NorCast 2018 - Program / Presentations

Arrival Day

Monday, 4 June (afternoon)

16:00 - 20:00
Registration & Welcome

Day 1

Tuesday, 5 June

Morning Session

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

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

08:10 - 08:20
Opening Remarks

Mr Arne Schaathun, Coordinator

Section: Safety
08:20 - 08:45
"A Safe Bet"

Combining Safety Performance and Competitiveness

Mr Sandro Starita, Director Environment, Health and Safety & Sustainability
European Aluminium, Brussels, Belgium
(in lieu of Dr Gerd Gøtz, Director General)

Section: Casthouse
08:45 - 09:10
"The Smart Casthouse"

Combining Safety Performance and Competitiveness

Dr Ing Stefan Pelech, Managing Director
Hertwich Engineering GmbH, Austria

09:10 - 09:30
Distinguished Guest Speaker
09:30 - 10:00
Mr Jack Clark

Senior Vice President & CTO - Chief Technical Officer,
Manufacturing Excellence, Constellium, USA

From Recycling to Product Design and Manufacturing

Constellium is committed to creating value for it's customers, suppliers and society.

Section: Aluminium Slag/Dross Treatment
10:00 - 10:25
ALUSALT - A new Innovative Technology for Recycling salt slag in house

The presentation will highlight details and operational results from the new plant established in the UK.

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

Section: Casthouse Burners and Energy saving
10:25 - 10:50
Advances in Low NOx Burner Designs for Aluminium Melting Furnaces

Comparison of the different techniques which can be employed to lower NOx levels in burners and their suitability for aluminium melting applications.

Mr. Robert Mills, Managing Director,
HOTWORK Combustion Technology Ltd & BLOOM Engineering, Bloom Europe GmbH

10:50 - 11:10
Section: Refractory & Lining Materials
11:10 - 11:35
Corrosion Mechanism of Refractory Linings in Aluminium Furnaces

A presentation of the combined furnace environmental within aluminium production furnaces and how they affect the performance and selection of refractory materials used to construct economical cost of ownership furnaces lining.

Mr. Andrew Queenan, Marketing & Technology Manager - Metals
Vesuvius Advanced Refractories,
Industrial Processes Division, UK

Section: Industry 4.0
11:35 - 12:00
Industry 4.0 Program within Hydro Aluminium Primary Metal

Casthouse 4.0: roadmap to the Casthouse of the future through Industry 4.0 improvement areas.

Mr. Andreas Skodvin, Vice President, Primary Metal
Norsk Hydro ASA

12:00 - 13:00

Afternoon Session

Distinguished Guest Speaker
13:00 - 13:45
Mr Jean-Baptiste Lucas

CMO - Chief Marketing Officer,
Vedanta Limited, India

India - New Giant of the Aluminium Industry
Section: Aluminium Re-melt Technology
13:45 - 14:10
Flexible Re-melt Facilities for Aluminium Scrap

Newly installed State of the Art Casthouse at Garmco - Gulf Aluminium Rolling Company in Bahrain - Improvement of metal recycling capability and cost.

A joint-presentation which will provide a description of the main technical features and equipment involved and explore how the 3 goals: Metal Recovery, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Compliance have been achieved, making the new Re-melt facility the "Casthouse of the future."

Mr Benjamin Ulmann, Development Manager,
Fives Solios Limited, UK

14:10 - 14:30
Section: Casting Technology
14:30 - 14:55
Cooling Water in DC Casting - Does it really matter?

Dr. Ing. Manfred Lueck, Area Manager Europe, Germany
Wagstaff Inc, USA

Section: Innovation
14:55 - 15:20
Extended Applications of Aluminium as Fabricated & Extruded Profiles

Mr Lars-Inge Arwidson, Market Manager
Hydro Extruded Solutions Europe

15:20 - 15:40
Section: Critical Equipment
15:40 - 16:05
Development and Implementation of the Batch Pilot System for Accurate Measurements of Furnace "heel" weights at Alunorf

Mr John Courtenay, Managing Director, MQP Ltd, UK
Mr Philippe Meslage, Technical Manager, Alunorf, Germany

Section: Aluminium Rolling Slabs
16:05 - 16:30
AMAG 2020 - Expansion Project

The Presentation will have a main focus on New Casthouse Operations

Special Invitee:
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Helmut Kaufmann,
Board Director & COO, AMAG Austria Metall AG, Austria

Close of Day 1

Social Gatherings

Tuesday, 5 June - Afternoon / Evening
Boat trip at 17:00 hrs

Finger food and beverages will be served on board.

Boat Trip Sponsored by Alcoa Norway ANS, Norway

M/S Maarten

Boat Trip Sponsored by Elkem AS, Norway

S/S Solrik

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 Casual

Arendal Old Town Hall

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

Hertwich Engineering GmbH, Austria


Lizhong Group, China

Day 2

Wednesday, 6 June

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

Dr. Ing. Hubert Koch, Committee Member

Section: Safety
08:20 - 08:35
Casthouse Safety "Wake-Up"

Mr Idar Kjetil Steen, Chief Engineer
Hydro Aluminium
(in lieu of Dr. Ing. Roar Ørsund, Vice President & Plant Manager, Hydro Aluminium Sunndalsøra, Norway)

Section: Aluminium Market
08:35 - 09:00
A Global Aluminium Market Update

Mr Henning Flaig, Vice President,
Hydro Aluminium

Section: Alloying Practice by Electromagnetic Stirring
09:00 - 09:25
Improved Alloying Practice in Aluminium Furnaces by the use of Electromagnetic Stirring

Plant results and theoretical considerations

Mr Joakim Andersson, Senior Metallurgist,
ABB, Sweden

09:25 - 09:45
Section: Alloying Elements
09:45 - 10:10
Development Direction of Aluminium Alloying Additives and the Advantage of High Content Aluminium Alloy Tablets

Mr Zhang Zhong Kai, President
Harbin Dongsheng Metal Co., Ltd, China

Section: Casthouse Panel
10:10 - 10:55
The Panel will give a short presentation on the topics "Safety" & "In-Line Measurements of Chemical Composition" followed by questions from the audience and discussions
The Panel comprises the following:
  • Mr Cédric Duszak, Hydro Extruded Solutions AS, Belgium / Netherlands
  • Dr. Ing. Hans Bjerkaas, Hydro Aluminium Holmestrand, Norway
  • Dr. Ing. Benjamin Jaroni, Trimet Aluminium SE, Germany

Chair: Mr Hermann Koss, Committee Member

10:55 - 11:15
Distinguished Guest Speaker
11:15 - 12:00
Mr Tom Petter Johansen

Senior Vice President, Hydro Aluminium AS,
Plant Manager, Hydro Karmøy (and former CEO, Qatalum, Qatar)

Highlights From operations of Hydro Aluminium's New Pot-room Technology - Pilot Plant Karmøy

Low Energy Consumption, low CO₂ Footprint and other Environmental aspects and a World Class Aluminium Casthouse delivering Certified "Green" extrusion ingots

Section: Automotive - Jaguar Landrover
12:00 - 12:30
The History of Aluminium in Automotive Car Bodies & Potential Future Use

The user of Aluminium in car bodies from Jaguar Land Rover's perspective. What is the potential future use in the Global Market & what are the barriers to increase use?

Special Invitee:
Dr. Mark White,
Technical Specialist - Light Weight Vehicle Structure
Jaguar Land Rover, UK

Summary & Closing of Conference