Global Aluminium Conference ‘INCAL 2019’ inaugurated in Bhubaneswar
Bangalore, 5th February, 2019: Shri Anil Mukim, IAS, Secretary to Govt of India inaugurated the much-awaited mega aluminium conference – International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL 2019) in the presence of a galaxy of business leaders and delegates from across the globe and different parts of India descending in Bhubaneswar for the 3-day Exhibition and Conference being held from Jan 31-Feb,3.
With bullet trains, aerospace, electric vehicles and smart cities set to dominate the next phase of development in emerging economies like India, the spotlight on making Aluminium as the Metal of choice will be a key focus area in INCAL 2019. Billed as one of the biggest events in the Aluminium calendar in Asia, INCAL 2019 will showcase the latest technologies and advancements in the sector.
Shri Anil Mukim, IAS, praised the Indian Aluminium industry for showcasing India’s strength in front of a global audience and urged the stakeholders to work towards increasing the domestic consumption of aluminium in a sustainable manner and make Aluminium as the metal of choice for the future.
More than 850 delegates, including 300 foreign delegates from 20 countries with Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Consul Generals is participating in the mega Global Summit, where aluminium producers, technologists, equipment suppliers, raw material suppliers from across the globe are participating for developing a roadmap for sustainable aluminium industry vis-à-vis other metals and contributing for green development.
Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, Chairman, Aluminium Association of India (AAI) and CMD, NALCO said, ‘’This is a huge moment for India and Odisha to showcase the country as an attractive investment-friendly destination across the globe. For INCAL 2019, we have a three-pronged strategy to send across a strong message to the stakeholders in the Metal and Aluminium industry. At the international level, we are aiming to project Aluminium as the futuristic metal, at the national level, we are committed to take steps to increase domestic consumption as there is tremendous scope and at the state level, project mineral-rich Odisha as the Aluminium Capital of India.’’
INCAL is being held in Bhubaneswar for the first time, under the aegis of Ministry of Mines and organized by Aluminium Association of India (AAI).
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ajay Dixit, CEO, Aluminium and Power, Vedanta Ltd. said, "India can evolve as the nation of choice for the global aluminium industry. While the aluminium sector contributes 1.9 per cent to our manufacturing GDP currently, it can contribute almost 10% to the GDP in the next 3-5 years. With government support, this metal of national importance can propel the next wave of development and job creation in the country."
The Conference, besides having a world class program with the theme “MAKING ALUMINIUM - DRIVING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT”, will deliberate on several key topics and issues of Aluminium industry with a special session on Downstream Prospects and Emerging Applications of Aluminium. This conference is being attended by top executives of global aluminium industries like ALCAN of Canada, ALCOA of USA, CHALIECO & CHINALCO of China, EMAL of Emirates, DUBAL of Dubai, Rio Tinto, London, RUSAL of Russia, Norsk Hydro of Norway etc. and equipment suppliers like FL Smidth of Denmark, SMS of Germany, Danielle, ALMEX & Properzi of Italy, Carbone Savoie of France etc.
Apart from attracting investment, the Meet is also providing a global trade and knowledge-sharing platform, open business talks between countries, states, and corporations.