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60th General Assembly to take place in Hong Kong as planned

9 September 2019

The 60th General Assembly (conference and AGM) of the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center (T.I.C.) will take place as planned at the Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong, China from October 13th to 16th 2019. 

The Executive Committee of the T.I.C. has taken careful note of the press surrounding Hong Kong in the media recently.  After careful consideration and due diligence of all information available, the Executive Committee does not foresee that the conference in Hong Kong cannot proceed. Some points that were considered are:

  • At this point, we have no indications to suggest that we would be prevented from holding the conference.
  • While there have been some disruptions to the airport, under all circumstances Hong Kong still provides the most and best access for the largest number of delegates. 
  • Already over 165 delegates have booked to attend which is a little lower than we would like but still a very good result for this point in the proceedings.
  • John Crawley, T.I.C. President, spent time in person in Hong Kong last month and will return this week.  His observations and input are that, while it seems likely that Hong Kong will still generate press reports at the time of our conference, all indications are there will be minimal, if any, impact on our event.

Hong Kong remains efficient and safe. It is truly a breath-taking location, and October offers the perfect cooler, dryer weather for maximum enjoyment of the Hong Kong outdoors.

On a related topic, a new report was published at the end of August, ranking Hong Kong as the 3rd safest city in the world for personal security.  The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2019 Safe Cities Index (SCI) ranked 60 cities across the world across four categories. Overall Hong Kong came a respectable 20th, making it safer than Paris, Beijing, Brussels, Shanghai, Dallas and Dubai. 

Full details of the conference are at https://www.tanb.org/event-view/60th-general-assembly.

This event is brought to you with the generous support of our platinum sponsor, Guangdong Zhiyuan New Material Co., Ltd and our silver sponsors, A&R Merchants Inc., RC Inspection Group and Yanling Jincheng Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.


By September 9th the following companies were confirmed:

3T Mining Ltd • A&R Merchants • Absolute Resources • Admat Inc. • Advanced Material Japan Corporation • Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. (AMG) • AfriMet Resources AG • Alfred H. Knight International Ltd • Argus Media Ltd • AS International Corporation Ltd • B.W. Minerals (s) Pte Ltd  • Buss & Buss Spezialmetalle GmbH • CCMA Inc. • CellMark (HK) Ltd • Chee Ng Minerals Sdn Bhd • Chemtrade • Chepetsky Mechanical Plant JSC • CNMC Ningxia Orient Group Co. Ltd • Cronimet Central Africa AG • CRU International Ltd • D Block Metals LLC • East Group Minerals Ltd • Eckert & Ziegler Brasil Isotope Solutions • European Commission, DG Trade • European Passive Components Institute (EPCI) • Exotech Inc. • Exxelia • F & X Electro-Materials Ltd • FIR Metals & Resource Ltd • Ganzhou Junxing Non-Ferrous Metal Co. Ltd • German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA / BGR) • GGV Holding Ltd • Gisande Trading Ltd • GIZ • Globe Metals & Mining Ltd • Guangdong Zhiyuan New Material Co. Ltd • H.C. Starck Inc. / Fabricated Products • H.C. Starck Tantalum & Niobium GmbH • Haipu Resources Ltd • Hunan Huaran Technology Co. Ltd • Hunan Xiangyee Zhongyuan Technology Co. Ltd • IBM • ICGLR • Imerys Ceramics France • Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences • ITSCI • Jiujiang Fuxing Tai Trade Co. Ltd • Jiujiang Jinxin Non-ferrous Metals Co. Ltd • Jiujiang Tanbre Co. Ltd • Jones Day • JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation • Kalon Resources Ltd • KEMET Electronics Corp. • Krome Commodities Ltd • Kuala Ketil Metal Sdn Bhd • Malaysia Smelting Corporation • Metal Do Co. Ltd • Metalink International Co. Ltd • Metallurgical Products India Pvt Ltd • Minerals Resources International AG • Mines, Minerals, Metals & Markets Ltd • Mining Mineral Resources Sarl • Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co. Ltd • NobelClad • NPM Silmet OÜ • ONISC GmbH • Pilbara Minerals Limited • Plansee SE • Plaxys Inc. • RC Inspection Metals B.V. • Refractory Metals Mining Co. Ltd • Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) • Roskill Information Services Ltd • Samwood Neo Inc. • Solikamsk Magnesium Works • Sovereign International Metals and Alloys Inc. • Specialty Metals Resources S.A. • SXMINTEC Ltd • Taike Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd • Tantec GmbH • Thailand Smelting & Refining Co. Ltd • The University of Queensland • Traxys • Treibacher Industrie AG • Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC • Vivian Capital • Xi’an Sailong Metal Materials Co. Ltd • Yanling Jincheng Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd • Yano Metals Co. Ltd • Zhuzhou Cemented Carbide Works Imp. and Exp. •

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