Speakers January 29 20192018-11-16T12:28:44+00:00


Peter Carlsson (tbc)

CEO, Northvolt

Northvolt is a company that is building Europe’s largest battery manufacturing plant. Peter has worked in executive roles for more than 20 years in Automotive, Cleantech, Telecommunications, Consumer Electronics and Semiconductor industries. His operations and supply chain focused roles have managed global organizations in Europe, US and Asia. Peter is an entreprenuer, angel investor and advisor.

Europe’s battery ecosystem: What does a shift in production from Asia, mean for the lithium-ion battery industry supply chain and raw materials in Europe

As European automotive OEMs announce their short- and long- term electrification plans, their chosen dominantly Asian cell suppliers are bringing cell and pack manufacturing plants to Europe to link into the existing automotive just-in-time platform. Plants opening, projects underway, and investments announced by CATL, LG Chem, Samsung SDI, SK Innovation, A123, Northvolt and others in Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Sweden show how quickly Europe’s battery ecosystem is developing.

Movement by the suppliers of active and passive components to these cell and pack manufacturers, which are also largely Asian-based, lags their customers, but plans are starting to be made, with e.g. Umicore establishing large-scale cathode production in Poland from 2020. More developments are likely to be announced, but on a longer time horizon. Will local battery raw material supply, which is not as Asia-concentrated but certainly also not Europe-concentrated either, be the final cog in the wheel to create a true European battery eco-system? Robert will talk about the evolving European supply chain ecosystem for batteries and the plans and opportunities for European and specifically Nordic raw material supply, in the context of geological, economic and other constraints, and the appetite of downstream consumers for provenance over price which may ultimately be the determining factor.

Robert Baylis

Managing Director, Roskill Information Services Ltd.

Robert Baylis is Managing Director of Roskill, a provider of research and consulting services on minor metal, steel alloy, industrial mineral and carbon and chemical product markets. Robert joined Roskill in 2006, focusing initially on the cobalt market, and moved onto analysing the lithium market in 2008, since when he has further strengthened Roskill’s position as the leading source of insight on this nascent market. Robert has also worked on reports and projects across other battery raw materials, notably nickel, cobalt and graphite, as well as technology metals such as rare earths, scandium and tellurium. Robert has presented widely on various topics concerning mineral and metal supply, end-use developments and trends.

Super Batteries: Value added graphite opportunities in Norrbotten

Sweden has the opportunity to play a notable role in the sustainable supply of innovation critical minerals as well as in the downstream value-chains that they support. Through vertical integration and in house technology, Talga has demonstrated new and value added products made from our unique and high-grade graphite resources in Norrbotten. The products include formulated graphene additives for global scale industrial applications and high performance Lithium-ion battery anodes that could supply the rapidly growing chain of European battery mega factories.

Mark Thompson

Managing Director, Talga Resources Ltd

Mr Thompson has over 30 years experience in the geoscience and industrial minerals industry and is the founder and Managing Director of ASX-listed Talga Resources Ltd. Talga is building a vertically integrated graphene and graphite products business with wholly-owned product technology, processing innovations and world class Swedish mineral resources enabling stronger, lighter, cleaner and more conductive materials for the battery, coatings, construction and composites markets.


Outotec – Leading the way towards sustainable production of battery metals

Outotec is actively involved in developing solutions for battery metals production in the Nordic countries as well as globally. Outotec’s technology offering in the battery value chain spreads from minerals processing and battery metals and chemical production up to the sustainable recycle of the used battery raw materials. As an example, Outotec is delivering the main processing technologies for lithium beneficiation plant in Brazil and is developing together with several customers the further treatment of lithium concentrates into battery grade materials with our novel alkaline leaching process.

Alex Lagerstedt,

President Market Areas – Europe & North Africa, Outotec

Alex is head of Europe & North Africa market area at Outotec. He leads, develops, and implements the Outotec strategy in the market area managing all Outotec activities from sales and delivery to services. Alex has a M.Sc. in Metallurgy from Helsinki University of Technology. He has had different management roles in Outotec. He has traveled extensively all over the world to help customers with all kinds of challenges and projects and has worked in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

Rune J.Arnøy

CEO, Port of Narvik

Rune Johan Arnøy: Born 17. October 1951 in Molde, Norway. Married; father of 3, now grown up children and grandfather of 6.
Educated as a bank economist at the Norwegian Bank Academy, and later Executive Master’s Degree in Logistics at BI School of Economics and Administration. Over the years, I have worked in banking, business administration, and currently as CEO/ Port Director in Narvik. Lots of experience from Board and Trustee Commissions. Acknowledged by the Norwegian Committee of Sports and the Olympic committee with the “Fair Play” prize in 1997 for the effort of promoting the basic values of sports-joy, health, fellowship and honesty. Elected as the “Man of the Year 2013” in Narvik.

