Arrival Day

Monday, 3 June - Afternoon / Evening

16:00 - 20:00
Registration & Welcome

Upon arrival and checking in at your hotel, please make your way to the lobby at the Clarion Hotel Tyholmen to register at the NorCast desk. A NorCast representative will attend the desk between 16:00 and 20:00 hrs to provide you with your welcome pack which consists of your Welcome letter, Welcome drink coupons, a lanyard/name tag and NorCast information.

In case of late arrival, please request your welcome pack from the staff at the hotel reception where you will be staying.

Bronze Sponsor
The welcome event is Sponsored by Drache GmbH, Germany


Day 1

Tuesday, 4 June - Morning Session

Sections & Topics
08:00 - 08:10
Welcome Note

Mr. Robert Cornels Nordli
Mayor of Arendal Municipality

08:10 - 08:20
Opening Remarks

Mr. Arne Schaathun, Coordinator

08:20 - 08:45
Four Casthouses destroyed in 7 months - Is this an Anomaly or a Trend?

Review of four (4) recent Casthouse Explosions - Japan, China (2) and Norway.

Mr. Alex Lowery, General Manager, Wise Chem LLC, New Albany, USA

Casthouse Vision
08:45 - 09:10
Casthouse Vision at Constellium

Mr. Pierre Yves Menet, Casting & Recycling Group Manager, C-TEC - Constellium Technology Centre, France

09:10 - 09:30
Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor
Sponsored by Wagstaff Inc, USA

DC-Casting Technology
09:30 - 09:55
Innovative Solutions to meet the new Challenges of DC-Casting Machine Upgrades - "Autopak Metal Drive System"

Novelis PAE presents it's new Metal Drive System, including a field bus concept and a capacitance metal level regulation, developed to associate the safety of a full automatic DC Casting machine with the flexibility of a manual system.

Mr. Antoine Le Tullier, Sales Manager Casthouse Equipment, Novelis PAE, France

Aluminium Dross Treatment
09:55 - 10:20
Sustainable & Profitable Dross Practices

How can the industry reduce the impact of dross on the bottom line and reduce the environmental impact and liability of dross processing?

The Presentation will focus on practises and technologies being employed around the world and introduce the salt-free dross technology DROSRITE™, which enables Smelters to maximize Aluminium recovery, while eliminating the environmental issues associated with current dross processing technologies.

Mr. David D'Aoust, Sales Manager, PyroGenesis Canada Inc., Canada

"Green Aluminium"
10:20 - 10:45
"75R Recycling" of Aluminium with low CO2 Footprint

How the Aluminium industry can contribute to reduce the environmental impact.

Mr. Ludovic Dardinier, Managing Director, Hydro Clervaux, Luxemburg

10:45 - 11:05
Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor
Sponsored by Wagstaff Inc, USA

Twin Rollers and impact on Microstructural Properties
11:05 - 11:30
Influence of Solidification characteristics introduced by different Twin Roll Casters on Microstructural Properties and their response to thermo-mechanical processes

Dr. Murat Dundar, Technology Director, Assan Alüminyum, Turkey

Homogenization-Heat Treatment Improvement
11:30 - 12:00
Latest Development in Homogenization Process

Best available heat treatment technology for billets and slabs in terms of product quality, productivity and flexibility.

Mr. Stefan Pelech, Managing Director, Hertwich Engineering GmbH, Austria

12:00 - 13:00
Lunch at the Conference Hotel

Silver Sponsor
Sponsored by Hoesch Metallurgie GmbH, Germany


Day 1

Tuesday, 4 June - Afternoon Session

Distinguished Guest Speaker
13:00 - 13:45
Dr.Ing. Hans Erik Vatne
Senior Vice President, CTO - Chief Technology Officer
Norsk Hydro ASA, Oslo, Norway

(In lieu of Dr.Ing. Svein Richard Brantzæg, President & CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA)

Casting Billets & Slabs with higher recycling rates
13:45 - 14:10
Producing High Quality Billets & Slabs from Recycled material - A contradiction?

Dr. Markus Schober, Managing Director, Hammerer Aluminium Industries Holding GmbH, Austria

14:10 - 14:30
Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor
Sponsored by Assan Alüminyum, Turkey

Aluminium Value Chain - Overview
14:30 - 14:55
Hydro's Growth in Aluminium - Roof Rails & Trims

Full value chain control of quality from metal to final product.

Dr. Martijn Vos, Managing Director, Hydro UK Components Ltd., United Kingdom

14:55 - 15:20
Will new, lower cost Scandium supply encourage increased adoption of High-Performance Aluminium Scandium alloys?

A review of current alloy developments and applications, Russian, Filipino and Chinese supply and latest developments in Nickel laterite machineproposal in Austria and potential for European red mud and Scandium extraction.

Aluminium Scandium hardener production is also discussed.

