AZ China Virtual Conference



16 - 18 NOVEMBER 2021

This is the closest you get to Aluminium in China. We are the only analysts who write on the Chinese market from inside China with a Western point of view.

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Our conference this year brings industry leaders and many sought-after speakers from China and the world. The topics are focused on the long-term outlook for the metal in a world focused on climate change, green aluminum and recovering from COVID-19.

We will take you past the short-term “noise”, we will look at the bigger picture and the role that the international aluminium industry plays in it.

  1. Live Keynote sessions
  2. Live streaming of breakthrough thought presentations
  3. Live and interactive panel discussions and polls with leaders of the industry
  4. Live Q&A for up to 24 hours to keep the momentum and fit most time zones
  5. Meet and video chat with the speakers in the dedicated speakers’ lounge

Our virtual platform offers you a real-life conference experience with bite-size chunks of content for three days with live presentations, interactive panel discussions and Q&A sessions for up to 24 hours.

  1. Sessions played to suit global time zones. Every session will be run twice, to match your time zone.
  2. Personalise your platform, take notes, collect business cards, mark sessions, link to your calendar, get notifications and fill your delegate bag with your selected documents and contacts.
  3. Event Bag: collect business cards, catalogues, your notes taking, and a valuable virtual gift from AZ China.
  4. Help Desk: we will assist you 24 hours a day throughout the conference days.

You will be able to meet, chat, and network with like-minded people over the latest and most controversial topics and discuss the future of our industry with people from all over the world through:

  1. Focused break-out room discussions following the panel discussions with selected delegates.
  2. Interactive exhibition area live chat, video conferencing, exchanging business cards.
  3. Happy virtual hours to mingle and network virtually in different break-out rooms and discuss topics of interest.
  4. Easy booking of appointments and board room meetings.
  5. Find people and Network with online delegates, book meetings, live video chat, connect through private chats, join public feeds and workshops, and share business cards.


Peek Into The Agenda

The detailed version will be updated soon with timings, speakers, and discussion points.

Keep visiting our website for more details or pre-register to receive them directly to your email. You may also contact us directly.

  1. In many ways, it seems we are on the cusp of an amazing new world. There are all sorts of developments happening, from flying cars to 3D printed human organs, to Artificial Intelligence machines replacing us, to the Internet of Things. What is the world going to look like in 2030?  What are our lives going to be like? What do these future developments mean for aluminium?
  1. What can we learn from the past? On one hand, China has not always enjoyed great success in establishing assets in overseas countries.  Some studies have suggested that as many as one third of Chinese ventures in foreign countries fail. But equally, foreign investment in or about China has also had a rocky road, perhaps culminating in the takeover of Alcan by Rio Tinto in 2008. The past is a tough teacher, but will the future bring new lessons in success, or a painful relearning of the past?
  1. AZ China’s recent White Paper on Green Aluminium raises serious questions about the industry’s ability to truly go green, outside China as well as inside. For as long as a smelter uses fossil fuel sources for its electricity, every other improvement it can make, adds very little to its credentials. Is the end user aware that there is little that the industry can do to eliminate carbon emissions from its existing structure?  The industry needs to outpace the rapidly approaching forces of government intervention and the increasing demands for sustainable metal. Can the industry win this race, inside and outside China?
  1. China has imposed a cap of 45 million tons on its domestic aluminium industry. As the market approaches this ceiling, how will China’s smelters respond? What are their options?  Will the government relax the policy? Will China be forced to import more metal as demand outstrips supply? Will the industry be forced to locate new capacity in other countries?
  1. China’s oil refineries are either switching to production processes that don’t produce petcoke, or using crude oils that make fuel grade petcoke. With demand for anode coke set to rise in the near term, what are China’s options and how will it make enough anodes to meet demand?  What does that mean for the international market? Will China be forced to increase its imports of anode coke, and if so, why should calcined coke buyers bother buying from China?
  1. Technology is increasingly impacting the aluminium process. Is technology providing the answers that the aluminium industry needs? or is the industry being left behind by technology? The industry has everything from energy reduction and modulation solutions to the inert anode but are these enough or does the industry need new solutions on top of these? What are the interesting developments in Norway, Russia, Quebec, the Middle East and China?
  1. Alumina pricing models inside and outside China need improvement. Within China, the SHFE has a plan to introduce an Alumina Futures index. How will this work and what will be the outcomes for the market? Outside China, there are allegations that the API is being manipulated. Is it true, and what will happen?
  1. The rise in sea freight rates this year has caught most people by surprise.  But is it a blip – a reaction after the quiet months of 2020, or is it the start of a new long-term trend in high shipping costs?
  1. China has already established operational assets in foreign countries over many years. In the aluminium sector alone, China has been active in Guinea, Indonesia, Australia and in the Caribbean. Not to mention technology sales to countries such as Kazakhstan and into West Africa. But outbound investment is a difficult path, especially for Chinese companies. There are numerous hurdles to climb, including different labour laws, environmental laws, as well as cultural and language differences. Looking “Beyond the Horizon”, where will future Chinese investment be? Will we see alumina refineries and smelters in Guinea?  Will Indonesian electricity be harnessed for future Chinese plants? What about other places in West Africa, South East Asia and South and Central America?
  1. The downstream sector will be playing a much more important role in the future, as China transitions to a consumer-led economy.  We will start by looking at the consumption sectors and where each of them is going.  As part of this, it is important to identify where the weaknesses are, whether it is in over- or under-capacity, as well as the ability of the downstream sector to reduce emissions as well as make better use of secondary aluminium.
  1. China MUST improve its use of secondary metal if it is to survive primary metal restrictions. What is the status of China’s recycling and remelting capability? If China transitions to increased disposable aluminium, are the systems in place to capture the metal and bring it back into the metal stream? What is happening with China’s regulations on the import of scrap? Is there any sign that China will move to a nationally-focused scrap recycling and re-use reality?
  1. At every AZ China conference since 2008, we have had the leaders of the calcined coke industry come together to discuss the market and industry trends. This year will be no different. CEOs and top-level executives will join this panel discussion to shape the future of our industry: views on green coke supply, China’s demand for coke, Developments at oil refineries and their role in an “inert anode” world, Global supply, demand, quality, and pricing issues.


