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

Opening session

09:00 – Congress welcome

Gerd Götz, Director General, European Aluminium

Agenda, process and participant introductions

Aminda Leigh, Congress facilitator

09:20 – Keynote Speeches

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission (by video)

Roland Scharf-Bergmann, Norsk Hydro ASA & Chair of the European Aluminium Recycling division

Session 01

09:40 – The aluminium recycling market outlook

Forecast on international aluminium recycling – Paul Williams, Head of Aluminium and Research Manager, CRU International

Impact of trade measures and the role of WTO: challenges affecting aluminium scrap flows and the European aluminium market – Prof. Markus Taube, University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair for the Economy of East Asia/ China, Mercator School of Management & Institute of East Asian Studies

Round table participants discussion and Q&A

10:35 – Coffee break

Session 02

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

Circular economy from European perspective-implementation – Anne Sander, Group of the European People’s Party, Member of the European Parliament (by video)

The circular economy implementation in France – Mostafa Aboulfaraj, General Representative, France Aluminium Recyclage (FAR)

Priority measures towards a green and circular non-ferrous metals industry – Christian Lehmann, Resource Conservation, Material Cycles, Minerals & Metal Industry, German Environment Agency

Forward looking responsible recycling: journey through innovation, partnership and sustainability commitments towards closing the loop in circular economy – the Aluminium plant perspective – Olivier Neel, Sustainability Manager, Constellium & Edouard Marchant, Recycling Segment Manager, Constellium

Participants in table groups consider key theme areas (as identified in the European Aluminium policy recommendations) and identify issues for the panel discussion

Feedback and panel for discussion

12:30 – Welcome lunch

Session 03

13:30 – Secondary raw materials shipment – market opportunitie and challenges

Waste Shipment Regulation review – Kastalie Bougas, Principal Consultant Environmental/ Chemical Policy & Economics, Wood PLC

Aluminium scrap processing and shipment: technology prospects in view of changing Waste Shipment legislation and other international policies – Denis Reuter, Chief Operational Officer, TSR Recycling

Waste Shipment Regulation: more opportunities or risks for recyclers and the aluminium value chain? – Murat Bayram, Director & Head of European Non-Ferrous, EMR – European Metal Recycling

Table discussions

14:40 – Coffee break

Session 04

15:10 – Spotlight on innovation in recycling

Introduction – Magdalena Garczynska, Recycling Director, European Aluminium

LIBS – the game changer for industrial close loop production of secondary aluminium? – Karl Hoffmann, Global Sales Director Separation Technologies in Metal Recycling, Steinert

Understanding and exploiting the formation of intermetallic compounds and their interaction with impurities – Alexander Lutz, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

LIBS: Using Laser for inline analysis of aluminium recycling products – Christian Bohling, General Manager, Secopta


Expert panel/discussion

16:50 – Closing session

18:30 – Coach departure from Hotel L’Europe to the dinner venue

19:00 – Networking dinner in Cité de l’Automobile museum, Mulhouse

Session 05

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

Boost for electric buses, cleaner trucks and other upcoming legislative changes and initiatives for clean transport – James Nix, Freight and Climate Director at Transport & Environment 

Aluminium cans as a source of end user’s scrap – Anna Sapota, Vice President, CanPack Recycling

Deposit systems towards reaching the European aluminium recycling rate targets – Julia Patorska, Senior Manager, Deloitte

Panel discussion


10:20 – Coffee break

Session 06

10:50 – Trends in technology

Aluminium cycle: machining, briquetting, melting – Andreas Jessberger, Sales Manager, RUF Maschinenbau

Aluminium scrap melting: different ways – different results  – Günther Wimroither, Senior Process/ Design/ Sales Engineer, Hertwich Engineering

The industry 4.0 applied to furnaces: an existing technology to optimize performance of the equipment and improve working processes – Laura Manzanal, Project manager, GHI Smart Furnaces

A new dross salt slag recycling process – Implementation – Alan Peel, Managing Director, Altek Group

Panel discussion

11:45 – Closing session – Gerd Götz, Director General, European Aluminium

12:00 – Lunch

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.