IMA‘s 72nd World Magnesium Conference Review
If you were one of the more than 200 attendees of the International Magnesium Association’s 72nd World Magnesium Conference held May 17-19, 2015 at the Hotel Fairmont Vancouver in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, you understand why producers, recyclers, die casters, and fabricators of magnesium products are bullish about the industry’s future. Thirty-two speakers and award presentations substantiated the fact that magnesium applications are growing across the globe. Reports ranging from magnesium being the new laundry detergent to next material of choice in automotive seat frames showed attendees from 22 different countries how magnesium is gaining ground in new applications against other material.
Not only was the conference informative and fun, with visits to the Vancouver Aquarium, a gorgeous cruise on Fairweather Cruise’s Harbour Princess, a traditional English High-Tea Reception for the Spouses, and the elegant Closing Reception and Banquet in the “old world” grandeur of the Fairmont Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom, but it was also a great financial success for the International Magnesium Association. A sincere “Thank You” to all the exhibitors and sponsors that made this year’s conference one of the best ever!
IMA’s 72nd World Magnesium Conference was the maiden voyage of our new North American tradeshow booth and the new IMA Logo. In the coming weeks you’ll notice a change in our website, email and newsletters as we rebrand the IMA with our sleek new logo!
Key Note Speakers
Our first keynote speaker was Robert McHale, the Alloy Material Manager for Alcoa North America and the Global Lead for Magnesium, who discussed the increases in demand of aluminum products and magnesium’s opportunities that those applications will deliver.
Alan Clark, the Managing Director of The CM Group, was the conference’s second keynote speaker. His presentation, “The Global Magnesium Supply Demand Balance in 2014”, reviewed the changes to the supply and demand balance observed during 2014, particularly in China; and the short term outlook for primary magnesium supply and demand.
Our next keynote speaker was Jinxiang Xu, Senior Engineer and President of the China Magnesium Association, who presented a Report on the China Magnesium Industry. The next keynote speaker was Tim Skszek, who leads the Magna International R&D government partnership activity in the NAFTA region, who presented his paper, “The Right Place for Magnesium in a Mixed Material Vehicle”.
Tuesday’s keynote speaker was Dr. David Klaumenzer, who has worked at Volkswagen Group Research as Project Manager since 2012. He presented “Materials and Manufacturing Processes for Sustainable Lightweight Design at Volkswagen AG”.
The Awards of Excellence winner in the Application Category was presented to Thorsten Becker, Porsche AG for its magnesium roof panel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS. This is the world‘s first Magnesium outer part in series production.
The Awards of Excellence winner in the Design, Cast Product Automotive Category was presented to Georg Fischer Automotive Altenmarkt for its automotive seat frame. This amazing part was on display throughout the conference in the exhibition hall.
The Awards of Excellence winner in the Design, Cast Product Commercial Category was presented to Chicago White Metal Casting for their LED Dental Light Housing, Rear and Driver Castings design. This was A-Dec’s first ever magnesium part.
The Awards of Excellence winner of the Design, Wrought Products Category was presented to Gonda Metal Industry Co. for its Expansion Joint for Suspended Ceilings design.
The Awards of Excellence winner of the Process Category was presented to AmLi Materials Technology Co., Ltd. for its Low Temperature Forging Process and Practical Application of LZ91 Alloy.
Finally, the International Environmental Responsibility Award winner was Elektron CZ for their Innovative solution for CO2 emission and waste reduction in Mg scrap recycling plant.
Congratulations to all of the 2015 award winners!
2016 IMA’s 73rd World Magnesium Conference
Join us in 2016 and enjoy the classical antiquity and modern beauty of Rome, Italy. Known as “The Eternal City”, Rome will be host to IMA’s 73rd World Magnesium Conference. We will be sharing details about the conference venue, dates and programming schedule as they become available.