12th International Secondary Aluminium Conference

Venue: Marriott Hotel

Location: Milan, Italy

Event Date/Time: Nov 17, 2004 End Date/Time: Nov 19, 2004
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Metal Bulletin's is this year taking its International Secondary Aluminium Conference to southern Europe and, for the first time, to Italy. Milan, dynamic, cosmopolitan and the country's second biggest city, is located in the heart of northern Italy's aluminium-consuming industrial hinterland.

Italy produces some 620,000 tonnes per year of foundry alloys and deoxidants, and 800,000 tonnes annually of aluminium castings, in particular for the automotive sector. It is a major consumer of scrap from abroad to feed its aluminium recycling bsuiness, most of which is grouped under the umbrella of industry association Assiral. Field trips are being arranged to local aluminium operations to give delegates first-hand experience of the Italy's secondary smelting and remelt sector.

This year's conference programme will reflect the increasingly global nature of the marketplace for recycled aluminium – from casting alloys, to remelt and wrought to deox. While Western Europe and North America continue to support immense recycling industries, the weight is shifting in the secondary aluminium business to new parts of the world, following the trend seen in the major automotive, engineering and steel industry end-use sectors.

The aluminium recycling business has seen an uptick in fortunes – along with many sectors of the primary metals business – in the past 12 months. Prices for secondary alloy have risen some 20-30% in this period on the back of good demand and under pressure from scrap values.

But the improved market conditions have not benefitted everyone, and older and higher cost capacity in the established producing regions has either closed or had to severely restructure or restrain production. The seemingly inexorable flow of scrap to those countries with lower conversion costs and an insatiable appetite for feed has taken its toll. And as more players enter the remelt business, the competition for scrap units continues to intensify.

The 12 th International Secondary Aluminium Conference will bring together representatives from all key sectors and segments of the recycling process – scrap generators and processors, secondary smelters, remelters and fabricators as well consumers, diescasters, merchants, warehousers and financiers.

If you are in any way involved in the recycling of aluminium – or simply wish to gain a better understanding of how this sector works – then sign up now for the Milan conference – the premier international commercial gathering on the aluminium recycling calendar.