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An unprecedented number of participants at 9ᵗʰ  INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE 

The 9ᵗʰ International Training Course “Anodes – From the Raw Materials to the Pot Performance” was held in Thun (Switzerland) on 26 – 30 September 2022 after several years of missing due to Covid.

Experts from R&D Carbon provided extensive information about each step of the anode manufacturing process and discussed the options of raw material suppliers, as well as the requirements of aluminium producers. The participants learned how to improve anode quality and reduce production costs.
 
The feedback from the participants was extremely positive, here are some quotes: 

  • "Very satisfied with course content and organization. I will recommend it to other people in the industry."

  • "For me best practice in organizing conferences."

  • During the laboratory visit: "This is better than Disneyland!"​

The next course in Switzerland will take place in September 2024. The precise date will be communicated in due time. Until then, specific courses may be conducted at any location upon request.

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Training Course held for ALBA in Bahrain on 21 – 23 January 2020

 

Dr. Markus Meier and Peter Sulger have held an in-house training course for ALBA in Bahrain about Anodes – From the Raw Materials to the Pot Performance.

 

During three days, the essentials of the anode production and performance in the pots were discussed and specific information was provided about how the anode performance in the pots is influenced by the anode raw material quality and anode manufacturing process. Based on this information, options were outlined to improve the anode quality and reduce the smelter production cost.

 

The course was very well received by the participants. Similar topics will be discussed during the 9th International Training Course in Thun-Gwatt (Switzerland) on 28 September – 2 October 2020. Further information will follow shortly. The registration will open in early March 2020. Stay tuned!

R&D Carbon, present at the 37th International Course on Process Metallurgy of Aluminium

In order to stay at the forefront in the field, the participants from R&D Carbon attended the 37th International Course on Process Metallurgy of Aluminium in Trondheim, Norway.

Dr. Markus W. Meier, VP Technical Service, was one of the lecturers who presented a specific module on Anode Manufacturing Parameters on Behavior in Electrolysis.

3d R&D Carbon User Meeting in Qingdao, 8 - 10 May 2019

The 3d R&D Carbon User Meeting in Qingdao has been a success, with 60 registered participants!

The event has been held in the Wyndham Qingdao Hotel.

The tight program allowed ample information exchange with R&D Carbon and participants.

Training Course Held for Inalum in Kuala Tanjung on 21 – 24 November 2018

Inalum and R&D Carbon can look back to a long-lasting, fruitful collaboration that has started in 1990 with the supply of carbon test equipment to the laboratory. By using this equipment, Inalum could systematically improve the anode quality and hence achieve a substantial reduction of the aluminium production cost. To deepen the knowledge of the new generation of young engineers at Inalum, Dr. Markus Meier has held an in-house training course in Kuala Tanjung (Indonesia) about the Production and Performance of Anodes. During this course, the main topic was about how to keep good anode quality and performance despite the decreasing raw material quality trend.

The participants showed great motivation and enthusiasm. We are confident that Inalum has set the course for the future challenges of anode production. The new generation is getting prepared to take more and more responsibilities.

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Excited response from participants of 
 Intl. Training Course in Thun, Switzerland

The 8th Intl. Training Course “Anodes – From the Raw Materials to the Pot Performance” was held in Thun (Switzerland) on 17 – 21 September 2018.

Experts from R&D Carbon have provided extensive information about all steps of the anode manufacturing process with specific quantitative data about how the anode quality and performance are influenced.

 

The feedback of the participants was most positive, here some votes:

“Very well structured course with great amount of shared information”

“Excellent course content, delivery, interaction and lots of learning”

“Great course and networking opportunities; very recommendable”

The next course in Switzerland will take place in September 2020. The precise date will be communicated in due time. Until then, specific courses may be conducted at any location upon request.

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2nd R&D Carbon User Meeting in Dubai, 1 – 3 May 2018

Delegates from numerous production sites in the greater Middle East area have met key people from R&D Carbon in Dubai, where the meeting was held. In continuation of the 1st User Meeting held in Xi’an (China) in 2017, the purpose and goals of the event were threefold: strategies and methodologies were discussed to improve the quality and performance of the carbon products; insight was given in the novelties of the products and services of R&D Carbon; a workshop and open discussion were conducted to exchange ideas and experience among the participants about current challenges in the production.  

 

The response from the participants was most positive with many requests to continue such meetings on a regular basis. It is planned to conduct the 3rd R&D Carbon User Meeting in Qingdao presumably in May 2019. We will provide further information with the exact date in due time. In the meantime, we are pleased to respond to your questions and comments.

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