Purchase a conference pass before August 1, 2019 to avail our Early Bird pricing!
Purchase a conference pass before August 1, 2019 to avail our Early Bird pricing!

The aluminum world is fracturing, but it's only in understanding each other and working together that the solutions will work.

Join us this September 16-18 in Kunming, China for our 2019 aluminum conference. Reserve your seat now.



To download the conference app, scan the QR Code on this page or click this link. Enter the code for our conference – which you will receive after registering, and you are ready to go!

Inside the app, you will find that the menu covers just about everything we could think of.  You can see a list of speakers and panellists, and the complete program is there.  We have provided a section for you to post questions on a topic, and there’s the ability to message other participants.  You can schedule meetings and make sure you don’t miss important sessions, and there’s a map of Shanghai and a list of nearby restaurants.

We particularly recommend you review the subjects and topics, and fire in your questions.  Or if there’s a speaker/panelist you especially want to quiz, you can send in your questions.  If the speakers and panelists have your questions up front, they can prepare more complete answers for you.

If you have any trouble using the app, simply email our man in charge of all things technical – Ian.  You can reach him at ian@az-china.com.

Scan this QR code!


As the market prepares with new shipping freight rates, and with vessels starting to stop for cleaning of fuel tanks, it’s the last chance to assess the unfolding of this new reality before it takes effect. What will the spread be between the old fuel and the new fuel, and what will it mean for the supply and price of anode coke?

Goodbye to the old reality

No longer is China the runaway producer of primary aluminum. The government has capped capacity at 45 million tons. But what about demand growth? What about the rest of the world?  With virtually no new smelter projects for the next few years, RoW needs some metal from China.  What happens to metal prices in this situation?

Environmental Constraints

Are environmental constraints the new norm?  We have now had two winters with varying levels of restrictions.  Can we expect this to continue?  Will the economy be more important than the environment, as it seemed in 2018, or will the restrictions be tougher?


Scott McLean
Scott McLean
Director of Coke Products (North America) - BP

Scott McLean is BP’s Director of Coke Products North America with 30 years of experience in the oil and carbon industries. He has spent the past twelve years on the leadership team of BP’s North American coke business located in Huntington Beach, California. He is a graduate from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. Scott leads BP’s vision to deliver value that is aligned with customer needs both now and into the future.

BP markets over 1.5 million tons of calcined coke produced primarily from its refineries in Europe and North America as well as over 2 million tons of green coke with full technical service to assist customers maximize value from BP offers.

Gu Songqing
Gu Songqing
Technology Consultant - Chalco

Gu Songqing,Ph.D. & Professor, is working for Chalco as a Technology Consultant.

Dr. Gu graduated from Tsinghua University majoring in Chemical Engineering in 1968. He received Master Degree of Physical Chemistry for Metallurgy in 1982 and Ph.D. of Non-ferrous Metals Metallurgy in 1986.

Dr. Gu’s working experiences mainly focus on R & D for alumina and aluminum production processes, especially energy saving technologies and new processes for the low grade bauxite, sandy alumina production from diasporic bauxite and energy saving aluminum reduction technology etc.

Dr. Gu’s major technology achievements include: High Temperature Double Stream Digestion Process for Bauxite Flotation Concentrates, Lime Bayer Process for High Silica Bauxite, Sandy Alumina Production Technology, Efficient & Intensified Bayer Process, Energy Saving Reduction Technology with Advanced Cell Cathode Structure etc.

Michael Tanchuk
Michael Tanchuk
MT - Business Results

Mr. Tanchuk is an accomplished CEO, business leader, entrepreneur and board member with extensive experience in multiple international businesses including metals, materials, manufacturing and energy. He delivers increased profits and stability through the execution of aggressive, well thought out business plans and stakeholder involvement.
Mr. Tanchuk has had comprehensive profit responsibility for businesses with revenue from $100 million to $1.5 billion in metal processing and mining. He has managed organizations across multiple sites within the United States and in Iceland with employees ranging from 150 – 2500 people. He also directed the start-up of natural gas conversion company.
Mr. Tanchuk has significant experience in implementing world-class reliability and operational improvement processes. He has demonstrated success in increased profitability through margin improvement, market optimization, commodity price risk management, positive community, labor and governmental relations and negotiation of favorable commercial contracts. He has an unending focus on safety and environmental performance with understanding of how to execute world-class safety and waste minimization processes.
Mr. Tanchuk has had operational, engineering and commercial leadership roles in the metals industry with direct responsibility for over 2.25 million metric tons of annual capacity over his career. He held the senior leadership position at Inland Steel, Reynolds Metals Company, Alcoa, Century Aluminum, Ormet Corporation, Summit Natural Gas and Wise Alloys.
Mr. Tanchuk served as a member of the Board of Directors of Ormet Corporation. He also was on the Board of joint ventures with Mitsui, YKK and Trafigura. He completed the Executive Business Program at the University of Washington and earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Bucknell University.

