We just finished the 5th edition of World Materials Forum that we created in 2014 - see our 5th anniversary video. Always at the forefront of innovation, value creation and sustainable development. Always with key people from the entire world bringing their knowledge, time and talent to make a better world while using our materials “Smarter, Less and Longer”.
This year our focus was on “making it happen”, delivering more and faster thanks to enhanced collective intelligence. We have spoken with facts and figures during our “signature” sessions on Assessing Materials Criticality and Measuring Materials Efficiency. And we reviewed breakthrough technologies and business solutions for Water consumption, Recycling of electronic wastes, Portable energy storage, Autonomous vehicles and Future aircrafts.
So we would like to highlight our key achievements for WMF 2019 - see here:
- the confirmation that our Criticality Assessment jointly developed by BRGM, CRU, Mc Kinsey and WMF is now used as a reference for key investment decisions in the field of critical materials
- the launch of our App "World Materials Connect" that offers a direct link between the CEOs of 13 Top Multinational Corporations and the CEOs of 90 breakthrough Start Ups all around the world
- the realistic goals announced by our speakers in our various plenary sessions:
- to reduce worldwide water loss by 2/3 and associated energy costs by 50% by 2030
- to divide by 2 the time to 80% charge of new EV batteries by 2030 (from 30 to 15 mns)
- to increase by 40% energy density of new batteries at cell level (from 700 Wh/L to 1000 Wh/L)
- to collect and recycle or reuse 80% of used EV batteries and 80% of used ICTs by 2035
All presentations made in Nancy are available under the tab "Program 2019" as well as the link to a selection of pictures of WMF 2019 - see here.
Now our 6th edition will happen in Nancy on June 10th and 11th 2020 and the theme will be "From Breakthrough Innovation to Industry: Sound and Fast"
The plenary sessions of WMF 2020 will be on Critical Materials, Materials Efficiency KPIs, Circular economy for Bulk materials (steel, aluminium and cement), Making 3D Industrial, Fuel Cells, Collecting & Recycling Polymers and Composites. There will also be a few 2/3 persons debates on Global Public Cooperation, Smart Cities ... and Spintronics for Reduction of Energy Consumption. And of course our Start Up Program with World Materials Connect and the Start Up Challenge.
Thank you again for your support and see you soon.
Victoire de Margerie and Philippe Varin