Focusing on ashes and related products, AshTrans brings together over 100 people from businesses around the globe for two days of business networking, discussion and debate.
The conference is of interest to those that enable the supply chain of energy by-products, from source to end use.
- Meet over 100 members of the energy by-products supply chain
- Exchange views and connect with potential new commercial partners
- Get the latest market insights and hear from leading professionals
You will be interested in AshTrans if you are an energy professional responsible for by-products, an ash related trade association, an ash or ashes derived products producer, supplier, processing or technology provider, trader, broker, marketer, logistics solutions provider, shipper, hauler or a user of ashes responsible for sourcing these materials or developing new products from them.
We take care in selecting our speakers and content for AshTrans. You will gain exclusive insight into the latest market conditions, new technology and product developments, logistics solutions and industry news. We select outstanding venues and schedule in quality time for you to network with other attendees in a fantastic environment and host a special conference dinner.
All you have to do is seize on the new opportunities you discover, strike up new relationships, cement established ones and take your business forward.
Ashes from the combustion of coal, biomass and waste for energy production are commercially traded materials and increasingly moved around the globe in addition to satisfying the local markets where they have been produced.
The global progress towards a circular and low carbon economy means the business of managing ashes is increasingly dynamic. The need for innovation in technology and the supply chain has never been more pronounced, especially as the effective management and utilisation of ashes will play a key role in industry achieving the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century or sooner.
AshTrans conference is intended to be the platform that brings together all those people from the various sides of the ashes business to meet and exchange ideas, views, gain insights and meet with existing and potential new commercial partners, to unleash new opportunities in this dynamic business sector.
What Will We Be Talking About at AshTrans 2022?
Wow, what an exciting time to be involved in the ash industry, full of challenges and opportunities.
We’ll be hearing about UK and European Climate Targets and how the industry is taking action and rising to the challenge, and of course, the role ashes will play in achieving net zero and beyond.
Ash Processing Technologies
We’ll be talking about some of the technologies and methodologies out there, from those currently in action to emerging ideas to harvest ashes from the vast deposits laid down over many years of coal generation.
International Trading, Shipping and Infrastructure
We’ll be educating ourselves on the dynamics of international trading in cementitious materials and the infrastructure and shipping issues around the world and gaining insight from leading experts on the current status and direction of travel.
Low Carbon Concrete Technologies
We’ll be discovering innovations in materials technologies and how our future infrastructure needs can be fulfilled in a green way by looking at the road map and what’s happening right now.
We’ll be hearing about ‘what’s happening around the world’ from our international connections, taking a look at the United States of Ash and What’s happening about Ash in Asia and beyond.
We’re set to have a great conference and look forward to meeting you in Manchester, UK!
See our current confirmed speaker list who we will have the honour of engaging with.
Monday 5th September
- 10:30am Registration Opens at The Lowry’s Quay’s Bar area
- Networking with delegates, exhibitors and sponsors
- 12:00noon Lunch is served
- Networking will continue in the Quay’s Bar area for Lunch
- 13:00 Conference Opens, delegates will be called to The Compass Room
- 17:15 Closing remarks of Day 1
- 18:00 Manchester Ship Canal Sightseeing Cruise
- 19:30 Drinks Reception at The Lowry Gallery
- 20:00 Seated for Conference Dinner in The Compass Room
- 23:00 Coaches
Tuesday 6th September
- 9:00am Conference Opens
- 13:00 Closing remarks of Conference
- 13:30 Seated Lunch at the Lowry’s Pier Eight Restaurant
- 15:00 Coaches
Book Your Space at AshTrans 2022
Tickets go on sale May 2022 with a discounted ‘Early Bird’ price of £595.00+vat until July 17th 2022.
Standard ticket price £695.00+vat.
2022 Confirmed Event Sponsors
ASHTRANS 2022 Confirmed Speakers and Panel Participants
Dr Diana Casey
Director, Energy and Climate Change
Mineral Products Association, MPA | www.mineralproducts.org
Diana joined MPA in 2010 as Technical Advisor, Energy and Climate Change, and now holds the position of Director, Energy and Climate Change. Diana’s responsibilities include data analysis from UK cement plants, modelling the impact of EU and UK climate change and environmental policy on the UK cement industry including the UK Emissions Trading Scheme and Renewable Energy policies and managing industry projects such as the MPA decarbonisation roadmap modelling and production and updating of the MPA factsheet on embodied CO2e of UK cement, additions and cementitious material. Diana is vice-chair of the Emissions Trading Group, a group that supports, represents and informs UK businesses and installations covered by emissions trading, and represents MPA on various Government led initiatives such as the work that is ongoing on business models to support the deployment of carbon capture use or storage. Diana is also responsible for administering Climate Change Agreements for various mineral product sectors.
