HCMC – The International Fluorine Forum was held in Hanoi City, Vietnam between October 11 and 14, attracting nearly 200 international and local industrial mineral experts and fluorspar business leaders.
The first-time forum in Vietnam was organized by Industrial Minerals Forum & Research Ltd (IMFORMED) in collaboration with Masan High-Tech Materials Corporation.
The forum was aimed at examining and discussing the supply and demand from mine to market of fluorine mineral, an important mineral in the global high-tech industries.
The participants also highly appreciated the continuous improvement initiatives of Masan High-Tech Materials, a leading supplier of acid grade fluorspar, which is currently operating the Nui Phao mine in Thai Nguyen Province.
On the sidelines of the forum, the delegates made a field trip to the Nui Phao mine in Dai Tu District and saw how the top-notch fluorspar production facility runs.
Mike O’Driscoll, director of IMFORMED, said “The way the Nui Phao mine is organized and run, by discipline and professionalism, really shocked and amazed me.”
On October 12, Masan High-Tech Materials welcomed the Society of Mining Professors delegation to visit the Nui Phao mine within the framework of the 11th SOMP Regional Meeting. The mining professors, who come from the United States, Germany, Australia, Japan, Indonesia and India, showed excitement about the leading-edge manufacturing process supported by advanced mining and processing management software that helped Masan High-Tech Materials optimize the recovery rate and thus, enhancing the value of Vietnamese resources.
The International Fluorine Forum was first launched by IMFORMED in Mexico 2017. Subsequent Fluorine Forums were held in Madrid in 2018, Prague in 2019, followed by two online formats in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Throughout the years, the Fluorine Forum has developed into a major networking event in the global Fluorine market. This year the event was back in its full form in Hanoi.