Copper in Technology, Innovation and Transformation

Date: 24th October 2018

Venue: Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Time: 9:30 hrs to 17:30 hrs


Registration: 09:30 – 10:00 hrs

Inaugural Session (10:00 – 11:30 hrs)

Chief Guest

Honourable Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Government of India


  • Welcome Address
    • Mr. Sanjeev Ranjan, Managing Director – International Copper Association, India
  • Guest of Honour and Keynote Address
    • His Excellency Jorge Juan Castaneda Mendez, Ambassador – Embassy of the Republic of Peru
    • Shri Anil Kumar Nayak, Joint Secretary – Ministry of Mines, Government of India
    • Shri. V. K. Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, Government of India
  • Special Address
    • Mr. JC Laddha, CEO – Birla Copper, Hindalco Industries Ltd.
    • Mr. P Ramnath, CEO – Sterlite Copper, Vedanta Ltd.
    • Mr. Shreegopal Kabra, Managing Director – R R Group

Industry Recognition (Excellence Awards 2018) – (11:30 – 12:00 hrs)

Tea Break (12:00 to 12:15hrs)


Session 1: Copper Scenario (12:15 to 13:30 hrs)

Panel Discussion Points:

  • Global, Asia and India overview on usage of copper
  • Copper usage trends in China
  • Indian macro-economics overview
  • Impact of FTAs on Indian manufacturing
  • Copper pricing scenario

Session Chairman

  • Mr. Rajeev Kher, Former Commerce Secretary and Distinguished Fellow – Research Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) Delhi


  • Mr. S. Chadha, Additional Secretary – Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India
  • Mr. Rahul Prithiani, Director- CRISIL Research
  • Mr. Colin Bennett, Global Manager Market Analysis – International Copper Association
  • Prof. Rakesh Mohan Joshi, Professor and Chairperson – Indian Institute of Foreign Trade
  • Mr. Joe Zhou, Project Manager Market Analysis – International Copper Association China
  • Mr. Kunal Shah, Head of Commodities Research – Nirmal Bang Commodities

Lunch Break (13:30 to 14:30 hrs).

Session 2: Global Competition and Indian Copper Industry (14:40 to 16:15 hrs)

Panel Discussion Points:

  • Overview on copper rod market in India
  • Overview of wire and cable industry of India
  • Role of secondary copper in the industry
  • Opportunities and challenges related to copper winding wire industry in India
  • Opportunities and challenges in copper rolled products
  • Risk management in copper procurement

Session Chairman

  • Mr. Mayur Karmarkar, Director, Sustainable Electrical Energy – Asia, International Copper Association


  • Dr. V.S. Seshadri, Senior Advisor – International Policy & Trade
  • Mr. Kaushik Vakil, Vice President – Hindalco Industries Ltd.
  • Mr. Sandeep T. Jain, Senior Vice President – Bombay Metal Exchange Ltd.
  • Mr. Deepak Manchanda, Senior General Manager – KEI Industries Ltd.
  • Mr. Vimal Jalan, Managing Director – Slimlites Electricals Pvt. Ltd.
  • Mr. Rishit Koradia, Senior Executive – Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd.

Session 3: Technology, Innovation and Transformation (16:15 to 17:30 hrs)

Panel Discussion Points:

  • Emerging trends in charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in India
  • Technological development for batteries in electric vehicles
  • Use of copper alloy fish cages for aquaculture in Asia
  • Copper heat exchangers coil in heat pump
  • Copper : Looking beyond prices.

Session Chairman

  • Dr. Sajid Mubashir, Scientist “G” & Member R&D at National Automotive Board (NAB), Dept of Heavy Industry (DH) Department of Science & Technology – Government of India


  • Mr. Wenson Zheng, Senior Marketing Director – ICA China
  • Dr. K Balasubramanian, Director – Non-ferrous Materials Technology Development Centre, (NFTDC) Hyderabad
  • Dr. Prabhjot Kaur – CEO, Center for Battery Engineering (CEEV) IIT Madras
  • Mr. Cooper Zhao – Project Manager, High Efficient Heating – ICA China
  • Mr. Sandeep Daga, Founder & Director – Regsus Consulting Pvt Ltd.
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