Qatalum presence at TMS 2011

Hydro technology experts presented several papers at the important TMS 2011 industry gathering in San Diego, California, last week.

Qatalum presence at TMS 2011

​​AWARDS: Petter Lossius (atright) with co­authors Arne Petter Ratvik and Bodil Monsenfrom SINTEF.​

TMS is the annual gathering of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, an international professional organization for materials and engineering, covering the whole range from processing and production to basic research and advanced applications.

This year the gathering ran from February 27 until March 3 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Papers an​d presentations

Hydro contributed to the program with a number of papers and presentations.

Dag Herman Andersen, Marvin Bugge and Petter Lossius represented Primary Metal's technology organization. Asbjørn Solheim of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology presented a paper co­authored with Dr. Martin Segatz and Odd­Arne Lorentsen from Primary Metal Technology who also attended the event.

The Mid and Downstream business areas were represented by Stefan Neumann and Andreas Buchholz, both from R&D Bonn, and by Idar Steen from Hycast (Sunndal, Norway). In addition, Britt Elin Gihleengen and Geir Øyen (Sunndal, Norway) were co­authors of a paper presented by collaboration partners at MIT (Boston, USA). It should also be mentioned that Kai Karhausen (Bonn, Germany) was the session chair for Aluminium Rolling.

PRESENTATION:Marvin Bugge presenting his paper on 'High Amperage Operation of AP18 pots at Karmøy'

From Brazil to Qatar​​

Hydro made contributions to the Alumina & Bauxite sessions as well. Linda Kristiansen from Bauxite & Alumina had taken part in review of papers before the event and was leading a session about red mud during the gathering. Cleto Azevedo, who is one of our new colleagues in Alunorte (Brazil), presented a paper about Alunorte expansion 3 and a paper about Alunorte global energy efficiency.

Qatalum was the focus of two related presentations delivered by Jan Arve Haugan, CEO of Qatalum. The first one, 'Building Qatalum – A Large, Modern Smelter', presented details on how the Hydro Projects team had handled the technical and organisational complexities during its work to construct one of the largest aluminium smelters ever built in a single step.

The other presentation entitled 'Qatalum – Organisational Challenges in Starting up a Modern Smelter' gave insight into the organisational challenges faced in setting up a smelter that employs thousands of staff from 32 nationalities and 35 company cultures. 


In addition to the papers, Lorentz Peter Lossius won an award for Best Paper in Light Metals Division for 2010 – not the first award this accomplished researcher receives at TMS.

Qatalum presence at TMS 2011 

AWARDED: Halvor Kvande speaking after having received the TMS awardfor 'DistinguishedService'.​

Halvor Kvande, who currently is professor and Qatalum chair at Qatar University, won an award for Distinguished Service as an

University, won an award for Distinguished Service as an acknowledgment for his year­long contribution to TMS in various roles.

Finally, Wolfgang Schneider from R&D in Extruded Products was appointed TMS vice president for the current year and will take over as TMS president for 2012.

Hydro reception


On Monday night Hydro invited friends, business associates and suppliers to an informal reception.

Qatalum CEO Jan Arve Haugan and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer Khalid Mohammed Laram gave an introduction about the aluminium plantin Qatar before Johannes Aalbu from Primary Metal Technology presented the latest technological achievements centered around HAL4e. The remainder of the very successful evening was reserved for light refreshments and socializing.

PRESENTATION: Qatalum Deputy Chief Executive Officer Khalid Mohammed

As always, a number of interesting papers were presented at TMS. In addition the conference confirmed its role as an excellent place to meet up with academia, business associates and suppliers from all over the world.

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RECEPTION: From the Hydro reception on Monday night.