Bhubaneswar:The 3-day mega aluminium conference – International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL 2019) was kicked off, here on Thursday. Union mines secretary  Anil Mukim graced the opening day ceremony as the chief guest, in the presence of a galaxy of business leaders and delegates from across the globe and different parts of India descending in Bhubaneswar.

Among others, Aluminium Association of India chairman and Nalco CMD Dr Tapan Kumar Chand, Vietnam ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, Myanmar ambassador Moe Kyaw Aung, state industries principal secretary Sanjeev Chopra, Vedanta CEO Ajay Dikshit, Utkal Alumina International chairmanSuryakanta Mishra, Italy Republic consul general Damiano Fancovigh, Thailand consul general  Sweeya Santipitaks were present on the occasion.

With bullet trains, aerospace, electric vehicles and smart cities set to dominate the next phase of development in emerging economies like India, the spotlight on making aluminium as the metal of choice will be a key focus area in INCAL 2019. Billed as one of the biggest event in the aluminium calendar in Asia, INCAL 2019 will showcase the latest technologies and advancements in the sector.  

Anil Mukim  praised the Indian aluminium industry for showcasing India’s strength in front of a global audience and urged the stakeholders to work towards increasing the domestic consumption of aluminium in a sustainable manner and make aluminium as the metal of choice for the future. He stressed on value addition in the aluminium industry and encouraging the downstream industries in the country. He also urged the industries to address the social and environmental issues and ensure sustainability. 

More than 850 delegates, including 150 foreign delegates from 20 countries including Ambassadors of Vietnam & Myanmar, Consul Generals from Italy, Norway & Thailand, High Commissioners, are participating in the mega Global Summit, where aluminium producers, technologists, equipment suppliers, raw material suppliers from across the globe are participating for developing a roadmap for sustainable aluminium industry vis-à-vis other metals and contributing for green development.

AAI chairman Chand,n said, “INCAL 2019 has a three-pronged strategy to send across a strong message to the stakeholders in the Metal and Aluminium industry. At the international level, we are aiming to project Aluminium as the futuristic metal, at the national level, we are committed to take steps to increase domestic consumption as there is tremendous scope and at the state level, project mineral-rich Odisha as the Aluminium Capital of India.’’     

INCAL is being held in Bhubaneswar for the first time, under the aegis of union mines ministry  and organized by Aluminium Association of India (AAI).

The Conference, besides having a world class program with the theme ‘Making  Aluminium – Driving Growth & Development’ , will deliberate on several key topics and issues of aluminium industry with a special session on downstream prospects and emerging applications of aluminium. This conference is being attended by top executives of global aluminium industries like ALCAN of Canada, CHALIECO & CHINALCO of China, EGA (Emirates Global Aluminium), Rio Tinto of Canada, RUSAL of Russia, Norsk Hydro of Norway etc and equipment suppliers like FL Smidth of Denmark, SMS of Germany, Danielle, ALMEX & Properzi of Italy, Carbone Savoie of France etc.