ITA 2022 Conference Program

Subject to Change

Sunday, September 18, 2022

10:00 – 12:00
Conference Registration Desk Open - Hotel Lobby – We invite all conference delegates to visit the Conference Registration Desk to pick up conference literature and name badges.  The desk will be open from 10:00 am - Noon in the hotel lobby.

If you are unable to visit the desk in the morning, we will have badges and literature at the Conference Welcome Reception.
12:15 – 17:00
Sunday Outing - Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour – Assemble in the Hotel Lobby area at 12:15 PM – The ITA will explore the Roman Colosseum and Forum for an exciting afternoon tour of ancient Rome.  We will depart from the hotel at 12:30 pm.  If you registered for the tour, please assemble in the hotel lobby beginning at 12:15 pm.  You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing for the tour.  We will return to the hotel between 4:30 - 5:00 PM.

18:30 – 20:30
ITA Welcome Reception – Doney Cafe - Westin Excelsior Hotel - Main Floor – The Annual Conference Welcome Reception will be held in the Westin's Doney Cafe located on the main floor of the hotel. The Doney Cafe offers both indoor and outdoor seating.   Business casual attire recommended.

Monday, September 19, 2022

08:45 – 15:00
Spouses' Tour - Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel – Assemble in Hotel Lobby beginning at 8:45 AM. – For the 2022 Spouse/Accompanying Person Program, the group will visit the Vatican Musuem and Sistine Chapel.  Please assemble in the hotel lobby beginning at 8:45 AM.  Following the tour, the group will have lunch in a local restaurant and return to the hotel around 3:00 PM.  

Please note the Vatican Dress Code:

DRESS CODE FOR MEN
  • The shirt is recommended. It is also possible to wear a T-shirt, provided it does not contain offensive images or slogans.
  • Trousers at least knee-length. In summer it is possible to wear short trousers but the knee must be covered.
  • It is considered bad manners to wear the hat inside the Museums.
DRESS CODE FOR WOMEN
  • It’s forbidden to show up with bare sleeves. In summer the solution can be to bring a cardigan or a shoulder cover to wear inside the Museums.
  • Pants or skirts must cover up to the knee.
  • It is absolutely forbidden to wear a top that leaves the belly open.
09:30 – 11:30
ITA General Assembly Meeting - ITA Members Only – Ludovisi Meeting Room – The 2022 ITA General Assembly Meeting will start at 9:30 AM in the Ludovisi Meeting Room.  All ITA member companies are encouraged to attend the General Assembly Meeting.  The meeting agenda will be emailed to all members in advance.  
11:30 – 11:45
Prospective ITA Members - Informational Meeting – Ludovisi Meeting Room – The International Tar Association Executive Board invites any company interested in exploring ITA membership to join us for a short introductory meeting.  Please RSVP to Mr. Vince Guercio, ITA Membership Chair, membership@itaorg.com, if you plan to attend.  
12:00 – 13:30
Conference Luncheon – Borghese Meeting Room – The Conference Luncheon is open to all conference delegates.  The Borghese Meeting Room is located adjacent to the Ludovisi Meeting Room on the hotel main floor.
13:30 – 13:35
Annual Conference - Session One – Ludovisi Meeting Room – The 2022 ITA Annual Conference commences in the Ludovisi Meeting Room at 1:30 PM.  Following a welcome to the Annual Conference by Mr. Tim Bart, ITA President, and Ms. Elen Alokhina, ITA Vice President - Europe,  the first conference session will include presentations on European, Chinese and Indian coal tar markets.
13:35 – 14:05
Presentation: European Coal Tar Industry After February 24, 2022 – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Dr. Zygmunt Stompel, Consultant, Katowice, Poland
14:05 – 14:30
Presentation: Chinese Coal Tar and Coal Tar Pitch Market Update 2022 – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Zhou Baogang, East River Asia Limited, Tianjin, China