Dr.-Ing Hans-Joachim Feuerborn
European Coal Combustion Products Association ECOBA | www.ecoba.com
Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Feuerborn studied Metallurgy and Material Science at Aachen Technical University. In 1986 he started his scientific work at the University Technical University Aachen on reuse of industrial residues in construction products. From 1990 he worked as chief engineer in the department of binder materials (cement, lime, gypsum) and as consultant in ceramics and binder materials and for reuse of industrial residues.
In 2000 he started his work as adviser for by-products from coal-fired power stations at the department of environmental protection of VGB PowerTech, the European Technical Association for Power and Heat Generation. Furthermore, he is serving as Secretary General for ECOBA, the European Coal Combustion Products Association and since 2015 as secretary of the World-Wide Coal Combustion Products (CCP) Network. He is actively involved in several European and German standardisation committees.
Project Sales Manager
Atritor Limited | www.atritor.com
MEng, Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.
11 years experience in the bulk materials handling industry.
Specialising in drying and grinding processes, pneumatic conveying systems. Feeding and dosing applications.
Atritor Limited | www.atritor.com
HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering.
42 years experience in the design, supply and installation of powder handling equipment and powder processing plant.
14 years experience with Atritor in the supply of plant for simultaneous milling and drying a wide variety of materials.
European Technical Support Manager
Separation Technologies | www.steqtech.com
As European Technical Support Manager for Separation Technologies, Lewis Baker provides engineering support to the company’s fleet of processing plants throughout Europe and Asia, as well as technical aspects of business development. Lewis joined ST in 2004, initially as plant manager for STs Fly Ash processing facility at Didcot Power Station in the UK, before moving to a wider role in technical support.
Graduating from the University of Wales with a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Lewis has held a number of roles in plant design and commissioning, process engineering, and plant management.
Geopolymer Cements Ltd. | www.geopolymers.co.uk
Craig Prince is founder of Geopolymer Cements Ltd. As a Project Manager in the Construction Industry Craig learned the environmental impact of Portland Cement and set out to discover if there were any alternatives that would be kinder to the environment.
Craig discovered Geopolymer Solutions LLC who had developed and commercialised a technology in the USA. Founder, Rodney Zubrod, had designed and proven that cements could be manufactured ‘Portland free’, kinder to the environment, high performance and made by utilising industrial waste and by-products. During the pandemic Craig launched the business to deploy this technology in the UK and Europe. To date the technology has been noted as an exemplar case study in the Low Carbon Concrete Routemap, published this year by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).
DsG Consultants | www.dsgconsultants.com
Co-founder and joint-managing director of DsG Consultants since July 2011, Ms Sylvie Doutres has worked as consultant in the port sector for 30 years. After graduating in Economics (Master 1) at Perpignan University, she obtained a Master 2 in International Trade & Logistics for Export. She began working in a Business center at Barcelona (Spain) as International Customers Manager and then joined RDM Consultants (France), in 1992, as consultant for port intelligence surveys and missions. She became managing director of RDM Consultants in 2001, and remained at this position until May 2011. In July 2011, she founded DsG Consultants (France) in partnership with Sophie Robert, also port senior consultant involved in French market.
Specialized in port intelligence, international development, market studies, trade flows monitoring, forecast and analysis, as Senior consultant, she advises private and public companies involved in maritime activities or port projects. She demonstrated an expert knowledge in European and Mediterranean countries port organizations. Involved in the management of several statistics databases, she acquired a good vision of seaborne trade flows and port activity in the Med area, especially for building materials, solid fuels and minerals products.
DsG Consultants has a recognized knowledge of dry bulk logistics chain and a long-record expertise of cement markets and trade flows in the Mediterranean area.
Director & Co-founder
Coomtech Clean Technologies | www.coomtech.com
Chris has held director and CEO roles at major blue chip corporates such as BAT, Unilever and Williams Holdings.
Since the mid 1990’s, Chris has been involved in cleantech start-ups – including Brimac Environmental Services Ltd., an acquisition from Tate & Lyle of a unique filtration business. He founded and sold cleantech developer Nviro Cleantech plc and was Non Exec Chairman and founder of AlgaeCytes Ltd., an algae based biopharma business now entering production in Germany. As Founder and a Director of Coomtech Limited, Chris acts as current Chief Commercial Officer for the company.
