May 28-29, 2025
Music City Center | Nashville, TN


- Insight on Innovation, Economic Drivers and New Technologies from Transportation to Packaging to Sustainability -

NEW YORK, NY; September 12, 2017 - ALUMINUM USA (ALUMINUM), the event dedicated to the United States aluminum industry, today released the new conference program for 2017. ALUMINUM takes place October 25-26, 2017 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Future Growth of American Cities
Bill Purcell, Vanderbilt University

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Ford’s Use of Aluminum in the F-Series Truck Program
George Luckey, Jr., Ford

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Thin Skins: The Role of Aluminum in Building Façade Technology
Mic Patterson, Schuco USA

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Recent Developments in Aluminum Alloy Billet and Ingot Casting
Olivier Gabis, Wagstaff

12:15: PM - 12:45 PM

Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys: The Next Generation of Additive Manufacturing
Dr. Iver Anderson, Ames Laboratory

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Value Creation from Aluminum Scrap Panel Part 1: Technology Status
Moderator: Diran Apelian, MPI

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Dry Ice Cleaning- Non Destructive, Preventative Maintenance for the Aluminum Industry
Giles Garrison, Cold Jet, LLC

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Aluminum Packaging Seminar
Presented by The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI)

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Value Creation from Aluminum Scrap Panel Part 2: Challenges and Myths
Moderator: Diran Apelian, MPI

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Using Textured Coatings to Improve Efficiencies
Rob Freyvogel, Carbinite Metal Coatings

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Next Generation Mill: How Braidy Industries Transformed  the Aluminum Market
Craig Bouchard, Braidy Industries, Inc.

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Decreasing Thermal Gradients via VDC Tabletop Refractory Design
Jonathan Klesch, Pyrotek

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Reducing Weight with Thin Wall Aluminum Die Castings
Chad Adkins, Frech USA

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Achieving True Press Alignment with Laser Tracking
James Cunningham, CMD - Cunningham Mechanical Design

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM


Thursday, October 26, 2017


Competing in Today's Global Aluminum Market: Featured Panel
Moderator: Joe Benedyk, Ph.D., Editor, Light Metal Age

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Automotive Aluminum Value Proposition Panel
Moderator: Rick Youngblood, TAMA

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Innovative Controls Strategy for Regenerative Furnace Systems
James Checkeye, Bloom Engineering

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Yield Optimization with 3D Optical Surface Inspection
Reinhard Rinn, ISRA PARSYTEC GmbH

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

John Deere's Use of Aluminum
Mohamad El Zein, Deere & Company

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Fundamentals of Aluminum Casting Safely 
Mark Eliopulos, Kaiser Aluminum

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Industrial Traceability Throughout the Aluminum Value Chain with Laser Marking
Paul Creighton and Paul Rochette, Laserax

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Aluminum Extrusion Alloys Selection to Lightweighting Programs
Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

ASI: A Global Initiative and Its Benefit to You
Dr. Fiona Solomon, ASI

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Aluminum Alloys Corrosion Control and Exploitation
Yudie Yuan, Novelis

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Lightweighting Innovations in Aluminum Manufacturing Panel
Sponsored by LIFT: Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

ASI Membership Panel: The Value of ASI to Its Members
Moderator: Dr. Fiona Solomon, ASI

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM



To register for a complimentary ALUMINUM USA Conference and Exhibit Hall Pass, click here.


ALUMINUM USA is the leading exhibition and technical conference for aluminum products, technologies and investments in the United States. ALUMINIUM USA serves as a platform that brings the aluminum industry together every two years. Approximately 2,000 key decision makers 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. Launched in 2015, ALUMINUM USA joins the ALUMINIUM World Trade Fair in Germany (Düsseldorf) and aluminium shows in China (Shanghai), India (Mumbai), the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and Brazil (São Paulo) as the sixth industry event. Follow ALUMINUM USA on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter. For more information, visit


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 aluminium industry is on the production of sustainable and innovative products, including fuel-efficient vehicles, recyclable packaging, greener buildings and modern electronics.