Co-organised by Innovation Centre Iceland and Quartz Business Media, the three-day conference was attended by more than 100 delegates and included presentations from industry experts and suppliers.

There was also a small tabletop exhibition, which provided companies such as Mecfor, Sawnode, and VHE with a platform to present their services and products.

The keynote presentation was given by Barry Welch (pictured left) of Welbank Consulting and looked at how the design and production of carbonaceous electrodes match the 21st century requirements for the aluminium smelting industry.

Other sessions focussed on modern rodding plants, anode butts and rod transportation, cleaning and recycling, cathode repair, increasing productivity while decreasing environmental impact, and industry trends.

All presentations sparked great interest from the delegates and the question and answer sessions were lively and informative.

Delegates were also treated to three reception evenings (pictured below); one held at the VHE site included a comedy show on how to “Become Icelandic in 60 Minutes”.

The final day also saw delegates taken on a tour of both the ISAL (Rio Tinto Alcan) and Nordural (Century Aluminium) smelters.

A detailed review of the conference can be found in the July/August issue of Aluminium International Today.

The conference will return to Iceland in May 2017, so we hope to see many more of you there next time!