Conference Programme

Conference sessions will have simultaneous interpretation between English, French, Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish.

Tuesday 11 June

14.00 Opening Session

Welcome and Opening Remarks
M Kopf, President, EGGA and G de Kwaasteniet, Zink Info Benelux

Welcome from City of Antwerp
Annick de Ridder, Port Alderwoman of the City of Antwerp

The Galvanizing Industry in the Benelux
B Dursin, Zink Info Benelux

Steel Fabrication – Market Challenges and Future Perspectives
G van de Velde, ASK Romein BV, Belgium

15.15 Coffee Break

15.45 Session 1 – What the Future Holds

Digitalisation in the Galvanizing Industry
A Curtis, Hasco-Thermic Ltd, UK

Robotisation and Automation in Manufacturing
P Aarts, VDL VDS, Netherlands

On Fatigue of Galvanized Steel Bridges
Prof. B Rossi, University of Oxford, UK

17.15 Close & Networking in the Foyer

19.00 Assembly Dinner at the Horta Restaurant

Wednesday 12 June

09.00 Session 2 – Technology Update

Acid Regeneration: Scale Up in Australia
G Linklater, Memtech, Australia

Acid Regeneration: REWACEM Project Update
L Pernice, Associazione Italiana Zincatura, Italy

Galvanized Rebar in Germany
P Düren-Rost, Industrieverband Feuerverzinken, Germany

Optimal Maintenance of Galvanized Steel Structures
B Tidbeck, RISE, Sweden

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Session 3 – Regulatory Update

EU Environmental Liability Directive – Solutions for Galvanizing Plants
S Lanza, Origen Solutions, Spain

Future Regulation of Galvanizing Plants in Europe – the FMP BREF Revision
M Cook, European General Galvanizers Association

Zinc & Environment – A Life’s Work
Dr. F van Assche, International Zinc Association

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Session 4 – Galvanizing & the Circular Economy

The Circular Economy – Keynote
Prof. Jacqueline Cramer

Circular Building with Galvanized Steel
K Vandewalle, Kaseco, Belgium

Re-Use of Steel Buildings and Structures
Speaker to be confirmed

15.20 Coffee Break

15.45 Session 5 – New Market Developments

Galvanized Steel Projects in the Rail Sector
B van Damme, NMBS, Belgium

Fire Design with Galvanized Steel
Speaker to be confirmed

Paper to be confirmed
Speaker to be confirmed

17.00 Close

Evening – Assembly Party & Benelux Trophy 

Thursday 13 June

08.00 Group 3 – VDL VDS Hapert & Umicore Recycling

08.30 Group 1 – ASK Romein & Antwerp Harbour Projects

08.30 Group 2 – Verzinkerij Weert & Verzinkerij Meerveldhoven

The organisers reserve the right to amend the conference programme at any time.



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