Agenda

Honouring the past; Embracing the future

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11 November 2018

15:00 - 19:00

Conference pre-registration

16:00 - 18:00

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

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

19:00 - 22:00

Welcome canapé reception

12 November 2018

08:00 - 09:00

Registration and welcome coffee

09:00 - 10:00

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

  • Dr. Abdullah Ibrahim El-Kuwaiz former Secretary General - Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)
  • Dr. Abdul Rahman Ahmed Al-Jafary former Secretary General - Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC)
  • Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin Director General - Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
  • Bassel El Khatib Chief of the Regional Division – Arab Region - United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • Abdullah Bishara First Secretary-General (26 May 1981 to April 1993) - Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC)

10:00 - 10:30

Networking coffee break

10:30 - 11:45

SESSION 1: CEO PANEL DISCUSSION: 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 - 12:15

TRADE WARS AND THE ALUMINIUM OUTLOOK

Speaker

  • Jorge Vazquez Founder and Managing Director - Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

12:15 - 13:30

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

13:30 - 14:30

Networking lunch

14:30 - 15:00

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

15:00 - 15:45

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, Head of Aluminium, Consulting, CRU Consulting

Speakers

15:45 - 16:30

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: Kirk Maltais, Aluminium Reporter USA, Metal Bulletin
15:45 - 16:00 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

16:30 - 16:45

Networking coffee break and close day 1

19:00 - 22:00

ARABAL gala dinner hosted by Kuwait Industries

13 November 2018

08:30 - 09:00

Morning coffee

09:00 - 09:45

SESSION 6: PANEL DISCUSSION: 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: Justin Hughes, Head of Aluminium Raw Materials, CRU

Speakers

09:45 - 10:30

SESSION 7: PANEL DISCUSSION: 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
Moderator: Zaid Aljanabi, Principal Consultant, Head of Aluminium, Consulting, CRU Consulting

Speakers

  • Dr. Khaled Mahdi Secretary General - Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait
  • Sam Brumale Standards and Assurance Director - Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
  • Dr. Mark Dorreen Vice President, Technical - Energia Potior Ltd.
  • Jason Moodley SCM Manager - Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC)

10:30 - 11:00

Networking coffee break

11:00 - 11:45

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:  Justin Hughes, Head of Aluminium Raw Materials, CRU
11:00 - 11:12 Optimized flow within a smelter – How to improve Olaf Wigstol, Chief Operations Officer, Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)
11:24 - 11:36 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
Alisa Allen, Senior Consultant - Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC) Services, Jacobs Consultancy
 

Speakers

  • Olaf Wigstol Chief Operations Officer - Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)
  • Stephan Broek Director Light Metals - Hatch
  • Alisa Allen Senior Consultant - Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC) Services - Jacobs Consultancy

11:45 - 12:30

SESSION 9: PANEL DISCUSSION: 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
Moderator: Kirk Maltais, Aluminium Reporter USA, Metal Bulletin

Speakers

  • Dr. Ali Hamed Al Mulla Assistant Secretary General for Industrial Projects Sector - Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting (GOIC)
  • Abdulkarim Taqi General Manager - Public Authority for Industry - Kuwait
  • Ali Al-Baqali Deputy CEO and Chief Supply Chain Officer - Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)
  • Edgardo Gelsomino Head of Aluminium Research - Wood Mackenzie

12:30 - 13:00

Close of conference, summary and thanks

13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch

Honouring the past; Embracing the future