Bhubaneswar: Countdown has started for the upcoming 7th International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL-2019). INCAL-2019 is going to be held from 31st January to 3rd February 2019. For the first time, the conference is going to be held in Smart City Bhubaneswar, the Aluminium Capital of India. The conference is being organized by the AAI, under the aegis of Ministry of Mines, Govt of India, to bring the international Aluminium fraternity together on one platform in Bhubaneswar, where the current issues will be discussed and ideas will be exchanged on the growth and development of Aluminium. It will provide a platform to the delegates to brainstorm on latest developments. Alongside the conference, there will be a world class exhibition on the theme ‘Aluminium India’, being organized by Reed Exhibitions, Germany, in association with AAI. The aluminium giants of the country – NALCO, Vedanta and Hindalco have come together to make the global event a grand success. During a press conference held here today, Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, Chairman, AAI informed : “This event will provide a mega platform to exchange ideas on latest technological advances, Aluminium Roadmap 2030, upstream & downstream integration, discover new opportunities, extensive networking, B2B meetings and many more pertaining to Aluminium industry vis-à-vis the challenges and opportunities.” The conference is also being planned to focus on ‘Think Aluminium: Think Odisha’, to promote Odisha as a destination for aluminium industries and aluminium capital of 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 will be 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, RUSSAL of Russia, Norsk Hydro of Norway etc and equipment suppliers like FL Smidth of Denmark, SMS of Germany, Danielle, ALMEX & Properzi of Italy, Carbon Savoie of France etc. Highlights :• NALCO, HINDALCO and VEDANTA (the three Primary producers of Aluminium) are the prime movers of this conference and exhibition with the support of downstream industries of India.• AAI also enjoys the support of Overseas Associations Organizations. The programme is also getting sponsorship from big companies from India and abroad.• The theme of this conference is Making Aluminium….. Driving Growth and Development• The focus of this conference will be on Downstream Industries and new applications of Aluminium• There shall a world class Exhibition with over 100 exhibitors from across the globe for industries to showcase their technology, products and processes. • Many thought leaders, industry captains and technology experts have already confirmed to participate in this Conference as Speakers and Presenters. There will be 120 presentation papers and more than 30 poster presentations.• Over 700 delegates are expected to attend the conference, out of which the overseas participants will cross 300. Ambassadors and Consul Generals of some European and ASEAN countries are also expected to come.• There will be arrangement for B2G meetings with the prospective and intending investors and technological collaborators both from India and abroad to invest in Odisha in the Aluminium sector, particularly in the downstream and new application areas. • This International Conference and Exhibition shall be in tune with the State Government’s efforts to attract investments in ancillary and downstream industries, one of the six focus sectors listed in its industrial policy statement.• There will also be an arrangement for B2B meetings amongst the investors and technological collaborators, R&D experts and financers for development of new business in Odisha.• Focus on promotion of Aluminium Park of NALCO at Angul and of Vedanta at Jharsuguda.• Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, Chief Minister of Odisha, Union Minister of Mines, Union Minister of Petroleum, Secretary to Govt of India, High Commissioners, Consulate Generals will be attending the aluminium summit during the three-day programme to share their thoughts with global leaders of aluminium industry, investors and producers.• New Introductions in INCAL-2019 : Hub and Spoke Model : To have special lecture / interactive sessions in different academic institutions and research organizations between the thought leaders, industry captains and technologists and the students, researchers and faculty members. INCAL Mascot : For the first time, the conference will have its own mascot, which will be released soon.