Gladstone has welcomed visitors from around the world at a global mining conference, confirming its place at the centre of the Australian alumina industry.
The three-day Alumina 2018 International Conference held last week, kicked-off at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre with more than 300 leading industry producers and suppliers in attendance.
Alumina 2018 chair and Rio Tinto refinery support manager Dr Anthony Canfell said “Rio Tinto is pleased to welcome our guests to Gladstone which is not only home to our Yarwun and QAL alumina refineries but a great location to visit, live and invest. We have a long and successful history in the region, and as the organiser and major sponsor of this event it isour pleasure to showcase our operations to the world.”
The forum’s objective is to bring the world’s alumina producers and customers together to exchange ideas and information, present papers, forge new networks and work to the common goal of pursuing efficient refineries for the future.
In the keynote address, Rio Tinto Aluminium Pacific Operations managing director Bruce Cox shared a case study in ever-improving efficiency and responsibility following with the conference theme of Efficiency for the Future. “Our bauxite to alumina to aluminium supply chain invests A$3.7 billion in Australian wages, suppliers and community contributions every year. We support 5,600 jobs across Australia in our aluminium business including 3,000 right here in Gladstone.”
Mr Cox said the conference provides a unique opportunity for the industry to come together to discuss common challenges including cost reduction, optimisation of raw materials, energy use and the adoption of new technology. “It is this continual drive for improved efficiency that will ultimately result in a sustained and thriving alumina industry for the future.”
The conference featured presentations, social functions and industry tours. This year’s event is the 30th anniversary of the conference and is the second time it has been held in Gladstone.