2019 ITA Annual Conference - Presentations
Naphthalene – What is happening to tar’s most celebrated component? Paradigm shift in
use and market dynamics
Mr. Kris Vanherbergen, Executive Vice President, Carbon Distillation & Advanced Materials,
Rain Carbon Inc.
Kris Vanherbergen is Executive Vice President of Carbon Distillation and Advanced Materials
at Rain Carbon Inc. In 1995, he began his career at RÜTGERS where he served in various
technical, operational and marketing management positions. He became the head of
RÜTGERS’ coal chemical refining business in 2008.
As part of the Rain integration process, Mr. Vanherbergen became the head of the commercial
area of RÜTGERS’ parent company, Rain Carbon Inc. in 2015. Subsequently, he was named
the Chief Commercial Officer in 2016, and assumed his current role in early 2019. Mr.
Vanherbergen also serves on the board of the Russian joint venture RÜTGERS-Severtar.
Mr. Vanherbergen was born in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He studied electro-mechanical
engineering with a post-graduate degree in loss prevention from the University of Louvain.
Chinese Coke Industry Overview 2019
Mr. Shi Yanfeng, Secretary General of China Coke Association, Beijing, China
Mr. SHI Yanfeng, Senior Engineer, graduated from Dalian University of Technology and
majored in Coal Chemical. Master degree from Beijing University of Chemical Technology.
1991 – 2005, he had been working in Beijing Coking Chemical Works, and had been
engaged in coking technology, environmental control, strategic development, sales,
purchasing and export. 2006 – 2012, he worked as manager for Sinochem International,
in charge of coke export, domestic and overseas investment, safety and environmental control.
December 2007, he was invited to work as a standing member of Expert Consultation Committee
for China Coking Industry Association.
In 2012, he worked as Deputy Secretary General for China Coking Industry Association. From
November 2013, he started to work as the Secretary General for the association and
participated in composing the 2008 edition and 2014 edition of the “Entry Conditions
of Coking Industry.”
Coal Tar Production by ArcelorMittal
Mr. Etienne Petit, Coke Ovens By-Products Lead Seller,
Etienne Petit has a chemical engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale
Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (France). He is also post-graduated in chemical
process from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (France).
He started his career as a Research Engineer at the fluid dynamics department of
IRSID, the R&D centre of Usinor-Sacilor (French steel making group to become
ArcelorMittal). Then he joined the Centre de Pyrolyse de Marienau (CPM), the R&D
centre for coals, cokes and coke-making processes belonging to ArcelorMittal and
Zentral Kokerei Saar, to lead several projects in the coke-making process. He
participated to the European project REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation
for Chemicals) by registering the ArcelorMittal coke ovens by-products at the
European Chemistry Agency. Since 2012, he is in charge of the coordination of the
coke ovens by-products sales for ArcelorMittal Europe.
Asian Coal Tar and Carbon Black Feedstock Supply Overview
Mr. Vincent 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
Carbon Black Industry Overview
Mr. Paul Ita, Notch Consulting, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Paul Ita runs Notch Consulting, Inc., a Massachusetts-based research company dedicated
to the market research needs of the global specialty chemicals industry. Mr. Ita focuses
on the raw material supply chain for the global tire and rubber industries, with a
particular focus on carbon black, recovered carbon black, precipitated silica, and
The Current Situation and Challenge of the Tire Industry in China
Mr. Hongzhang Peng, Strategic Management Manager, Strategy Center,
Sailun Group Limited, Qingdao, China
Hongzhang Peng, Masters Degree, in Business Management graduated from Hebei
University in 2013. Mr. Peng received Intermediate Economic Analyst in 2017.
While at Hebei University he published four papers, including “Strategic
Breakthrough for Growing of Private Enterprises in China” published in
Business China in 2012,and “The Wheels Turning The World – the
Way to Success of Michelin” published in Guide to Business 2012.
After graduation, Mr. Peng worked for SAILUN GROUP CO., LTD, a tire
manufacturer, where he was responsible for strategic management and
analysis for tire industry. Representing the China Carbon Black
Industry, Mr. Peng was a guest speaker at Chain Summit Forum from
2017 to 2019. In 2019, representing LongZhong CO., LTD, Hongzhang
was a featured speaker at the Synthetic Rubber and Downstream Industry
Market Overview & Outlook of Chinese Needle Coke Industry Chain
Mr. Wang Zhengyu, Director of Sales & Purchasing, Baochem (China)
Wang Zhengyu joined Shanghai Baosteel Chemical Co., Ltd. (New name: Baowu carbon
material and technology Co., Ltd.) in July 1991. He held a variety of positions
at Baochem including Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Foreign Trade Manager,
and Sales & Purchasing Manager. While working in sales, the bulk of his time
was spent in market research for coal tar chemical products. Wang graduated from
Zhejiang University with Bachelor’s Degree majored in Chemical Equipment
and Machinery in 1991 and obtained Master’s Degree majored in International
Economy from Fudan University in 2003.
