The aluminum world is fracturing, but it's only in understanding each other and working together that the solutions will work.

Join us this September 16-18 in Kunming, China for our 2019 aluminum conference. Reserve your seat now.



To download the conference app, scan the QR Code on this page or click this link. Enter the code for our conference – which you will receive after registering, and you are ready to go!

Inside the app, you will find that the menu covers just about everything we could think of.  You can see a list of speakers and panellists, and the complete program is there.  We have provided a section for you to post questions on a topic, and there’s the ability to message other participants.  You can schedule meetings and make sure you don’t miss important sessions, and there’s a map of Shanghai and a list of nearby restaurants.

We particularly recommend you review the subjects and topics, and fire in your questions.  Or if there’s a speaker/panelist you especially want to quiz, you can send in your questions.  If the speakers and panelists have your questions up front, they can prepare more complete answers for you.

If you have any trouble using the app, simply email our man in charge of all things technical – Ian.  You can reach him at

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As the market prepares with new shipping freight rates, and with vessels starting to stop for cleaning of fuel tanks, it’s the last chance to assess the unfolding of this new reality before it takes effect. What will the spread be between the old fuel and the new fuel, and what will it mean for the supply and price of anode coke?

Goodbye to the old reality

No longer is China the runaway producer of primary aluminum. The government has capped capacity at 45 million tons. But what about demand growth? What about the rest of the world?  With virtually no new smelter projects for the next few years, RoW needs some metal from China.  What happens to metal prices in this situation?

Environmental Constraints

Are environmental constraints the new norm?  We have now had two winters with varying levels of restrictions.  Can we expect this to continue?  Will the economy be more important than the environment, as it seemed in 2018, or will the restrictions be tougher?


Terry Ting
Terry Ting
Asia Strategy Director - Alufer Mining Limited
Ms. Terry Ting, based in Beijing, is currently the China Bauxite Sales Manager at Alufer Mining. She travels to Guinea regularly and has visited almost all the refineries using low temperature bauxite in China. She has over 15 years of work experience in the Chinese Non-Ferrous industry and has held regional sales and strategy positions at UC Rusal and Alcoa. Ms. Ting has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA and a Master of Commerce Degree from University of Queensland, Australia.
Sean Cheng
Sean Cheng
International Procurement Manager - Sinoway Carbon
Sean has beening working with Sinoway for more than 10 years, he had been trading GPC and CPC globally before Sinoway built their own calcination plant, right now he is mainly in the charge of GPC international procurement as well as supporting CPC overseas marketing for Sinoway Carbon.
Rakesh Himatsingka
Rakesh Himatsingka
Chairman - India Carbon Limited

Mr. Rakesh Himatsingka is a Honours Graduate Mechanical Engineer from the world renowned BITS, Pilani, having passed in the year 1973, and now has over 46 yrs of experience in Industry both in India and abroad. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institute of Engineers – MIE.

Presently, Mr. Himatsingka is the CMD of India Carbon Ltd., a pioneering industry in the field of Calcined Petroleum Coke, whose first factory, the first of its kind not only in India but in whole of Asia was set up in the year 1961 in Guwahati, Assam by Mr. B. Himatsingka, Mr. Rakesh Himatsingka’s father. Mr. Himatsingka Hs been connected with India Carbon Ltd., since 1974, first being on the Board as a non executive director, and subsequently in 1982 joining as the Deputy Managing Director, being promoted around 1991 as the Joint Managing Director and from May.1997 as the Managing Director. From 1999, Mr. Himatsingka also took over the mantle of Chairman of the company.

Presently, India Carbon operates 2 Calciners, with the other factory being in Budge Budge, W. Bengal, and is closely associated with 3 other Calciners, 2 in Assam and 1 in Odisha.

In addition, Mr. Himatsingka has been the Chairman of Assam Carbon Products Ltd., since 2000, having been on a Board Member since 1977.

After completing his engineering, in 1973, Mr. Himatsingka joined Assam Carbon as a trainee and subsequently in 1975 was deputed to the company’s new Technical & Financial Collaborators, the Morgan Carbon Ltd., at its flagship company in Swansea, Wales, UK to be trained as a Carbon Technologist and responsible for the successful transfer of technology, know how & show How from the UK to India.
Mr. Himatsingka was in the UK till 1977, and upon return was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of Assam Carbon Products Ltd., and subsequently in 1980 promoted as the Joint Managing Director.

Mr. Himatsingka has been quite active with various Chamber of Commerces, having served on several committees of CII, and was the All India President of the Confederation of Export Units.
He has also been a member of the Institute of Modern Management, Kolkata, and presently the President of Indian Association for Productivity, Quality & Reliability, Chief Patron of Bharat Scouts & Guides, West Kolkata, Member of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Barrackpore, Rotary Club of Calcutta Midtown.

