Conference Programme

The Assembly 2019 conference programme takes place from 14:00-17:30 on Tuesday 11 June and 09:00–17:00 on Wednesday 12 June. Conference sessions will have simultaneous interpretation between English, French, Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish.

Conference themes this year are:

  • Understanding latest trends in steel fabrication and manufacturing – including automation and robotization
  • Circular Economy – Communicating the benefits of Galvanizing
  • Recycling and Regeneration in the Galvanizing Process
  • Market Opportunities – Steel Bridges; Galvanized Rebar and Facades
  • Fire Engineering using galvanized steel
  • Regulatory Updates – including status of the EC BREF Revision for batch galvanizing.

Confirmed speakers are:

Geert van de Velde, ASK Romein BV, Belgium (one of Europe’s leading steel fabricators)

…on latest trends in steel fabrication of importance to galvanizers. He will also reflect on the choice between concrete and steel for industrial buildings and how the galvanizing industry could play a role in strengthening the steel message to clients. Their facilities can also be visited on 13 June.

Bart van Damme, NMBS, Belgium (formerly Eurostation)

…on use of galvanizing in their projects, mainly rail stations, including experience with use of intumescent paints on galvanized steel.

Graeme Linklater, Memtech, Australia

…on new approaches to regeneration of spent pickle liquor in Australia

Pieter Aarts, VDL VDS Technische Industrie, Netherlands

…on lightening the load on the manufacturing workforce with automation and robotization. Their facilities can also be visited on 13 June.

Bruno Dursin, Zink Info Benelux

…on marketing of galvanizing in the Benelux, including progress of their new ‘Zeker Zink’ initiative.

The full conference programme will follow soon.



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