Technical Seminar 2020: Milan

The IWCC Technical Seminar in Milan will take place from 1-5 March on the topic of: ‘The Latest Innovations in Copper Products and Applications’.

Sessions at this year’s Seminar include Innovations in Alloys, Foils and Coatings; Innovations in Joining and Additive Technologies; Developments for Automotive Applications; Lead-Free Alloys and International Lead Regulations; and Information Technologies for Materials and Processes.

Plant visits are a highlight of the Technical Seminar programme with visits to Eredi Gnutti Metalli’s strip and brass rod plant in Brescia, the Aurubis Italia wire rod plant in Avellino, and the Mino SpA rolling mill equipment plant in Alessandria.

A list of papers to be given at the Seminar, an information pack and registration form are available from this IWCC Website.

Responsible Sourcing

Responsible sourcing and production are expected to shape the metals industry in the years to come. The publication of the London Metal Exchange’s responsible sourcing requirements and the launch by the ICA of the Copper Mark are of particular relevance to the copper industry, with the IWCC participating on both projects.

Mark Loveitt, IWCC President, has been appointed to the board of The Copper Mark, a company based in the UK which has been established to administer the Copper Mark. For further information, see

The proliferation of responsible sourcing standards and programmes has led to industry concerns of possible duplication and confusion on requirements. The IWCC has met with key stakeholders and associations to understand these initiatives, as well as to encourage greater alignment and potential consolidation. IWCC Vice President, Mike Smith, has met with Eurometaux (the European non-ferrous metals association), International Tin Association, International Zinc Association, as well as participating in the ICMM Association Coordination Group.

IWCC/ICA Relations

This year will see increasing collaboration between the IWCC and ICA. The IWCC will be gathering fabricator opinion on ICA activities and delivering the fabricator view into ICA. To aid that process, a sub-group of the IWCC Executive Board has the responsibility of reviewing and signing-off fabricator opinion.

Furthermore, the membership of that sub-group has been boosted by including two senior fabricator representatives from the USA: Greg Christopher, Chairman & CEO of Mueller Industries Inc., and Rich Stinson, CEO of Southwire. The full list of members of the sub-group can be viewed here.

Joint Meeting 2020: Montréal

Preparations are well underway for the 2020 Joint Meeting to be held in Montréal from 10-14 May.

The Joint Meeting will have a refreshed format, presentations and panels, at the same time as maintaining the meeting’s unique character and vital function of bringing together copper producers and fabricators.

Plant visits in 2020 will be to the Glencore CCR Refinery and Nexans Wire Rod plant. Excellent networking opportunities will be included in the programme of events.

To find out more or to register your interest in attending the 2020 Joint Meeting, please email