Qatalum's state-of-the-art environment-friendly smelting technologies will attract the attention of manufacturers and delegates attending 16th Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL 2012) to be hosted by Qatar, the smelter has said. ARABAL 2012 will be held at the Grand Hyatt here in Doha from November 19 to 21 under the patronage of HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Qatalum said. ARABAL is the premier trade event for the Middle East's aluminium industry. The conference, which will focus on the future of aluminium and manufacturing industries, market, technology and recycling, gives the Qatari smelter an opportunity to showcase its plant which has a production capacity of 585,000 tons of high-quality primary aluminium products per annum. The visiting delegates will be taken on a field tour to Mesaieed Industrial City, where Qatalum's safety and environment model will be presented with the aim to raise awareness, boost the conference’s outputs, exchange experience and information and enhance communication among various industry players, Qatalum a bulletin said. Speaking about the key conference, an official from Qatalum's communications department said, "Qatalum is giving top priority to this important event in terms of preparation and organization. The conference is diverse, rich, and scheduled to host representatives of leading companies from the region and across the globe operating in this vital sector." This conference is significant for Qatar since it is seeking to diversify the local economy. Engagement and talks with top representatives from various international firms during the ARABAL 2012 would help to develop ties within the aluminium industry. ARABAL 2012 is scheduled to feature a number of sessions, including discussion panels, seminars, workshops, and presentations by a number of regional and international industry experts and professionals. Key speakers for the conference include ARABAL Chairman Mohammed Naqi, Qatalum Chairman Abdulrahman Al Shaibi among other notable invitees.
The organizing committee has listed a number of key topics for the sessions and workshops like the 'Future Prospects of the Aluminium Industry in the Light of the Rapid Regional and International Changes' will address the growth and expansion opportunities in aluminium industry worldwide; the 'Price trends and the availability of raw materials in the Market'. A session titled 'Future Prospects of Expanding Uses Locally and Creating Local Demand by Developing and Expanding Uses of Aluminum's Products will focus on the manufacturing industries associated with aluminium and their increasing importance in the Middle East'. A panel discussion panel will probe 'Dumping and Competition and their Negative Impacts on Sector Growth' in the presence of prominent international speakers. The Role of the Public Sector in Developing Sector Outputs and Growth, and the Impact of Mature Regulations and their Ability to Cope with Development, on the Industry and Related Sectors will also be discussed during the conference. Other topics will address market reality, technology and finance. The conference will also mull the geopolitical changes in the regional economy and industry following the Arab Spring, as well as recycling, the environment, safety, the automotive industry and the bourgeoning markets in China and India. The ARABAL is the premier trade event for the Middle East's aluminium industry and the only conference in the world attended by every single primary aluminium manufacturer in the region, the company said. The ARABAL story began in 1983 with Kuwait Aluminium Company bringing together the leading figures in Middle East Aluminium to strengthen ties and discuss the issues of the day to provide an overview about the entire aluminium industry. Over the last 29 years, ARABAL has evolved to attract industry leaders from all over the world to attend, speak and exhibit.