Mr. Himatsingka is deeply involved in Social Welfare especially in the field of Education, Sanitation & Social uplift and is connected closely with several Charitable Trusts namely, ICL Charitable Trust, Mamnav Kalyan Trust, Raghumull Charity Trust, Ghanshyamdas Saraogi Charitable Trust, National Diabetic Association of India as General Secretary, Jan Sevabrata Nidhi Trust and Shree Shyam Seva Nidhi Trust.

Mr. Himatsingka has been an active sportsman and still plays Golf and Tennis and is a member of several Clubs in Kolkata & Delhi.

Liangqiang Du
Liangqiang Du
General Manager - Shandong Lubei Group

With more than 20 years of industry experience, he is now the general manager of international trade of Shandong Lubei Group and has spoken at industry conferences for many times.

Jack Wang
Jack Wang
Commercial Director - Jinan Zhonghai Carbon Co., Ltd.
Apr 2007- Dec 2011 Jining Carbon Group Co., Ltd.
International marketing manager

Dec 2011- Feb 2017 Printemps limited
Senior sales manager

Feb 2017- Apr 2018 Jining Brilliant Consultancy Co., Ltd.
General Manager

Apr 2018- present Jinan Zhonghai Carbon Co., Ltd.
Commercial Director

Cunxiang Pan
Cunxiang Pan
Executive Secretary - Xinjiang Nonferrous Metal Industry Association

After graduating from the University in 1987, Mr. Pan entered the non-ferrous metal industry and has more than 40 years of experience. Mr. Pan has been the director and vice president of the Aluminum Inc. He has published academic papers on national journals and won many awards in the field of science and technology. Mr. Pan is now the executive secretary of the Xinjiang non-ferrous metal industry association, a member of the expert group of the Xinjiang autonomous region security department, Changji. A member of the expert group of the state industry information group.

Chris Li
Chris Li
Deputy General Manager - Sunlight Metal Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd

1994-1998, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Bachelor Degree in Metallurgy;
1998-2001, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Master Degree in Metallurgy;
2001-2003, Beijing Antaike Information Co., Ltd, Market analyst in copper and aluminum;
2003-2011, Alcan International Network Beijing Branch, Manager in charge of international trading and sales of aluminum rolled products, special alumina, bath material and others.
2011-now, Beijing Prospect Metals Trading Co., Ltd. General Manger in charging of introducing new technologies as well as high-tech equipment into Chinese market.

Angela Chen
Angela Chen
Vice President - DQ Carbon Group

After returning to China in 2004 from America, Angela Chen entered the family carbon company Tuhai Carbon as the deputy general manager, in charge of sales and finance. In 2009, she joined DQ Carbon Group as the vice president and was responsible for business operation. From 2012 to 2014, she worked as the deputy manager in a big calcined petroleum coke company, Weifang Lianxing Technology, and was in charge of calcined petroleum coke sales. She has worked for DQ Carbon Group since 2015.

Cuishuang Men
Cuishuang Men
Chief Engineer - SAMI

Cuishuang Men, female, Manchu, born in 1972, member of the Communist Party of China. She is a senior engineer professor, and now she is the chief engineer of the engineering economics office of Shenyang Aluminum Magnesium Design and Research Institute Co., LTD. She is a very well-known technical and economic expert in the aluminum industry.

Wuqin Wei
Wuqin Wei
Senior Analyst - SPIC Aluminum

Wuqin Wei, graduated from Fudan university, master of finance. He is now senior analyst of SPIC Aluminum International trading CO., LTD., He is responsible for the research of electrolytic aluminum industry in the group. He has engaged in industry analysis for many years, and he is very good at integrating quantitative methods into fundamental research. With his profound experience in the research of the electrolytic aluminum market, his publication has been on SASAC and other platforms.

Mark Dorreen
Mark Dorreen
Chief Executive Officer - Energia Potior

Mark holds Bachelors and PhD degrees in Chemical and Materials Engineering, both from the University of Auckland. His PhD was focussed on current efficiency measurement and anode effect gas emissions in the aluminium smelting process.

His 20+ years of experience have covered research and development, technical support and project management in metal production industries. After stints at New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter, Pacific Steel and Chemiplas NZ, Mark returned to the Light Metals Research Centre based at the University of Auckland in 2008 and became Centre Director in 2014. His main smelter based projects for the LMRC involved working in carbon plants and rodding rooms, especially in China with over 30 trips there.  Mark was a lead instructor for LMRC’s industrial training courses delivered at various smelter sites, and also guided the fundamental research programs carried out at the Centre.