Attracting people from all over the world to discuss aluminium in China and the future of the industry. Rated as one of the best aluminium conferences worldwide and the best platform connecting the world with China aluminium industry.

Companies who previously attended AZ China Conferences:

Aiken Carbon (China) Co.LtdGoa Petcoke Consultancy ServicesMC Zhejiang Anode Solutions Co., Ltd.Xiamen Gold Investment Co., Ltd.
Alubase Industry Co.,LtdGuangdong Mingheng Supply Chain Co., Ltd.Metro Mining Limited, Beijing OfficeXiamen ITG Holding Group Co., Ltd.
Alufer Mining LimitedGuangxi Baise Mining Group Co.,LtdMinmetals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.Xiamen Xiangyu Super Chain Development Co., Ltd.
Aminco ResourcesGuangxi Investment Group Yinhai Aluminum Co.NFCXinjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metals Co
Anshun Huangguoshu Aluminum Co., Ltd.Guomao Qirun Capital Management Co.Orient Futures Company LimitedXinjiang Hongrui Aluminum Co., Ltd.
AZ China LtdHangzhou Jinjiang GroupPetrobras SingaporeXinjiang Nonferrous Metal Industry Association
BPHatchRain CarbonXinjiang Nongliushi Xinfa Aluminum Co.
Business ResultsHatch Engineering Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.SAMIXinjiang Qiya Aluminum Electric Co., Ltd.
C&D (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.Henan Huading Industrial Co., Ltd.SEC CarbonXinjiang Shenhuo Coal Power Co., Ltd.
C&D Logistics (Tianjin) Co., Ltd.Hydro AluminumShandong Guoyu International Trading Co.Xinjiang Shuntai Aluminum Co., Ltd.
C&D Logistics Group Co.,LtdIndia Carbon LimitedShandong Hanjiang Aluminum Sales Co.Xinjiang Tianlong Mining Co., Ltd.
Chalco International Trading Group Co.Inner Mongolia Huomeihongjun Aluminum Power Co.Shandong Lubei GroupXinjiang Zhonghe Aluminum Co., Ltd.
Chengtun Mining GroupInner Mongolia Mengtai Goup Co., Ltd.Shandong Nanshan Longkou Donghai AluminaYuanda Flow Resources Co., Ltd.
China Hongqiao Group Co., Ltd.International Aluminium InstituteShanghai Xintou International Supply Chain Co., Ltd.Yucheng Hengchang Carbon Co.Ltd
CITIC Metals Co., Ltd.Jinan Aohai Charcoal Co. LtdSinoway CarbonYunnan Aluminium Co., Ltd.
CNIAJinghuicheng (Shanghai) TradingSPIC Aluminum International Trading Co.Yunnan Yongshun Aluminum Co., Ltd.
Dalian Free Petrochemical Trading Co., Ltd.Jinjiang GroupSumitomo Corporation (China) Holding LtdZhejiang Xinyue Group
DQ Carbon Group LimitedKeda (Anhui) Clean Energy Co., Ltd.Sunlight Metal Consulting (Beijing) Co., Ltd.Zhejiang Yongan Guofu Industrial Co.
Energia Potior LimitedKoppersUC RUSALZhenjiang Carbon Products Co., Ltd.
FastmarketsLianyungang Linhai New Material Co.Williams Mining ConsultingZibo Rundi Aluminum Industry Co.
Goa CarbonLvliang Hongchen Commercial & Trading Co., Ltd.Wuhan Zhouzheng Industry and Trade Co. 


