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Benchmark World Tour 2019 – Lithium Ion Battery Investment Event – Frankfurt

June 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Venue: NH Collections Frankfurt City (Mainhatten 3, level 1), Vilbeler Str. 2, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Benchmark World Tour is an annual series of investment seminars on the lithium ion battery supply chain and is in its fifth year.

This year the seminar will focus on a three specific “New Eras” for the industry:

  • Rise of the lithium ion battery megafactories
  • Emergence of exchange traded mechanism and other financial derivatives for lithium
  • Rapidly evolving long term battery raw material contracts for the supply chain

About Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence is the world’s leading voice and most trusted provider of independent price assessments for the lithium ion battery and electric vehicle (EV) supply chain.

Benchmark is globally known for setting the lithium industry’s reference price which is relied upon to negotiate contracts between actors in the industry, including lithium extraction operators, to cathode manufacturers, battery cell producers and automotive OEMs.

Benchmark’s Lithium Price Assessments and analysis is also relied upon by the financial community to aid critical investments into the lithium ion supply chain.

The Company also produces regular price assessments on cobalt chemicals and graphite anode and also assesses lithium on battery megafactory capacity build out.

The EV and battery cell supply chain is Benchmark’s sole focus and speciality.

Our Frankfurt seminar will be in two parts: a morning seminar (0730am to 1pm) and a Field Trip to BMZ’s battery facility (1pm to 5pm).

Part 1: The Seminar

0730: Registration & Breakfast

Chair: Andrew Miller, Head of Price Assessments, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence


0830: Establishing lithium ion battery cell production in Germany by 2020

  • The role of Terra-E and BMZ in the rise of megafactory capacity in Europe
  • €300m investment to build cell lines with BMZ from 4GWh to 8GWh
  • Pushing forward e-mobility: The outlook for Europe

Christian Adamczyk, CMO – Chief of Marketing, BMZ Group

20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote

Industry Presentations with direct Q&A

0855: NeometalsChris Reed, Managing Director (Australia)

0910: Pilbara Minerals LimitedKen Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO (Australia)

0925: Standard Lithium Robert Mintak, CEO & Director (Canada)



1005: Dawn of the lithium ion battery megafactories in Europe

  • Approaching a multi-terawatt hour battery blueprint
  • China’s increasing cell capacity: but what chemistry choices are being made?
  • Europe’s Supply Chain Position Versus China and US

Simon Moores, Managing Director, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote

Benchmark is the world’s leading market price data and supply chain intel provider focused on lithium ion and solid-state battery supply chains. Benchmark sets the monthly lithium reference price that is published by Bloomberg, testified to US Senate in 2017 and 2019 and is widely quoted in global media.

1030: Coffee Break

Industry Presentations:

1100: Savannah Resources – David Archer, CEO (London)

1115: Sigma Lithium Ana Cabral-Gardner, Chief Strategy Officer(Brazil)

1130: TBC

1145: TBC


1210 Building the 21st Century electric vehicle supply chain – First Hand Perspectives

  • Selection criteria for lithium, nickel, graphite anode and cobalt
  • The principles of negotiating a long-term contract from a consumer perspective
  • Battery cell selection policy: the must haves from the nice to haves

Vivas Kumar, Principal Consultant – Supply Chain, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

20-minute presentation, 5-minute direct Q&A with keynote

Vivas’ was responsible for building Tesla’s lithium ion battery supply chain from May 2017 and oversaw the most rapid growth period in the EV battery industry’s history. He has rapidly become a pioneer in the lithium ion battery supply chain as the auto industry enters uncharted EV waters.

At Tesla, Vivas was responsible for sourcing and contracting lithium, cobalt, graphite anode and nickel sulphate, in addition to other battery components as the Tesla Gigafactory 1 in Nevada scaled to become the world’s biggest battery plant.

Vivas’ lunch presentation will explore what the auto OEMs want from supply chain contracts and their battery and raw material suppliers, the hurdles to successful dealmaking, and the mismatch of cultures from mine to EV.

1230: Finish

1pm: Lunch on the Field Trip Bus

Part 2: The Field Trip – BMZ HQ

Benchmark Minerals is delighted to announce a field trip to BMZ’s headquarters in Karlstein, one hour outside of Frankfurt.

BMZ is one of Europe’s and the world’s leading lithium ion battery majors with battery pack manufacturing facilities in Germany, Poland, Asia, and China.

The Field Trip will showcase BMZ’s major plans for Europe and tour its battery pack production lines. It will also give the audience a direct contact with top tier management.

Please confirm your place on the BMZ Field Trip – email Emily Dunn – edunn@benchmarkminerals.com

Field Trip Agenda:

  • 1pm: Bus Leaves Seminar Hotel
  • 2pm to 230pm: Arrive at BMZ
  • 230pm: Introduction to BMZ and networking
  • 3pm: Tour of Battery Pack Facilities and HQ
  • 4pm to 430pm: Bus Leaves for Seminar Hotel, Frankfurt
  • 5pm to 530pm: Arrive at Hotel


June 26, 2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Benchmark Mineral Intelligence