Agenda

11 November 2018

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

Sustainable innovation: Moving towards a greener aluminium industry by utilising the latest technologies

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Welcome canapé reception

12 November 2018

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and welcome coffee

9:00 am - 10:00 am

OPENING CEREMONY

Opening and welcome: Mr. Mohammed Al Naki, ARABAL Chairman
Keynote: Abdullah Bishara, First Secretary-General (26 May 1981 to April 1993), Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)
Official exhibition opening and ribbon cutting ceremony
       

Speakers

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking coffee break

10:30 am - 11:45 am

SESSION 1: INDUSTRY DYNAMICS

  • Global cost competitiveness
  • Current demand trends and prices – establishing strategic priorities for the aluminium industry
  • Raw material – an overview of the world alumina bauxite industry
  • Diversification as a way forward for the aluminium industry
  • An overview of new projects, developments and capacity across the aluminium supply chain
Moderator: Jorge Vazquez, Founder and Managing Director, Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Speakers

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

SESSION 2: DRIVING FORCES

  • US steel and aluminium tariffs and its cost implications for US shale drillers and LNG developers
  • The re-emergence of the EU as an industry player and contributor
  • The Russian market and where its heading
  • Chinese policies - evolving climate and its impacts on the industry
Moderator: Chris Bayliss, Deputy Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute

Speakers

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking lunch

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

SESSION 3: MARKET OUTLOOK

  • Industry cost curves
  • Global premiums outlook
  • Inventory levels and warehousing
  • Cost and pricing factors
  • Key strategic priorities considering current demand trends and prices
Moderator: Edgardo Gelsomino, Research Director Aluminium, Wood Mackenzie

Speakers

  • Jorge Vazquez Founder and Managing Director - Harbor Aluminum Intelligence
  • View full profile for Oscar WehtjeOscar Wehtje Head of Product Development - London Metal Exchange

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

SESSION 4: UPSTREAM

  • Annual update on developments in the GCC
  • Evaluating the bauxite and alumina market
  • The bauxite outlook
  • Key factors driving alumina prices
  • Drivers throughout the chain of bauxite, alumina and aluminium
Moderator: Zaid Aljanabi, Principal Consultant, Consulting, CRU

Speakers

  • Andrew Wood Group Executive Strategy & Development - Alumina Ltd.
  • Yousuf Bastaki Executive Vice President, Upstream Operations - Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
  • View full profile for Ameen Al GhamdiAmeen Al Ghamdi Director, Mine and Technical - Ma’aden Aluminium Company

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

SESSION 5: DOWNSTREAM

  • Advancements in extrusion production management
  • Aluminium alloys and downstream products
  • The implications of electric vehicle development
  • The potential of additive manufacturing
Moderator: Julian Kettle, Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining, Wood Mackenzie
15:30 - 16:15 Automotive within the aluminium extrusion industry
  • Why to engage into automotive industry
  • How to manage automotive requirements
  • Quality system and capability upgrades
Christian Witsch, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Extrusions
 

Speaker

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Networking coffee break and close day 1

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

ARABAL gala dinner hosted by Kuwait Industries

13 November 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Morning coffee

9:00 am - 9:45 am

SESSION 6: TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

  • The aluminium smelting process and innovative alternative technologies
  • Reducing energy consumption and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Smarter manufacturing and streamlined supply chain
  • Progress in the extrusion technologies
  • Application of material and manufacturing innovations
  • Navigating an expanding range of aluminium applications
Moderator: Paul Williams, Head of Analysis, Aluminium & Research Manager, CRU

Speakers

9:45 am - 10:30 am

SESSION 7: ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

  • Sustainable innovations - moving towards a greener future
  • Aluminium smelting in the age of renewable energy
  • Smart recycling and the circular economy
  • Environmental regulations and the implications for new and existing bauxite mines
  • HSE development and modernisation

Speakers

  • View full profile for Dr. Khaled MahdiDr. Khaled Mahdi Secretary General - Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait
  • View full profile for Sam BrumaleSam Brumale Standards and Assurance Director - Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
  • Dr. Mark Dorreen Vice President, Technical - Energia Potior Ltd.

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Networking coffee break

11:00 am - 11:45 am

SESSION 8: PRODUCTION & OPERATIONS

  • R&D breakthroughs in production, productivity and cost improvements
  • The impact of global energy and other input costs on aluminium production
  • Operational resilience
Moderator: Eoin Dinsmore, Head of Primary and Products, CRU
11:10 - 11:20 Carbon to make anodes (calcined petroleum coke (CPC) and green petroleum coke (GPC)) – input costs for primary aluminium production
  • Impact of global energy on the CPC & GPC supply (critical raw materials in the production of primary aluminium)
  • Impact of proposed carbon-free aluminium smelting technologies on CPC & GPC used as raw materials in the production of primary aluminium
Yasmin Brown, Group Manager, Jacobs Consultancy
 

Speakers

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

SESSION 9: INVESTOR EXPERIENCE

  • Greenfield and brownfield activities of aluminium industry
  • Stimulating continued investment to capture added value
  • The aluminium industry’s robust fundamentals and high growth potential

Speakers

  • Dr. Ali Hamed Al Mulla Assistant Secretary General for Industrial Projects Sector - Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting (GOIC)
  • Edgardo Gelsomino Head of Aluminium Research - Wood Mackenzie

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Close of conference, summary and thanks

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking lunch