The 15th International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XV) returned to Cape Town, South Africa, to be held at the Century City Conference Centre from 25-28 February 2018. Infacon focusses on the broad technical aspects of ferro-alloy production and was founded in 1974 by the SAIMM (Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), Mintek (then the National Institute for Metallurgy), and the Ferro Alloys Producers’ Association (FAPA) when the first INFACON was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. During this year’s meeting, the decision was made to host the 16th International Ferro-Alloys Congress (Infacon XVI) in Trondheim, Norway in 2021.
The conference covered a broad range of technical papers (processing technology, chromium, nickel, manganese and stainless steel) with delegates from more than 30 countries delivering over 150 technical papers. Heinz Pariser, from Roskill Pariser Steel Alloys, opened the conference plenary sessions presenting the company’s market research paper on “Changing Nickel & Chromium Stainless Steel Markets”. The paper set the scene for discussions on South Africa’s role in the global chromium and ferrochrome market, as growth in the domestic industry has been lagging behind its potential. An air of optimism for harnessing the potential of the world’s richest chromium reserves in southern Africa (including Zimbabwe) remains, following political changes in the region.