From September 28 to 29, 2021, the ALUMINIUM Business Summit will celebrate its premiere in Düsseldorf.
Where steel was once used, aluminium is now driving the future: The ALUMINIUM Business Summit will celebrate its premiere at the Old Steelworks in Düsseldorf from 28 to 29 September.
Premiere as hybrid format
With the new hybrid format of the Business Summit, ALUMINIUM, Aluminium Deutschland, the CRU Group and European Aluminium have joined forces to offer a new platform for technological, legislative and industrial exchange, enabling a constructive dialogue to tackle the biggest challenges of the future: low-carbon mobility, digitization, sustainability and the future rules of the international market. The participants have the choice: either to be present live at the networking event in Düsseldorf or to follow the keynotes, discussion rounds and interviews online.
ALUMINIUM Business Summit under the heading: heading "Shaping a new Industrial era"
Under the heading "Shaping a new Industrial era", the programme focuses on the necessary transformation of the aluminium industry in order to be prepared for the future demands of its markets. "The aluminium industry is an important partner for many industries worldwide. And each of these industries has challenges: Decarbonisation, technical transformations, increased requirements for recycling processes are highly relevant topics. These big issues, also for the future of our industry, can only be discussed together in personal exchange," says Marius Baader, Managing Director Aluminium Deutschland.
Aluminium in tomorrow's mobility
Which scenarios for tomorrow's mobility are realistic and which are "Slicon Valley Dreams"? What are the answers of the automotive industry to the question of powertrains? Which materials will win the race in aviation? Christoph Stürmer (PwC), Manuel Kallweit (VDA), Alois Winkler (AUDI) and Blanka Lenczowski (Airbus Defence and Space), among others, will elaborate on these topics.
Digital solutions in the post-Corona era and how human AI can help mastering the challenges of digital transformation will be the focus of the keynotes by Andre Barten (Achenbach) and Mike Goertz (ABB Germany).
Transformation affects all industries
"The aluminium industry is going through a period of transformation. Sustainability is driving technological developments in primary and secondary markets, new demand applications, product development and changes in China’s position in export markets," Dominic Halahan of CRU is convinced.
The ALUMINIUM Business Summit is therefore also dedicated to the topics of sustainability and international markets. Experts such as Serge Gaudin (Novelis) will show how recycled aluminium has become a key factor for the circular economy and decarbonisation. In addition to the growing importance of recycling, the Summit explores the impact decarbonisation may have on global supply chains or how China's role in the global aluminium industry is changing.
Impact of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism on the aluminium industry
Another critical discussion will cover role and future of the European aluminium industry. "Aluminium is one of the most important materials in Europe's transition to a carbon-neutral and circular economy," says Dr. Gerd Götz, Director General of European Aluminium. "However, our contribution to climate protection and sustainability is always subject to political framework conditions as well," continues Götz. The Summit will therefore also address the effects of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism on the aluminium industry and the question of how advanced sorting systems and infrastructures can pave the way for higher recycling rates.
In addition to the Summit programme, participants will also find products, services and innovations from the aluminium industry in the digital "Exhibitor Hub".