What is going on at the needle coke market (From Bust to Boom?)
Dr. Zygmunt Stompel, Consultant, Katowice, Poland
Dr. Zygmunt Stompel received his MSc diploma in coal science from
Silesian Technical University in Gliwice, and immediately after
joined the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal in Zabrze, where he
spent the next 20 years. In the Research & Development sector Dr. Stompel
specialized in processing of coal tar, with particular attention paid to
pitch and pitch coke. His PhD thesis (in 1978) was devoted to the subject of
manufacturing of pitch coke of improved graphitizability.
In 1991 Dr. Stompel left the Institute and has established a private company
Coal-Chem Engineers & Consultants. As a consultant he participated in several
international projects aimed at improving efficiency of coal tar industry in
Poland and abroad.
Dr Stompel taught coal tar science at Silesian Technical University in Gliwice
and Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow. He is active as a consultant on
coal tar matters for various Polish and international organizations.
Supply disruptions offset by lower demand, Aluminium Market Overview
Mr. Justin Hughes, Principal Consultant – CRU Analysis, London, United Kingdom
Justin joined CRU in 2017 and has overall responsibility for the Aluminium Raw Materials team,
covering bauxite, alumina, coal tar, pitch, petroleum coke and anodes.
Prior to CRU, Justin worked for over a decade in commodity markets, with trading, research &
sales roles at leading investment banks, Macquarie, BNP Paribas and CIBC, in both London and
New York. Justin has a wide range of experience in non-ferrous, ferrous and precious metals,
alongside oil, gas and freight.
Justin holds a BSc in Economics and Finance and an MSc in Economics and Econometrics from
Development & Trend of Chinese Aluminum Industry
Ms. Fengqin Liu, Professor, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, China
Dr. Fengqin Liu is a Professor of Engineering and recipient of various
government subsidies as well as the National Technical Talent award.
She is the Technical Manager at the China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining (Group)
Co. Ltd.; Deputy Director of China Non-Ferrous Metals Institute Light
Metal Academic Committee; Director of Aluminum-used Carbon Research
Committee; and is a member of the China Non-Ferrous Metals Association
As the well-known expert in aluminum smelting and aluminum-used carbon
fields, Dr. Liu was in charge of setting up technological development
planning and standards for relative industries. She led dozens of major
scientific and technical projects at both provincial and national levels,
solving a series of technical problems in the aluminum smelting industry.
She hosted three international aluminum-used carbon conferences.
As a scientist and expert in her field, she was invited to visit and
conduct collaborative research in Australia, the U.S. and Switzerland,
and gave large-scale presentations at several international metallurgy
Some of Dr. Liu’s published achievements include: “The Key Technology of
Quality Carbon Anode for Aluminum Smelting”, “The Integrated Technologies
to Improve the Life Span of Aluminum Smelting Cell”, “The Technology of
New Structure for Aluminum Smelting Cell”, and “The New Technology of
Wettable Cathode Production”. She is the recipient of the National Science & Technology Progress Award, has won the Provincial & Ministerial Award three times, and many other awards in recognition of her technological contributions and she has designed 50 national patents.
Dr. Liu is published in English as well: “Chinese Raw Materials for
Anode Manufacturing”, “Production Technology of Aluminum Smelting" and
“Production Technology of Aluminum-used Carbon” under the series of
China Non-Ferrous Metals book selection. She is also the main author of
the Carbon Volume for the “Encyclopedia of Metallurgy”, “Manual of
Aluminum Production Technology" and “Advances of Nonferrous Metals” and
has delivered over 40 papers on the importance of technical conferences
and journals both at home and abroad.
China Coal Tar and Coal Tar Pitch Market Update 2019
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.
Global Coal Tar Pitch Market Outlook in 2019
Ms. Julia Du, Analyst, CRU Analysis, London, United Kingdom
Julia Du joined CRU in 2013 as an Analyst on the aluminum raw materials
team. Julia is specializing in carbon product market analysis such as
the supply-demand balances, price assessment, and market forecast.
Julia collects first-hand market information from the market
participants in China and World ex. China. She is one of the
contributors to CRU’s Carbon Product Market Outlook and Monitor. Julia
Du holds an MA in Public Policy from King’s College London and an
MSc in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics.