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Courses & Conferences

" With technical audits, process optimizations and specific training courses we bring the knowledge into your plant to increase the performance of your carbon products."


Markus Meier
Technical Services Vice President

Markus Meier

R&D Carbon organizes conferences in the field of carbon products for the Aluminum industry, as well as training courses about anode raw materials, anode production and anode behavior in the smelter. Training courses can be held either in Switzerland or on-site, tailored to the needs of the plant in question.

Training Courses

10ᵗʰ International Training Course
"Anodes - From the Raw Materials 
to the Pot Performance"
Organized by R&D Carbon Ltd.
In Thun-Gwatt, Switzerland
23 - 27 September 2024

R&D Carbon has created this course more than 20 years ago and continuously updated and upgraded it since then. More than 1’500 professionals from all over the world have attended the course so far and have given the most positive feedback.

R&D Carbon Training Course "Anode - From the Raw Materials to the Pot Performance"

The course follows a clear systematic structure and provides a balance of deep general and specific information. The participants of the course shall reach the following objectives:

  • Get familiar with the essentials of the production of the anode raw materials, prebaked anodes and aluminium

  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of the raw material producers to influence the raw material quality

  • Understand the requirements of the aluminium producers

  • Understand the influence of the raw material quality on the anode properties

  • Understand the influence of the anode production process on the anode quality and performance in the pots

  • Understand the measures and methodologies to improve the anode quality and reduce the production cost

  • Gain technical competency to resolve carbon-related issues in aluminium smelters

  • Get the ability to quickly find specific information in the personal, systematically structured proceedings serving as a reference book


  • From aluminium smelters and anode plants: carbon plant managers, production superintendents, laboratory managers and process engineers from carbon and potroom area

  • Suppliers of raw materials (calcined coke and coal tar pitch)

  • Suppliers of processing equipment in carbon plant

  • Professional with commercial background in buying, selling or trading carbon products


The registration shall be made prior to 23 August 2024.

The registration fee includes all course material, all meals, beverage drinks, and organized social events. The hotel accommodation is not included in the fee. Registrations can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment or proof of payment.

Cancellation is possible with 100 % reimbursement of the registration fee until 7 September 2024. Cancellations received after 7 September 2024 are subject to a service charge of 50 % of the registration fee. You are welcome to send a substitute from the same company without extra charge.

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R&D Carbon reserves the right to program changes.


DELTAPARK Resort (Deltaweg 29, 3645 Thun-Gwatt, Switzerland)


A limited allocation of hotel rooms is available from 23.09. to 28.09.2024.

The rooms shall be booked directly with ****DELTAPARK Resort Hotel by email:


By mentioning “R&D Carbon Course 2024” the following discounted room rates are offered: 

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In the email of the hotel room reservation, the following information shall be provided:

  • First name and family name with contact information (physical address, email and phone number)

  • Booking code “R&D Carbon Course 2024”

  • Dates of arrival and departure

  • Number of persons per room

  • Preferred room type


All changes or cancellations have to be done directly with the hotel. R&D Carbon is not in charge of the accommodation.

For further information, please contact

Training Courses


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