ITA 2024 Semi-Annual General Assembly Meeting

Monday, March 4th in Orlando, Florida, USA

World Steel, Coke & Coal Tar

Mr. Vince Guercio, CTC International Inc., Montclair, NJ, USA

Vince Guercio has a chemical engineering degree and over 50 years’ experience in the international petrochemical, petroleum and natural gas businesses. For the past 40 years, he has been an independent consultant providing commercial and technical advice about the interactions that occur at the refinery/LPG/petrochemical interfaces. He specializes in the utilization of steam cracker byproducts such as butadiene, C5s and carbon black oil (CBO). Due to his ethylene byproduct experience, in 1982 Vince became heavily involved in carbon black feedstock from naphtha crackers, FCCs and coal tar. Since then, he has offered consulting services in the pricing, marketing, evaluation and acquisition of CBO. Since 1988, he has published the CBO MONITOR which provides reliable market intelligence about worldwide CBO and carbon black. Vince was educated by Catholic University of America, Princeton University and the U.S. Army. His corporate experience includes Mobil Oil, Lummus and Foster Wheeler.

Mr. Tim Bart, President of the International Tar Association

Mr. Tim Bart is the owner of Carbon Management International, a consulting company formed in 1999. Since 2017, Mr. Bart has been working with Mr. Guercio reporting on carbon black feedstock through the CBO Monitor publication. Prior to 2017, Carbon Management was primarily involved in global coal tar and coal tar distillation, consulting and sourcing distillation products for related downstream industries. Mr. Bart is also involved with the management of the International Tar Association, serving as the association’s president since 2014. Mr. Bart received degrees in Environmental Science, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Communications and Masters of International Relations from Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Seton Hall University.

Overview of the Aluminiumand Coal Tar Pitch Markets

Mr. Zaid Aljanabi, CRU Group, London, United Kingdom

Zaid Aljanabi is a global lead analyst covering the aluminium value chain worldwide. Prior to joining the aluminium analysis team, he spent six years with CRU’s consulting division as head of aluminium consulting. He also worked for several years at Emirates Global Aluminium where he led the market research unit and held various positions within marketing and sales, corporate strategy, and finance. He previously worked in London for several commodity-focused firms as an analyst, including Thomson Reuters and Diapason Commodities Management. He began his commodities research career in 2002 as a petroleum economist with AUPEC. Zaid holds an MA in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Chinese Coal Tar and Coal Tar Pitch Market Update

Mr. Zhou Baogang, East River Asia Limited, Tianjin, China

Graduated from Tianjin Foreign Languages Institute and majored in International Trade. 1994 – 2002, worked in a famous international trading house named Nichimen Corporation in Tianjin, China and deeply engaged in international business, including machinery, auto parts, bearings, electric appliances and chemical products.
1992 – 2006, worked in JECT Corporation Beijing office, mainly working for all kinds of carbon business, including Needle Coke, Graphite Electrode, Green Petroleum Coke, Calcined Petroleum Coke, Metallurgical Coke, Foundry Coke, Coal Tar Pitch and recarb etc. Heavily provided raw materials to steel, aluminum and chemical industries with rich experience and technical knowledge.
Since 2007, worked in East River Asia Limited as consultant to provide professional services to the customers all over the word with Chinese carbon and chemical industries.