NorCast 2017 - Program / Presentations

Arrival Day

Tuesday, 30 May

Time Sections & Topics
16:00 - 20:00
Registration & Welcome

Day 1

Wednesday, 31 May

Morning Session

Time Sections & Topics
08:00 - 08:05
Welcome Note

Mr Stein A. Ytterdahl, County Governor Vest Agder and Aust Agder

08:05 - 08:15
Opening Remarks

Mr Arne Schaathun, Coordinator

Section: Safety
08:15 - 08:40
Will the Recent Molten Metal Explosions in the USA Change Our Industry for the Better or Worse?

Alex Lowery, General Manager, Wise Chem LLC, USA

Section: Interface Pot Room / Casthouse
08:40 - 09:05
Sustainable Green Production of Carbon Cathode Materials & Silicon Metal for the Aluminium Industry

Dr Ing. Stian Madshus, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Elkem Carbon AS, Norway

Section: Extrusion Billet Quality & Recycling
09:05 - 09:30
From Remelting to Recycling - Hydro on its Way to Carbon Neutrality

Mr Roland Scharf-Bergmann, Senior Vice President & Head of BU Remelting & Recycling, Norsk Hydro ASA, Norway / Germany

Section: Extrusion Billet Quality & Recycling
09:30 - 09:55
The Importance of Billet Quality in Extrusion

Dr Ing. Svein Skjervold, Manager Extrusion Alloy Technology, Sapa Operational Excellence Europe, Norway

09:55 - 10:25
Section: Liquid Metal Quality
10:25 - 10:50
Evaluation of the Particle Monitoring Sensitivity of the Cold and Hot PoDFA Procedure

Dr Mark Badowski, Program Manager Furnace Metallurgy & Melt Treatment, Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH, Germany

Section: Dross Treatment
10:50 - 11:15
ALUSALT - New Innovative Technology for Recycling Salt Slag in House

The technology is a result of five year's development to allow aluminium and dross recyclers to recycle the salt slag within their own facility. The system allows recovery of aluminium, salt and the NMP (which will be inert)

Mr Alan Peel, Managing Director, ALTEK Europe Ltd, UK

Section: Casthouse Managers Panel
11:15 - 12:00
The Panel will make a short presentation on the following 3 topics and invite the audience for questions and discussions:
  • Metal quality on recycled Aluminium vs primary Aluminium - How can melt treatment increase melt quality on recycled Aluminium?
  • Methods and technology for energy saving in casthouses
  • Transformation of melting/casting furnaces into the age of Industrie 4.0

The Panel comprises the following Managers:
  • Dr Ing. Bjørn Rønning, Alcoa Norway ANS, Mosjøen, Norway
  • Dr Hans Bjerkaas, Hydro Aluminium Holmestrand, Norway
  • Mr Cédric Duszak, Sapa RC Profiles NV/SA, Belgium / Netherlands
  • Dr Benjamin Jaroni, Trimet Aluminium SE, Germany

Moderator: Mr Hermann Koss, Committee Member

12:00 - 13:00

Afternoon Session

Time Sections & Topics
Distinguished Guest Speaker
13:00 - 13:40
Mr Egil Hogna

President & CEO, Sapa AS
Oslo, Norway

Section: Aluminium Rolling Slabs
13:40 - 14:05
Impact of Intern - Metallics in Slabs of AlMnCuTi Alloys on Final Properties of Thin Rolled Strip for Heat Exchanger Applications

Mr Anders U. Johansson, Senior Advisor Process Technology, Strategic R&D, Gränges AB, Sweden

Section: Critical Equipment
14:05 – 14:30
Latest Results of Hertwich Multi Chamber Melting Technology vs. Conventional Delaquering Process

Mr Franz Niedermair, Managing Director & CEO, Hertwich Engineering GmbH, Austria

14:30 - 14:50
Section: Aluminium Rod & Wire
14:50 - 15:15
Manufacturing Process of Aluminium Wire & Selected Applications

Dipl. Ing. Peter Baumgart, IBPB Engineering Services, Germany

Section: Innovation
15:15 - 15:40
Industrial Internet - Possibilities in the Aluminium Casthouse

Mr Arild Håkonsen, Head of Technology, Hycast AS, Norway

Section: Chinese Industry & Market
15:40 - 16:05
The Industrial Lizhong Group and its Newest Company ABN - Baoding ABN Melting Equipment Co., Ltd

Lizhong Group is a significant industrial enterprise and player in the Aluminium field with plants producing Deforming Aluminium Alloys, Aluminium Casting Alloys, Aluminium Wheels including Liquid Forged Wheels for heavy vehicles (bus & truck), Master Alloys & Grain refiners and Equipment with more.

