NASHVILLE, TN; September 30, 2019 – ALUMINUM USA (ALU USA), the event dedicated to all aspects of the aluminum industry, and presented in partnership with The Aluminum Association, wrapped up the 2019 edition. ALUMINUM USA is the first in the US to cover the entire value chain from upstream (mining, smelting) via midstream (casting, rolling, extrusion) to downstream (finishing, fabrication). The industry’s Event for All Things Aluminum featured two action-packed days with leading exhibits, demonstrations and a no-cost conference focused on raw materials, extrusion, semi-finished and finished products, surface treatment and producers of machinery, plant and equipment for aluminum processing and manufacturing.
“ALU USA brought together 1900 key industry professionals and 286 leading suppliers, representing a 27% and 24% increase over 2017,” said Michael Mandl, Group Vice President. “We are delighted to deliver an event where exhibitors and attendees connected, shared knowledge and saw complete solutions from upstream to downstream first-hand. This year marked a return to Nashville’s Music City Center, offering an expanded show floor of 37,000+ square feet for exhibition and event space. The larger show footprint enabled us to bring more leading suppliers to the show and add new technology networking opportunities based on Extrusion, Raw Materials and Semi-Finished Products. We appreciate the continued support of the aluminum industry and look forward to connecting again in 2021.”
The ALUMINUM USA 2019 Technical Conference Program will address all aspects of the aluminum value stream, including concepts such as additive manufacturing, materials selection and management, additive manufacturing, and industry and economic drivers. Industry experts delivered technical presentations and panel discussions designed to advance knowledge and share expertise across the aluminum value chain. To view the complete conference schedule, click here.
- The biennial industry gathering coincided with expert workshops from the Aluminum Association, “Two-Day Casthouse Safety” and “Aluminum Design and Lightweighting Solutions”. The new Design and Lightweighting session included, in-depth presentations on alloy designations, common alloy uses and applications, types of corrosion, surface cleaning and coating, casting techniques and more.
- Joe Govrea, Vice President of Research-Metals and Minerals, IIR-Industrial Info Resources, shared insight and data on the industrial market forecast and aluminum spending.
- Nadine Bloxsome, Editor of Aluminium International Today, focused a panel discussion on how the industry is developing smarter technologies across the supply chain and the challenges manufacturers are experiencing in the race to become Industry 4.0 compliant.
- “Global Foil Markets-Growth and Sustainability” provided insight on aluminum foil growth opportunities; covering packaging and technical applications, with a focus on foils' contribution to sustainable production and consumption.
- David Parken, Head of Projects and Engineering, Primetas Technologies, opened the conference with a session on how product quality and contribution factors affecting downstream quality and environmental concerns.
- New for 2019, the Aluminum Extruders Council’s “2nd Edition of the Extrusion Design University” featured presentations covering aluminum extrusion design, applications, and technology focused on expanding aluminum extrusion knowledge.
A gallery of photos from this year’s event is available for viewing here. Interested in exhibiting at ALUMINUM USA 2021? Learn more at www.ALUMINUM-US.com.
2021 ALUMINUM USA – Save the Date
The 2021 ALUMINUM USA show is scheduled for September 1-2, in Louisville, Kentucky. Visit www.ALUMINUM-US.com for more information.
About ALUMINUM USA
ALUMINUM USA is the leading exhibition and conference for all things aluminum: products, technologies and investments in the United States. ALUMINUM USA serves as a platform that brings the aluminum industry together every two years. Approximately 1,500 industry professionals, including decision-makers from aluminium manufacturing and processing, distributors and industry associations look for new solutions and technologies from leading suppliers of raw materials semi-finished and finished products, surface treatment and producers of machinery, plant and equipment for aluminum processing and manufacturing. Follow ALUMINUM USA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. For more information, visit www.aluminum-us.com.
About The Aluminum Association
The Aluminum Association represents US and foreign companies and their suppliers along the entire value chain – from primary production to intermediate goods to recycling. As the leading voice of the industry, the association supports members with global standards, corporate analyses and sustainability developments. The focus of the US aluminum industry is on the production of sustainable and innovative products, including fuel-efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics.