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36th CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
The 36th International Conference and Exhibition of ICSOBA (The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium) was held in the period 29 October – 1 November in Belem, the capital of the Para state of Brazil. The Conference obtained support from Hydro, the host sponsor and attracted 225 delegates from 26 countries. From Brazil alone 95 delegates contributed. Very high-quality papers were selected for presentations (99) and published in the volume 47 of TRAVAUX conference proceedings. During the Conference, an Exhibition of latest technologies, equipment and other devices for the bauxite, alumina and aluminium industry took place with 12 participants. The last day of the conference saw three field trips to Paragominas bauxite mine, Alunorte alumina refinery and Albras smelter. The next conference is planned for Krasnoyarsk, Russia in mid-September 2019 in collaboration with Rusal and Non-Ferrous Metals of Siberia.
The staging of this conference could not have been possible without the extraordinary effort of the organizing committee. The subject organizers this year are Robert LaMacchia and Andrey Panov (bauxite and alumina), Matthieu Arlettaz (carbon), and Vinko Potocnik (electrolysis).
The technical part was assured by a team led by Michel Reverdy, Program Director. Michel and Vinko Potocnik both of EGA, Dubai did an outstanding job again this year putting together the conference technical program and TRAVAUX proceedings. The volume No 47 of TRAVAUX that I have in my hand has 1044 pages of your contributions with the editorial quality the highest possible. I am pleased to let you know that this year we have selected 98 different papers that are published in TRAVAUX.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee we also want to express our great appreciation to the authors of papers. Without the authors, the conference would not have la raison d’être. Special thanks go to the paper reviewers and session chairs (Steve Healy, Alessio Scarsella, Brandy Haneman, Roman Dussel, Martin Segatz, Patrice Cote and Dagoberto Severo). We would also like to acknowledge the priceless contributions of: the remaining members of the Board of Directors: Andrey Panov, Houshang Alamdari, and BS Pani, on the part of the Board of Directors, Dipa Chaudhuri (executive secretary) - as well as the administrative staff from ICSOBA (Barbara Feret, Dany Vanvoren and Marie-Claude Goyette) and Hydro (Silene Vendrasco, Pablo Azevedo).
We worked hard to attract world class sponsors and exhibitors for this event and numerous companies responded; this is to our mutual benefit. We would not have the conference without the support from Hydro Brazil, the host sponsor.
Other sponsors are:
Silver: Fives, GEA Wiegand GmbH, Outotec, Solvay.
Bronze: AKW Apparate und Verfahren, BOKELA, Claudius Peters Projects, Malvern Panalytical Brazil, MMD Mineral Sizing (South America), Nalco Water - An Ecolab Company, Otto Markert & Sohn, Quimica Brasileira, Sefar and SysCAD.
The conference attracted 12 exhibitors. Among the exhibitors at this conference we have: AKW Apparate und Verfahren, Claudius Peters Projects, Cytec Solvay Group, Fives Solios, GEA Process Engineering SAS, GLAMA Maschinenbau, Hydro Brazil, Otto Markert & Gruppe, PANalytical and SysCAD. A group of 18 Corporate Members forms an advisory Council of ICSOBA.
On ICSOBA’s 50th anniversary in 2013, the Awards Committee decided to produce commemorative medals (see below). The new "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" is 70 mm in diameter and takes its inspiration from two past designs. On one side are the embossed portraits of Pierre BERTHIER, Karl Joseph BAYER, Paul Louis Toussaint HEROULT and Charles Martin HALL. On the other side are the emblems of ICSOBA and the World, the full ICSOBA name, the name of the person awarded and the year of bestowal.
As in the past, the "ICSOBA Commemorative Medal" constitutes a special recognition and may be awarded only to a small number of recipients each year. The medal may be awarded to those members who achieved significant scientific or practical results within the field of work, or who notably strengthened ICSOBA organization or promoted its international scientific and industrial cooperation. The name of the awarded person is inscribed on the medal, and the awarding event is published in the NEWSLETTER.
Three medals were awarded in Belem to:
- 1. Raphael Vieira da Costa – Hydro Brazil in recognition of welcoming ICSOBA in Belem in October 2018, facilitating the organization of the highly successful conference, and seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.
- 2. Matthieu Arlettaz of R&D Carbon in recognition of his introduction of modern tools (ConfTool, Stripe, Whova), which revolutionized ICSOBA conference administration and his contribution to organization of the highly successful events, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.
- 3. Sudipta Chaudhuri (Dipa) for her long-term commitment to ICSOBA, and for her tireless efforts in promoting it and its mission, thus seeing to ICSOBA’s prosperity and growth.
Three Al Maple Leaf dishes with ICSOBA name were offered to the visited plants as tokens of appreciation for hosting ICSOBA delegates. This year the dishes were awarded to Paragominas bauxite mine, Alunorte alumina plant and Albras smelter.
The pictures documenting the Gala Dinner and the awards ceremony can be seen at the ICSOBA website (https://www.icsoba.org/gala-dinner-and-awards).
