Arrival Day

Tuesday afternoon, May 28 - Arrival day

Afternoon & Evening
Registration & Welcome

After registration at the NorCast desk in the reception area at Clarion Hotel Tyholmen,
an informal Welcome Event will be arranged at a local seaside restaurant

Sponsors of the Welcome Event: Silver Sponsor


Day 1

Wednesday, May 29 - Morning Session

Sections & Topics
08:00 - 08:10
Opening of Conference.

Mr Robert Cornels Nordli

08:10 - 08:20
Welcome Remarks

Mr. Arne Schaathun,
Chairman & Coordinator

Green Aluminium & Sustainability.
08:20 - 08:45
Hydro Primary Aluminium & Recycling to Zero and Beyond.

Mr. Christian Sette, Head of TOS Casthouse Support.
Hydro Aluminium Metal, Oslo

Aluminium Recycling & Sourcing of Scrap.
08:45 - 09:10
Growing in Aluminium Recycling by “Digging” deeper in the Scrap Pile.

Mrs. Ingrid Guddal, Head of Recycling
Hydro Aluminium Metal

Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor

Casting Technology.
09:30 - 09:55
How Technology may contribute to Sustainability in Aluminium Casthouse Operations.

Moving from being compliant to having competitive advantage.

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

Aluminium Melt Treatment.
09:55 - 10:20
CO2 Reduction through application of Automated Furnace Tending Machine.

Mr. James Tomkinson, Sales & Marketing Manager
RIA Cast House Engineering GmbH,

10:20 - 10:45
Optimum Operation of a Melting Furnace for Aluminium.

Dr. Ing Oliver Moos, Managing Director
CETAG-Casthouse Engineering and Technology AG

Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor

Morrow Batteries AS
11:05 - 11:30
MORROW Batteries AS is building a large Battery Plant in Arendal.

Speeding up the energy transition with cost-effective and sustainable batteries.

Special Invitee
Dr. Ing. Stina Torjusen, Director of Sustainability, MORROW Batteries AS

Transition to Carbon Neutral Foundry.
11:30 - 11:55
Technology Assessment of the Transition to Carbon Neutral Foundry at AMAG Casting GmbH, Austria.

AMAG’s road map to Climate neutrality, Climate-neutral plant technology – Applicability and Requirements for technology providers. Challenges of industrial implementation and impact on process quality. Evaluation of impacts on existing processes – from pilot plant studies to industrial scale tests.

Dipl. Ing. Dr. mont Bernd Prillhofer, Managing Director,
AMAG Casting GmbH,

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

                                                                                Bronze Sponsors


Day 1

Wednesday, May 29 - Afternoon Session

Distinguished Guest Speaker
13:00 - 13:40

Mr. John G. Thuestad, Executive Vice President, Hydro Bauxite & Alumina and Member of Corporate Management, Norsk Hydro ASA, Oslo,

Senior Vice President, Hydro Extruded Solutions (2017-2018)
Executive Vice President, Sapa (2012-2017)
EVP Group President Primary Metals, Alcoa (2007-2012)
CEO, Elkem (2005-2007)
CEO/EVP Primary aluminium, Elkem Aluminium (2000-2005)

Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor   

Automotive - Porsche AG, Germany
14:00 - 14:25
Portrait of Aluminium Castings in Porsche cars.

History, current situation and future perspective with focus on sustainability.

Special invitee
Dr. Ing Stephan Beer, Manager Manufacturing Technology
Porsche AG, Germany

Automotive - Audi AG, Germany
14:25 - 14:50
New High-Performance Alloy for Body-in-white developed by Audi.

Abstract: “Achieving new levels of lightweight by taking high strength AlSi-alloys to the next level. A quick dive into the alloy development process at Audi, how to decrease brittle intermetallic phases, increased ductility and prevent die soldering.”

Special invitee
Dr. Ing Marius Kohlhepp, Audi AG,

Coffee Break (20 min)

Bronze Sponsor   

Casthouse Panel
15:10 - 15:55
Lessons learned – followed by Discussions.

The Panel members will present a couple of topics for Presentation and discussion
One of the topics is “Molten Metal Safety”.

Chair of Panel:
Mr. Stian Rørvik, Hydro Aluminium Metal, Oslo
and NorCast Committee member.

Panel members;
Mr. Erik Nordstoga, Alcoa Mosjøen, Norway
Dipl. Ing Dr mont, Alexander Poscher, AMAG Casting GmbH, Austria.
Mr. Nicolas Ligonesche, Trimet Aluminium, France.

Oxy-fuel Combustion.
15:55 - 16:20
Modelling and Implementation of an Oxy-fuel Combustion System in a previously regenerative furnace to drastically reduce CO2 emissions while improving productivity.

Mr. Joaquin de Diego, Director Combustion Applications Europe
Nippon Gases Europe.

Fluxes - The New Generation.
16:20 - 16:45
The New Generation of Fluxes – More Technology, less Pollution, improved Quality and more Green Aluminium.

Eng. Andrea Presicce, Technical Manager
Foundry Ecocer, Italy


Social Events

Wednesday, May 29 - Afternoon & Evening

Boat trip at 17:00 hrs

Embarkation on S/S Solrik outside the conference hotel and on M/S Øya in “Pollen”.
Canapes, wine, beer and finger food will be served onboard.

S/S Solrik

M/S Øya

Sponsored by the following

Bronze Sponsors

After the Boat trip

Welcome drinks will be served outside Arendal Old Town Hall at 19:00 hrs.
Arendal Borgerlige Millitaire in uniforms and rifles from 1700 will welcome the delegates with a drill performance and the Distinguished Guest Speakers will fire salutes with old ship canons.

Sponsored by Bronze Sponsor

Wagstaff, USA.

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

Dress code: Smart Casual

Sponsored by:


Joint-Gold Sponsor

Joint-Gold Sponsor

Arendal Old Town Hall

Day 2

Thursday, May 30 - Morning Session

Sections & Topics
08:05 - 08:10
Opening Remarks

Mr Morten Vatneberg, Category Manager

Hydro Aluminium Metal, Oslo & NorCast Committee member.

08:10 - 08:25
Safety Wake UP

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

LME - Aluminium
08:25 - 08:50
LME Aluminium Update & Forward Projections

Mrs. Eline Johansen Nielsen, Market Analyst – Metal Sourcing & Trading,
Norsk Hydro ASA, Oslo

08:50 - 09:15
Electrification of the Recycling Route of Aluminium.

The presentation shows induction heated solutions for the melting process and resistance heaters for the heat treatment process by using electricity from renewable energies. This makes an important contribution to the decarbonization of aluminium production.

Dr. Ing Tobias Mertens, Vice President Research and Development
Otto Junker GmbH

Coffee Break (15 min)

Bronze Sponsor

09:35 - 10:00
Al-Recycling to Sustain the Competitiveness of the European Aluminium Industry.

Technical Solutions customized to meet specific
European requirements.

Mr. Gerold Keune, Managing Director,
Hertwich Engineering GmbH,

Master Alloys & Grainrefiners.
10:00- 10:25
Production experience by application of “Optifine” in casting of Can body stock, Can lid stock and double zero Aluminium for Packaging and Electronics.

Documentation from long time application and experience by using Optifine 5:1 100 at a large Korean Aluminium Recycling company.

Mr. John Courtenay, Chairman
MQP International Ltd, UK
Co-author: BCAST, Brunel University,

10:25 - 10:50
Alumetal focusing on Green Master Alloys and Grainrefiners.

The Presentation will discuss and consider what is required or needed and elaborate on what is possible.

Mrs. Agnieszka Drzyżdżyk
CEO, President of the Management Board
Alumetal S.A, Poland.

Coffee Break (15 min)

Bronze Sponsor

Distinguished Guest Speaker from Hindalco, India
11:10 - 11:50
Mr. Bibhu Prasad Mishra, Advisor – Hindalco Industries Limited, India

Former President and Head of Manufacturing Centre of Excellence.
and former President and COO,
Aditya Birla Group,

Aluminium Dross Treatment
11:50 - 12:15
Total Dross Management.

A novel dross processing technology for a true circular economy.

Mr. James Herbert, Managing Director
ALTEK Europe Ltd, UK

Zero Emission Vehicles in Casthouse
12:15 - 12:40
Conversion to Zero Emission Vehicles in Casthouses

Replacing Diesel Engines by fully Electric Drivers.

Mr. Giovanni Magarotto, Managing Partner
Tomorrow Technology S.p.A, Italy

Material Testing – State of the Art related to Aluminium
12:40 - 13:05
Empower Your Data

How Future Testing Data Management Improve your Product Quality.

Mrs. Christine Dubler, Chief Sales & Service Officer
ZwickRoell SE, Germany

Summary and close of Conference.
Lunch at the Conference Hotel

                                                                                Bronze Sponsors