Professor John Grandfield, Director, Grandfield Technology Pty Ltd, Australia

15:20 - 15:40
Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor
Sponsored by Assan Alüminyum, Turkey

Critical Equipment
15:40 - 16:05
LIMCA III: Operation Principal, Casthouse Results & Applications

Joint presentation by:

  • Mr. Daniel Gagnon, Sales Manager, ABB Metallurgical Analysers, Canada
  • Dr.rer.nat. Volker Ohm, Vice President, Hoesch Metallurgie GmbH, Germany
Heat Exchanger Material
16:05 - 16:30
Experiences and Challenges during thin Gauge Rolling of multi-layer laminated Heat Exchanger material - Hot Rolling, Cold Rolling and Annealing

Mr. Anders Johansson, Senior Advisor Global Technical Support, Granges AB, Sweden

Close of Day 1

Social Gathering

Tuesday, 4 June - Afternoon & Evening

Boat trip at 17:30 hrs with "Fullrigger Sørlandet"

Finger food and beverages will be served on board.

Silver Sponsors
The boat trip is co-sponsored by ALTEK Europe Ltd, UK and MQP Ltd, UK

Fullrigger Sørlandet

Bronze Sponsor
The Welcome Arrangement is Sponsored by CETAG AG, Switzerland

Welcome Arrangement at 19:15 hrs outside Arendal Old Town Hall

Welcome beverages will be served outside Arendal Old Town Hall. Arendal Borgerlige Militaire in uniforms and rifles from the 16th century will welcome the Delegates with a drill performance, and the Distinguished Guest Speakers will ignite old ship cannons.

NorCast Dinner at Arendal Old Town Hall at 19:45 hrs

Dress code: Smart Casual

Gold Sponsor
The NorCast Dinner is sponsored by Hydro

Arendal Old Town Hall

Day 2

Tuesday, 5 June - Morning Session

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

Mr. Harald Bentzen, Committee Member & Director Casthouse and Genesis, Hydro Extruded Solutions

08:20 - 08:35
Safety Wake UP

Dr.Ing. Roar Ørsund, Plant Manager, Hydro Sunndalsøra, Norway

08:35 - 09:00
LME Aluminium Update and Forward Projections

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

Foundry Alloys and E-mobility
09:00 - 09:25
E-Mobility - Challenges for Aluminium Castings

The fulfilment of environmental legislation leads to replacement of internal combustion engines (ICE) by hybrid powertrains (ICE + electric machines) and/or by battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the upcoming years.

The speed of transition is still unknown, which makes it difficult to properly plan for future production.

Professor Dr.Ing. Franz Feikus, Nemak GmbH, Germany

09:25 - 09:45
Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor
Sponsored by Pyrotek Scandinavia AB, Sweden

Short Introduction of Two Seminars after the NorCast Conference
09:45 - 09:55

Grain Refining

"Optifine" - New Grain refining Concept providing Improved Quality at reduced cost

This brief presentation is an introduction of MQP's Optifine Seminar held on Day 2 afternoon/evening at Captain's Private Club.

The Seminar will focus on MQP's operational experience from several regular applications.

Mr. John Courtenay, Managing Director, MQP Ltd, UK

09:55 - 10:05

Dross Treatment

ALTEK's Latest Casthouse Development and Operational Experience

This brief Presentation is an introduction concerning ALTEK's Seminar held on Day 2 afternoon/evening after the NorCast Conference.

The Seminar will cover ALTEK's new developments including Agitator (maximizing recovery), Onspec for online analysis, Product XX (new technology for liquid metal analysis), SmartRec (energy recovery), New Magnetic Technologies & Applications and feedback on ALTEK's latest operational results.

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

Casthouse Panel - "Lessons learned"
10:10 - 10:55
The Panel will present a few "lessons learned" and invite the audience for discussions

The panel consists of the following members

  • Mrs. Ann Øygaard, Hydro Høyanger, Norway
  • Dr.Ing. Aida Bermudez, Alcoa Lista, Norway
  • Dipl.Ing. Dr mont Bernd Prillhofer, AMAG Casting GmbH, Austria
  • Mr. Nicolas Ligonesche, Trimet, France

Chair of Panel

Mr. Stian Rørvik, Committee Member & Head of Customer Technical Support - Sheet Ingot & Foundry Alloys, Hydro, Oslo, Norway

10:55 - 11:15
Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor
Sponsored by Pyrotek Scandinavia AB, Sweden

Distinguished Guest Speaker
11:15 - 12:00
Mr. Emilio Braghi
Senior Vice President & President
Novelis Europe
12:00 - 12:25
Ford Motor Company, Germany

"Cost efficient Aluminium Casting for Chassis & Body parts"

Special Invitee:
Mr. Matthias Warkentin, Casting Specialist, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, Europe

12:25 - 12:50
Steel-Aluminium Connections Using Self-Piercing Riveting Combined with Adhesive Bonding

Special Invitee:
Professor Magnus Langseth, Centre Director CASA - Centre for Advanced Structural Analysis, NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Summary & Close of Conference
Lunch at the Conference Hotel

Silver Sponsor
Sponsored by Hertwich Engineering GmbH, Austria