Responsibly maximizing the value of Finnish minerals

Finnish Minerals Group manages Finnish Government’s holdings in mining sector, develops effective EV battery value chain and practices strategic R&D projects. It is the parent company of Terrafame Oy that produces nickel, zinc and cobalt in its multi metal mine and metals production plant in Sotkamo. Terrafame will commence the production of nickel and cobalt sulfate for EVB value chain in the near future. Finnish Minerals Group’s other holdings include minority ownerships in lithium project Keliber, vanadium recycling project Ferrovan and in Sotkamo Silver.

Matti Hietanen

CEO, Finnish Minerals Group

Mr. Matti Hietanen is CEO of Finnish Minerals Group and vice chairman of the board of Terrafame Oy. Mr. Hietanen is also vice chairman of the board of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Oy which is one of the leading research and technology organizations in Europe. Prior to his career in metals and mining Mr. Hietanen worked as a civil servant in the ministry of economic affairs as well as in other ministries.

SIMS: World Class Demonstrations

Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems is a 3 year EU Horizon 2020 funded demonstrator project with 13 Partners which focuses on Safe Underground Mine Automation. To be completed by April 2020, SIMS will produce a number of demonstrations, ranging from Battery Mining Machines to Underground 5G Communications to Improvements in Rock Bolting.

Morgan Rody

Senior Project Manager: Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems (SIMS), Epiroc Rock Drills AB

Morgan is an employee of Epiroc Rock Drills AB with a M. Sc. in Robotics and Intelligent Systems Engineering with a focus on Mobile Robotics. He has over 10 years of experience in R&D and R&D project management. Morgan is currently the Senior Project Manager for the SIMS Project (Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems) which runs from May 2017 to April 2020.

Lena Söderberg

Jenny Nordström

Project Manager, Mobilaris Mining & Civil Engineering

Jenny has experience in solutions engineering and business development. M. Sc. in Sustainable Energy Engineering. She has over 15 years of experience in technical project management. She has worked closely with mining companies regarding the implementation of digital solutions aimed at increasing production and safety. Jenny plays an integral part of new feature design and definition of customer use cases which is highly valuable in her role within SIMS.

Lena Söderberg

Jan Gustafsson

Project Manager, Epiroc Rock Drills AB

Jan is an employee of Epiroc Rock Drills AB and Leader of the Battery Mining Machines work package in the SIMS project. With over 20 years’ experience in R&D project management and a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jan is making sure WP 6 is running smoothly and delivered on time. Recently, all 3 Battery Mining Machines were delivered according to the SIMS schedule.

Lena Söderberg

5G in Underground Mining and the Vitality and Effiiciency of Underground Communication to Future Autonomous Mining Machines.

Sven-Olof Jonsson

Research Leader, Ericsson

Sven-Olof Jonsson is a research leader at Ericsson with focus on radio network performance. He received his M.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering from Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm, in 1988. He was a researcher in Ericsson from 1988 to 1997, and since 1997 he has had leading roles in Ericsson Research, all in the area of radio resource management and radio network performance for 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G systems and related technologies. Since 2015 he has been working on industry grade cellular standards based connectivity in mining. He will present on SIMS 5G in Underground Mining and how vital efficient and robust underground communication to safe and future autonomous mining machines.


Lena Söderberg

Title to be announced soon….

Åsa Allan

Site Manager, Kaunis Iron

Åsa Allan is the site manager of the Iron Ore mine in Kaunisvaara, Pajala, northern Sweden. She holds a MSc degree in geology and mineralogy from the Åbo Academy University in Finland (2001) and a PhD in Ore Geology from Luleå University of Technology in Sweden (2007), where her research focussed on the genetic relationship between magnetite and copper-gold ores. Thereafter, Åsa has worked as a consultant and manager, mine planning manager and, between 2015 to 2017, as the municipal manager of the municipality of Pajala. Since November 2017, she is the site manager for Kaunis Iron.


Mapping diverse knowledges relating to the impacts of mining and its mitigation measures in boreal and Arctic regions

As mining in the Arctic increases, there is an urgent need to assess social and environmental impacts as well as mitigate negative impacts. This project will develop a multiple evidence base methodology combining systematic review approaches with mapping of indigenous and local knowledge (ILK), applying this approach in a case study of the impacts of metal mining (iron, copper, nickel, lead, zinc, gold, silver, molybdenum) in Arctic and boreal systems. This project develops a co-synthesis methodology to concurrently map research evidence, proposed impacts in environmental and social impact assessments (EIAs/SIAs), and ILK co-produced with Sami communities in Sweden.

Neal Haddaway

Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute

Neal researches evidence synthesis methodology and conducts systematic reviews and maps of the literature across a range of environmental management and development topics. Neal works with researchers, policy-makers, and stakeholders to inform decision-making on environmental topics. His main research interests focus on improving the transparency, efficiency and reliability of evidence synthesis as a methodology and supporting evidence synthesis in resource constrained contexts. Neal will talk about mapping diverse knowledge streams relating to the impacts of mining and its mitigation measures in Boreal and Arctic regions.