mjunction services, India’s largest B2B e-commerce company, will be organizing the 11th Indian Coal Markets Conference in Kolkata on September 12 and 13. The conference this year will focus on the various issues faced by consumers of coal, which will be taken up by industry experts, policy makers and all stakeholders of the industry.
Leading power, cement and steel companies are supporting the event, which will provide a holistic picture of the production, consumption, demand, prices and global situations of the coal industry. The conference will provide a platform not only for networking but also for exchange of ideas and thoughts concerning the industry.
mjunction CEO Mr Vinaya Varma said, “The Indian power sector and hence the coal market is undergoing a rapid change in terms of structure and mix. On one hand, the lukewarm demand facing the thermal power plants and the low PLF remain a big concern. On the other hand, the rapid progress in solar and renewables comes as a possible disruptor. All these developments will have an immense impact on the coal and allied industries. It is interesting to see how the coal sector prepares itself to face the changing dynamics.
“In this context, the 11th Indian Coal Markets Conference is going to be a good platform for the policymakers, industry and other stakeholders to brainstorm the better way to move ahead, in making good progress for the economy as a whole, but with minimal impact on the existing structures”.
There will be an exclusive session on ‘South Africa: Partners in growth’ where the keynote speakers will be Dr. Tsengwa Nombasa, Executive Head (coal operations) Exxaro, Divyesh Kalan, Executive Head of Makoya Group, Lloyd Tobias, COO of Transnet Freight Rail among others.
mjunction in association with the Cement Manufacturers’ Association, will also host the Indian Coal Markets Award Night where service providers will be felicitated under various categories such as: Coal importer of the year, Coal transporter of the year, Coal producers of the year, Coal port performer of the year among various others.
Some of the key speakers at the event will be –
· S N Prasad, Director, Marketing, Coal India Ltd (CIL)
· Kulamani Biswal, Director Finance, NTPC Ltd.
· Benjamin Sporton, CEO, World Coal Association (WCA)
· John Howland, Managing Director of Coal, IHS Markit
· S.K. Basak, ED, Collieries, SAIL
· Partha S Bhattacharyya, former chairman, Coal India Ltd (CIL)
· S K Agrawal, Group Head – Central Coal Procurement, Vedanta
· Niladri Bhattacharjee, Partner, KPMG
The conference will be attended by 300 people, and 85 companies will be participating in the event in various categories. Some of the companies are from Japan, China, Singapore, South Africa and Latvia.