Programme 2018-12-14T11:42:53+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

09:00 – Congress welcome

Gerd Götz, Director General, European Aluminium

Agenda, process and participant introductions

Aminda Leigh, Congress facilitator

09:10 – 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

SLIDO: “word cloud”, questions-answers, interactive poll to vote “yes-no” etc

09:55 – The aluminium recycling market outlook

Forecast on international aluminium recycling – Paul Williams, CRU Group

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 participant discussion and Q&A

10:35 – Coffee break

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

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

Implementation of the circular economy in France – Speaker TBC

Forward looking responsible recycling: journey through innovation, partnership and sustainability commitments towards closing the loop in circular economy – the Aluminium plant perspective – 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

12:35 – Welcome lunch

13:55 – Secondary raw materials shipment – market opportunitie and challenges

Waste Shipment Regulation review – European Commission, Speaker TBC

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

14:45 – Coffee break

15:15 – Spotlight on innovation in recycling

Introduction – Magdalena Garczynska, Recycling Director, European Aluminium

The first industrial LIBS system for separating aluminium alloys – Karl Hoffmann, Director Sales Division Scrap, 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 – Close

18:30 – Coach departure from the hotel to the dinner

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

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, Transport and Environment 

A company’s effort for establishing of a recycling based society and prospects in production for aluminium uptake – Speaker TBC

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

Panel discussion


 10:15 – Coffee break

10:45 – Trends in technology

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

Aluminium scrap melting: different ways – different  – Ing. Stefan Pelech, CEO/ Managing Director, Hertwich Engineering

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

Participant and panel discussion on emerging themes

11:45 – Closing remarks  – 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.