Date: 05 - 06 October 2022
Venue: Congress Park Hanau - Frankfurt

REIA 2022 Annual Conference
Rare Earths for a Sustainable World

5-6 October 2022

Congress Park Hanau – Frankfurt

Rare Earths are critical materials for vehicle electrification and wind turbines. Electric vehicles will only unleash their full environmental benefit when the electricity mix evolves towards a higher renewables content. For that, wind-power turbines also rely on rare earths’ magnets for highest efficiency and low-maintenance cost. 

Despite their unmatched technological benefits, rare earths are considered scarce, their extraction is expensive, prone to price volatility and their supply chain concentrated in a single country. However, these perceptions do not entirely correspond to how the rare earths industry has evolved since the very mediatic “Rare Earths Crisis” of 2010.

This ‘Rare Earths for a sustainable world’ conference will bring together key decision makers in the technologies of vehicle electrification and wind energy, rare earths producers, magnet makers and more to review the current supply situation and identify improvements to better satisfy the requirements of the industrial downstream customers for a better technology adoption. 


4 October 2022
14.00-17.00REIA Annual General Assembly (Only for REIA Members)
5 October 2022
8.00-8.45Conference Registration 
8.45-8.55Welcome speech by Dr. Badrinath Veluri, REIA President
‘REIA – a global platform for a sustainable world’
8.55-9.15Inauguration and keynote by Dr. Masato Sagawa, Inventor of Sintered NdFeB Magnet and Advisor Daido Steel,
‘Aiming at the Rare Earth Iron Age’
9.15-9.25Q&A, Dr. Masato Sagawa: Henrik Orskov Pederson, Grundfos
9.30-10.20SUPPLY PANEL: 
Challenges to the automotive industry in securing rare earths for electric mobility 
Moderator: Roderick Eggert, Colorado School of Mines
Richard Moore, Nidec-PSA emotors SAS
Jun Shi, Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH
Richard Arlot, Bomatec 
Kai Schmersahl, Neo Performance Materials   
10.20-10.30Member Spotlight: Peak Rare Earths  
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-11.20Demand keynote 1: Martina Lyons, International Renewable Energy Agency ‘Critical material requirements for energy transition’
Financial Impact of PMMs: Specialist e-motor companies for automotive that sell different technologies
Moderator: Jose Santamaria, NuMobility
Roberto Almeida e Silva, Mahle GmbH 
Paul Crofts, Helix Motors
Nir Vaks, Carpenter Technology 
Keld Rasmussen, Grundfos
12.10-12.30Market keynote 1: Ross Embleton, Wood McKenzie
‘Rare earth for the energy transition’
12.30- 13.30                                                      Lunch Break 
13.30-13.50Technology keynote 1:  Nir Vaks, Carpenter Technology
 ‘Can Permanent Magnet Motor development turn it more attractive for automotive e-drives?’
What has changed since 2010 in the REE supply chain? New players, environmental and technical Improvements
Moderator: Henry Sanderson, Benchmark Intelligence
Muhammad Imran, Saskatchewan Research Council, Canada
Mark Chalmers, Energy Fuels, USA
Kurt Forrester, Medallion Resources, Australia
David O’Brock, REEtech, Norway 
Anthony Balladon, Phoenix Tailings, USA
14.40-14.50Member Spotlight: SRC Canada  
14.50-15.10Why Myanmar Matters: Hinnant Lori, Associated Press 
15.10-15.20 Q&A
15.20-15.50Coffee Break 
15.50-16.10Sustainability keynote 1: REIA/Minviro/Circularise 
‘The life cycle environmental impact of rare earths electric motors for automobiles’
16.10-16.30Sustainability keynote 2: Jahns Volker, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
‘ZF´s view on Sustainability’
16.30-16.40Member Spotlight: Aclara Resources
16.40-17.10Circular Economy keynote 1: Jürgen Gassmann and Benjamin Balke, Fraunhofer Institute, IWKS
‘Closing the loop in e-mobility’
17.20-17.30Member Spotlight: Appia Rare Earths 
17.30-18.30                                    Networking at Exhibition Hall  
19.00-22.00                                     Networking Dinner
6 October 2022
9.00-09. 15Technology keynote 2:  Dr. Takahiko Iriyama, Technology Officer, Daido Steel, Japan
‘SmFeN Magnets- present and future’ 
9.15-9.30Technology keynote 3: Yutaka Yoshida, Sr. Manager, Daido Steel (America) Inc
‘HREE-free Hot-Deformed Nd-Fe-B Magnets’ 
9.20-9.40Circular Economy keynote 2: Alexander Furgeri, JL Mag,
‘Design for motors: the way forward’
The bottlenecks and opportunities for an efficient recycling loop (In Memory of Prof Rex Harris) 
Moderator: Gareth Hatch, REIA  
Spomenka Kobe, Joseph Stefan Institute
Oliver Gutfleisch, Technical University, Darmstadt
Carlo Burkhardt, Pforzheim University 
Allan Walton, University of Birmingham
Boris Saje, Kolektor Mobility
10.40-11.10Coffee Break 
11.10-11.20Member Spotlight: Phoenix Tailings 
11.20-11.40Demand keynote 2:  Feng Zhao, Global Wind Energy Council
‘Unlocking the wind energy capacity: the bottlenecks’ 
11.40-11.50Member Spotlight: REE Minerals, Norway
Investment for the energy transition  
Moderator: Igor Estraykh, GreenMet 
Dimitri Koufos, EBRD
Robin Fiedler, Bank of Montreal
Dave Phelan, Social Capital, USA
Richard Hatch, Berenberg Bank
Roland Gauss, EIT RawMaterials
12.40-12.55Technology kenote 4: Max Fries, Magnotherm Solutions GmbH
‘Magnetic Refrigeration – Next generation cooling’
12.40-14.00Networking Lunch
14.00-17.00REE Magnet and Battery Recycling Plant visit, Fraunhofer Institute IWKS