Stephan Broek
Stephan Broek
Director - HATCH

Stephan Broek graduated in Amsterdam (1991) with a degree in Chemical Engineering and completed further studies in Process Technology at the University of Twente (Netherlands). He now has over 28 years’ experience in the field of project engineering, consulting and technology development in the power generation and primary metals sectors, predominantly related to Primary Aluminium.

A member of the Hatch family for over 16 years, Stephan is presently a Director within the Centre of Excellence for Aluminium and based in Mississauga, Canada. He is an all-round specialist in aluminium smelting and responsible for management of projects worldwide related to Reduction, Carbon and Casthouse areas. For example, recently he was project manager for a new 500,000 tpy smelter development in Indonesia for PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Persero). Stephan is also well known for his expertise in environmental technologies and practices used in aluminium smelters. A good example is the first installation of Chinese GTC technology in a smelter in Iceland that he led during the design, fabrication and delivery stages.

Stephan frequently publishes his work in addition to sharing and collaborating on his knowledge with industry colleagues. He is an award-winning author of technical papers and presents in international conferences such as TMS, ICSOBA and ARABAL. He is a member of the executive committee of the TMS Aluminium Committee that is responsible for the TMS Light Metals program. Together with Professor Margaret Hyland of the University of Auckland, Stephan created and lectures in the successful “TMS Industrial Course for Potline Scrubbing and Fugitive Emissions” that draws professionals from all over the world for a dedicated week of teaching in the smelter environmental field.

Russell Williams
Russell Williams
Mining Consultant - Williams Mining Consulting

Mr. Russell Williams was trained as a Mechanical Engineer at the University of Manchester, then worked in manufacturing and then marine engineering in the Royal Navy before moving to Australia.

He spent six years working for the WA Electricity Commission at Muja Power Station then joined Alcoa in 1979, initially in power generation and maintenance.

In an executive capacity Mr. Russell Williams has a thirty-year career with Alcoa where he was involved in management in alumina refineries, then moved to bauxite mining operations then international development of bauxite mining with extensive experience in projects in Guinea, Brazil, Jamaica and others. As Vice President Mining, he was a member of the Suralco Policy Board and on the project side he was responsible for the transition of the original small bauxite resource at Juruti in Brazil to approval for the 700 million ton mine that is now in operation. Mr. Russell Williams also had numerous visits to China, examining joint venture opportunities with Chinese bauxite and alumina companies. Mr. Russell Williams is currently a Project Consultant with CSA Global where he is providing expertise relating to bauxite asset development in Guinea and mineral deposits in Africa.

Ron Knapp
Ron Knapp
Secretary General - International Aluminum Institute

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.

Monte Zhang
Monte Zhang
China Branch Office Manager - AZ China Ltd.

Monte Zhang, AZ China China Branch Office Manager, has nearly 7 years of experience in non-ferrous metal industry, and has been leading the national development and Reform Commission(NDRC)’s price monitoring center for the compilation of nonferrous metal price index , and has made a speech at the industry conference several times.

June Wang
June Wang
Carbon Market Analyst - AZ China Ltd.

June Wang, officially working with AZ China Limited Company in 2013 and closely monitoring China raw materials markets of aluminium, researching and tracking market for over five years. Writing and proposing physical and feasible insight report for customs. Prior to this, June Wang have over three years’ experience on coal tar and pitch market researching.

Paul Adkins
Paul Adkins
Founder and Managing Director - AZ China Ltd.

Paul Adkins is founder and Managing Director of AZ China Ltd, a leading China-based consultancy on China’s primary aluminium industry.

