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Aluminium China 2018 Opens a New Chapter

UACJ booth at ALU China 2017.
UACJ booth at ALU China 2017.

Aluminium China will take place July 12-13, 2018 in Shanghai, providing a platform for showcasing China’s rapidly changing and expanding aluminum industry. Since the launch of the “Made in China 2025” strategy more than two years ago, China has made strides towards becoming the world’s leading manufacturing hub. Against this backdrop, the Chinese aluminum industry is shifting its focus to high-quality growth and gearing up for technological advances, driven by demand from global industries such as aerospace, automotive, building and construction, transportation, and consumer durables. The success of this strategy is demonstrated by Chinese company Nanshan Aluminum, which has started manufacturing high-end aluminum materials for Boeing and Airbus.

ALU China 2018 will focus on global innovation, putting a spotlight on aerospace and automotive materials and new processing technologies, along with innovative, smart, and green manufacturing trends — helping to open up a new chapter in the aluminum industry. The event will include both a conference and an exhibition, with discussions on industrial policy and an in-depth analysis of the aluminum processing and consumption market, as well as putting the spotlight on topics such as the impact of new tariffs imposed on aluminum imported to the U.S.

Chinese Aluminum Growth

With overcapacity easing and strong environmental protection measures put in place in China in 2017, domestic and international aluminum prices have risen sharply. The Chinese aluminum industry has seen increasing demand for new facilities and a need to recover idled capacity. In 2017, China’s electrolytic aluminum output was 36.5 million tons, representing an increase of 12.2%; while downstream processed output (including aluminum sheet, extrusion, foil, wire, powder, and castings) was 38.2 million tons, a year-on-year increase of 8.5%. At the same time, aluminum consumption has continued to rise, thanks to new emerging markets.

Increased Global Participation

According to Reed Exhibitions China, the event organizer, ALU China 2018 will be even larger than previous editions, attracting almost 500 exhibitors and over 20,000 visitors from 75 countries. In addition to top Chinese companies — such as Chalco, Zhongwang, Nanshan, and Zhongfu — the exhibition will host a large number of international exhibitors, including UACJ, SMS group, Danieli, Pyrotek, Tenova, and AP&T.

ALU China expects an increase in the amount of international visitors, with most expected to come from Southeast Asia — the largest contingent being from Thailand.

ALU China 2017
Visito wearing a VR heatset at the Conglin book at ALU China 2017.

Visitors will come from a range of aluminum consumer industries, such as automotive, packaging, transportation, construction, mechanical parts, and electronics. Leading players from the automobile industry are expected to attend (such as VW, FAW Group, Geely, and Bosch), as well as those from the packaging and electronics sectors (COFCO, BetterLife, Hitachi, Apple, Huawei, HP, and Foxconn).

Automotive Lightweighting

Responding to lightweighting trends in the auto industry, the organizers have co-located ALU China with Asia’s Lightweight Automotive Trade Fair in Hall W4. This area will showcase leading lightweight materials used in vehicles and automotive parts. Cutting-edge processing dynamics and trends will also be on display. Automotive industry leaders and logistics and urban transportation experts will join the forum to share insights regarding the impact of lightweighting technologies on future business growth and the transformation and upgrade of end-user applications.

ALU China 2018 will showcase cutting-edge applications and provide a professional networking platform for China’s complete aluminum industry chain. For more information, visit:

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