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Agenda Overview

Day one: Monday 24th March

08:00am Registration desk opens

09:00 am Chairperson’s opening remarks

Session I Keynote Presentations 

09:15 Aluminium alloys market overview

• Why are downstream issues becoming more significant to primary aluminium producers?

Svein Holsether, CEO, SAPA Group  


09:45 Looking at some of the main drivers of change in the primary markets

• How have issues surrounding energy prices forced the closure of old smelters, and where are new downstream hubs appearing?
• What the introduction of liquid aluminium will mean for the industry and production costs
• Will die casters be able to raise prices in response to heavy demand?

Martijn Vos, Marketing Director, UC Rusal, Germany 

10:15 Driving downstream - the future of the aluminium market

• Is vertical integration in the downstream markets coming back into fashion?
• How have producers begun to position themselves to respond to these changes?

Pierre Vareille, CEO, Constellium, France 


10:45 Networking coffee break 


11:30 Aerospace

• Why in aerospace the quality of ingot is key
• Examining why certain sectors in the aerospace industry are set to see 50% growth over the next decade, how can aluminium alloy producers take advantage of this?
• Highlighting the leading aircraft models on the planet-who is producing them, and how much aluminium is being used?
• Distinguishing needs of commercial aircraft versus military carriers
• What are the future growth opportunities and constraints for aluminium alloy use in the industry?
• Getting to grips with key criteria of R & D teams, weight reduction, thrust and cost

Dr.  Dietrich Weisner, Director-Alcoa Global Rolled Products, Alcoa, USA 

Session II Alloy pricing: Noting differences for primary and secondary alloys

12:00 Outlining the key features of the NAASAC LME aluminium alloy contract

• Addressing some of the market concerns, does the contract exclude certain areas of the market?
• How will this contract best serve the industry?
• How is it priced?  Is this set to evolve as new products come onto the market?

Catherine Markey, Head of Education and Marketing, London Metal Exchange, UK

12:30 Networking lunch


14:00 Outlining the role of a refining plant in the alloy process chain

• Ensuring that you have a cost efficient process chain by using  new materials
• Examining new materials for the substitution of iron and steel parts and the weight saving potential using high strength aluminium  alloys
• Highlighting the demand from automotive / mechanical engineering markets
• New materials in development and the current  direction for new alloy developments
• How to ensure input from customers

Gunther Trenda, Application Engineering, SAG, Austria 


14:30 Challenges and opportunities for recycled wrought alloy products

• What are the reasons for developing aluminum products with higher recycling rates?
• Challenges for remelters to “upcycle” scrap into premium products
• How do customers view scrap-based aluminium alloys? Are quality and performance guaranteed?
• Extensive applications of recycled wrought alloys in different industries

Markus Schober, Managing Director, Hammerer Aluminum Industries, Austria


Session III New downstream hubs

15:00 Why shifting to downstream production may be essential to the aluminium business in the Middle East 

• What are the political, economical and social factors that have led to GCC nations being forced to invest in end user industries?
• What is the best business model to establish an aluminium downstream industry in the MENA region?
• Are GCC countries looking to diversify their economies beyond oil and gas? What role has the aluminium industry played in this so far?
• Outlining the crucial role of light weight metals as a solution for reducing Co2 emissions and the green agenda
Case studies:
• Iran as the new player in downstream industries
• Examining the feasibility of manufacturing aluminium automotive components  in the GCC compared to Asia and Europe

Ahmed Sorour, CEO, Qatar Automotive Gateway, Qatar 


15:30 Networking coffee break 


Session IV End users

16:00 Automotive industry

• As car manufacturers step away from using steel-is this now the undisputed age of aluminium?
• Are there products that can challenge aluminium like carbon fibre or lightweight steels?
• Will the automotive industry continue to form strategic partnerships with casting houses?
• Is this the best way to ensure products meet industry standards?
• How will aluminium factor in future car products and the drive towards electric vehicles?

Adrian Tautscher, Group Leader - Sustainable Aluminium Strategies, Jaguar Land Rover, UK


Session V Casting issues and challenges

16:30 Examining the different types of casting

• Why are die casting tools in Europe and the US becoming more expensive?
• Is the answer to seek materials from China and Taiwan? Does this equal a compromise on quality?
• Can casters keep with these costs, or will they be passed on to the customer?
• Are there methods to stop tool soldering inhibiting productivity?
• Looking at new 3D technologies, and why the industry can provide better tools than ever before 


17:00 Influence of some trace elements on structure and mechanical properties of Al-Si foundry alloys

• Looking at research and development around improving aluminium alloys and why there are increasing levels of trace elements in primary aluminium 

Lars Arnberg, Professor of Metallurgy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway 


17:30 Networking drinks reception and close of day one 



Day two Tuesday 25th March

08:30 am Registration desk opens

09:00 am Chairperson’s opening remarks

Session VI Alloying materials

09:15 A20X, the World’s Strongest Commercially Available Cast Aluminium Alloy

• Developed, patented, approved and now in serial production.
• Wrought aluminium properties with the net shape cast advantage
• Strengthening mechanism provides high mechanical, fatigue, corrosion and improved elevated temperature properties.

Mike Bond, Business Development Manager, Aeromet International, UK 

09:45 The Aluminium Institute’s Regional Aluminium Flow Models

The models track rolled products, extrusions and castings throughout their lifecycle from primary production to final aluminium products in use and recycling, including all trade flows along the regional cycle
Models cover North America, Latin America, Europe, China, Other Asia, Middle East and Rest of World
These seven regional models use historical data from 1950 to 2011, will be updated annually and will eventually include a tool for forecasting
They offer current and historic aluminium supply and demand by semis type, scenario development, and a basis for emission impacts, energy use and savings

Marlen Bertram, Director-Product Stewardship, International Aluminium Institute, Germany 


10:15 Silicon and its role in alloy production

• Why is silicon necessary in all aluminium alloy production?
• What are the different uses on the silicon side?
• How is silicon used in each application?

James May, CEO, Midland Silicon Company, USA 


10:45 Networking coffee break 

11:30 Titanium

• Why titanium is the new wonder material in aerospace industry
• What are the unique properties that titanium alloys possess?
• Titanium alloys, their potential, properties and applications

Christian Décaillet, Head of Business Development, Tirus International SA, Switzerland 

Session VII Aluminium’s competitors

12:00 Steel’s response

• Gains that steel has made over aluminium in the last 10 years
• Why steel alloys should be dominating the materials war in the automotive market
• How steel will continue to retain a major stake in the automobile market
• Future of multi-material vehicles
• Case studies highlighting the steel holistic approach to meeting OEMS future needs

Dr. P. K. Rastogi, Manager Automotive Marketing, ArcelorMittal, USA


12:30 How much of a threat are magnesium alloys to aluminium?

• Why magnesium prices may prevent strong uptake in magnesium aluminium alloys-despite the advantages in characteristics
• Magnesium seeing growth in applications mainly coming from the automotive market/i.e. steering wheels etc
• What role does magnesium already play in aluminium alloys?

Christoph Schendera, General Manager, European Magnesium Association e.V, Germany

13:00 Networking lunch and close of conference

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