Wood Mackenzie LME Forum - London

The LME Forum is back for 2019 and will take place on Wednesday 30 October. We will explore the key themes shaping our industry and the impact they are having on the bulks and base markets.

Great expectations… But can the industry really satisfy all its stakeholders’ demands?

The Savoy | London, UK


With demand growth for traditional commodities transitioning from "lower for longer" to "lower forever" one could be forgiven for assuming that meeting future supply needs would be relatively straightforward.  To the contrary though, it appears that those who provide the world with the minerals and metals critical for its growth and prosperity are finding the task increasingly difficult. 

One of the main challenges is the imperative for the industry to satisfy the seemingly divergent expectations of its many stakeholders.



Julian Kettle introduces the LME Forum

A number of key actors are clear about their expectations…

  • Investors. Cost over-runs,  project delays and exuberant M&A contributed to relatively poor shareholder returns from the industry over the last decade.  The hangover has left investors reluctant to commit funds to the mining sector without the certainty of returns commensurate to (perceived) risk;
  • Host countries and global policy-makers. Rapidly evolving domestic and international ESG requirements are creating a dynamic ethical, financial and environmental regulatory environment that makes planning and execution complex;
  • Consumers. Those who rely on commodities for their commercial, or political, success often seek levels of supply security as aspirational as their R&D departments’ vision statements; 
  • Society.  The extractives sector elicits an enduringly negative perception which belies the critical role it plays in almost every facet of modern life. This leaves the industry vulnerable to political brinkmanship in an increasingly tumultuous and unpredictable environment. 


…This is squeezing the supply chain from mine to market.

These expectations are already providing difficult to realise, with companies both large and small increasingly struggling to:

  • Find, acquire or develop high-quality ore bodies;
  • Control escalating construction costs, development timeframes and operating expenses;
  • Maintain business continuity and retain tenure; and, ultimately,
  • Deliver the financial returns demanded from host countries and investors.

Stakeholders have clear and understandable expectations of the industry. But a time is fast approaching where a collective debate must be had to discuss whether all great expectations can be satisfied all the time.



Registration: 08:00 AM – 09:00 AM

LME Forum: 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch and close: 12:30 PM – 13:30 PM



Fees, for non-customers:

Early Bird attendance fee £290

Valid until 31 August 2019

Regular attendance fee: £390

All prices ex. VAT