Online Global Aluminium Conference from 8 to 10 November 2022 sponsored by Tokai Cobex

AZ Global Consulting will be holding its new Online Global Aluminium Conference from 8 to 10 November 2022 sponsored by Tokai Cobex. This conference focuses on how can we re-energizing for Our Prosperous and Sustainable Future. Our sessions and panel discussions are centered around green aluminium, sustainability and growth opportunities.

This conference will feature an A List of 50 speakers from around the world and across a wide array of the industry. It is supported by the International Aluminium Institute, the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, The Gulf Aluminium Council, The Japan Aluminium association and the Russian Aluminium Association.

Are we ready to deal with the Black Swans? Are we putting the right contingency plans for the long term? Old contingency models are now obsolete. How can we reset and reshape the industry: restart, reinvent and revolutionize for profitability and sustainability and contribute to a better World?

In recent years AZ Global (previously AZ China) focus has shifted to a more global outlook. In today’s world, the issues facing the aluminum industry are becoming truly global and AZ Global provides in-depth meaningful and data-based market intelligence. Whether we are looking at the metal or the raw materials, it is important to understand the entire picture, not just one part of it. 

Attracting people from all over the world to discuss the global aluminium industry and its future, and following the virtual conference huge success in 2021, this version of the conference brings the industry leaders from around the globe to observe our industry’s major challenges, and jointly explore the solutions we can execute together.

The conference will start with a discussion between Paul Adkins, Managing Director and Founder of AZ Global Consulting, and Nancy Gillis, Program Head at Climate Action and First Movers Coalition, on the role of the global aluminium industry to reach carbon neutrality and how to get there. 

The conference topics will include a Macro-Economic Overview looking at a post pandemic world, suffering from war, inflation and other difficult challenges, how can we reset the parameters and thrive in the future? Patrick Chovanec, Economic Advisor at Silvercrest Asset Management and former Professor at Tsinghua University will be giving a keynote speech for this session. 

Investments in the aluminium industry, whether direct or indirect: AZ Global Aluminium Conference will look at the world map to see how we increase prospects of investments throughout the globe. Same goes for raw materials that are of equal importance, what is the situation with the future of green energy? And where is the future of alumina investments? This session will be moderated by Julian Kettle, Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining, Wood Mackenzie, and the panelist will include Mahmood Daylami, Secretary General of Gulf Aluminium Council, Panthéa Geramishoar, Chief Executive Officer at Société des bauxite de Dabola-Tougue, Guinea (SBDT) Guinea and HBR Member of Advisory Council, Tim Murray, Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Virtues Consulting and Curt Woodworth, Wall Street Analyst at Credit Suisse. 

Green Energy will be one of the major topics to be discussed and will feature some of the highly sought-after speakers worldwide in this field. The world needs to act on climate change. The aluminium industry generates around 1.1 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year, constituting 1% of the total global caused CO2 emissions, so how can we achieve the 80% reduction in emissions that we need? What are the challenges and opportunities for Hydroelectricity, Wind and Solar energy? What about Nuclear Energy? is it classified as green energy? Any new breakthrough solutions? What is the difference between Green and Dark Green energy? How many shades of green are there in Aluminium? What can we do today with our current technology? And What new technologies do we need to develop? 

Professor Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House and Tim Murray, will be giving keynote speeches on this subject, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Mark Dorreen, Consultant on Energy Efficiency, Flexibility and Decarbonisation Across Energy Intensive Heavy Industries, and attended by Chris Bayliss, Director of Standards at Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), Guillaume de Goÿs, Chief Operating Officer at Aluminium Dunkerque and Chairman of Aluminium France, Henry Sanderson, Executive Editor at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, Prof Paul Stevens and Max Wiestner, Industry Manager at ABB.

And what about Impact on Society? How is aluminium making the world a better place? Are we making a difference? Is the industry driving and educating the public about climate change and the need for recycling? What is the role of the Media? How transparent can we be as an industry with the public? And are we ready and proud to say we have achieved optimum environmental goals? Are we doing enough in terms of cooperation and working for the common good? 

From Bauxite mines and recycled aluminium right through to downstream, the industry must focus on issues such as climate, circularity and human rights. What are the challenges and opportunities for the industry with regards to these issues? Dr Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) will be giving a keynote speech on this subject. Followed by a panel discussion moderated by Rob Hounsome, Managing Director of SLR Consulting’s group of companies in Africa, and attended by Nadine Bloxsome, Editor & Content Director at Aluminium International Today (AIT) and Head of Membership and Sustainability at the Aluminium Federation (ALFED), Eline Helal, Director Investor Relations, Insurance & Corporate Secretary at Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Halvor Molland, Senior Vice President Communication and Public Affairs at Norsk Hydro, and Dr Fiona Solomon.

