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Driving Strategic Growth across the Global Aluminium Industry

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Pre Conference
08:00 - 20:00

Conference Registration
Venue: Reception areas of Al Husn, Al Bandar and Al Waha Hotels, 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


Claude Ritter , Smelter Technology Sales Director, Rio Tinto Aluminium

Bernard Allais, Director Smelter Technology Sales, Rio Tinto Aluminium

19:00 - 22:00


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

Conference & Exhibition
07:00 - 09:00


Registration, networking breakfast, arrival and seating of delegates 

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


Opening Statement
Mohammed Al Naki, Chairman, ARABAL Steering Committee

Welcome Speech by Sohar Aluminium Company
Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi , Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC), Sultanate of Oman

Keynote Speech

Shayma Al Mughairi Sand Art Performance

10:15 - 11:00

The Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC) Community Award Ceremony

11:00 - 11:30

Exhibition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


11:30 - 12:15


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 Intellegence


Eng. Said Mohammed Al Masoudi , Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC), Sultanate of Oman

Abdulla Jassem Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), United Arab Emirates

Abdulaziz A. Al Harbi, President, Ma’aden Aluminium Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Khalid Mohamed Sultan Laram, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum), State of Qatar

Eng. Abd Elzaher Abd Elsattar Hassan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Egyptalum, Arab Republic of Egypt

Tim Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Kingdom of Bahrain

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

12:15 - 13:00


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


H.E. Dr. Mehdi Karbasian, Deputy Minister and Chairman of the Board, Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO)

Pierre D. Chenard, Senior Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel, Aluminium, Rio Tinto

Hilde Merete Aasheim, Executive Vice President, Primary Metal, Norsk Hydro ASA

Oleg Mukhamedshin, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director for Strategy, Business Development & Financial Markets, UC RUSAL

Paul Adkins, Founder and Managing Director, AZ China Ltd

Eng. Bibhu Prasad Mishra, President and Chief Operating Officer, Aditya Aluminium, Sambalpur

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45


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


Paul MacGregor, Managing Director Head of Sales, London Metal Exchange (LME)

Jerry van Alphen, Chief Financial Officer, Sohar Aluminium Company (SAC)

Ali Al Baqali, Chief Financial Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Tom Leary, Vice President, Market Intelligence and Consulting, Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

14:45 - 15:15


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


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

15:45 - 16:15


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

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

Chatham House  

Presentation followed by Questions and Answers

16:15 - 17:00


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)


Eng. Nahla Abdulwahab Al Hamdi, Director General of Industry, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Oman

Paul Adkins, Founder and Managing Director, AZ China Ltd

Khalid Abdul Latif, Chief Marketing Officer, Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Mark Geilenkirchen, Chief Executive Officer, Sohar Port Freezone

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

19:00 - 23:00


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

*The website will be updated regularly, please check back for updates

Conference & Exhibition Continues
07:30 - 08:30

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

08:30 - 09:15


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) 


Vincent Christ, Vice President Technology and Project Development, Aluminium, Rio Tinto 

Dr. Hans Erik Vatne, PhD, Senior Vice President, Head of Technology, 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) 

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  

Presentations and Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

09:15 - 10:00


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


Marc Gillis, EMEA Industry Manager for Metals Mining Cement and Aggregates, Rockwell Automation

Hugues Vincent, CEO Aluminium Division, Fives Group (France)

Jacobus Nieuwenhuijze, Project Director, Duqm Refinery

Ali Al Abri, Treasurer and Board Member, Oman Society for Human Resource Management (OSHRM)/General Manager and Country Head of HR at HSBC Bank Oman

Hilal Al Jadidi, SPHRI, SHRM-SCP, Director of Consulting Services, Takatuf Oman for Human Capital Solutions

Presentations and Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

10:00 - 10:45


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

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

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

- Wind turbines: Great Supply of Power with Substantial Savings

- Climate Change and its Implications on the Aluminium Industry

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


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

Marwan Chaar, Vice President, Project Development, GlassPoint Solar

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:45


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


Dr. Yanchen Wang, Principal Consultant, Lead of Chinese Aluminium Market Research, CRU

Bob Adam, Consultant, Alliance Mining Commodities Limited 

Robert Dickie, Senior Consultant, Carbon Products, Harbor Aluminum Intelligence

Ameen Al Ghamdi, Director, Mine and Technical, Ma’aden Aluminium Company 

Yousuf Bastaki, Executive Vice President, Upstream, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) 

Yasmin R. Brown, Group Manager, Jacobs Consultancy 

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

11:45 - 12:15


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


Najla Al Jamali, Executive Management Director, Takamul Investment Company SAOC

Discussions followed by Questions and Answers

12:15 - 13:00


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


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

Presentations and Discussions, followed by Questions and Answers


Closing Statement

13:00 - 14:00


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

*The website will be updated regularly, please check back for updates

07:00 - 17:00

Site Tour 

Sohar Aluminium is pleased to confirm that we have booked the charter flight (Airbus A320) with SalamAir to transport ARABAL delegates from Muscat to Sohar and back, for the Site Tour of Sohar Aluminium’s Smelter and facilities.

Spaces are limited to 150 attendees.

Spaces will be booked on a “first come, first serve” basis.

To book your seat email . Only on receipt of confirmation email you may consider your reservation confirmed.

MANDATORY (Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Compliance check will be carried out prior to boarding coaches):

• Must wear long trousers (jeans/denims/chinos) and long sleeve shirt (preferably cotton)

• Closed shoes (trainers/boots/running shoes – no heels)

• Valid Passport

• Sohar Aluminium Safety Induction

Provided once you reach the smelter:

• Safety Glasses


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


Coaches to depart for Muscat International Airport
07:45 - 08:15

All attendees will be required to check in at the dedicated check in counter and then proceed to lounge area prior to boarding


SalamAir Charter to depart Muscat Airport for Sohar Airport

Attendees to arrive at Sohar Airport, disembark and board coaches to Sohar Aluminium Smelter


Smelter Tour to commence Ail tour groups will cover the same points of interest but to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, attendees will be divided into smaller groups and will depart from different points within the smelter. All groups will complete the tour at the lunch area
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch served at the smelter
Coaches will be parked near lunch area Attendees to board coaches and depart for Sohar Airport. Travel time approximately 20 minutes

Arrive at Sohar Airport, check in and move through to lounge area prior to boarding


SalamAir Charter to depart Sohar Airport for Muscat International Airport
Delegates arrive back at Muscat International Airport and transfer via coach back to lobby area – Shangri-La Al Bandar Hotel lobby