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LBMA Assaying and Refining Conference 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

LBMA Assaying and Refining Conference 2019, 17 - 20 March 2019. Please see below the programme of session and speakers.

Day 1 Monday 18 March

Session 1: Introduction and the Work of the LBMA  
Moderator: Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, LBMA

Chief Executive’s Welcome and Remarks 
Ruth Crowell, LBMA Chief Executive | View Slides 

Keynote Speech: Refining in the Precious Metal Sustainability Chain
Michael Mooiman, Associate Professor, Franklin Pierce University and President: Argo Advisors International  | View Slides 

The LBMA Good Delivery System - Recent and Future Developments  
Varsha Peiris, Good Delivery List Officer, LBMA| View Slides 

LBMA Proficiency Testing Scheme  
Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, LBMA | View Slides 

Session 2: Assaying   
Moderator: Alessandro Ruffoni, Analytical Techniques Manager, Argor-Heraeus SA


Assaying Project   
Yasukazu Toteno, Director of Research and Development Division, Japan Mint
Yutaka Zaitsu, Deputy Director of Japan Production Technology Management Division, Japan Mint  | View Slides 

Determination of Ag, Pd, and Pt in Rough Gold Deposits by XRF
Mike Hinds, Assay Chemist, Royal Canadian Mint | View Slides 

Sampling and Determination of Au and Ag by Fire Assay in the Presence of Fe and Ni
Dave Murray, Director, Metal Management, Asahi Canada  | View Slides 

Session 2 (continued): Assaying   
Moderator: Jonathan J. Jodry, Head of Laboratories and New Business Development, Metalor Technologies SA


Sampling Technique for Doré Type Material, Tube vs Dips    
Sandra Ratsoma, Senior Manager Evaluation, Rand Refinery Pty Ltd | View Slides 

Analysis of Gold 995 ‰ applying different methods
Daniela Manara, Head of Laboratory, PAMP SA
Barbara Badiello, Head of Analytical Techniques, PAMP SA
 | View Slides 

Small Spot and Mapping Analysis of Gold Alloys with Thermo Scientific ARL PERFORM’X Series Advanced X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometers
Didier Bonvin, X-ray Product Manager, Thermo Fisher  | V iew Slides         

Session 3: Melting   
Moderator: Mike Hinds, Assay Chemist, Royal Canadian Mint


Origin and Effect of Base Metals in Gold Melting and Refining    
Ankur Goyal, President, MMTC-PAMP India Pvt. Ltd | View Slides 

Melting and Sampling of Dental Scrap
Belen Morales, Head of Analytical Services, Sheffield Assay Office  | View Slides 

Day 2 Tuesday 19 March

Session 4: Security  
Moderator: Varsha Peiris, Good Delivery List Officer, LBMA

Gold Bar Integrity: Blockchain and Security Feature  
Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, LBMA  View Slides   

Refiners Perspective on Bar Integrity
Alessandro Ruffoni, Analytical Techniques Manager, Argor-Heraeus SA  | View Slides 

Operation, Security and Transport of Precious Metals
Richard Q Roberts, Managing Director, Mitmark  | View Slides 

Session 5: Standards   
Moderator: Dr Stewart Murray, Good Delivery Consultant, LBMA


The Physical Bullion Standards in China’s Gold Market    
Gu Wenshuo, Vice President, Shanghai Gold Exchange | View Slides 

ISO Standards and TC174 Update
Chris Walne, Technical Manager London Assay Office  | View Slides 

Session 6: Reference Materials   
Moderator: Madeleine Theron Laboratory Manager, Rand Refinery Limited


ISO 17034 Standard for Reference Materials    
Jonathan J. Jodry, Head of Laboratories & New Business Development, Metalor Technologies SA, Switzerland  | View Slides 

LBMA Reference Material Project Update 2019
Mike Hinds, LBMA RM Steering Committee  | View Slides 

Update on Silver Certified Reference Materials
Hiroshi Sawai, TKG Laboratory Center Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.  | View Slides 

The Introduction of Doping Impurities Using Solutions into Reference Materials in Form of Powder and Production of Super-Pure Starting Material
Konstantin Shatnykh, Section manager for industrial appliances and reference materials production, JSC Krastsvetmet
Alexandra Gavrilova, International Relations Manager, JSC Krastsvetmet
 | View Slides 

Session 7: General   
Moderator: Neil Harby, Chief Technical Officer, LBMA


The Use of Acidless Separation Technology in Precious Metal Refining     
Giovanni Faoro, Chairman and Head of Strategic R&D, IKOI | View Slides 

Gold & Technology in 2019 & Beyond
Trevor Keel, Consultant, World Gold Council  | View Slides 

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