As part of the overall strategy of the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) to assist in favourably positioning the South African aluminium industry, the industry body will host an International Aluminium Conference and Exhibition from 16 – 18 March 2016 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton, Cape Town, Western Cape.
“The local aluminium industry held a strategic session in September, where a vision of doubling aluminium production by 2018 was articulated. Local players need to be ready to tap into growth opportunities in the South African aluminium industry which is the objective of the planned conference and exhibition,” said Mark Krieg, executive director of AFSA.
The event is aimed at industry, professionals and academics allowing both industry presentations and papers as part of the conference programme. It is envisaged that the conference will be coupled with the bi-annual meeting of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI).
The focused conference agenda will address aspects such as identifying required technologies along with the desired types of industry practice. Alongside conventional exhibition opportunities, the event will also offer interactive exhibition/technology opportunities.
The key thematic areas identified and planned for the conference are:
New technologies and innovation. Possible topics include:
• 3D printing
• New alloy development
• Friction stir welding
• Design and simulation
• Aluminium powder
• Energy cost saving
• Surface finishing
• Emerging applications
• Aluminium application in the green economy
• Green building codes
• Renewable energy
• Recyclability of aluminium
• Use of aluminium as an energy substitute
• Aluminium in transportation
• Talent-driven innovation (employment for the future)
• Interactive workshops
• Skills and training