The Presenter will highlight his industrial group's activities and the business environment in China.

Mr Zang Lizhong, Executive Director, Lizhong Group, China

Section: Classification of Aluminium Scrap
16:05 - 16:30
Classification & Inspection of Aluminium Scrap Quality

Mr Hermann-Josef Hanny, Head of Recycling Procurement, Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH, Germany

Close of Day 1

Social Gatherings

Wednesday, 31 May Afternoon / Evening
Boat trip at 17:00 hrs

Finger food and beverages will be served on board.

Boarding of both S/S Solrik and S/S Christiansand will take place from outside the Conference Hotel.

S/S Solrik

S/S Christiansand
NorCast Dinner at Arendal Old Town Hall at 19:45 hrs

Welcome beverage will be served outside the Town Hall at 19:15 hrs.

Dress code: Smart Business Casual

Arendal Old Town Hall

The NorCast dinner is jointly sponsored by NorCast's Gold Sponsors

Hertwich Engineering GmbH


Day 2

Thursday, 1 June

Time Sections & Topics
08:15 - 08:20
Opening Remarks

Mr Harald Bentzen, Committee Member

Section: Safety "Wake up"
08:20 - 08:45
Interaction Vehicles / Pedestrians. Safety Measures & Equipment

Mr Christoph Girresser, Safety Manager, Aluminium Norf GmbH, Germany

Section: LME Aluminium
08:45 – 09:10
LME Aluminium Update and Forward Projections

Mr Henrik Buer, Industry Analyst, Corporate Strategy & Analysis, Norsk Hydro ASA, Norway

Section: Energy
09:10 – 09:35
Reduction of Energy Consumption at Sapa's Ghlin Plant

Mr Cédric Duszak, Sapa RC Profiles NV/SA, Belgium / Netherlands

09:35 - 09:55
Section: Master Alloys, Metal Compacts & Grain Refinement
09:55 – 10:20
Comparison - Metal Tablets / Compacts versus Master Alloys as Alloying Elements

The Presenter will highlight some typical pros and cons associated with the two categories of products and invite for discussion

Dr rer. nat. Volker Ohm, Vice President, Hoesch Metallurgie GmbH, Germany

10:20 – 10:45
Advances in the Development of Al-Nb-B Master Alloy for the Grain Refinement of Al-Si Cast Alloys

Professor Dr Ing. Hardy Mohrbacher, Managing Director, NiobelCon BVBA, Belgium

Section: Benchmarking of Quality
10:45 – 11:10
Benchmarking of Quality of Various Mg Ingots

Dr Ing. Johannes Morscheiser, Research Engineer - Molten Metal Processing, Aleris Rolled Products Germany GmbH, Germany

Dr rer. nat. Volker Ohm, Vice President, Hoesch Metallurgie GmbH, Germany

11:10 - 11:35
Distinguished Guest Speaker
11:35 - 12:15
Mr Timothy D. Reyes

President, Alcoa Aluminum
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Section: Aluminium - Automotive
12:15 - 12:40
Quo Vadis Aluminium Casting in Automotive - BMW

Mr Jean-Marc Ségaud, Head of Product Planning, BMW AG - Auto Components & Systems, Germany

Section: Aluminium Applications
12:40 - 13:05
Aluminium versus other Alternative Materials

In recent decades Aluminium has become the most important metal besides steel, and the winner in many fierce competitions as the most suited material.

The presenter will outline the success story of Aluminium metal in a historic perspective and recent development in various applications.

Professor Dr Ing. - Senior Scientist, Jürgen Hirsch, Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH, Germany