"Back in France,
I'd like to congratulate you and all involved for the perfect organization
of the workshop. It's clear that the main challenges have not significantly
changed compared to those which were identified years ago. It seems
to me that the main thing will be now to find a mechanism to stimulate
the alumina industry to definitely have a look to other industries very
far from the alumina business. In that area, AMIRA may be one of the
catalysts. We are waiting with interest for the official conclusions
of the Fremantle meeting."
Closing Comments from the Alumina Technology Roadmap Workshop
a good process, very well facilitated. I think itís the first time that
Iíve seen quite a large cross section from the worldwide alumina industry
in a room together discussing these things as a group. Now we have to
turn these ideas into actions and itís going to take leadership from
the industry to achieve them."
very delighted to see such a great turnout with ambition and enthusiasm.
I think the momentum needs to be maintained, particularly through research.
I donít think we should sit back and wait for things to happen. We need
to keep driving for results."
great discussing all these issues with such a wide group of people.
There werenít too many surprises. some of the technical issues that
have come up are the same as ten years ago. But we still have a selling
job to convince some of the people at the top that these are important
priorities. What it also reinforced is that there is a lot of both internal
and between company things that we can do to improve the [alumina] process.
Many of them are low cost, low tech things. we just need to start looking
to AMIRA and Energetics for bringing us all together. Itís been terrific.
Iíve really enjoyed it. Our success will be measured not by the progress
we have made over the last couple of days or the next few weeks but
the degree to which the industry genuinely takes up, in a collaborative
fashion, those issues that are critical to the long term sustainability
of the industry."
that with this documentation we already have a way to attract interest
from suppliers of technology."
process. No real surprises on the technology side. I think most would
agree with that. The challenge in front of us is what we do next. .
. . Weíve been through this a couple times during the 1990s with other
versions and look how hard it is to get projects up that we can all
agree on. In terms of scale, that area pretty much we all agreed we
should work on and we ended up with zero projects. We have got some
work to do at this stage. Having said that, it is a great starting point.
I think we have a better system and a wider audience this time and I
think we are a big way ahead."
very confident that our roadmap is going to be a very credible document
and Iím looking forward to its exposure. I think we really need to engage
stakeholders whether they are in the government, or our own bosses,
or environmental groups, or suppliers. We really have to do something
different as an industry if we are going to forward."