“Over the last few years, Qatar has become a centre for cutting edge aluminium technology – mainly due to the advanced technology within the Qatalum smelter and cooperation with Qatar University. Throughout the Aluminium Week the superior qualities of aluminium will be highlighted and the audience will be exposed to how research and operational expertise built up in Qatar creates new possibilities,” says Dr. Chris Devadas, head of Hydro Technology Center Qatar and lead organizer of the event.
Chris Devadas, Head of Hydro Technology Center, Qatar, third from right with conference speakers
The seminar is arranged in cooperation between the Norway based aluminium producer Hydro, Qatar University and the Qatalum smelter which produces premium aluminium in Mesaieed Industrial City south of Doha.
Qatalum CEO, Tom Petter Johansen
“At Qatalum we produce approximately 630,000 tons of value added premium aluminium products every year. The aluminium we produce is used in buildings, cars, and a wide range of other products, ending up with end customers in all parts of the world,” says CEO of Qatalum, Tom Petter Johansen. Qatalum, which is a joint venture between Hydro and Qatar Petroleum, started production in 2010.
Aluminium is the third most abundant element in the earth’s crust, constituting about 7 percent by weight of the earth’s crust. “As aluminium can be recycled again and again without loss of quality and by use of only 5 percent of the energy needed to produce it in the first place, production of aluminium is basically production of energy in solid form. In fact, 75 percent of all aluminium which has ever been produced is still in use today,” says Hydro’s head of Global Joint Ventures, Ola Sæter.
Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, VP of Research at Qatar University, highlights the importance of aluminium research for the university’s materials research ambitions.
“The metallurgical research ongoing at the Center for Advanced Materials at Qatar University supports the Qatar vision of becoming a hub of manufacturing excellence,” he says.
Audience during the opening speeches
Due to its long range of positive attributes, aluminium is present almost everywhere around us in a vast number of products and applications. “Aluminium is light and strong, easily formable, makes for a good conductor and is highly corrosion resistant. We may not even be conscious about its presence, but aluminium is a surprisingly big part of life and that is part of what we want to show the audience at the Aluminium Week,” says Dr. Devadas.
About the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) at Qatar University
Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) is dedicated to provide unique excellence in the field of material technologies. With well-equipped laboratories and experienced expertise, CAM offers knowledgeable assistance to local oil, gas and processing industries as well as the learning community in Qatar.