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Liberty Pressing Solutions, a division of Liberty Engineering Group, specializes in the manufacture of BIW assemblies for automotive OEM’s and non-automotive applications. The Coventry facility covering 33,000m2 employs 635 associates and produces over 45 million parts per annum. BIW Pressed and welded assemblies manufactured by the company are assembled into 16 different vehicle platforms across its UK and European OEM customer base. The company has considerable experience in Aluminium stampings as the move to lighter vehicles continues. The Coventry facility is further complemented by its sister plant, based in Willenhall, whom serve the T1, T2 and Tier 3 businesses.



08:00:    Depart conference hotel

10.30:    Arrive on-site - Introduction

11.00:    Tour of facility

12.30:    Lunch

13.00:    Departure

15:00:    Arrive at hotel



13:30 - 16:30
Workshop: Aluminium Demand - Opportunities and Threats



Paul Williams, Head of Analysis, CRU
Eoin Dinsmore, Head of Primary & Products, Aluminium, CRU
Henry Van, Analyst, Aluminium

08:00 - 08:50
Breakfast briefing – Aluminium profitability and costs

  • Energy forecasts and price impacts
  • Investors positions and ramifications
  • Freight rate outlook
  • Exchange rates

Kelly Driscoll, Managing Consultant, CRU
Benjamin Thomas, Research Analyst, CRU

09:00 - 10:45
Keynote session: Aluminium - Looming shortages, or long-term surplus?

09:00 - 10:45
Keynote discussion: Primary Aluminium - Looming shortages, or long-term surplus?
  • Chinese supply reform:  myth or reality, and the drive for environmental control?
  • Opportunities and challenges in face of evolving US and Chinese policies
  • Will China abolish the 15% tax on primary exports?
  • US restarts and their impact on the market balance
  • Chair:
    Ron Knapp, Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute
    Paul Williams, Head of Analysis, CRU
    Jiang Yinggang, Executive Director & Senior Vice President, Chalco
    Tolga Egrilmezer, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Rio Tinto Aluminium
    Tim Murray, CEO, ALBA
    Douglas Dawson, CEO, Liberty House Group

    11:15 - 12:15
    Session: Downstream - Renewed Opportunities

    11:15 - 12:15
    Panel discussion: The renaissance of the US aluminium industry
    • Downstream opportunities from on-shoring and trade actions
    • Effects of potential duties on US aluminum imports of primary and semis
    • Technological developments in the US rolling sector – what does it mean for rollers in other regions?
    • Rolled products construction trends

    Heidi Brock, President & CEO, The Aluminum Association
    Doug Hilderhoff, Senior North American Aluminum Analyst, CRU
    Craig T. Bouchard, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Braidy Industries
    Jesse Gary, Executive Vice President, Century Aluminum

    13:30 - 15:50
    Session: Downstream - Renewed Opportunities (continued)

    13:30 - 13:50
    Analysing the outlook in the Russian market
    Yury Mishin, Director for International Affairs, Russian Aluminium Association

    13:50 - 15:00
    Panel discussion: European aluminium industry - The phoenix from the ashes?
  • Rolled and extruded products market – new opportunities and challenges ahead
  • The growth of recycled metal – taking advantage of the scrap pool
  • Materials availability and premiums in the EU market
  • The impact of Brexit and UK re-industrialisation
  • Changing industry structure in extrusions
  • Rob van Gils, CEO, Hammerer Aluminium Industries
    Eoin Dinsmore, Head of Primary & Products, Aluminium, CRU
    Kent Schölin, Senior Vice President Research & Innovation, Gränges

    15:00 - 15:30
    Spotlight session: Chinese strategy: to buy or build outside China?
    • Domestic constraints vs. overseas expansion
    • China’s global position in rolled products in face of trade constraints
    • Long term economic trends and implications for aluminium demand?
    • Will replacement demand sustain construction demand in China?
    • When will the scrap gap be filled and displace primary metal demand?
    Yanchen Wang, Principal Consultant, CRU
    Jackie Wang, Analyst, CRU

    15:30 - 16:10
    Introducing the Iranian aluminium industry
    Mehdi Mostaghimi, CEO, SALCO
    Mehdi Karbasian, CEO, IMIDRO
    Amir Mirchi, Managing Director, Auryce Advisory House

    16:40 - 17:40
    Session: The green energy revolution – Creating permanent divergence across commodity markets

    16:15 - 17:15
    Panel discussion: The sustainability factor
    • Sustainability, are aluminium companies doing enough to promote sustainability and address pollution?
    • ASI certification and the responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium
    • With demand from consumers for responsibly produced and low carbon products likely to increase – what further moves are we likely to see from producers?
    • The importance of sustainability to the downstream sector
    • Green premium and market creation opportunities
    Will Savage, Business Development Director, Liberty Aluminium Group
    Krista West, Director of Learning, Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
    Iñigo Pérez, Vice President Europe and Asia, Sales, Alcoa
    Djibril René, Manager Sustainability & Economic Data, European Aluminium

    09:00 - 09:20
    Session: Electric Vehicles – In demand

    09:00 - 09:20
    Product implications of EV development in the mid to long term
    Egil Hogna, Executive Vice President, Extruded Solutions, Hydro

    09:20 - 11:00
    Session: Raw Materials

    09:20 - 10:10
    Shifting Paradigms for carbon products
    • Is China fundamentally changing its approach to producing and exporting polluting materials?
    • Is there long-term shortages in carbon products that could limit restarts and expansions in primary?
    • Where is the calcined coke and the coal tar pitch going to come from?
    Guanghui Lang, Chairman, Sunstone Development. Co. Ltd
    Robert C. Dickie, Global Carbon Consultant,

    10:10 - 11:00
    Assesing the bauxite and alumina market
    • An overview of the world alumina bauxite industry
    • Bauxite, alumina & aluminium industry of India and further growth potential
    • Can bauxite supply in Asia meet demand from China? Will China import more bauxite after the 2017-18 winter production cuts?
    • What’s the bauxite outlook? – Five years trends and forecast
    • Cost competitiveness – Global and industry cost curves
    • Environmental regulations – Challenges for new and existing bauxite mines
    Dr. Ashok Nandi, Secretary, International Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium Society
    Anthony Everiss, Senior Consultant, CRU

    11:00 - 11:20
    Aluminium from scrap to cars



    Prof. Geoff Scamans, Chief Scientific Officer, Innoval Technology

    11:20 - 12:00
    Radical innovation – Detailing advances in process and production technology in raw materials, primary production and downstream

    •  IoT in The aluminium smelter potline  

    Ralf Nörthemann, Vice President, Submerged Arc Furnaces, SMS Group
    Laith Al-Hindawi, Senior Sales Manager – Digital Smelter, GE Power

    12:00 - 13:00
    Panel discussion - Price and premiums outlook

    • Energy, FX, freight and investor influences on the price
    • China macro and key economic factors
    • Inventory levels in China and ROW
    • Premiums outlook in US, Europe and Japan
    • Chinese production and export expectations
    • Outlook and impact of illiquid stocks
    • 2018/2019 aluminium price perspectives

    Nicholas Snowdon, Director, Metals Research Analyst, Deutsche Bank
    Zaid Aljanabi, Principal Consultant, CRU
    Jean-Baptiste Lucas, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Global Aluminium Business, Vedanta Limited
    Max Layton, Managing Director, Head of EMEA Commodities Research, Citi
    Xiao Fu, Head of Commodity Markets Strategy, BOCI Global Commodities