Participating Companies

Grundfos Holding A/SStellantis N.V.
Danfoss Power Solutions GmbHBMW
Magnet e Motion B.V.Lynas Rare Earths Ltd
B&C Speakers SpaPSA-Nidec Emotors
BEC Gesellschaft für ProduktmanagementBrose Fahrzeugteile GmbH
Saskatchewan Research CouncilMahle
Mercedes-Benz AGPorsche AG
Daido Steel Co.,Ltd.Helix Motors Ltd
ZF Friedrichshafen AGPolestar
 VALEOSchaeffler Automotive Buehl GmbH & Co. KG
Shin-Etsu Magnetics Europe GmbHJOGMEC
 Miele & Cie. KGNeo Performance Materials
Carpenter ElectrificationRobert BOSCH GmbH
Rocklink GmbHNETZSCH Trockenmahltechnik GmbH
Wood MackenzieVacuumschmelze
Medallion ResourcesYunsheng Magnetics (Europe) GmbH
GreenMetQuadrant GmbH
Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp.Energy Fuels
Pforzheim UniversityRare Earths Norway AS
Phoenix TailingsBRGM
Bomatec AGEIT RawMaterials
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and ConsultingOrano
Jožef Stefan InstituteNingbo Yunsheng Co. Ltd
JL MAG Rare-Earth Co. Europe B.V.Steinbeis Europa Zentrum
Brugger GmbHInternational Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Pensana PlcCarester
University of BirminghamFraunhofer IWKS
NUMOBILITYMagnoTherm Solutions GmbH
REE Minerals Holding ASMainborn GmbH
European Commission, DG GROWDMEGC Germany GmBH
Phoenix TailingsTU Darmstadt
Aclara Resources Inc.Vibrantz Technologies
TRADIUM GmbHLeading Edge Materials Corp.
Ionic Rare Earths LimitedAra Partners
GreenMetMkango Resources Ltd
Peak Rare EarthsAuxico Resources
MinviroCentral America Nickel
Wood MackenzieSintex A/S
Mkango ResourcesMagneti Ljubljana, d.d.
Jozef Stefan InstituteCNRS UMR
Baotou Tianhe MagneticsSocial Capital
UmicorePPM materials GmbH
Entellus Industries Private LimitedWave International
Colorado School of MinesKolektor Mobility
University of Birmingham, U.KDENSO AUTOMOTIVE Deutschland GmbH
British Geological SurveyCNRS-IPCMS
HyProMag LtdHitachi Metals Europe GmbH
Search Minerals Inc.Bank of Montreal
Global Wind Energy Council

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