By sponsoring the AZ China Virtual Conference, you will avail a number of networking and branding opportunities that will 

  • Direct access to a niche audience that otherwise you would not have access to;
  • Marketing value and raising brand awareness; and
  • A way to boost your new plans, products, and CSR activities.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact [email protected]

Previous Sponsors



AZ China Limited was established in 2006. Our diverse team is comprised of consulting and industry experts with over 40 years of experience. Although we have a strong aluminium background, we also have expertise in a broad range of sectors, with skills ranging from chemical engineering to economics.

Mr. Paul Adkins is the Founder and Managing Director of AZ China Ltd. and has many years of experience in the aluminium industry. He previously worked for Alcoa, Alcan Australia, and Tomago Aluminium. At the end of 2004, Alcan appointed him to set up its Global Sourcing oce in Beijing. Upon completion of that project, he elected to stay in Beijing, eventually establishing AZ China. Paul has an MBA from University of Newcastle in Australia and frequently speaks at industry-related conferences.

In the aluminium and related raw materials sector, we support our clients through targeted, in-depth market analysis of the primary aluminium, carbon and black products markets. We publish reports and analyses on the aluminium market and all the various raw materials, as well as looking at broader subjects such as how China’s economy might affect the sector, and how Chinese government policy impacts the industry.

We are the only analysts who write on the Chinese market from inside China yet with a Western, smelter point of view. AZ China holds several events each year. Our conferences are well known as being focused on discovery and insight, not just one-way slide presentations. As well, we conduct field trips for selected audiences during the year, taking you inside the industry. Because we have excellent access to the industry players, we can take clients to discover for themselves what is making the industry tick. 

In addition to our regular industry reports, we provide a wide range of consulting services. We specialize in helping Western companies who are interested in entering the Chinese market. We are also able to assist anyone who wishes to purchase raw materials from this dynamic yet complex market. We also provide specialist-sourcing advice to manufacturers and secondary industry purchasing managers who are looking for reliable, high-quality Chinese suppliers. Whether you are selling to China, buying from China or are competing against Chinese companies, AZ China can help you.

In a country where deals and information cannot be taken at face value, having a trusted and knowledgeable partner is paramount. We act on behalf of you, our client. We take no commissions, kickbacks, rebates or secret payments from suppliers.

For more info about AZ China and what we do, visit our website here.


RegistrationStart DateEnd DateCost Per DelegateCost per Subscriber*
Early Bird RegistrationAugust 1, 2021August 31, 2021
September 3, 2021
USD 79USD 71
Regular RegistrationSeptember 4, 2021October 31, 2021USD 99USD 89
Late RegistrationNovember 1, 2021D-DayUSD 120USD 108
*Subscribers to AZ China newsletter avail 10% discount


You may also contact us directly via the email addresses below.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Paul Adkins [email protected]

Speaker or Panelist Opportunities
Dana Geadah [email protected]

Delegate Registration
Dana Geadah [email protected]

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