The three-day Alumina 2018 International Conference kicked off in Gladstone today, with more than 300 leading industry producers and suppliers in attendance.
The forum’s objective is to bring the world’s alumina producers and customers together to exchange information and work towards more efficient refineries for the future.
In the keynote address Rio Tinto Aluminium Pacific Operations managing director Bruce Cox (below) shared a case study in ever-improving efficiency and responsibility following with the conference theme of Efficiency for the Future.
“Our bauxite to alumina to aluminium supply chain invests A$3.7 billion in Australian wages, suppliers and community contributions every year. We support 5,600 jobs across Australia in our aluminium business including 3,000 right here in Gladstone,” he said.
“This conference provides a unique opportunity for the industry to come together to discuss common challenges including cost reduction, optimisation of raw materials, energy use and the adoption of new technology.
“It is this continual drive for improved efficiency that will ultimately result in a sustained and thriving alumina industry for the future.”
The conference will feature presentations, social functions and industry tours. It will also host an alumina technology roadmap workshop on the final day which will guide research and development in the industry to 2050 and beyond.
This year’s event is the 30th anniversary of the conference and is the second time it has been held in Gladstone.