Qatalum unveils ARABAL 2012 agenda

Conference to focus on future of aluminium and manufacturing industries, market, technology and recycling.

Qatalum has unveiled the agenda of the 16th Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL 2012) which will be held at Grand Hyatt Doha 19th - 21st Novermber 2012, Under the patronage of HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum.

Speaking on the occasion, Qatalum’s Communications Manager, Ibrahim J Fakhri, 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.”   

Qatar is seeking to diversify the local economy and stimulated discourse and communication with various international firms. Fakhri added, “Qatalum has coordinated and prepared to stage ARABAL 2012 to the highest level of organisation to reflect the growing Qatari economy, as well as the current development in Arab and global aluminium industry.” 

Qatalum’s environment friendly smelter makes use of the latest state-of-the-art smelting technologies and has a production capacity of 585,000 tons of high-quality primary aluminium products per annum, which will be attracting a great deal of attention from manufacturers attending the conference.

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.

The conference is set to commence with an opening speech by Mr Mohammed Naqi, ARABAL Chairman, followed by the speech of H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and the welcome speech of Mr. Abdulrahman Al Shaibi, Qatalum Chairman.

The organizing committee has developed a number of key topics for sessions and workshops, including Future Prospects of the Aluminium Industry in the Light of the Rapid Regional and International Changes, which will address the growth and expansion opportunities in aluminium industry worldwide, the price trends and the availability of raw materials in the market. Another ses​sion 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 discussion panel will address 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.

Further topics will touch on the geopolitical changes in the economy and industry in the region following the Arab Spring, as well as recycling, the environment, safety, the automotive industry and the bourgeoning markets in China and India. 

The delegations 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. 

The Arab International Aluminium Conference (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. Therefore, it is the conference of choice for anyone interested in the Middle East aluminium industry.

The ARABAL story began in 1983 with Kuwait Aluminium Co. 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.​