For the past several years Mark has led the development and commercialisation of the EnPot shell heat exchanger technology, which originated from LMRC research.  He has also been a key part of the formation and the early life of Energia Potior Ltd, the company responsible for bringing the EnPot technology to smelters worldwide, and was appointed CEO in early 2019.  EnPot enables smelters to modulate their energy consumption and become demand side response providers, enabling a new energy supply dynamic and allowing greater amounts of renewables to be accommodated in energy grids with a corresponding reduction in cost and CO2 footprint.

Michael Wrotniak
Michael Wrotniak
Chief Executive Officer - Aminco Resources

Mr. Wrotniak is currently a Managing Partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Aminco Resources, LLC (Aminco), a privately held commodities trading firm.   Aminco is a merchant of raw materials consumed mainly by the primary aluminum industry with a specific focus on carbon products and bauxite.     By establishing a joint venture with R&D Carbon, a Swiss engineering company as well as creating partnerships with Chinese carbon plants, Mr. Wrotniak established Aminco as a leading export of carbon anodes from China.

In addition to his role at Aminco, Mr. Wrotniak is a member of the Board of Directors of Reading International (Nasdaq: RDI )  – a real estate developer and cinema operator with business interests in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Wrotniak is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP) at their nursing home in the Bronx, New York

Mr. Wrotniak graduated from Georgetown University in 1989 with a B.S.B.A (cum laude).

Ellie Wang
Ellie Wang
Asia Base Metals Editor - Fastmarkets

Ellie Wang has been in the metals industry for nearly ten years. She is the Asia base metals Editor at Fastmarkets, the world’s largest metals price reporting agency, where she manages a team of price reporters in Shanghai and Singapore. Ellie oversees the publication of key price benchmarks in the region, which can be used for settlement in physical and on-exchange contracts. For the aluminium market, this includes a daily fob Australia alumina index, which is referenced in the newly launched LME alumina cash-settled contract, monthly bauxite and calcined pet coke prices and weekly spot aluminium premiums for Japan and South Korea, as well as a number of Chinese domestic prices. Before 2015, Ellie was a senior nickel analyst at SMM in China.

Gerard Sweeney
Gerard Sweeney
President - Rain Carbon Inc.

Gerard (Gerry) Sweeney is President of Rain Carbon Inc., a leading vertically integrated global producer of carbon-based and advanced material products that are essential raw materials for staples of everyday life. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of RAIN Industries Limited, a publicly traded company based in Hyderabad, India.

Mr. Sweeney has more than 30 years of experience with leaders in the industrial carbon industry. Since 2000, he has been instrumental in the global expansion of calcined petroleum coke production throughout Asia and the Middle East, especially China, India and Kuwait. Mr. Sweeney sits on the board of Rain Commodities (USA) Inc., Rain Carbon Inc., and Rain CII Carbon LLC. He also serves on the boards of several local charities and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Sweeney aspires to build the world’s most Resourceful, Reliable and Responsible industrial organization. He leads Rain Carbon Inc. with the belief that leadership means more than being recognized for industry accomplishments and rankings; it means stepping forward and doing the right things for customers, suppliers, employees, the environment, and the communities where we live and work.

Mr. Sweeney holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and finance from Rowan University (formerly Glassboro State College).

Scott McLean
Scott McLean
Director of Coke Products (North America) - BP

Scott McLean is BP’s Director of Coke Products North America with 30 years of experience in the oil and carbon industries. He has spent the past twelve years on the leadership team of BP’s North American coke business located in Huntington Beach, California. He is a graduate from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Scott leads BP’s vision to deliver value that is aligned with customer needs both now and into the future.

BP markets over 1.5 million tons of calcined coke produced primarily from its refineries in Europe and North America as well as over 2 million tons of green coke with full technical service to assist customers maximize value from BP offers.

Songqing Gu
Songqing Gu
Technology Consultant - Chalco

Gu Songqing,Ph.D. & Professor, is working for Chalco as a Technology Consultant.

Dr. Gu graduated from Tsinghua University majoring in Chemical Engineering in 1968. He received Master Degree of Physical Chemistry for Metallurgy in 1982 and Ph.D. of Non-ferrous Metals Metallurgy in 1986.

Dr. Gu’s working experiences mainly focus on R & D for alumina and aluminum production processes, especially energy saving technologies and new processes for the low grade bauxite, sandy alumina production from diasporic bauxite and energy saving aluminum reduction technology etc.

