to the Alumina Technology Roadmap website. This site has been set
up to enable interested parties to accessa copy of the Roadmap, keep
abreast of developments associated with the implementation of the
Roadmap initiatives, and serve as a focal point for exchange of information
and a general communication network.
information will be placed on the website as it comes to hand. Once
software requirements are in place, we intend establishing a chat room
to enable a free exchange of ideas and information.
Alumina Technology Committee (Steering Committee), which is charged
with overseeing the Roadmap implementation, uses this website as its
information base, to locate the outcomes from its activities, including
meetings. As its deliberations are intially confidential access to this
area is restricted.
presented at the Seventh Australasian Aluminum Smelting Technology Conference
& Workshops, Melbourne, Australia, 11-16 November 2001.
Paper by Tony Kjar
by David Coutts
paper presented by Ivan Anich at the Alumina & Bauxite Sessions
of the 2002 Annual TMS Meeting, Seattle, USA, 18-21 February 2002
take of the general discussion session following Ivan Anich's presentations
paper presented by Ivan Anich at the Australian Light Metals Conference,
Gladstone, Queensland, 1-2 October 2002
Aluminum Association, Inc. and the US Department of Energy (Office
of Industrial Technologies) have assisted the US Aluminum Industry
to update the Aluminum Industry Technology Roadmap. The Roadmap
was first issued in 1997; this second edition is dated February
2003. A copy can be downloaded: www.oit.doe.gov/aluminum/pdfs/al_roadmap.pdf.
University of Limerick has developed a close and expanding relationship
with Aughinish Alumina in several areas of research pertinent
to the Bayer process. Through its Materials and Surface Science
Institute (MSSI) the University has a broad range of capabilities
for undertaking such research; more details are available here.
Alumina is actively supporting research projects at UL; more details
are available here.
There are opportunities for researchers, especially at the post
doctoral level, to work at the University in conjunction with
Aughinish Alumina. Application has been made within the Marie
Curie programme under the European Unions 6th Framework
The company is looking for suitable applicants to fill the following
(contingent on a successful Marie Curie application)
Manager (contingent on a successful Marie Curie application)
Consultant to work in our Plant Technology Department (plant
role independent of a Marie Curie application
developments with the US-Australia Climate Action Partnership were
presented in a recent Media Release from the office of the Australian
Environment Minister, Dr David Kemp. It mentioned the Alumina Technology
Roadmap in the section titled Engaging with Business - Technology
Development, but indicated that any action here may be at a later
date. The Media Release can be accessed here.
Mordini from Aluminium Pechiney presented an invited talk on the
Alumina Technology Roadmap and an update on actions flowing from
it at the 9th Congress of ICSOBA on "Bauxite & Aluminium for the
Future" held in Vienna, Austria, 29 May - 1 June 2002.
He had the following comments about the Congress:
presentation was very well received. Attendance numbered 35
people (note that at ICSOBA they separate bauxite and alumina
sessions) Only one question by University of Athens : Is there
any opportunity to participate in one of the projects ? My
answer : if they believe they have a particular expertise
to offer, they can inform the Steering Committee (contact
details provided). The day before my presentation, there were
plenary sessions with some key personalities from Industry
(Rio Tinto, Outokumpu), and EEC . Everyone focussed on sustainable
development and emphasized the need of a common vision about
the challenges of mining and metallurgy as this type of industry
has more and more a bad public image. I took the opportunity
to indicate that this aspect is taken into account in the
papers dealing with scientific aspects of alumina refining.
Attendance was mainly from Eastern countries and the representatives
spoke generally about the difficulties they have with their
old refineries and low grade bauxites. I met Don Donaldson,
Prof. Surey Bhargava of RMIT (Melbourne), Frank Kimmerle who
delivered an excellent presentation on analysis of smelter
grade alumina.""In conclusion, the congress was well organized,
with plant and mines visit. It is more oriented towards bauxite
Australian Government's Light Metals Action Agenda was launched
on 10 December 2001. It contains important information about the
aluminium (and alumina) industry both in Australia and elsewhere.
The papers can be accessed here.
further information about the
Alumina Technology Roadmap contact:
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