American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) | www.acaa-usa.org
Stephen T. Benza serves as Vice President, Marketing and New Business Development, at ECO Material Technologies, where he oversees a wide range of activities to drive customer and shareholder value.
Steve began his career in the coal combustion products (CCP) industry in 1978 when he was hired by Pennsylvania Power & Light to direct its fly ash sales/marketing and disposal activities. Subsequently, he owned and operated several CCP marketing and management companies—including KBK Enterprises and Sinew Inc.—before joining Headwaters Resources as its Vice President of Business Development in 2014. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Coal Ash Association, which advocates for the beneficial use of CCPs as a sustainable material for manufacturing, agriculture, and industrial applications.
Rafic Minkara Ph.D., P.E.
Board Member and Chair, Technical Committee
American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) | www.acaa-usa.org
Dr. Minkara has over 35 years of professional experience in engineering, construction, research, commercialization of new technologies and business development in the pollution control/environmental protection and coal utility industries. He is currently the Vice President of Product and Business Development for Eco Material Technologies, leading the teams responsible for product quality assurance, technical services, research & development of new technologies, marketing and new business development. He is also the technical committee chair and board member of the American Coal Ash Association. Previously, Dr. Minkara led the in-house engineering division responsible for environmental compliance/permitting, design and construction of processing and material handling systems and disposal facilities for coal fired utilities and other industries. During his Headwaters tenure, he invented and deployed first-to-market solutions and lead numerous due diligence projects on third party technologies. Prior experiences include the design and construction of water treatment facilities, air pollution control and hazardous waste site remediation. He has a B.S. and M.S. in civil/environmental engineering, an MBA in Marketing/International Business and a PhD in engineering science from the University of Toledo. He is a registered professional engineer, holds many records of inventions and a frequent industry speaker.
Charles M. Zeynel
ZAG International | www.zaginternational.com
Charles is a Founding Partner and currently Chairman of ZAG International Pte Ltd. He formed ZAG International LLC, the current Company’s predecessor, in 2001 following a 25-year career with Union Carbide Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company. A member of the class of 1969 at Lehigh University, he stayed close to his alma mater as an advisor to the President’s Committee (circa 2000-2003), as an Adjunct Professor from 2001 to 2016 where he taught an annual MBA course on Leadership & Start Ups and as a regular guest executive and course instructor at Lehigh’s Iacocca Institute Annual Global Village Program from 2001 to 2018. Mr. Zeynel did his post graduate work at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, both in Geneva, Switzerland
Mr. Zeynel launched ZAG in 2001 as a strategic management firm serving the petrochemical industry. Shortly after ZAG’s founding, Mr. Zeynel was engaged by BMI, a US-based firm to lead a global growth strategy for cementitious materials in close concert with the Lafarge Cement Group. He led BMI’s expansion across the USA and across the world setting up a network of international offices. In June 2006, he resigned from BMI to concentrate exclusively on his work with ZAG.
Cement Distribution Consultants | www.cementdistribution.com
Ad Ligthart is a specialist on markets, trade, transportation and facilities for cement, clinker and cementitious materials. He is co-author of “The Handbook on Global Cement Trade and Distribution” which is the most comprehensive publication in its field. Cement Distribution Consultants the company he founded in 1999 has an unequalled global database on cement trade including close to 1600 facilities involved in waterborne cement, clinker trade and distribution.
He has been involved in the cement industry since 1982, working for 17 years for major equipment suppliers and engineering companies before starting his own company. He has been stationed in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the USA, Panama and the Middle East (Qatar).
In 1999 he founded Cement Distribution Consultants. This company combines an in-depth knowledge of the global cement industry with the capability to conceive and realize special trade and distribution projects. The company has been involved in many port, terminal and transportation projects worldwide as well as market studies, company valuations, management training, etc.
He has been a speaker on major cement conferences and industry investor meetings for over 60 times.
Since early 2020 Cement Distribution Consultants has entered into a cooperation with Engineering Services Hamburg further enhancing the capabilities and strengths of both companies
Head of By-Products
EP Power Minerals | www.eppowerminerals.com/en/
Nils Jansen is Head of the Power plant by-product business unit at EP Power Minerals GmbH. Besides his direct sales responsibilities for Germany and also for global trading activities in the field of SCM, he is also charge for the strategic development of this business unit.
EP Power Minerals is a German company and the leading service provider for fly ash and gypsum utilization coming from hard coal powered power plants in Northern Europe with a wide network of subsidiaries and partnerships in Europe and Asia
Before starting his current role Nils Jansen was working multiple years in national and international business development for companies in the energy and construction material sector. Before he graduated from University and holds two Master Degrees. One in political and one in energy economics.
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