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PRE-CONFERENCE: Monday 6 November 2017

21st ARABAL, Arab International Aluminium Conference 2017
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini bin Shihab Al Said
Venue: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Dates: Monday 6 to 9 November 2017

 


12:00 - 20:00

Conference Registration
Venue: Al Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La Al Jissah Resort & Spa

14:00 - 16:00

WORKSHOP: Smelter process and production optimisation: Technology contributions to support primary aluminium producers' entry into the 21st century By AP Technology™, Rio Tinto.
Venue: Al Bandar Hotel Ballroom C, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

Speakers:

  • Claude Ritter, Smelter Technology Sales Director, Rio Tinto Aluminium
  • Bernard Allais, Director Smelter Technology Sales, Rio Tinto Aluminium
19:00 - 22:00

NETWORKING: WELCOME RECEPTION

Venue: Al Waha Dhow Beachfront, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa


Agenda, content development and speaker acquisition is credited to Sohar Aluminium
Contact: Dana Geadah, Communications Manager, Sohar Aluminium
(+968) 93990219  dana.geadah@sohar-aluminium.com

Conference & Exhibition

DAY ONE: Tuesday 7 November 2017

21st ARABAL, Arab International Aluminium Conference 2017
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini bin Shihab Al Said
Venue: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Dates: Monday 6 to 9 November 2017

 


07:00 - 09:00

Registration and Arrival of Delegates 

NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Venue: Barr Al Jissah Ballroom, Al Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

09:00 - 11:00

Opening Statement

Mohammed Al Naki, Chairman, ARABAL Steering Committee

 

Welcome Speech

Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi,

Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC)

 

Keynote Speech

His Highness Sayyid Kamil bin Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said

Assistant Secretary General for the Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers

Topic: Diversification of Economy from Oil and Gas, His Majesty's Vision, and the part that Sohar Aluminium plays in it. Potential of Investments and Growth in the Aluminium Industry, and the Bright Future of the Sultanate.

 

Sand Art by Shayma Al Mughairi

 

ARABAL Appreciation Memento

Arabal Chairman appreciation memento to be presented to 2016 Host

 

GAC Community Award Ceremony

Recognition of the outstanding contributions of community services and social projects by the Gulf Aluminium Council to its members.

 

ARABAL 2017 Memorial Gift

His Highness Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini bin Shihab Al Said

Assistant Secretary General of the Council of Ministers for Conferences

Memorial Photo with the Chief Guest and ARABAL most senior executives in the MENA primary aluminium industry.

11:00 - 11:30

DELEGATES NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK

AND VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION

11:30 - 12:15

SESSION 1:

Industry Keynote Panel: Global Map Redrawn: As New Supply & Demand Centers Emerge, What Are the Challenges & Opportunities for the Middle East’s Aluminium Sector?

- Current Global Economic Situation and Market Challenges

- Role in Global Aluminium Markets

- Supply and Demand - Trends, Prospects and Future Plans 

- Exports from GCC and Middle East to the World - Current Situation and Future Prospects

- Sustainable Resources, Raw Material & shifting towards Alternative Energy in the Gulf & Middle East

Moderator: Jorge Vazquez, Founder and Managing Director, Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Speakers:

  • Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi , Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC), Sultanate of Oman
  • Eng. Abd Elzaher Abd Elsattar Hassan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Egyptalum, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Abdulaziz A. Al Harbi, President, Ma’aden Aluminium Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Abdulla Jassem Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), United Arab Emirates
  • Khalid Mohamed Sultan Laram, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum), State of Qatar
  • Tim Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Kingdom of Bahrain

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

12:15 - 13:00

SESSION 2:

Future Demand for Aluminium from Emerging Markets

- Current Capacity of the Aluminium Market in Various Countries

- Local Consumption, Exports, Supply

- Emerging Markets

- Raw Material, Investors, Imports etc.

Moderator: Julian Kettle, Senior Vice President, Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining, Wood Mackenzie

Speakers:

  • Hilde Merete Aasheim, Executive Vice President, Primary Metal, Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Matt Liddy, Vice President, Business Development, Pacific Asia, Aluminium, Rio Tinto
  • Eng. Bibhu Prasad Mishra, President and Chief Operating Officer, Aditya Aluminium, Sambalpur
  • Denis Nushtaev, Head of the Planning and Analytical Department, Business Development and Financial Markets, UC RUSAL
  • Paul Adkins, Founder and Managing Director, AZ China Ltd
  • Amir Sabbagh, Director of Planning and Strategic Supervision, Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO)

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

13:00 - 14:00

NETWORKING: LUNCH 

13:00 - 13:30: Happening in the Exhibition Marque:
PRODUCT PRESENTATION: Eng Abdullah Sulaiman Ali Al Wahaibi, Voltamp

13:30 - 14:00: Happening in the Exhibition Marque:
PRODUCT PRESENTATION: Benoit Verreault, Maestria: Millivolt Anodes - New Technology Opportunities for Better Pot Control

14:00 - 14:45

SESSION 3:

Global Market Economic Review and LME Price Outlook: What’s the Road Ahead?

