This event is the premier international magnesium industry conference that highlights the latest technological advances, innovative applications, and emerging developments in the global marketplace. The conference combines informative technical sessions, exhibits, networking and social opportunities for a well-rounded industry experience.
Nearly 300 magnesium industry professionals and their spouses attended the 71st Annual World Magnesium Conference in München, Germany in June. The meeting featured 30 presentations focused on the latest information and advances on magnesium processes, applications, technology and research.
Keynote speakers included Alan Clark of CM Group previewing the global magnesium supply and demand, Lydia Liu of Hebi Jianglang Metals Co., Ltd providing and overview of China's 2013 magnesium development, and Karen McBeth of Platts Metals Group offering a look into the evolving aluminum market and its effects on magnesium.
New magnesium projects and grants were a hot topic of discussion at the meeting in Munich with two presentations on the Qinghai Magnesium Project which will create the world's largest primary magnesium production facility as the center piece of an integrated industrial complex producing magnesium and its alloys, PVC resin and soda ash as its primary products.
Svenn-Ivar Strømhaug of SilMag AS touched on their project of building a world leading large scale combined magnesium and precipitated silica production facility on Herøya. This location would utilize Norway's natural resources to produce an environmentally friendly production process.
Dr. Jöel Fournier of Alliance Magnesium Inc. ended the meeting with his overview on Alliance's recent success in the development of a new magnesium smelting process. It has demonstrated its capability to produce pure magnesium metal with its new process where the electric energy requirement has been significantly reduced and the environmental footprint has been minimized.
In addition, the 2014 IMA Awards of Excellence and Environmental Responsbility Award were awarded at the conference. Click here for the full press release with all the winning award details.
Aside from the Awards of Excellence and Environmental Responsbility Award, several IMA volunteers were honored for their work during the conference. The IMA presented an award to Mr. Martin Tauber for outstanding service as the 2014 Program Chair and Ms. Susan Slade received an award for outstanding service as 2014 Awards Chair.
Dr. Karl Kainer was recognized for his years of service to the IMA. For the past two years, as President, Karl provided leadership, counsel and wisdom. He will continue to be part of IMA activities on the Board of Directors in the Immediate Past President role.
During the conference, Ms. Jan Guy was elected President of the IMA Board of Directors. Jan has been a member of the IMA since 1989 serving on various committees, presenting a few papers over the years, chairing IMA conference sessions and serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Jan was warmly welcomed to the Board as President.
IMA 71st Annual Conference Photo Album
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Conference feedback to date has been excellent with several delegates commenting that this is the best IMA Conference they have ever attended. The IMA wishes to thank all conference delegates, sponsors and exhibitors for contributing to the success of this year's Annual World Magnesium Conference! We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2015 for the IMA's 72nd Annual World Magnesium Conference!
For more news on the IMA Annual Conference click the links below:
IMA 2014 Awards of Excellence and Environmental Responsibility Award Highlight Advances in Magnesium Technology, Processes and Products
Alliance Magnesium to present its innovative process at the 71st edition of the International Magnesium Association (IMA) in Munich
Lightweight design of GF Automotive impresses at the IMA Awards 2014