The Best Paper Awards
At the end of the conference six papers were announced for the best paper award. The awards are dedicated to recognizing outstanding papers across the entire program. Four subjects were considered: bauxite and alumina, bauxite residue, carbon and electrolysis. The subject organizers of each stream: Robert LaMacchia and Andrey Panov (bauxite and alumina), Mathieu Arlettaz (carbon) and Vinko Potocnik (electrolysis) made their selections. Given the breadth, diversity and quality of the nominations, the job of picking winners was quite difficult. Two aluminium electrolysis papers were awarded due to the larger number of papers in this subject. The recipients are:
- •BX09 - Digital Transformation Applied to Bauxite and Alumina Business System – BABS 4.0, Juliana Soares de Sousa, Israel Oliveira Rocha and Rodrigo Martins de Castro Travaux 47, Proceedings of the 36th International ICSOBA Conference, 119-132.
- •AA04 - Digital Maturity in Alumina Refining - Michael Barnes, Daniel Koffler and Cullen Bowels, Travaux 47, Proceedings of the 36th International ICSOBA Conference, 241-254.
- •BR05 - Development of Low-Carbon, High-Durability Concrete Using Bauxite Residue and Aluminium - Linda Therese Wiik, Harald Justnes, Hans Jørgen Roven, Terje F. Rønning, Mohsen Ben Haha, Christian Rosenkilde and Trond Furu, Travaux 47, Proceedings of the 36th International ICSOBA Conference, 429-441.
- •CB04 - Comparison of Pilot Anode Production and Testing Between Two Laboratories and Ability to Simulate Full Scale Anodes - Lorentz Petter Lossius, Christopher Kuhnt, Les Edwards, Hogne Linga and Bruno Rausch, Travaux 47, Proceedings of the 36th International ICSOBA Conference, 531-544.
- •AL10 - Thermal Behavior of Cathode Bottom Lining at CBA - Dagoberto Severo, Henrique dos Santos, Jefferson dos Santos and Fabio de Carvalho, Travaux 47, Proceedings of the 36th International ICSOBA Conference, 693-706.
- •AL21 - Fundamentals of Managing Spent Potlining (SPL), Stephan Broek and Harald Arnljot Øye, Travaux 47, Proceedings of the 36th International ICSOBA Conference, 817-833.
Two student grants were offered this year from the ICSOBA funds. The grants were given to Cairo Cesar Amorim Melo and Thayna Ferreira de Azevedo of the Universidade Federal do Este do Para, Brazil.
Hydro is a global aluminium company with production, sales and trading activities throughout the value chain, from bauxite, alumina and energy generation to the production of primary aluminium and rolled products as well as recycling. Based in Norway, the company has 13 000 employees involved in activities in more than 40 countries on all continents. Rooted in more than a century of experience in renewable energy production, technology development and progressive partnerships, Hydro is committed to strengthening the viability of the customers and communities they serve.
In Brazil, Hydro is present in many parts of the aluminium value chain. Brazil is Hydro's main source of bauxite and is the country where the company has the most employees - more than 5 000 if long-term contractors are included.
Bauxite is mined in Paragominas and Trombetas and refined to alumina at the world's largest alumina refinery, Alunorte in Barcarena. Hydro Brazil also produces 460 000 tonnes of aluminium metal annually at the Albras plant, which they partly own.
Sapa (now Hydro Extrusions) has operations in Brazil. Hydro Extrusion is the world leader in aluminium solutions within extrusions, building systems, and precision tubing.
Technical field trips took place on 1 November to three different plants:
- •Albras smelter
- •Alunorte alumina refinery
- •Paragominas bauxite mine.
In total, the number of visitors was 40, 40, and 5 respectively). The trip to Paragominas required a one-night stop at a local hotel.
Election to the Board of Directors
The most important responsibility that we all have toward the association is to assure ICSOBA continuity and growth. ICSOBA is an international association of members and the members periodically elect the Board of Directors in the Annual Meeting. At the time of the 36th ICSOBA conference held in Belem (on 31 October in the evening) the election took place. Among the existing Board members Frank Feret, Andrey Panov and Michel Reverdy have been elected at the ICSOBA conference in 2014 in Zhengzhou, China for 2 + 2 years. Their four year’s mandate come to the end with the conference in Belem. All three expressed interest in continuing their work for ICSOBA and were unanimously reelected for another term. Four other directors on the present Board (Claude Vanvoren, Matthieu Arlettaz, Houshang Alamdari and BS Pani) were elected in Quebec in 2016 and their remaining two-year mandate was confirmed. Viktor Mann, Technical Director for Rusal was nominated to become the 2019 ICSOBA President. President comes from the organization becoming the host sponsor of the annual event and thus provides increased visibility to both his company and to ICSOBA.
The Board of Directors is the executive body of ICSOBA and is composed of the Chairman, Vice Chairmen, Directors and Officers. The proposed structure is as follows:
|Dr Claude Vanvoren||C2V Consulting||Chairmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Frank Feret||ICSOBA||Vice Chairman, CEOemail@example.com|
|Dr Andrey Panov||Rusal||Vice Chairman, Secretary Generalfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Michel Reverdy||Emirates Global Aluminium||Program Directoremail@example.com|
|Matthieu Arlettaz||R&D Carbon||Conference Management Director||Matthieu.Arlettaz@icsoba.org|
|Prof. Dr Houshang Alamdari||Laval University||Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|B.S. Pani||SPAN Resources||Directoremail@example.com|
The Directors jointly assure legal responsibility for the organization and have assigned duties.