PacRim Stainless 2018 Speakers

Jim Lennon

Managing Director, Red Door Research Ltd (UK)
Senior Consultant - Commodities, Macquarie Capital (Europe)

Topic: The 2019 Outlook for Stainless Steel and Raw Materials


Jim Lennon has 37 years of experience in researching the international metals and mining industry.

Jim worked at Macquarie Bank from 1994 to 2013. He left Macquarie in June 2013 and set up his own consulting company, Red Door Research Ltd. The consulting company specialised in the economic analysis of hard commodity markets. Jim remains a part-time consultant to Macquarie, still responsible for all of Macquarie's nickel and stainless steel analysis.

Until June 2013, he was Chairman of Commodities at Macquarie, having worked for Macquarie for 19 years. He founded and headed up a 10-person research team in London, Singapore and Shanghai, which served the equity, LME trading and corporate advisory divisions of the bank with steel, coal, metals and minerals research and market intelligence.

Jim and his team at Macquarie's were regularly ranked number on the various surveys of commodities research among equity investors for over a decade.

Prior to Macquarie, Jim worked for 10 years at CRU international, where he headed up a team specialising in special steels (including stainless steel) and steelmaking alloys (mainly manganese, silicon, chrome, nickel and molybdenum). While at CRU, Jim also undertook major studies on metallurgical coal and iron ore.

Jim's current major specialisations are the main base metals and steel industries and their raw materials including nickel, chrome, molybdenum, iron ore and coking coal.

Before joining CRU, Jim worked as a marketing analyst at New Zealand Steel. He has also worked as an Associate Director of Metals and Mining Research at Sheraton Lehman Hutton Securities.

Jim has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Clive Whittington

Managing Director, C.M. Whittington & Associates, Hong Kong

Topic: The Double Deal - Decorative, Durable Applications in Asia


Clive Whittington is a graduate in Secondary Metallurgy of RMIT, a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Finishing, UK (FIMF), and an Honorary Member of the Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing (AISF).

He is Managing Director of C.M. Whittington & Associates Ltd, Hong Kong, and for the past 15 years his focus has been on sales development and technical service of primary nickel in Asia and ANZ. With Hong Kong partners, he is daily involved in LME hedging, warehousing, physical delivery, metallurgical service, market intelligence and commercial sales support.

Clive also conducts original R&D, publishes peer-viewed papers and delivers seminars on the better use of nickel in end-use applications.

Prior to his own companies, he was Market Development Manager, Asia, for Alcoa of Australia, based in Hong Kong. Before that, General Manager, Marketing with Inco Australasia in Melbourne and Hong Kong. With both companies he was responsible for product development, application engineering and technical service of fabricated wrought products of aluminium alloys, austenitic stainless steel, high-nickel alloys and surface finishing.