The 6th Biennial AZ China Conference

September 19th – 21st, 2018
Shanghai, China


It is remarkable that the more we work to understand the market dynamics, especially in China, the more it seems we understand less.  Industry participants are spending more and more time and money on market intelligence and analysis, but the more information available, the less clear some aspects seem to be.

The environmental restrictions, Supply Side Reform, China’s place in the international aluminum world, tariffs and quotas, – all these issues seem to cloud the picture, making it difficult for market participants to do their jobs.

AZ China’s 6th Biennial conference will bring clarity and insight to these issues.  AZ China is carefully specifying the conference topics and questions, and selecting the best moderators and panellists to enable you to gain that clarity.  We will be limiting the speeches to a minimum, and maximizing the use of Q&A panels.  You can get your questions answered, and hear the answers from other questions.

In 2018, we are expecting a much larger number of Chinese industry participants, including very senior management people.  We have invited industry and government leaders, and we are expecting a wide variety of participants from all around the world.  Our conferences always attract delegates from North and South America, the Middle East, Russia, Europe and of course Asia, including India and Australia.

As always, we will allow plenty of time for client/supplier meetings, so you can not only get the latest information from the conference, you can check in with your counterparts.

Since our last conference, the market has gone through several volatile times. Our conferences  are your way to stay on top of the issues.

The 6th Biennial Conference, Aluminum and Raw Materials. September 19-21, Sheraton Waigaoqiao.  Or contact Ann at to request a registration form.



Anne Stevenson-Yang is research director of J Capital Research, which generates investment ideas for fund managers. She writes on the Chinese macro economy and listed companies around the world, specializing in tech and internet. Before co-founding J Cap in 2007, Anne was co-founder of a group of Online Media Businesses called Blue Bamboo Ventures. She also founded and operated a CRM software company, Clarity Data Systems, and a publishing company whose flagship magazine is City Weekend. Over 25 years in China, Anne has also worked as an industry analyst and trade advocate. Anne authored the 2013 monograph China Alone: China’s Emergence and Potential Return to Isolation and was a guest lecturer on the Chinese economy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

John R. Auers (, is a 38 year veteran of the petroleum refining industry.  He is currently the Executive Vice President of Turner, Mason & Company, an international energy consulting firm located in Dallas, TX.  He is the team leader of TM&C’s subscription products, including The Crude and Refined Products Outlook and the Worldwide Refinery Construction Outlook. He also leads assignments in the area of refining economics and planning, LP modeling, downstream asset valuation, crude oil valuation and capital investment and strategic planning.  Auers joined the firm in 1987 after 7 years with Exxon Corporation, where he held various positions at its Baytown, Texas, refinery.  He holds a BS (1980) in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA (1984) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  He speaks frequently at various national and international industry workshops and conferences regarding developments in the petroleum industry.  Auers is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Nebraska and is a member of TSPE and AIChE.

Ron Knapp was appointed Secretary General of the International Aluminium Institute, London in December 2008.

Prior to this, Ron held senior roles in the Australian Aluminium Council, the World Coal Institute (London) and the Minerals Council of Australia.

As the global forum of the world’s aluminium industry, the International Aluminium Institute aims to promote a wider understanding of the value of aluminium and that of its products to society – and industry responsibility in relation to all key sustainability issues . . . environmental, health, safety and recycling.


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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Official Opening of the conference

09:00 AM

Key Note speaker

9:15 AM


10:15 AM

Aluminium – China’s place in the aluminium world

– Tariffs, sanctions, WTO, new capacity, international trade 

Panel discussions 

10:30 AM


12:30 PM

Aluminium in China

– Supply Side Reform, The rise of the SOEs, Environmental limitations. Has China’s growth run ended? 

Panel discussions 

2:00 PM


3:30 PM

The future for aluminium

Demand outlook 

Downstream developments 

Scrap and recycling – the new wave 

Technology – 800KA pots 

3:45 PM

Close of day

5:00 PM

Opening Remarks

9:00 AM

Key note speech – MARPOL VI and what it means for the supply of petcoke for the aluminum industry

9:10 AM

Petroleum coke – supply and demand, new capacity, new sectors

9:40 AM


10:15 AM

Calcined Coke Industry Panel 

In 2016, our industry panel was the highlight of the conference, and we look forward to presenting another panel of the leading CPC players for you to interrogate 

10:30 AM


12:00 PM

Anodes – What are the alternatives to supply? What are the risks? Do anode companies have access to scarce supplies of anode coke?

1:30 PM

Coal Tar Pitch – What’s the outlook for supply of pitch?  Where are the pinch points?  Is tar supply the problem?

2:30 PM


3:00 PM

Raw Materials – What is the outlook for supply?

3:15 PM

Close of conference

5:00 PM


AZ China

AZ China is proud to announce its 6th biennial conference.   Covering the world of aluminium and the raw materials, once again we will bring you the latest trends, the most learned opinions and the best thinking. 

Conference fee

We offer an early bird special price of only US$1,250, provided you register before July 1, 2018.  After that date, the price will rise to US$1,800.  Subscribers to AZ China’s monthly reports are eligible for a 10% discount off these prices. 

You can register using the online form, or request a form be sent to you by emailing  In 2018, we have added Credit Card payment facilities, so now it is even easier to register. 


Shanghai is one of the world’s most exciting cities.   It combines history, culture, ultra-modern architecture, art galleries, amazing restaurants, sports facilities and fabulous shopping. 

Are you looking to take a client to a great dinner?   Perhaps your spouse/partner wants to experience Shanghai while you are at the conference?   Perhaps you just want to spend a day taking in the sights.   No matter what you want to do while you are in Shanghai, let us know and we will assist you with the planning and organisation.  There’s so much on offer in Shanghai, it’s a shame not to take in at least some of the city. 


They love it. Read what the previous attendees had to say!

“A good size for networking and meeting people.” – 2012 conference attendee

“Great to hear from experts who are actually involved in the industry in China” – 2014 conference attendee

“This was a great conference.  It’s much better to have debates than one-way speeches.  And the CPC session was excellent.”  – 2016 delegate. 

Where to stay?


28 Jilong Road, China(Shanghai)Pilot Free Trade Zone
Shanghai 200131,P.R.China
t-(86) 21 3121 9999
f-(86) 21 3121 9988

Location: Strategically located in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, the largest economic contributor among the free trade zones in China, the hotel is conveniently connected to Lujiazui Financial District, Expo Center, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and major attractions by several express highways and metro lines.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get to the venue?

Most hotels have an airport pickup service, or you can get a taxi from the airport.   Shanghai also boasts a modern and efficient subway system.

What about accommodation?

The cost of the hotel accommodation and travel is not included in the event fee.

What payment types do you accept?

You can pay by TT.  We will issue you with an invoice/receipt.  Or you can pay by credit card.  Follow this link. 

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

All registrations are non-refundable, unless the event is cancelled by us, in which case we will refund you.

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