Please note: Mr. Zhou will be presenting by pre-recorded video. Due to China's COVID-19 travel restrictions, Zhou is unable to travel to this year's conference. The ITA will collect audience questions for Mr. Zhou to answer following the conference.
14:30 – 15:00
Presentation: India: Coal Tar Industry Review – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Saiprasad Jadhav, Epsilon Carbon Private Ltd., Mumbai, India
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee Break - Sponsored by Rain Carbon bv – Ludovisi/Borghese Meeting Rooms – Special thanks to Rain Carbon bv for sponsoring the coffee break. 
15:30 – 15:35
Annual Conference - Session Two – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Session two will include presentations on global metallurgical coke, European ethylene tar as carbon black feedstock and global aluminium.
15:35 – 16:00
Presentation: World Coke Market Report 2022 – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Andrew Jones, Resource-Net, Cape Town, South Africa

Please note: Mr. Jones will be presenting by pre-recorded video. The ITA will collect audience questions for Mr. Jones to answer following the conference.
16:00 – 16:30
Presentation: European Ethylene Tar - Alternative to Coal Tar based Carbon Black Feedstock – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Vince Guercio, CTC International, Montclair, New Jersey USA
16:30 – 17:00
Presentation: Global Aluminium Review – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Joseph Cherrez, CRU Group, London, UK
17:00 – 17:00
Day One Conference Conclusion – Ludovisi Meeting Room –
17:45 – 22:30
Conference Dinner at Castel De Paolis – Assemble in Hotel Lobby beginning at 5:45 PM – For the Conference Dinner, we will be traveling by coach bus to Castel de Paolis for wine tasting and dinner.   

www.casteldepaolis.com


We will assemble in the hotel lobby beginning at 5:45 PM and depart from the hotel at 6:00 PM.  

Business Casual dress. 

Return to the Westin Excelsior between 10:30 - 11:00 PM

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

09:00 – 09:05
Annual Conference - Session Three – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Session Three will include presentations on the Chinese Aluminum Industry, Decarbonisation of ArcelorMittal and Decarbonization of the Aluminium Industry.
09:05 – 09:30
Presentation: Review & Outlook of Chinese Aluminum & Anode Industry – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Dr. Fengqin Liu, Professor, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China

Please note: Dr. Liu will be presenting by pre-recorded video. Due to China's COVID-19 travel restrictions, Dr. Liu is unable to travel to this year's conference. The ITA will collect audience questions for her to answer following the conference.
09:30 – 10:00
Presentation: The Decarbonisation Program of ArcelorMittal – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Gilles Franceschini, ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
10:00 – 10:30
Presentation: The Decarbonization of Aluminium Smelting – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Ms. Caroline Alglave, CRU Group, London, UK
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break - Sponsored by Rain Carbon bv – Ludovisi/Borghese Meeting Rooms – Special thanks to Rain Carbon bv for sponsoring the cofee break.
11:00 – 11:05
Annual Conference - Session Four – Ludovisi Meeting Room – The final conference session will include presentations on lithium battery anode material in China and East European tar & carbon black supplies.
11:05 – 11:30
Presentation: Lithium Battery Anode Material - Development in China – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Deng Xiaoxing, East River Asia Limited, Beijing, China

Please note: Mr. Deng will be presenting by pre-recorded video. Due to China's COVID-19 travel restrictions, Deng is unable to travel to this year's conference. The ITA will collect audience questions for him to answer following the conference.
11:30 – 12:00
Presentation: East European Tar and Carbon Black Supplies 2022 – Ludovisi Meeting Room – Speaker: Mr. Igor Levenberg – MAKROchem SA, Poland
12:00 – 12:05
Day Two Conference Conclusion – Ludovisi Meeting Room – The ITA Executive Board will close the Annual Conference.  All Delegates are invited to join the conference luncheon immediately following. 
12:00 – 13:30
Conference Luncheon – Borghese Meeting Room – The Conference Luncheon is open to all conference delegates, spouses and accompanying persons.