The conference will have another session with an overview of the growing primary and downstream aluminium industry in Southeast Asia. This session will showcase individual companies from around the region. We will look at their approach to green aluminium, sustainability and the growth opportunities in South East Asia, and beyond. China will also have a dedicated session especially in terms of where do they stand with their climate goals with a high-profile panel discussion moderated by Ron Knapp, Adviser to the Office of the Chairman at China Hongqiao Group Limited (HK), and attended by Dong Chunming, General Manager of Sunlight Metal Consulting (Beijing), Julian Kettle, Vice Chairman of Metals and Mining at Wood Mackenzie, Henry Sanderson, Executive Editor at Benchmark Mineral Intelligence and Monte Zhang, General Manager China Division at AZ Global Consulting. Monte and his colleague Kiki Xi, Senior Analyst, AZ Global Consulting will both be giving keynote speeches on this topic. 

Technology will be discussed however not theoretically, this time it is from the point of view of the Operations and Application. How can we move from targets to execution? From commitment and planning to action and results? Will the performance be as good as it is being marketed? What is the transition? What do operations people need in order to get the best out of new technology? How can we deploy Industry 4.0 to help our industry reach our operational goals? And can we optimize Automation in new technologies? What about streamlining supply chain and responsible sourcing?

Dr. Mark Dorreen, Consultant on Energy Efficiency, Flexibility and Decarbonisation Across Energy Intensive Heavy Industries will moderate the session with the panelists: Johannes Aalbu, Vice President, Project Manager, Group Technology Office at Hydro Aluminium AS, Najeeba Al Jabri, Vice President Technical, Midstream at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Guo Pu, Director of International Business Dept. at Guiyang Aluminum Magnesium Design & Research Institute (GAMI), Bibhu Mishra, President and Head Manufacturing Centre of Excellence at Hindalco Industries Limited at Aditya Birla Group, Kamal Prakash, Director at Alcircle.Com, and Dr. Barry Sadler, Managing Director at Net Carbon Consulting. The Keynote speech by Les Edwards, Vice President Control and Technical Services at Rain Carbon Inc. will focus on quantifying the Carbon Footprint of the Alouette Primary Aluminum Smelter.  

We will also have three sessions focused on; Carbon and how can we can reduce the carbon footprint with the current technology, Green Coke and do Oil Refineries Care? And Discussions of the Industry Leaders about current trends and future prospect about the Calcined Petroleum Coke. Panelists will include Lauren Masterson, Editor at Argus Media, Gerard Sweeney, President at Rain Carbon, Scott McLean, Manager of Global Coke Business Development at BP, Esam Mansoor Jassim Marhoon Mohamed, Senior Manager Strategic Supply at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Clyde Russell, Asia Commodities and Energy Columnist at Thomson Reuters, June Wang, Director and Business Manager Carbon and Raw Material at AZ Global Consulting. Robert Campbell, Head of Energy Transition Research at Energy Aspects will give a keynote speech about the technology developments at the refineries versus the needs of the aluminium industry in the future. Paul Adkins will also have a fireside discussion with Piotr Jaskierski, Vice President Sales Marketing from Tokai Cobex on how we can reduce the carbon footprint with the current technology (The Bottom of the Pot). 

Recycling and Downstream will have a dedicated session a keynote speech by Miles Prosser, Secretary General at International Aluminium Institute (IAI) about the latter’s outlook for 2050 that the world will need 150M tons of aluminium, including one third of which should come from recycled metal. This will be followed by a panel discussion led by Torbjörn Sternsjö, Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of Gränges, and attended by Catherine Athènes, Vice President Group Sustainability and Public Affairs Europe at Constellium, Amit Lahoti, Senior Commercial Director and General Manager of Asia at Ball Beverage Packaging and Miles Prosser.

Alumina and Bauxite As the prospects for bauxite in Indonesia and Guinea is becoming more and more complicated. Where is the future of Alumina investments? Chinese companies along with Alcoa, Rio Tinto, EGA, Ma’aden, etc. have bauxite resources in Guinea. How long before the whole world is producing green alumina? What is the supply and demand in the meantime? These important questions will be addressed by the moderator Andrew Wood, Director of Sustainable Investment and Legal, Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) and the panelists Panthéa Geramishoar, Chief Executive Officer, Société des bauxite de Dabola-Tougue, Guinea (SBDT) Guinea, HBR Member of Advisory Council, Xavier Gou, Alumina Senior Analyst China Division, AZ Global Consulting, Jason Moodley, Supply Chain Manager at Sohar Aluminium, and Mark Roggensinger, Manager, Market Analysis, Commercial, Bauxite & Alumina at Hydro Aluminium International. 

We greatly thank out sponsors Rain Carbon Inc, Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), Sohar Aluminium Company LLC., Sinoway Carbon Co. Ltd., our Super Delegates BP and ABB, and our media partners Aluminium International Today and Al Circle. Even though our conferences are very content driven and no not feature any marketing or promotional content, we do rely on our sponsors to be able to organize these world class conferences independently. 

Our conferences attract people from all over the world to discuss the global aluminium industry and its future.

One of the most reputed consultancies in the global aluminium industry, AZ Global Consulting Limited is an aluminium market intelligence and consulting agency that provides its customers in-depth, accurate analysis on the key issues facing the global aluminium and raw materials markets.

Their diverse team comprising consulting and industry experts is proficient in a broad range of sectors, with skills ranging from chemical engineering to economics.