SOURCE: Information Forecast, Inc.

Information Forecast, Inc.

August 05, 2009 14:15 ET

"Critical and Strategic Metals" Event to Assess Achilles Heel of Global High Tech Industries

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 5, 2009) - Infocast's inaugural Managing Supply Chain Risks for Critical & Strategic Metals Summit, scheduled to take place in Washington, DC October 20-22, will provide supply chain, purchasing and sourcing officers a definitive assessment of the growing risks to Rare Earth Elements, Minor Metals, Lithium and Platinum Group Metals, as well as offer best mitigation practices and innovative "virtual hedging" strategies.

Thousands of electronics, aerospace, military, automotive, cleantech and renewable energy technologies rely on a range of specialty metals for which there is often no substitute. The supply of many such metals -- Rare Earth, Minor Metals, Platinum Group, and Lithium -- are in many cases "at risk." The challenge of "at risk" specialty metals is turning into the hot-button topics of 2009 for high technology executives. The topic is drawing the attention of the US Department of Defense and Congress, and has received major media coverage in Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

The conference includes Keynote Speakers Andrew May from the DOD and Walter Lippmann, former Executive Director of the Minor Metals Trade Association (MMTA), Ivan Herring, former Senior Sourcing Expert at GM, as well as over 40 representatives from various companies including GE, Corning, the Cobalt Development Institute and many other internationally recognized resource and procurement experts. Managing Supply Chain Risks for Critical & Strategic Metals Summit will be the first event to exclusively address the building challenges around the supply of "technology" and "cleantech" metals.

The Summit will be held at the Holiday Inn Georgetown in Washington, DC on October 20-22, 2009. To REGISTER or to learn more about the Managing Supply Chain Risks for Critical & Strategic Metals Summit, please visit or contact Sarah Niss at or 818-888-4444 ext 23.

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Infocast is an event production company with twenty years of successful industry experience, including a highly successful series of Finance and Investment Summits in wind power, solar power, ethanol, and biodiesel. The Summits are leading events where industry players gather to share their perspectives on the finance and investment market, to establish relationships, network, and conduct business.

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