- Current Trends, Intel and Sales Forecasting

- Sustainability of the LME and Risk Management

- China Implementation of New Pollution Laws

- Global Economics and the Role of the Arab Gulf and the Middle East

- Demand and Supply, Competition and New Markets

- Finding Financial Balance of the Industry

Moderator: Andy Home, Senior Metals Columnist, Thomson Reuters

Speakers:

  • Paul MacGregor, Managing Director Head of Sales, London Metal Exchange (LME)
  • Ali Al Baqali, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)
  • Jerry van Alphen, Chief Financial Officer, Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC)
  • Tom Leary, Vice President, Market Intelligence and Consulting, Harbor Aluminum Intelligence
  • Xiao Fu, Head of Commodity Markets Strategy, Bank of China International

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

14:45 - 15:15

SESSION 4:

Warehousing – Global Challenges and Solutions

Speaker: Georgina Hallett, Chief of Staff, London Metal Exchange (LME)

Presentation followed by Questions and Answers

15:15 - 15:45

NETWORKING: REFRESHMENT BREAK

Happening in the Exhibition Marque:
PRODUCT PRESENTATION: Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc

15:45 - 16:15

SESSION 5:

Prospects for Gas in the Arab Gulf, the Middle East and the Implications for the Aluminium Industry

Speaker: Professor Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House  

Presentation followed by Questions and Answers

16:15 - 17:00

SESSION 6:

What are the Implications of Current Aluminium Trade Trends and Tariffs for Gulf Producers in Their Fight for Global Market Share?

- Tariffs in the Arab Gulf, the Middle East and Trade Barriers and Opportunities

- Imports, Curtailments, Market Growth and Risk Management

- Mega Trends in China

- Exports to the USA and Europe

- Free Trade Agreement between the US and Oman

- Sohar Industrial Development and Opportunities

Moderator: Mahmood Al Daylami, Secretary General, Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC)

Speakers:

  • Eng. Nahla Abdulwahab Al Hamdi, Director General of Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Oman
  • Paul Adkins, Founder and Managing Director, AZ China Ltd
  • Mark Geilenkirchen, Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Port Freezone
  • Khalid Abdul Latif, Chief Marketing Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

19:00 - 23:00

NETWORKING: CULTURAL DINNER  

Venue: Turtle Beach Al Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa


Agenda, content development and speaker acquisition is credited to Sohar Aluminium
Contact: Dana Geadah, Communications Manager, Sohar Aluminium
(+968) 93990219  dana.geadah@sohar-aluminium.com

Conference & Exhibition

DAY TWO: Wednesday 8 November 2017

21st ARABAL, Arab International Aluminium Conference 2017
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini bin Shihab Al Said
Venue: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Dates: Monday 6 to 9 November 2017

 


07:00 - 08:00

Registration continues

Registration, networking breakfast, arrival and seating of delegates

Venue: Barr Al Jissah Ballroom, Al Bandar Hotel, Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

07:30 - 08:00: Happening in the Exhibition Marque:
PRODUCT PRESENTATION: Paul Rochette, Laserax Inc: Industrial Traceability Throughout the Complete Aluminum Value Chain with Laser Marking

08:00 - 09:00

SESSION 7:

How Should the Right Balance be Struck Between Automation, Employment & Productivity?

- Future of Work and Innovation in the Information Age

- Does Artificial Intelligence Create More Jobs or Reduce the Human Labour?

- Impact of Technology on the Standards of Living

- Finding the Right Balance Between Job Creation and Modern Automation

- What are the Top Strategies Needed to Align Industry & Academia for Future Labour Market Requirements?

