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Nancy Molenda

ET Seminar Committee Invites Maurice H. Roberts Award Nominations

October 17, 2019; Wauconda, Illinois -- The ET Seminar Committee, through the ET Foundation and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), currently is inviting nominations for the Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Committee.  The namesake of this high honor, Maurice Roberts, was a pioneer in the aluminum extrusion industry and one of the founders of the International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminars – also known as the ET Seminars.

Established by the ET Seminar Committee in 1984, the Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence has been presented seven times at the past 11 ET Seminars, given to a professional whose accomplishments and contributions to the aluminum extrusion industry have been deemed exceptional. The first recipient was Maurice Roberts to reflect his outstanding contributions to the entire aluminum extrusion industry. Other recipients of the Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence have include Chairman Emeritus of the ET Seminar Committee Robert “Bob” Werner, Werner Company (1988); Roy Fellom, Light Metal Age (1992); Ivar Hafsett, Norsk Hydro (1996); Donn Sanford, Aluminum Extruders Council (2000); James Sanderson, Kaiser Aluminum (2012); and Craig Werner, Kaiser Aluminum (2016).
Nominees for the award should exhibit the following traits and characteristics:

  • Industry Impact – should have made a significant positive impact on the worldwide aluminum extrusion industry
  • Benevolent Teacher – demonstrated track record of giving freely of what they’ve learned so that others who follow may benefit
  • Personal Contribution – should be personally involved and “not afraid to get their hands dirty”
  • Qualified – should have expertise that benefits the aluminum extrusion industry, that it need not necessarily be technical
  • Leader – should inspire followers and be recognized in the industry.

The ET Seminar Committee will accept nominations through December 31, 2019. Those interested in nominating a prospective candidate can do so by downloading the Nomination Form for Maurice H. Roberts Award from the ET’20 website at   
Winner(s) of the award will be announced at the Twelfth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition - ET ’20, scheduled for May 19-21, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel, Orlando, Florida, USA.  For program and registration information, visit

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About the ET Seminar
The International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar is the world's longest-running educational event devoted to all facets of the aluminum extrusion industry, including aluminum profile production, die design and technology, metallurgy, equipment, and product applications. Founded in 1969, the ET Seminar will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019. The global technical seminar attracts industry professionals from more than 50 countries. ET ‘20 is produced by the Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation (ET Foundation) in cooperation with the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC). Learn more at and follow the event on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

About the ET Foundation
The Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation has been established for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes to develop, promote, provide, and fund education and research related to aluminum extrusion processes and technologies. For more information, contact the ET Foundation or visit

About AEC
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is a progressive trade association dedicated to advancing the effective use of aluminum extrusion in North America. AEC is committed to bringing comprehensive information about extrusion's characteristics, applications, environmental benefits, design and technology to users, product designers, engineers and the academic community. Further, AEC is focused on enhancing the ability of its members to meet the emerging demands of the market through sharing knowledge and best practices. For more information, visit and follow AEC on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.