BIR Non-Ferrous Division announces speakers for May conference

The plenary session spotlights Asian markets and includes speakers from Daiki Aluminium Industry Co. Ltd., BANDS Financial and Minmetals Germany GmbH.

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April 7, 2017
RTGE Staff
Conferences & Events Nonferrous Personnel

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) Non-Ferrous Metals Division says it has invited three guest speakers to offer presentations at its divisional plenary session 22 May 2017 at 9:30 a.m. The session kicks off the BIR World Recycling Convention & Exhibition, which runs through 24 May, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Among the speakers will be Masao Montani, director of Daiki Aluminium Industry Co. Ltd. in Japan and managing director of PT Daiki Aluminium Industry Indonesia in Indonesia; John Browning, founder and managing director BANDS Financial, a Securities and Futures Commission-licensed futures broker based in Hong Kong; and Hong Yang, deputy managing director at Minmetals Germany GmbH, which is part of the China Minmetals Corp., one of the largest raw materials conglomerates in China.

Montani joined Daiki in 1987 after graduating from university and worked in the technical department for 11 years. He then spent five years at Daiki's plant in Japan before being transferred to Daiki's Thailand plant in 2004. He has been working at Daiki's affiliated companies in Thailand and Indonesia for 14 years.

Daiki Aluminium is the largest secondary aluminium smelter in Japan and its annual production is about 240,000 tonnes. Daiki also has affiliated companies in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines, and the total group production in Southeast Asia is 192,000 tonnes per year.

The title of Montani’s presentation is “Secondary Aluminium Market in South-East Asia and East Asia.”

Before founding BANDS Financial, Browning was a managing director at Jefferies Asia. He also was a board member of the London Metal Exchange (LME) and the chairman of the LME E-commerce Committee from 2002 to 2004. He is widely credited with the creation of the LME’s electronic trading platform, LME Select. While at Newedge between 2008 and 2012, Browning created a platform that enabled clients to trade Chinese and international futures markets simultaneously.

BANDS Financial is owned by BANDS Unified Ltd., a Hong Kong based holding company, which is also owner of BANDS Risk Management. BANDS Unified was founded by Tiger Shi and John Browning, who have worked at senior levels at a number of globally recognized banks and financial institutions and have together specialized in the east-west dynamic for the last eight years.

Browning will be speaking on "The Return of Commodity Price Inflation – Where Will we get Prices From?"

Hong joined Minmetals after graduating from university in 1991. His career includes five years as staff and section manager for Minmetals Trading in Beijing, four years as assistant to the president for Minmetals Brazil, seven years with China National Minerals in Beijing as deputy general manager and three years as president for Minmetals Korea. In 2010, he joined Minmetals Development in Beijing, where he first worked as general manager of strategy and planning and then as deputy director of e-commerce projects. In 2014, Hong moved to Germany to work for Minmetals Germany GmbH.

Founded in 1986, Minmetals Germany GmbH belongs to the oldest Chinese enterprises in Germany. Its main activities are the sale of carbon steel and stainless steel, as well as the purchase of raw materials for steel production. Since 2008, Minmetals Germany has operated a subsidiary in England and has recently become active in Turkey, where a new subsidiary has been established focusing on raw materials purchase.

Hong will share his knowledge of the “Dynamic Copper Scrap Market in China.”

The plenary meeting also will feature a summary presentation on the global recycling markets for non-ferrous metals and audience questions.