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SFA (Oxford) is delighted to announce that next year’s Oxford Platinum Lectures will be held on Friday 10th May 2019 in the Lecture Theatre at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and will once again provide a day of thought-provoking lectures and passionate debate.

Oxford Platinum Lectures 2019

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 tenth year, the theme is:

Time for Adoption

The platinum price has fallen to close to $800/oz, representing a discount of more than $550/oz over palladium and more than $450/oz over gold. Demand for both autocatalyst and jewellery applications has been contracting and the market is well supplied. With its superior physical and chemical properties, surely now is the time to reconsider platinum – is it “Time for AdoPtion”?

We have invited expert speakers to provide insight into the potential for platinum use in major applications, including the potential switch back to platinum from palladium in autocatalysts, platinum’s evolving role in heavy-duty vehicles, proactive initiatives by producers to boost platinum demand including fuel cells, reworking platinum’s jewellery image to appeal to new customers worldwide, and how specialised methods from the aerospace industry are being used for the casting of premium platinum jewellery. This year’s speakers are from the following organisations: BASF, Anglo American, Platinum Guild International, Knibb, Gormezano and Partners, and TechForm Advanced Casting Technology.

 

Lectures begin at 11.00am

Oxford University Museum of Natural HistoryOxford University Museum of Natural History

We will be following the successful format of recent years, starting with registration and a light brunch from 10.00am, the lectures will begin at 11.00am with a finish time of around 5.00pm.

Drinks reception

As in previous years, the lectures will be followed by an optional drinks reception in the Main Gallery of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and then the opportunity to visit some of Oxford’s historic public houses.

More information, including details of cost and speakers, will follow in the coming months.

Why should the automotive market switch back to platinum?

Dr Matthias Dohrn, Senior Vice President, Global Precious and Base Metal Services, BASF

As Senior Vice President, Global Precious and Base Metal Services, Matthias is responsible for overseeing BASF’s global base and precious metals trading, sales and refining, as well as leading the company’s Catalysts' global refining, salts and solutions business. Since joining BASF in 2004, he has held various roles of increasing responsibility across the company’s organisations in both Germany and South Africa. He holds a PhD. in Finance and Economics from the University of Hanover (Germany).

Proactive steps to boost platinum demand

Benny Oeyen, Executive Head of Market Development, Anglo American

Benny joined Anglo American in November 2017 as Executive Head of Market Development in the Platinum Group Metals Team based in London, UK, where he leads the formulation and execution of the strategy to optimise the future growth of the market for PGMs, particularly platinum. From 1996 to 2017, Benny held key and senior product planning, strategy and marketing positions in automotive companies in various countries around the world. A global citizen with a Belgian passport, Benny was born and grew up in Germany and graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) with a degree in Economics.

Platinum for the long-haul: its evolving role in heavy-duty vehicles

Alex Woodrow, Managing Director, Knibb, Gormezano and Partners

Alex joined Knibb, Gormezano and Partners (KGP) immediately after graduating in Manufacturing Engineering and Economics from the University of Birmingham in 1994, working his way up to become Managing Director in 2010. During his 24 years at KGP he has worked on hundreds of projects related to materials and powertrain trends in the global automotive industry. He currently focuses on the Commercial Vehicle, Non-Road Mobile Machinery segment and the evolution of greenhouse gases, emissions, electrification and aftertreatment. He gained an MSc from Loughborough University in Automotive Systems Engineering in 2008.

Keeping platinum jewellery an aspiration for new customers worldwide

Tim Schlick, Chief Strategy Officer, Platinum Guild International

As PGI’s Chief Strategy Officer, Tim is tasked with shaping the organisation’s global strategy and helping its core markets to unlock growth opportunities for platinum jewellery. Tim is a renowned business strategist and marketing expert and has advised more than 30 Fortune 500 companies on how to create growth through brands and products. He is a regular keynote speaker at events on topics such as market entry and growth strategies, marketing success in the digital age and consumer opportunities in Asia.

Casting a wider net: from aerospace technology to platinum jewellery

Teresa Frye, Owner and President, TechForm Advanced Casting Technology

Teresa Frye is the owner and President of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology. In the early 1990s the company introduced high-temperature casting methods from the aerospace industry to platinum manufacturing. A leading expert on shell casting methods and a prolific researcher, she has published technical papers and articles worldwide and has presented her research at numerous venues across the globe. TechForm Advanced Casting Technology provides platinum castings to a broad customer base, including most of the top jewellery brands in the US. To further the sharing of technical information, in 2008 she founded the Portland Jewelry Symposium, an annual educational conference that specifically serves the educational needs of manufacturing jewellery retailers.

The Platinum Standard 2019 – An agenda-setting industry review/preview

Beresford Clarke, Managing Director and Head of Research, SFA (Oxford)

In addition, Beresford Clarke, Managing Director, SFA (Oxford), will present 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 8th 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.

SFA (Oxford)’s associated publication, The Palladium Standard, was first launched in New York in September 2016 and is released annually.

Program

Day 1 – Thursday 9th May

Take a look behind the scenes of the iconic MINI car plant in Oxford, the birthplace and heart of MINI production, on a special tour for SFA (Oxford) with an expert guide. During the tour you can experience the production of MINIs, from the welding of steel parts into car bodies to the individual interior equipment in the assembly. The tour will last for two hours and you will need to arrive at the Oxford MINI Plant by 2.15pm. 

As there are limited places available for this exclusive tour, we will need to allocate them on a first-come basis to interested delegates. 

Day 2 – Friday 10th May

A unique series of lectures on new opportunities for the platinum industry in response to the unprecedented challenges facing the platinum market today.

Day 3 – Saturday 11th May

The SFA (Oxford) Golf Day is a complimentary event for all seasoned golfers attending the conference, once again at the idyllic Frilford Heath PGA Championship Golf Club. This is one of the UK’s finest golf venues, boasting three 18-hole courses within stunning surroundings just six miles from Oxford city centre.

The day will commence with an early breakfast from 8.00am followed by tee-off at 9.00am. A light lunch will also be provided, with prizes presented later in the day.

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Please contact us if you would like to attend the Oxford Platinum Lectures in May 2019. 

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