Moderator: Sheikh Ibrahim Al Harthi, Managing Director, Takatuf Oman for Human Capital Solutions

Speakers:

  • Marc Gillis, EMEA Industry Manager for Metals Mining Cement and Aggregates, Rockwell Automation
  • Hugues Vincent, CEO Aluminium Division, Fives Group (France)
  • Hilal Al Jadidi, SPHRI, SHRM-SCP, Director of Consulting Services, Takatuf Oman for Human Capital Solutions

Case Studies and Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

09:00 - 10:00

SESSION 8:

Technology, Research and Development: Smelter of the Future and Art of Technology

- Process Optimisation and Innovation in Smelting, Upstream and Downstream

- Automation Towards Operation Excellence: Future Potential, New Trends and Breakthroughs

- Environmental Factors and Emission Reduction

- Development for Sustainability

- Balance between Efficiency, Productivity, Safety and Quality

- Energy Consumption and Efficiency

- Health and Safety Challenges

Moderator: Chris Bayliss, Deputy Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute (IAI) 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Hans Erik Vatne, PhD, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Primary Metal Technology, Norsk Hydro ASA 
  • Qin Junman, Vice Chairman of N.E.U. Engineering and Research Institute (NEUI), Vice President of China Nonferrous Metal Industry’s Foreign Engineering And Construction Co., Ltd. (NFC) 
  • Vincent Christ, Vice President Technology and Project Development, Aluminium, Rio Tinto 
  • Dr. Ali Hussain Ahmed Mohamed Al Zarouni, Executive Vice President, Midstream Technology Development and Transfer, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) 
  • Dr. Mark Dorreen, Director, Light Metals Research Centre and Vice President, Technical Energia Potior Limited  

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

10:00 - 10:45

SESSION 9:

Roadmap to 2025: What are the Next Steps Needed for Renewable Energy to Become Viable in the Aluminium Industry?

- New Regulations for Solar Energy in Oman and its Implication on the Aluminium Industry

- Wind turbines: Great Supply of Power with Substantial Savings

- GlassPoint Solar: The Largest Solar Project in the Middle East

- Climate Change and its Implications on the Aluminium Industry

Moderator: Nick Carter, Director, Baringa Partners and Convenor, EU-GCC Clean Energy Network

Speakers:

  • Qais Al Zakwani, Executive Director and Member, Authority for Electricity Regulation Oman
  • Eng. Suhaila Marafi, Director, Department of Studies and Research, Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait
  • Kathrine Fog, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Analysis, Norsk Hydro ASA
  • Dr. Sgouris Sgouridis, Associate Professor, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
  • Max Wiestner, Industry Manager Aluminium, ABB Switzerland
  • Siddiqa Al Lawati, Project Development Analyst, GlassPoint Solar

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

10:45 - 11:00

NETWORKING: REFRESHMENT BREAK

10:45 - 11:15: Happening in the Exhibition Marque:
PRODUCT PRESENTATION: Martin Champoux, Dynamic Concept: The SERMA technology: A new tool for raw and baked anodes quality control (3D mapping of resistivity of anodes)

11:00 - 11:45

SESSION 10:

Current Raw Material Trends and Their Impact upon the Markets?

- Global Challenges and Opportunities in Demand and Imports

- Impact of China with the New Environment Regulations and Consumption

- Growth, Investments and Future Markets and Prospects Regionally and Globally

- Evolution of the Raw Material Specifications in the Market (Quality, Density etc. of Coke, Bauxite and Alumina)

Moderator: Paul Williams, Research Manager, CRU

Speakers:

  • Dr. Yanchen Wang, Principal Consultant, Lead of Chinese Aluminium Market Research, CRU
  • Yousuf Bastaki, Executive Vice President, Upstream, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) 
  • Ameen Al Ghamdi, Director, Mine and Technical, Ma’aden Aluminium Company 
  • Bob Adam, Consultant, Alliance Mining Commodities Limited 
  • Robert Dickie, Senior Consultant, Carbon Products, Harbor Aluminum Intelligence
  • Yasmin R. Brown, Group Manager, Jacobs Consultancy 

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

11:45 - 12:15

SESSION 11:

Outlook 2020: Future of Aluminium Demand for Finished Products?

The future of the finished products appears bright and will be characterised by strong demand for the long term.

