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Event Overview



For the first time ever this year we took our Int'l Recycled Aluminium Conference to the Middle East and in particular to Dubai. Scrap generation is growing rapidly in the region but of the 400,000 tpy of so of aluminium scrap that arise, 80% is exported. ME speakers at the conference stressed the need for more of this valuable raw material to remain in the Gulf area - more usually associated with primary smelting. The conference brought together a range of representatives from the aluminium recycling loop - traders, secondary smelters, remelters, diecasters, can makers, equipment and technology companies and even the odd primary smelter or two. The overall conclusion was that competition for scrap from all sectors will continue to rise, but as more and more aluminium is used, more scrap will be generated either from the production process or post-consumer. The programme gave an excellent insight into recycling industry dynamics, with strong sessions on canning/UBCs, automotive and technology

Key topics under discussion included:

  • Conversion margins and the bottom line: what makes the difference between sinking or swimming?
  • Chinese industry growth ? will new legislation and rising costs put the brakes on?
  • Scrap flows and availability ? how are these being affected by global manufacturing and demand?
  • Automotive and packaging industry dynamics
  • Repositioning for survival and success ? what options for the merchant and recycler?
  • Sorting, processing and melting innovations for more efficient operation
  • Middle East aluminium industry growth and implications for regional recycling 

The event got off to a great start with a pre-conference visit to Sharif Metals in Sharjah. Sharif Metals is an active exporter of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap out of the Middle East but in Sharjah operates a secondary aluminium smelter and a secondary plant, and is close to opening new smelters in Sharjah and Lebanon.

Attended by:

  • Scrap merchants and traders
  • Secondary smelters and remelters
  • Primary smelters and fabricators
  • Diecasters and canmakers
  • Plant and process suppliers


"Fantastic to have such an event in the GCC where primary production is central to all discussion about the aluminium business" - Frederic Rouyer, Oman Aluminium Industries (OAPIL)

A very well organised, concise conference with great networking opportunities" - Dan Stephenson, ALTEK