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2020 AEC Management Conference


Tuesday, September 22
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

General Session
The General Session features presentations and speakers that have broad appeal, and provide important information all members should know. Take 5 presentations will be interspersed throughout the program to give members a glimpse at the products and services from select AEC Supplier and Producer members.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Italian Aluminum Industry
Raffaele D'Andrea, Emmebi, SrL
Raffaele D'Andrea presents an overview of COVID-19 and its transmission, addressing the milestones of Italy's coronavirus outbreak and the spread of infection in hardest-hit Northern Italy during the first quarter of 2020 and the Italian Government's response to contain and mitigate the surge in cases.  Mr. D'Andrea examines Italy's national restrictions and regulations put in place to facilitate the re-opening of factories, describing best practices in several aluminum industry plants, from personnel access to factories to smart working.  He highlights Italian aluminum companies' experiences as they navigated and applied the restrictions and regulations that were implemented throughout Italy and discusses how their strategies worked. Mr. D'Andrea concludes with an update on the current status of the COVID-19 situation in the Italian aluminum industry, and he will field your questions on how Italy's aluminum plants have met many challenges to beat COVID-19 so successfully. This is a must-see session that will surely help to guide our way forward in North America!

AEC Update
Jeff Henderson, AEC
AEC President Jeff Henderson will give members an update on the Council's initiatives and provide a glimpse into what members can expect in the year ahead.

Industry Promotion Update
Lynn Brown, AEC Consultant
An update on the activities and progress of the Industry Promotion teams will be covered. The Auto Team's interactive website tool for automotive engineers to learn more about designing with extrusions is being finalized and will be live very soon. The B&C Team has been working on collateral and marketing initiatives to provide architecture and building professionals with more detailed information about extrusions' advantages. These and other items will be highlighted.

Business Excellence/ET 2021 Update
Craig Werner, Werner Extrusion Solutions
Hear about the activities and progress of the Business Excellence Teams, including updates on extrusion education available to all AEC members. Then get an update on the industry's biggest event, the ET Seminar, scheduled for May 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

Fair Trade Update
Robert DeFrancesco, Wiley Law
The lead attorney in our China Trade case will provide an update on the status of our case and review developments on imports from other countries. This session will be a precursor to his more in-depth breakout session on Wednesday.

Aluminum Analysis: CRU's Update on Aluminum Market Fundamentals
Greg Wittbecker, CRU Group North America
Greg Wittbecker, Senior Analyst for CRU North America returns to the Management Conference to offer his insights on the market. A number of key factors will be discussed, not the least of which will be the effects of the pandemic on the industry. Billet supply situation and potential outcomes for the foreseeable future will be discussed.

Wednesday, September 23

Breakout Sessions
Choose the sessions you are most interested in hearing from the following program. Sessions will be recorded - so you won't miss a thing!

Management Issues: Safety & Fair Trade

Session 1:
International Panel Discussion: What it Takes to Beat COVID-19; Raffaele D’Andrea, Emmebi S.r.L., Italy; Joe Jackman, Almag Aluminum Inc., Canada; Bradley Wyatt, Kaiser Aluminum, USA; and Evan Neale, Service Center Metals, USA; Dr. Arianna Michelutti, I.R.C.C.S. Medea, La Nostra Famiglia, Italy
Hear the international extrusion community’s strategies and recommendations on what your company can do to help mitigate COVID-19.  This international panel of aluminum extruders speaks out – from Italy, Canada, and the U.S. to discuss what has worked in their countries at their extrusion plants to manage, mitigate and turn the corner on the novel coronavirus.  The panel also offers comments and perspective from an Italian doctor who has dealt with the pandemic’s human toll first-hand.
Session 2:
Aluminum Extrusion Fair Trade Case Update; Robert DeFrancesco, Wiley Law
Robert will go into greater detail about:
  • Our preparations for next year’s Sunset Review for our China trade orders
  • Trade & Industry data about the impacts we are feeling from imported extrusions from other countries
  • Review of the options available to us to address these challenges
Session 3:
Section 232 Update and the Path Forward; Matthew McConkey & Warren Payne, Mayer Brown; Jeff Henderson, AEC
Our attorneys for the Section 232 case will provide an update on the Aluminum Section 232 tariff measures and perspectives from Washington D.C. They will examine changes in the 232, including modifications to the exclusion process. Then, AEC President Jeff Henderson will summarize the views heard from our trade attorneys and discuss the best options in preparation for the Sunset Review. More than 10 countries have been identified as creating injury to our market. Many of them have a unique story. So, with a ‘one size fits all’ strategy unavailable, what do we agree is this the best path forward? Plan to join this interactive meeting so we can discuss this critical issue.

Business Excellence

Session 1:
Thermomechanical Processing and Temperature Measurement; Richard Dickson, Hydro
Richard will cover the impact of improving temperature control on the extrusion process.  He will link the reduction in variability of process temperatures, both directly with increased productivity, but also through opportunities to utilize improved die designs and alloy selection.

Systems and tools for measuring temperature variability will be shown, as will some tips on reducing variability.
Session 2:
Keeping Up: a Short Refresher on Extrusion Press Maintenance; Al Kennedy, Kennedy Eurotech
As professionals, we are constantly challenged to refresh our know-how and learn what’s new in our field. To address these needs, in this webinar we offer our take on the following topics:
  • How maintenance can impact press productivity
  • Some basic principles of maintenance management
  • Press alignment
  • A review of metallurgical issues and dealing with press fatigue failures
  • A few ideas for controlling energy cost
  • Technical tools: thermal imaging
Everyone involved in maintenance – technician, manager, production chief – will find something of interest in this session.
Session 3:
Virtual Reality Training Engages Learners with On-the-Job Scenarios; John McDougall; TrainPoint VR
Virtual reality is increasingly used in employee training programs; TrainPoint VR (Virtual Reality) defines the differences between virtual and augmented reality. The speakers will present the specifics of their virtual reality training platform, citing examples of the many types of training benefits VR can perform and the metrics that can be captured. VR training module demonstrations show why this virtual experience is found so valuable to the learning process and how it can be applied to teams at your facilities.  John will take Live Q&A to conclude this presentation.

Industry Promotion

Session 1:
Attracting and Developing Critical Talent for Growth; Chuck Stout, Pennex Aluminum; John Zehentbauer, Mahoning County Career Center; Jessica A. Borza, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition
One of the core mandates of the Academic Engagement Team is to help members acquire and develop talent that is critical for targeted growth particularly as more advanced manufacturing processes are added to downstream operations. With this goal as a backdrop, Pennex Aluminum in collaboration with a local technical school and a regional manufacturing coalition has developed a "balanced learning" program in robotics that has just been launched. Learn how this initiative was undertaken, how it works, benefits achieved for the various constituents and learnings that you can leverage to create a similar program successfully in your own geographic area.
Session 2:
Building & Construction Market Outlook; Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America
Ken Simonson has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries. Ken will provide his outlook for the commercial construction market, offering the extrusion industry insights into what may lie ahead.
Session 3:
Transportation Market Insights: Moving Beyond Auto; Alex Woodrow, Knibb, Gormezano and Partners
UK based Knibb, Gormezano and Partners (KGP) provides consultancy services to the automotive and related industries worldwide. After providing a brief update on the automotive market, we’ll hear what KGP is seeing in technology trends in other transportation-related markets, including commercial trucks, off-road vehicles, and farm equipment.