BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition in Berlin, 29 May – 1 June 2016

Non-Ferrous Metals Division: Three guest speakers engage in interactive panel discussion on current market dynamics

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The BIR Non-Ferrous Metals Division, under the presidency of David Chiao (Uni-All Group Ltd, USA) offers an interactive session on the main parameters that are currently determining the market dynamics for non-ferrous metal scrap, the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) announced. On 31 May 2016 at 16.00, a panel discussion will bring together three industry experts who will first give a short presentation on their respective field of expertise and will then engage in an open exchange with attending delegates that promises to touch on some key issues affecting the recycling industry.

Eugen Weinberg is Managing Director - Head of Commodity Research of Commerzbank AG - Corporates & Markets Research (DEU). He joined Commerzbank in 2007 as Senior Commodity Analyst. Today as the Head of Commodity Research he is responsible for Commerzbank’s Commodity Research products and provides with his team price analyses as well as trading and hedging strategies and ideas on commodity markets for Commerzbank’s financial partners and corporate clients. His presentation will cover the “Paradigm shifts on the metals markets”.

Holger Ellmann is a founding partner of Argentum Metal Management (DEU), established in 2014, offering a range of services (best practice metal procurement, supply chain management, etc.) for industrial clients and trading companies across a variety of sectors within the global metals and recycling industries. Ellmann looks back at a 30-year career in the international aluminium and metals industries, with positions such as senior trader at Preussag AG, various managerial trading and industrial roles at MRI and Alaska Metals, CEO of Scholz Aluminium as well as a Member of the Board of Directors of Scholz, Commercial Director (Europe) at Aleris Recyclin, Board Member and Shareholder at Trimet AG (1993-2003), Germany’s largest private aluminium producer.

Being a long serving member of the LME Aluminium Committee and elected as President of the German Aluminium Recyclers and Remelters Association (VAR) underpins Holger’s commitment to and credibility in the international aluminium business. Ellmann will speak on “Global aluminium market outlook 2016 - Start of rebalancing or is the worst still to come?” Third guest speaker is Oscar Wehtje, Head of Product Development of the London Metal Exchange (GBR). Wehtje joined the LME in October 2013, having previously worked in the Financial Institutions Group at UBS. As LME Head of Product Development, he is leading the new product and service initiatives undertaken by the exchange.

The London Metal Exchange is the world centre for industrial metals trading. Some 76% of global non-ferrous futures business is conducted on the LME, totalling $12 trillion, 170 million lots and 4 billion tonnes in 2015. A member of HKEX Group, LME is a venue to transfer or take on price risk, as a physical market of last resort and as the provider of transparent global reference prices. Wehtje will be covering amongst others “Current parameters for demand and supply of copper and aluminium”. The panel discussion will be moderated by Peter Dahmen of Metallhandelsgesellschaft Schoof & Haslacher (DEU). Keynote session:  BIR’s keynote session on 31 May 2016 at 14.00 will feature the presentation of an eminent speaker whose views on a successful climate policy are currently shaping the public opinion. Klaus Töpfer has earned enormous respect, both as a German government minister, handling portfolios such as environmental protection, town planning and construction, and in the international arena as the Executive Director of UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme, says BIR.

From 1998 until 2006 he worked as executive director of the UN Environment Programme based in Kenya and general director of the UN Nairobi office. After retiring from the UN, Töpfer started working as Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. From 2001 until 2010 he was a member of the German council for sustainable development (Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung). In 2009 he became founding director of the German Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS.

In 2010 Töpfer acted as the city of Shanghai's advisor on the topic "future city" for the Expo 2010. In 2011 the nuclear disaster of Fukushima shook up the world. Consequently, the German government installed the Commission for Assured Energy Supply (Ethikkommission für sichere Energieversorgung) and assigned the chairmanship to Töpfer. In Berlin, Töpfer will share his wealth of experience and insight with attending delegates in a presentation entitled: “Life cycle economy - central importance for a successful climate policy and for sustainable development”.