Dr Mike Clinch
Head of the Materials Development Group,
Innoval Technology Ltd

No Grey Areas: Towards a Genuinely Greener Global Aluminium Industry

This talk will explore recent developments to implement cleaner primary aluminium production while emphasising that this needs to be accompanied by greater adoption of high recycled content alloys. Technology and innovation has a vital role to play in order to advance understanding and verify the performance and integrity of recycled alloys. We will also need to work together collaboratively in order to challenge traditional thinking, develop new standards and overcome barriers to more widespread use of secondary alloys in major industry sectors.


Dr Mike Clinch is Senior Consultant and Materials Development Group Leader at Innoval Technology Ltd, a UK-based consultancy business providing technical support and strategic services to the global aluminium industry and its extended supply chain.

Mike joined Innoval Technology in January 2018. He has responsibility for overseeing the company’s collaborative R&D projects, as well as development work with existing clients.

Mike previously worked at Alcan and Luxfer Group where he held several leadership team positions in technology and innovation, strategic product development at businesses across the UK and USA. He has a BEng in Materials Technology and completed a PhD in Thermomechanical Processing of Aluminium Alloys at the University of Nottingham, UK, after being awarded an Industrial Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Mike has recently been elected Vice President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) where he is also Chair of the Technology Communities Board (TCB). In addition to his role at Innoval Technology and his IOM3 activities, Mike also holds advisory board positions at a number of universities in the UK and USA.