- Demand Prospects and Market Growth

- Usage Expansion and New Application Opportunities

- Properties and Benefits

- Aluminium Premiums Outlook

- Customer Expectations in Product Quality and Supply Reliability

Moderator: Andy Blamey, Associate Editorial Director, EMEA Nonferrous Metals and Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Speaker:

  • Bader Al Olama, Head of Aerospace Business Unit, Mubadala Investment Company
  • Najla Zuhair Al Jamali, Executive Managing Director, Takamul Investment Company
  • Ihab Mouallem, Chief Executive Officer, National Aluminium Products Company (NAPCO)

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

12:15 - 13:00

SESSION 12:

Lean Manufacturing and Sustainable Waste Management: Success Stories and Effective Solutions to Reducing the Burden of Waste

- Social and Regulatory Trends and Best Practices in Waste Management

- Innovative Approaches to Recycle Critical Waste Streams

- Spent Pot Lining and Lean Manufacturing

Moderator: Rob Hounsome, Regional Director, Infrastructure and Environment, Ramboll Middle East 

Speakers:

  • Professor Steve Halls, Senior Environmental Expert, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs Oman (MECA)
  • Sheikh Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Harthy, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, Be'ah, Oman Environmental Services Holding Company
  • Stephan Broek, Director Light Metals, Hatch
  • Hilal Al Dhamri, Senior Production Manager, Oman Cement Company SAOG (OCC)
  • David Roth, President, GPS Global Solutions

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

13:00

Closing Statement

13:00 - 14:00

NETWORKING LUNCH 

13:00 - 13:30: Happening in the Exhibition Marque:
PRODUCT PRESENTATION: Paul Grill, InfoSol Inc


Agenda, content development and speaker acquisition is credited to Sohar Aluminium
Contact: Dana Geadah, Communications Manager, Sohar Aluminium
(+968) 93990219  dana.geadah@sohar-aluminium.com

Site Tour

DAY THREE: Thursday 9 November 2017

21st ARABAL, Arab International Aluminium Conference 2017
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sayyid Harib bin Thuwaini bin Shihab Al Said
Venue: Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Dates: Monday 6 to 9 November 2017

 


07:00 - 17:00

Site Tour 

ARABAL Delegates are invited to join a Site Tour of Sohar Aluminium’s Smelter and facilities.

Delegates will be transported via a charter flight (Airbus A320) with SalamAir from Muscat Airport to Sohar Airport and back.

Important to Take Note of:

  • Seats on the flight are limited to 150 passengers and they will be booked on a first come, first serve basis.
  • To book your seat email Sumaiya.ALBALUSHI@Sohar-Aluminium.com.
  • Only on receipt of confirmation email you may consider your reservation confirmed.
  • MANDATORY: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Compliance. A check will be carried out prior to boarding coaches: Must wear long trousers (jeans/denims/chinos), long sleeve shirt (preferably cotton), and closed shoes (trainers/boots/running shoes – no heels). Sohar Aluminium will provide you with safety glasses once you reach the site.
  • To board the flight, you require to carry a Valid Passport.
  •  All visitors will require to attend the Sohar Aluminium Safety Induction prior to entering the site. 
06:45
Coaches will be parked in parking area outside Shangri La Al Bandar Hotel.
Attendees to meet in the lobby of the Shangri La Al Bandar Hotel.
Destination Muscat International airport (travel time approximately 40 minutes).
Personal Protective Equipment: COMPLIANCE CHECK PRIOR TO BOARDING COACH
PASSPORT IS REQUIRED
07:00
Coaches to depart to Muscat International Airport.
07:45
All attendees will be required to check in at the dedicated counter at the airport and then proceed to gate assigned for the Sohar Aluminium Chartered Flight.
PASSPORTS MUST BE PRESENTED
09:00
Salam Air Charter to depart Muscat Airport to Sohar Airport
09:40
Passengers will arrive at Sohar Airport, disembark and board coaches to Sohar Aluminium Smelter.
PASSPORTS REQUIRED
10:30

Smelter Tour will be on foot on the elevated walkways.
Visitors need to follow the plant’s rules and regulations for their safety and that of their colleagues.
Visitors need to remain with their tour guide at all times.
Banned Items: Compressed cans, glass bottles, thermos flasks, butane lighters, inflammable products, weapons, knives, alcohol and drugs.
Restricted Areas: smoking, plastic bottles, and jewelry.

14:00
Coaches will be parked at the entrance of Sohar Aluminium to take the visitors back to the airport.
Travel time approximately 20 minutes.
14:30
Arrive at Sohar Airport, check in and move through to lounge area prior to boarding
PASSPORTS REQUIRED
16:00
SalamAir Charter to depart Sohar Airport for Muscat International Airport
17:00
Arrival to Muscat International Airport and transfer via coach back to Shangri-La Al Bandar Hotel lobby.

Agenda, content development and speaker acquisition is credited to Sohar Aluminium
Contact: Dana Geadah, Communications Manager, Sohar Aluminium
(+968) 93990219  dana.geadah@sohar-aluminium.com