Programme 2018-09-25T15:31:36+00:00


The 15th International Aluminium Recycling Congress will take place in Colmar, France on the 26th and 27th of February 2019 with a programme tailored to engage participants on topics related to market trends, innovations, applications and the latest political developments in the field of aluminium recycling and circular economy.

Experts from across the globe will cover a wide range of topics:

  • The future of circular economy potential
  • Aluminium recycling market outlook
  • Trade
  • Shipment of aluminium scrap
  • Innovations in recycling
  • The aluminium industry and the end-use markets
  • Trends in technology


For further information please contact our secretariat congress@european-aluminium.eu

09:10 – 09:35 Keynote speeches

09:35 – 10:35 The aluminium recycling market outlook

This session will offer new insights into the international aluminium recycling market, putting emphasis on the forecasts for the industry. Delegates will get a broad view of the challenges affecting the aluminium scrap flows and the European aluminium market, the impact of trade measures and the role of WTO (World Trade Organisation). Speeches, Q&A and round table discussions will facilitate the exchange of valuable learnings while also creatinga fruitful environment for making new connections.

10:35 – 11:05 Coffee break and visit to the exhibition hall

11:05 – 12:35 Will the circular economy strategy continue to prioritise aluminium recycling?

This session will focus on aluminium recycling in the context of the imminent 2019 European Parliament elections.

Focal topics of discussion will be the circular economy from the European perspective including the circular economy action plan in the framework of the EU circular economy strategy and the impacts the forthcoming elections may have on the aluminium industry.

12:35 – 13:35 Welcome Lunch and visit to the exhibition hall

13:35 – 14:50 Scrap shipment market opportunities and challenges

This session will focus on topics such as waste scrap shipment market and shipment regulations. The experts will tackle the challenges, the risks and the opportunities faced by the recyclers and the entire aluminium value chain.

14:50 – 15:20 Coffee break and visit to the exhibition hall

15:20 – 16:55 Spotlight on innovation in recycling

Focusing on innovation, experts will discuss long-term strategies for increased recycling of automotive aluminium and its alloying elements, the use of laser for inline analysis of aluminium recycling products.

16:55 – 17:00 Close

19:00 – 22:30 Welcome reception and dinner hosted in the world’s largest automobile museum with the most prestigious collection of classic cars – Cité de l’Automobile, located in Mulhouse, France

09:00 – 10:30 The aluminium industry and the end-user markets

This session will facilitate the sharing of knowledge by analysing best practice examples related to strategic environmental planning, designs for recycling, the transition to electrical cars, etc.

10:30 – 11:45 Trends in technology and sustainability

This session will examine the importance of sustainability in technological development and will incorporate speeches and panel discussions on themes like furnace technologies and the preparation and charging of light gauge scrap among others.

11:45 – 12:00 Closing remarks

13:30 – 18:00 Field trip to Constellium’s aluminium plant located in Neuf-Brisach, France

European Aluminium has organised a field trip to Constellium’s aluminium plant in Neuf-Brisach exclusively for the Congress participants.

The Neuf-Brisach plant is one of Constellium’s largest sites with a capacity of 450 000 tons. Perfectly located in Europe’s industrial heartland, this unique integrated aluminium rolling, finishing and recycling facility designs and produces a wide portfolio of coil and sheet products, servicing customers in can stock and food stock, automotive (body sheets, heat exchangers and equipment parts), as well as industrial application sectors.

Please note that this visit has limited places, therefore the booking is on a first come, first served basis.