biggest players to the UK, and to Oxford. This year's event promises to be the best series of lectures yet and we are confident that we will provide a highly informative day and ignite some passionate debate, thus acting as a critical “gateway event” and setting the tone for London Platinum Week.

Our speakers are leading experts from around the world

Lecture 1: Mining opportunities following the new political dispensation in South Africa

Nico Muller, Chief Executive Officer, Impala Platinum and

Alexander Mhembere, Chief Executive Officer, Zimplats Holdings Limited

Nico was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Impala Platinum in April 2017. His mining career spans a period of over 27 years and he has held numerous senior management positions at Royal Bafokeng Platinum, Gold Fields, De Beers, Consolidated Mines, Anglovaal Mining and African Rainbow Minerals. Impala Platinum is a leading producer of PGMs. The company is structured around Impala Refining Services and five mining operations located on the Bushveld Complex in South Africa and the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe, the two most significant PGM-bearing ore bodies in the world. 

Alexander joined Zimplats as Chief Executive Officer in October 2007, having formerly been the Managing Director of a Zimbabwean PGM producer. He is Chairman of the operating subsidiary, Zimbabwe Platinum Mines (Private) Limited. Zimplats, in which Impala Platinum has a holding of 86.9%, is situated on the Hartley Geological Complex, in the northern half of the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe. The operation includes an opencast and an underground mine at Ngezi and the Selous Metallurgical Complex.

Lecture 2: How to run a sustainable business model in precious metals

André Christl, President, Heraeus Precious Metals

André has been President of the Global Business Unit Heraeus Precious Metals since April 2017. André joined Heraeus in 2009, heading Group Finance, and from 2011 he managed the company’s Trading Division until 2015 when he headed the Global Business Unit Heraeus Metal Management. Heraeus is a leading international family-owned company, founded in 1851 and based in Hanau, Germany. Heraeus Precious Metals is a major provider of precious metals services and products with comprehensive expertise in the precious metals loop, from trading to products to recycling.

Lecture 3: Hydrogen energy solutions that meet society's new requirements for grid balancing and energy storage services, and the production of clean fuel for transport

Dr Graham Cooley, Chief Executive Officer, ITM Power

Graham was appointed as Chief Executive Officer at ITM Power in 2009. Prior to joining the company, Graham was Business Development Manager at National Power plc and spent 11 years in the power industry developing energy storage and generation technologies. ITM Power was founded in 2001 and specialises in the manufacture of integrated hydrogen energy systems. The company floated on the Alternative Investment Market in 2004 and was the first UK-based fuel cell company to go public. ITM Power operates out of two premises in Sheffield, UK, and has other offices in Germany, France, the USA and Canada.

Lecture 4: How creative marketing strategies can be used to sustain future demand for platinum jewellery in Japan

Hisako Hankinson, President, Platinum Guild International (PGI) Japan

Hisako became President of PGI Japan in 2008 after joining as Vice President in 2007. PGI was founded in 1975 and is a trade organisation supported by the major South African platinum producers. Hisako leads PGI Japan, one of PGI’s specialist teams dedicated to developing platinum jewellery demand through consumer and trade facing programmes in the four key jewellery markets of China, India, Japan and the USA.

Lecture 5: China's approach to the recycling of materials, particularly precious metals, and the associated long-term economic projections

Liu Qianq, Executive Vice President, China National Resources Recycing Association

Liu Qiang, Executive Member of the China Economic and Social Council, Executive Vice President of China National Resources Recycling Association (CRRA), has been working in China’s recycling industry for nearly 30 years. He has been instrumental in the formulation of major policies to promote a circular economy in China, and is a consulting expert for key ministries in China including the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science and Technology. CRRA, the biggest public organisation within the Chinese recycling industry, is composed of over 10,000 enterprises, public institutions and organisations involved in recycling in China. CRRA links government, industrial parks and enterprises to promote the development of the national recycling industry and acts as a bridge and platform for enhancing cooperation on enterprise, industrial, national and international levels.

In addition, Beresford Clarke, Managing Director, SFA (Oxford), will launch the latest issue of The Platinum Standard. One-half review, one-half preview, The Platinum Standard comprises analytical articles on those issues we believe will set the PGM agenda for the years ahead. It also collates all the key industry data and indicators for the past 12 months. This will be the 7th edition of this highly sought-after PGM industry publication.

The Platinum Standard is available at no charge for all attendees at the Oxford Platinum Lectures.

For further details please contact the office on +44 (0)1865 784374.