AZ China provides strategic consulting to those corporations who seek to understand, deal with, and succeed in the China primary aluminium and raw materials markets. AZ China publishes multi-client reports on a weekly and monthly basis, and publishes the AZ China Red Book each quarter. We conduct competitive analyses, gather market intelligence, perform pre-feasibility studies and other high-level consulting.

Our clients include most of the major aluminium companies, raw materials suppliers, trading companies, and commodity analysts.

Our blog, the Black China Blog (www.az-china.com/blackchinablog) is widely read, with readership from more than 90 countries around the world. Our newsletter the AZ China Almost Daily is rapidly becoming a most important tool for gaining inside knowledge on what is happening in China.

AZ China also holds conferences every 2 years, looking at China’s primary aluminium and related raw materials.

Paul has more than 30 years of experience, including almost 14 years with Alcoa, 5 years with the former Alcan (now part of Rio Tinto) and 4 years with Tomago Aluminium in Australia. Paul holds an MBA from Newcastle University GSM.

Paul is well-known as a controversial and talented speaker at international aluminium conferences, and is a regular guest on the global Reuters Base Metals Forum.



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  1. Registration Desk Open
    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  2. Welcome Reception
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  1. Welcome
    9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
    Monte Zhang, AZ China Ltd
  2. Official Opening of Conference
    9:00 AM - 9:25 AM
  3. Keynote Speaker: The Trend is My Friend – Or Is It?
    9:25 AM - 10:10 AM
  4. Coffee Break
    10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
  5. Panel Session 1: Aluminum Supply and Demand
    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  6. Panel Session 2: Understanding the Developing Aluminum Industry
    11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
  7. Lunch
    12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  8. Panel Session 3: Technology
    2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
  9. Panel Session 4: Bauxite and Alumina
    2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
  10. Coffee Break
    3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
  11. Panel Session 5: Markets
    3:50 PM - 4:30 PM
  12. Panel Session 6: Downstream and Recycling
    4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  13. Close of Day 1
    5:00 PM
  14. Conference Dinner
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  1. Welcome
    9:00 AM - 9:05 AM
    Paul Adkins, AZ China Ltd
  2. Keynote Speaker: MARPOL VI and Green Coke Supply
    9:05 AM - 9:45 AM
  3. Panel Session 1: Anode Coke Supply
    9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
  4. Coffee Break
    10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
  5. Panel Session 2: Calcined Coke
    10:50 AM - 12:00 PM
  6. Lunch
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  7. Keynote Speaker: Anodes
    1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  8. Keynote Speaker: Coal Tar Pitch
    2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  9. Panel Session 3: Raw Materials Strategies
    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  10. Close of Conference
    4:00 PM


2012 Conference Attendee

A good size for networking and meeting people.

2014 Conference Attendee

Great to hear from experts who are actually involved the industry in China!

2016 Conference Attendee

This was a great conference. It's much better to have debates than one-way speeches. And the CPC session was excellent.

2018 Conference Attendee

It's nice to see that both domestic and foreign companies participated in the conference.


If you are an AZAD Newsletter subscriber, you are eligible for a 10% discount! Contact Paul to get your discount code.

Full Conference Pass

$ 1800
3-Day Pass

One Day Pass

$ 1200
Choose day to attend (September 17 or 18)


Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale

No. 569 Dainchi Road, Kunming, China, 650238
+86 871 6817 7777

A 3-minute walk from a bus stop, this sleek high-rise hotel with a glass facade is 5 km from Yunnan Provincial Museum and 7 km from Green Lake.

Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with lake or city views, the elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, microwaves, and tea and coffeemakers. Rooms also offer sitting areas with sofabeds. Upgraded rooms add club lounge access, while suites have kitchens and private saunas. Room service is offered 24/7.

There are 6 restaurants and bars, including Thai and Japanese eateries. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a gym and a spa. There's also a 24-hour business center.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

We recommend Bespoke Travel Company who will assist you with the planning and organisation.

Any other questions? Please feel free to write to us at conference@az-china.com.

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Industry experts, genuine debates– not one-way PPTs, plenty of time for meeting counterparts. And a field trip to a smelter. You need to be at this year’s conference.

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