Dr. Gu’s major technology achievements include: High Temperature Double Stream Digestion Process for Bauxite Flotation Concentrates, Lime Bayer Process for High Silica Bauxite, Sandy Alumina Production Technology, Efficient & Intensified Bayer Process, Energy Saving Reduction Technology with Advanced Cell Cathode Structure etc.

Michael Tanchuk
Michael Tanchuk
MT - Business Results

Mr. Tanchuk is an accomplished CEO, business leader, entrepreneur and board member with extensive experience in multiple international businesses including metals, materials, manufacturing and energy. He delivers increased profits and stability through the execution of aggressive, well thought out business plans and stakeholder involvement.
Mr. Tanchuk has had comprehensive profit responsibility for businesses with revenue from $100 million to $1.5 billion in metal processing and mining. He has managed organizations across multiple sites within the United States and in Iceland with employees ranging from 150 – 2500 people. He also directed the start-up of natural gas conversion company.
Mr. Tanchuk has significant experience in implementing world-class reliability and operational improvement processes. He has demonstrated success in increased profitability through margin improvement, market optimization, commodity price risk management, positive community, labor and governmental relations and negotiation of favorable commercial contracts. He has an unending focus on safety and environmental performance with understanding of how to execute world-class safety and waste minimization processes.
Mr. Tanchuk has had operational, engineering and commercial leadership roles in the metals industry with direct responsibility for over 2.25 million metric tons of annual capacity over his career. He held the senior leadership position at Inland Steel, Reynolds Metals Company, Alcoa, Century Aluminum, Ormet Corporation, Summit Natural Gas and Wise Alloys.
Mr. Tanchuk served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ormet Corporation. He also was on the Board of joint ventures with Mitsui, YKK and Trafigura. He completed the Executive Business Program at the University of Washington and earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Bucknell University.

Stephan Broek
Stephan Broek
Director - HATCH

Stephan Broek graduated in Amsterdam (1991) with a degree in Chemical Engineering and completed further studies in Process Technology at the University of Twente (Netherlands). He now has over 28 years’ experience in the field of project engineering, consulting and technology development in the power generation and primary metals sectors, predominantly related to Primary Aluminium.

A member of the Hatch family for over 16 years, Stephan is presently a Director within the Centre of Excellence for Aluminium and based in Mississauga, Canada. He is an all-round specialist in aluminium smelting and responsible for management of projects worldwide related to Reduction, Carbon and Casthouse areas. For example, recently he was project manager for a new 500,000 tpy smelter development in Indonesia for PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero). Stephan is also well known for his expertise in environmental technologies and practices used in aluminium smelters. A good example is the first installation of Chinese GTC technology in a smelter in Iceland that he led during the design, fabrication and delivery stages.

Stephan frequently publishes his work in addition to sharing and collaborating on his knowledge with industry colleagues. He is an award-winning author of technical papers and presents in international conferences such as TMS, ICSOBA and ARABAL. He is a member of the executive committee of the TMS Aluminium Committee that is responsible for the TMS Light Metals program. Together with Professor Margaret Hyland of the University of Auckland, Stephan created and lectures in the successful “TMS Industrial Course for Potline Scrubbing and Fugitive Emissions” that draws professionals from all over the world for a dedicated week of teaching in the smelter environmental field.

Russell Williams
Russell Williams
Mining Consultant - Williams Mining Consulting

Mr. Russell Williams was trained as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Manchester, then worked in manufacturing and then marine engineering in the Royal Navy before moving to Australia.

He spent six years working for the WA Electricity Commission at Muja Power Station then joined Alcoa in 1979, initially in power generation and maintenance.

In an executive capacity Mr. Russell Williams has a thirty-year career with Alcoa where he was involved in management in alumina refineries, then moved to bauxite mining operations then international development of bauxite mining with extensive experience in projects in Guinea, Brazil, Jamaica and others. As Vice President Mining, he was a member of the Suralco Policy Board and on the project side he was responsible for the transition of the original small bauxite resource at Juruti in Brazil to approval for the 700 million ton mine that is now in operation. Mr. Russell Williams also had numerous visits to China, examining joint venture opportunities with Chinese bauxite and alumina companies. Mr. Russell Williams is currently a Project Consultant with CSA Global where he is providing expertise relating to bauxite asset development in Guinea and mineral deposits in Africa.

Ron Knapp
Ron Knapp
Secretary General - International Aluminum Institute

Ron Knapp was appointed Secretary General of the International Aluminium Institute, London in December 2008.

Prior to this, Ron held senior roles in the Australian Aluminium Council, the World Coal Institute (London) and the Minerals Council of Australia.

