Coal buyers and sellers in the Americas face turbulent times like never before. To their west, markets in Northwest Europe continue to contract. And while opportunities open in the Far East, Asia Minor and Africa, the influence of China and to a lesser extent India can change sentiment in the seaborne markets almost overnight.
Major export heavyweights Colombia and the United States face their own supply-side challenges – declining qualities in Colombia and limited investment appetite, while North American producers must juggle domestic and export sales in a market where volatile natural gas prices hold the whip hand.
Overhanging everyone involved in the seaborne market are new shipping regulations termed IMO 2020. Understanding how this will affect overall supply costs will be a key plank in successful buying and selling strategies. But it brings with it secondary considerations, including a shift in inter-fuel competition from an estimated 200mt surplus of high sulphur oil, and increasing petcoke volumes, both of which have the power to displace coal in industrial applications and electricity generation.
Elsewhere in the Americas, a shift in Brazilian met coal buying trends and the promise of massive infrastructure spending by the country’s President-elect is creating opportunities for the well-informed. Indeed, Latin America’s overall coal demand and the shifting political landscape is an emerging story that will help to set the scene for the year to come.
Join us for the 26th Annual Coal Conference of the Americas in Cartagena to debate, discuss and network at this important time in the industry.
For the 26th consecutive year, the Coal Conference of the Americas will be held in Cartagena, Colombia. Acknowledged as the foremost professional and business development event for the Americas and European coal export markets, this year’s event features a full program of discussion, debate and knowledge centering around the industry’s most impactful topics, coupled with several opportunities for relationship building and networking with your prospects, partners and customers.
Interested producers, engineering firms, service companies and others allied to the industry have an opportunity to make their message and brand stand out from the crowd by increasing their profile and visibility with a sponsorship of one of a carefully selected group of opportunities at the Conference.
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