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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. 

Peter Munckton

Chief Economist, Bank of Queensland

Topic: Economic Outlook

Peter is the Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy at the Bank of Queensland. He has worked at the Federal Treasury in Canberra, as well as in senior economics roles at Bankers Trust and the CBA. He has co-authored reports on the Australian and Chinese financial systems that gained significant domestic and international media attention.

Louis Victor Blain

Technology Manager, Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA)

Topic: Stainless Steel Grades in the Railcar Industry

Victor is a solution-oriented engineer with over 10 years' experience in the field of materials and welding.

In 2006 Victor completed his apprenticeship in welding and fabrication, gaining a wealth of practical experience in the welding and fabricating of carbon steel and stainless steel structures in Canada

Dedicated to expanding his skills and experience, in 2010 Victor graduated as a Metallurgy Technologist. Armed with this new qualification, Victor gained experience in material testing in the energy and aerospace sectors. Victor worked on the maintenance of turbines for hydroelectric plants at Hydro-Quebec, and then on the welding of combustion chambers at Pratt & Whitney.

Victor's combined passion for metallurgy and welding motivated him to study mechanical engineering. He relocated to France to undertake International Welding Engineer post graduate study at the Institut de Soudure, graduating in 2014.

Since 2014, Victor's experience has been primarily with the manufacturing sector at Bombardier Transportation. Whilst employed at Bombardier, Victor participated in the re-introduction of the 201LN stainless steel grades across Bombardier Transportation North America operations, and had extensive exposure on the use of various stainless steel grades across multiple projects.

Victor's main achievements include project start-up, welding coordination, and supplier's audit and support in multiple countries including Canada, China, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia.Victor recently joined the WTIA in the role of Technology Manager, where he is leading the Manufacturing Industry Group to support growth and innovation across Australia.

Joern Teipel

Lead Technical Manager (Architecture), Outokumpu (Europe)

Topic: Stainless Steel in Architectural Applications - Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics

Joern Teipel studied Physics in Bonn, Germany, and at the Ohio State University in Columbus, USA, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2006 in the field of nonlinear optics. He began his professional career in 2006 at the technical consultancy in Frankfurt. In 2009 he joined ThyssenKrupp Steel where he was responsible for the business development of magnesium flat products. In 2011 he transferred to the stainless producer ThyssenKrupp Nirosta in Krefeld - now Outokumpu. As Lead Technical Manager he is globally in charge of the usage of stainless steel in aesthetically architectural applications from the technical perspective and involved in the development of new surface finished.