As the global forum of the world’s aluminium industry, the International Aluminium Institute aims to promote a wider understanding of the value of aluminium and that of its products to society – and industry responsibility in relation to all key sustainability issues . . . environmental, health, safety and recycling.

Monte Zhang
Monte Zhang
China Branch Office Manager - AZ China Ltd.

Monte Zhang, AZ China China Branch Office Manager, has nearly 7 years of experience in non-ferrous metal industry, and has been leading the national development and Reform Commission(NDRC)’s price monitoring center for the compilation of nonferrous metal price index , and has made a speech at the industry conference several times.

June Wang
June Wang
Carbon Market Analyst - AZ China Ltd.

June Wang, officially working with AZ China Limited Company in 2013 and closely monitoring China raw materials markets of aluminium, researching and tracking market for over five years. Writing and proposing physical and feasible insight report for customs. Prior to this, June Wang have over three years’ experience on coal tar and pitch market researching.

Paul Adkins
Paul Adkins
Founder and Managing Director - AZ China Ltd.

Paul Adkins is founder and Managing Director of AZ China Ltd, a leading China-based consultancy on China’s primary aluminium industry.

AZ China provides strategic consulting to those corporations who seek to understand, deal with, and succeed in the China primary aluminium and raw materials markets. AZ China publishes multi-client reports on a weekly and monthly basis, and publishes the AZ China Red Book each quarter. We conduct competitive analyses, gather market intelligence, perform pre-feasibility studies and other high-level consulting.

Our clients include most of the major aluminium companies, raw materials suppliers, trading companies, and commodity analysts.

Our blog, the Black China Blog ( is widely read, with readership from more than 90 countries around the world. Our newsletter the AZ China Almost Daily is rapidly becoming a most important tool for gaining inside knowledge on what is happening in China.

AZ China also holds conferences every 2 years, looking at China’s primary aluminium and related raw materials.

Paul has more than 30 years of experience, including almost 14 years with Alcoa, 5 years with the former Alcan (now part of Rio Tinto) and 4 years with Tomago Aluminium in Australia. Paul holds an MBA from Newcastle University GSM.

Paul is well-known as a controversial and talented speaker at international aluminium conferences, and is a regular guest on the global Reuters Base Metals Forum.



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  1. Registration Desk Open
    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  2. Welcome Reception
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  1. Welcome
    9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
    Monte Zhang, AZ China Ltd
  2. Official Opening of Conference
    9:00 AM - 9:25 AM
  3. Keynote Speaker: The Trend is My Friend – Or Is It?
    9:25 AM - 10:10 AM
  4. Coffee Break
    10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
  5. Panel Session 1: Aluminum Supply and Demand
    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  6. Panel Session 2: Understanding the Developing Aluminum Industry
    11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
  7. Lunch
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  8. Panel Session 3: Technology
    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
  9. Panel Session 4: Bauxite and Alumina
    2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
  10. Coffee Break
    3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
  11. Panel Session 5: Markets
    3:50 PM - 4:30 PM
  12. Panel Session 6: Downstream and Recycling
    4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  13. Close of Day 1
    5:00 PM
  14. Conference Dinner
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  1. Welcome
    9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
    Paul Adkins, AZ China Ltd
  2. Keynote Speaker: MARPOL VI and Green Coke Supply
    9:05 AM - 9:45 AM
  3. Panel Session 1: Anode Coke Supply
    9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
  4. Coffee Break
    10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
  5. Panel Session 2: Calcined Coke
    10:50 AM - 12:00 PM
  6. Lunch
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  7. Keynote Speaker: Anodes
    1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  8. Keynote Speaker: Coal Tar Pitch
    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  9. Panel Session 3: Raw Materials Strategies
    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  10. Close of Conference
    4:00 PM


2012 Conference Attendee

A good size for networking and meeting people.

2014 Conference Attendee

Great to hear from experts who are actually involved the industry in China!

2016 Conference Attendee

This was a great conference. It's much better to have debates than one-way speeches. And the CPC session was excellent.

2018 Conference Attendee

It's nice to see that both domestic and foreign companies participated in the conference.


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Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale

No. 569 Dainchi Road, Kunming, China, 650238
+86 871 6817 7777

A 3-minute walk from a bus stop, this sleek high-rise hotel with a glass facade is 5 km from Yunnan Provincial Museum and 7 km from Green Lake.

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with lake or city views, the elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, microwaves, and tea and coffeemakers. Rooms also offer sitting areas with sofabeds. Upgraded rooms add club lounge access, while suites have kitchens and private saunas. Room service is offered 24/7.

There are 6 restaurants and bars, including Thai and Japanese eateries. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a gym and a spa. There's also a 24-hour business center.

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