Aluminum Association Annual Meeting 2016

September 26, 2016 to September 28, 2016

Grand Hyatt Washington
Washington, D.C.



Join us for the Aluminum Association's 2016 Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Washington where we will be co-locating with the Aluminum Extruders Council. Annual Meeting will feature three days of networking with industry leaders, discussions on the leading issues, and business meetings at a great location. You’ll see that we have structured the meeting format differently. The Committee and Division meeting are closed sessions that will run concurrently Monday morning. We’ve designed a series of open-session panels on industry-wide issues for the remainder of the meeting. We hope to see you there.

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To register for the Association's Annual Meeting, follow this link.

  • 1-2 members: full price
  • After the 3rd member, $150 discount per registrant
  • After the 6th member, $300 discount per registrant

Additionally, the Association is offering an Early Bird deal for this meeting.  By registering before August 19, you'll save $100 off your registration cost. The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) is also meeting concurrently with the Association at the Grand Hyatt Washington. If interested, you can register for the Universal Pass. For an extra $300, in addition to the full Aluminum Association meeting, you can attend AEC meetings as well. The Universal Pass gives you access to AEC's committee and team meetings on Monday, general session and breakout sessions on Tuesday and the AEC Hill Visits on Thursday.

Bringing a guest or spouse? Please add your spouse/guest to your registration on the "Registration Information" page by selecting "Add Spouse."  You may also register your spouse/guest seperately by using the spouse registration type.

Hotel Reservations

You can reserve your room online in the Association's room block at the Grand Hyatt Washington and receive the Association's discounted rate of $299. Additionally, you can reserve your room via telephone at 202-582-1234 by referencing the Aluminum Association.  The room block will close on August 29, 2016 and will not be extended.


The main events of the meeting are listed below.  Please note, the schedule is subject to change. The full meeting agenda is available here.

  • The Committee and Division meetings  will run from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Monday, September 26
  • Issue Block A: Market Trends in Transportation and Issue Block B: Differentiating Aluminum will run concurrently from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26
  • Issue Block 3: Trade will run from 9:00 a.m. to Noon  on Tuesday, September 27
  • Meetings on Capitol Hill will take place from 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27
  • A joint breakfast followed by a joint General Session will occur with the Aluminum Extruders Council on Wednesday, September 28


Al Clark, the Chinese primary aluminum analyst from CM Group in Australia, will present his latest data on Chinese production and the government policies that support it. Al will speak during the Monday lunch. 

Michael Steep, SVP of Global Business Operations at PARC, a Xerox Company, will talk about how disruptive technologies are forcing and inspiring businesses to rethink current models.  Michael will speak Wednesday morning during the joint session with AEC. 

"Executive Insights", a panel discussion during Wednesday morning’s joint session, will include industry leaders who will share their perspectives on the current and future trends of aluminum. You'll hear from Gervais Jacques, Chief Commercial Officer at Rio Tinto; Rick Merluzzi, President and Chief Operating Officer of Metal Exchange Corporation; Marco Palmieri, President of Novelis North America; and Mark Vrablec, President of Alcoa Aerospace & Automotive Products.

We have concurrent sessions on Monday afternoon. For the Transportation block, we’ll have representatives from the auto industry and federal government talking about the impact of the CAFE regulations. Bob Durbin, COO of the Aerospace Industries Assoc., will share with us the latest trends in the aerospace market. 

The Sustainability block includes a panel discussion on sustainable measurement featuring Matt Banks, World Wildlife Federation; Cynthia Cummis, World Resources Institute; and Zoe Lipman, Blue Green Alliance. Fiona Solomon, Aluminum Stewardship Institute, will explain global certification, and we’ll end with a panel discussion on the industry’s global sustainability platform with Gerd Goetz, European Aluminium and Jean Simard, Canadian Aluminum Association. 

The Trade blocked on Tuesday morning will include a session on the complexities of the U.S.-China relationship, and a discussion on how federal agencies are working towards a negotiated settlement with the Chinese government to address chronic overcapacity.  We’ll end this block with a panel discussion about the industry’s global trade policy advocacy featuring Heidi Brock, Aluminum Association, Gerd Goetz and Jean Simard.  

Guest Event

On Tuesday, Septmeber 27, the Association will host a breakfast for the spouses attending the Annual Meeting. If you're interested, please RSVP to Janet Tela.

Cancellation Policy

Under the Aluminum Association’s cancellation policy, if your registration is cancelled by September 1, you are entitled to a full refund of your registration fee and additional fees. If your registration is cancelled by September 16, you are entitled to a 50% refund of your registration fee and additional fees. We are unable to refund registration and additional fees after September 16.