The Coal Preparation Society of America and the International Organizing Committee (IOC) of the ICPC will be the host of the 16th International Congress to be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, KY, April 25-30, 2010.


The Congress includes:

  • A technical program with 120 presentations in two parallel sessions with instantaneous translations into Chinese and Russian
  • The largest exhibit of coal preparation equipment and services ever assembled in the world
  • A social program designed to optimize the intermingling of all registrants


Keynote: The Global Coal Market by Ernie L. Thrasher

Monday, April 26, 2010
8:30 am - ICPC Opening Ceremony
Bluegrass Ballroom
Lexington Center, Lexington, KY


Ernie Thrasher is a world renowned expert on international coal marketing and trading. He began his career with the family Thrasher Coal Company in Maryland. After this, he worked for Primary Coal Company in coal procurement and sales activities. From 1991 to 1997 he held the position of Executive Vice President for AMCI Export corporation; primarily responsible for developing the trading activities of the company. During the period of 1997 to 2003 he held the position of President of AMCI Export Corporation and Executive Vice President Marketing AMCI International. In this position he was responsible for the international marketing and trading of coal produced by AMCI in USA and Australia as well as the trading operations of the AMCI Group. In addition to the production from AMCI’s mining operations the Group traded metallurgical and thermal coal produced in North America, South America, Russia, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia and China. In 2003 Ernie formed Xcoal Energy and Resources to market metallurgical and thermal coal. Xcoal is also involved in financing and development of mining and infrastructure projects.

Join us in welcoming Mr. Thrasher to the XVI International Coal Preparation Congress.



The ICPC will be held in the United States for the first time since 1966!


Don’t miss this ONCE IN A CAREER opportunity to be exposed to how coal preparation and coal quality is addressed around the world.


Currently over 250 foreign participants from 20 different coal producing countries.




Individual tickets for the Gala Dinner are now on sale!

Kentucky Horse Park • Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Dinner ticket includes:

  • bus transportation to and from the Marriott Griffin Gate, Holiday Inn Lexington-North and Lexington Center to the Kentucky Horse Park
  • a mint julep greeting
  • hay rides (we're suggesting casual attire for the evening)
  • access to the museum, gift shop, and horse barns
  • the Parade of Horses
  • two drink tickets, followed by a cash bar
  • dinner
  • commemorative glass

Please join us for this capstone event! Download and complete the form here and make the payment as instructed on the form.


Other Languages:

Information about the XVI ICPC meeting is now available in the following language:
Russian
Chinese (pdf)


Upcoming Event:

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April 26-29, 2010 - Annual Coal Processing Exhibition and Conference