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The Aluminum Association, Aluminum Extruders Council, & Aluminum Anodizers Council Examine “The Road Ahead” at 2012 Aluminum Week

Automotive, Building & Construction Markets, Sustainability, Trade, the Economy, Manufacturing Policy & Industry Issues to be Addressed

August 9, 2012 ShareThis

(Arlington, Virginia & Wauconda, Illinois; August 9, 2012) The Aluminum Association, the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and the Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) have released the program details for Aluminum Week 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. This event marks the third year of cooperation between the organizations to offer a program featuring comprehensive education and networking opportunities for aluminum industry professionals.

Aluminum Week will be hosted at the Renaissance Downtown Chicago from Monday, October 15 to Thursday, October 18, 2012. The co-located event features The Aluminum Association’s Annual Meeting, the Aluminum Extruders Council’s Management Conference and the Aluminum Anodizers Council’s 21st Annual International Anodizing Conference. The week-long event is composed of programming focused on “The Road Ahead”, addressing issues including: market opportunities, policy, the economy, the November election and the state of American manufacturing. The event can be followed on social media using the hashtag #AlWeek.

Aluminum Week includes sessions and events open to aluminum industry professionals, including members of The Aluminum Association, AEC, and AAC and members of the press:

Monday, October 15 features the Aluminum Association’s welcome reception, sponsored by Aleris International and the Association’s Annual Dinner.

Tuesday, October 16 will feature the Aluminum Association Annual Meeting and General Session with speakers including:
• Jack Hockema, President, CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Aluminum who will offer a presentation entitled “History and Perspectives on Aluminum as a Modern Metal in Transportation, Construction and Manufacturing” covering previous trends in the industry and novel growth in traditional application areas,
•Bernadette Budde, Senior Vice President of the Business & Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) and an astute observer of campaigns and Congress, will shares her expertise on the intersection of politics, business and industry including an outlook for the November elections;
•Michael Robinet, Managing Director of IHS Automotive Consulting will discuss shifting demand, government regulations and new technologies in the automotive industry with an historic perspective on success drivers such as quality, cost, risk mitigation, sourcing and flexibility;
•Richard Schultz, Managing Director for Automotive Materials Practice for Ducker Worldwide, will discuss over lunch the growth of aluminum and other materials in future automotive designs with an emphasis on Ducker’s forecast of aluminum content, as a percentage of the overall mix, to double by 2025 and
•The evening’s Aluminum Marketplace reception will featuring tabletop exhibits by Aluminum Association, AEC, and AAC suppliers.

Wednesday, October 17 features a joint Aluminum Association/AEC/AAC General Session with speakers including:
•Mitch Bainwol, President & CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, providing his perspective on the automotive sector, as well as examine policies that are driving auto manufacturers to build increasingly fuel-efficient vehicles and aluminum’s role in that dynamic market;
•National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist, Chad Moutray, who will discuss the economic health of manufacturers and provide an economic outlook for the aluminum industry, focusing on the sectors that are growing strongest and the economic and policy challenges for manufacturers; and
•Ujjval Vayas, JD PhD Principal at Alberti Group LLC, will look at the rapidly changing landscape of the building & construction industry, and how aluminum’s flexibility and sustainability positions it well to allow manufacturers and suppliers to take full advantage of the opportunities and minimize the risks.

Additionally, Wednesday will feature the Aluminum Association’s Press Roundtable beginning at Noon Central time. Members of the press are invited to participate in-person or via teleconference. Contact James Lewis ( for details. The roundtable will feature:
•Pat Franc, Aluminum Association Chairman and President of Tri-Arrows Aluminum based in Louisville, Kentucky
•Layle “Kip” Smith, Aluminum Association Vice Chairman and President and CEO of Noranda Aluminum based in Franklin, Tennessee
•Jean Simon, Aluminum Association Executive Committee Chairman and President of Primary Metals, Rio Tinto Alcan based in Montreal, Quebec and
•Heidi Brock, President of the Aluminum Association.

Wednesday also features AEC/AAC Breakout Sessions in the afternoon, including tracks covering New Developments in Anodizing, Best Practices, and All About Extrusion, as well as a Mini-Workshop on Management & Strategy to help business owners and high-level managers to evaluate, develop, and execute business plans.

Thursday, October 18 features a joint AEC/AAC General Session to wrap up Aluminum Week. Speakers include:
•Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, will review the U.S. trade deficit and discuss its impact on GDP growth, jobs and wealth creation. He will examine the role of trade law enforcement and suggest systematic solutions for productive international and domestic trade, and

•Timothy Hayes, Metals Equity Analyst, Davenport & Co., will provide an industry analysis and forecast that will focus on the outlook for U.S. downstream aluminum markets with an emphasis on the “Three Cs”, cars, cans, and construction.

“Hosting these events together allows for a dynamic program covering many areas of the industry,” said Heidi Brock, President of The Aluminum Association. “Aluminum Week 2012’s program will give participants insights into the future for market growth, policy and manufacturing.”

“There is a great deal of synergy between our three organizations, and Aluminum Week provides the information and tools our members need to make smart and informed business decisions,” said Rand Baldwin, CAE, President of the Aluminum Extruders Council.

“Aluminum Week 2012 presents an exceptional opportunity for members of three important aluminum trade groups to gather together and make connections that will support their own success while strengthening the industry overall,” commented Greg Rajsky, CAE, President of the Aluminum Anodizers Council.

Aluminum Week also will include networking events throughout the week and optional educational classes from AAC’s School for Anodizers program. The AAC program includes Anodizing Essentials, an intensive Level 1 technical workshop focusing on the basics of quality anodizing and is designed to increase the knowledge and ability of anodizing production personnel, particularly those new to the business, and Anodizing Quality, the Level 2 advanced class that moves beyond the basics to address quality and process issues commonly faced by anodizers. Anodizing Essentials will be presented as a two-part workshop on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, while the Anodizing Quality Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Registration and additional program details can be found through AEC at, The Aluminum Association at, and AAC at

About AEC
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is an international trade association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America. AEC is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion's characteristics, applications, environmental benefits, design and technology to users, product designers, engineers and the academic community. Further, AEC is focused on enhancing the ability of its members to meet the emerging demands of the market through sharing knowledge and best practices. Specialized conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings throughout the year provide an outlet where AEC members can confront and solve today’s challenges. AEC member companies represent aluminum extruders operating hundreds of extrusion presses in hundreds of plants worldwide, along with primary aluminum producers and other industry suppliers.

About The Aluminum Association
The Aluminum Association based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today’s market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.

About AAC
The Aluminum Anodizers Council is the international trade association of firms engaged in aluminum anodizing and whose mission it is to support its members—and users of anodized aluminum—through education, advocacy, and promotion. For more information, contact the Aluminum Anodizers Council, 1000 N. Rand Road, Suite 214, Wauconda, IL 60084-3102 USA. Telephone 847.526.2010; fax 847.526.3993;;

For more information contact:

Nancy Molenda
Aluminum Anodizers Council
Aluminum Extruders Council

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