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European Aluminium - Innovation Hub Session: Digitalisation and Automation for Circularity

Thursday 23rd May 11:00 - 12:00

Founded in 2015, the European Aluminium Innovation Hub is a proactive community of innovative companies from across Europe’s aluminium value chain. The goal is to trigger research projects that advance a sustainable future and tackle technological challenges, thereby advancing the industry’s Sustainability Roadmap to 2025. The panel will highlight how digitalisation, automation and advanced sensors-based technologies enable smarter recycling for full aluminium circularity.

Speaker: Hans Erik Vatne, Chief Technology Officer at Norsk Hydro

European Aluminium - Innovation Hub Session: Digitalisation and Automation for Circularity

Chief Technology Officer in Hydro and heads Hydro’s Corporate Technology Office. He holds a Master degree in Physics and a PhD in Metallurgy, both from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway. He has more than 20 years of experience within the aluminium industry in Hydro, holding positions in R&D, rolling operations (a.o. plant manager at Holmestrand Rolling Mill, Norway), Head of Business Unit Remelters and lately Chief Technology Officer.


Speaker: David Bastin, University of Liège at Laboratory of Minerals Engineering and Recycling

Research Manager at the University of Liège, David Bastin has 25 years of experience in research program management and industrial consulting in the fields of mineral processing and extractive metallurgy with a special focus on the recycling of metals from end of life vehicles, electronic and electric equipments.

David Bastin will take part in the “Automation/Digitalisation for Circularity” panel discussion hosted by European Aluminium.

The panel will highlight how digitalisation, automation and advanced sensors-based technologies enable smarter recycling for full aluminium circularity.


Speaker: Gregory Lewis, R&D Engineer at Comet Treatment

European Aluminium - Innovation Hub Session: Digitalisation and Automation for Circularity

Gregory Lewis has been graduated as a Civil Engineer in Engineering Geology for 13 years. Over the past decade he developed a strong working experience in material science ranging from extractive metallurgy to material recycling. In 2012 he joined Comet Traitements as R&D engineer and successfully led various projects with focus on material recycling (from plastic recycling to metal recycling). He demonstrated specifi c skills in the conception and start-up of new plants from pilot-to industrial-scale. Since 2017, Gregory is in charge of the industrial development of the Pick-It (robotised sorting of metal scrap) project. He has a long experience in key complex project (EU & National-funded ones) as he joined major projects at Comet Traitements.


Speaker: Magdalena Garczyńska, Recycling Director at European Aluminium

European Aluminium - Innovation Hub Session: Digitalisation and Automation for Circularity

Magdalena Garczynska joined European Aluminium as Recycling Director. Prior to joining European Aluminium, she worked as a technical manager at the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries (CECIMO), as a quality control auditor within an industry sector and as a researcher at the Berlin University of Technology. Magdalena holds a M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Poznan Technical University (Poland) and a post-graduate degree in Fluid Dynamics from the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Belgium).


Speaker: Christian Leroy, Manager, Innovation Hub at European Aluminium

European Aluminium - Innovation Hub Session: Digitalisation and Automation for Circularity

Christian Leroy joined European Aluminium in January 2014 as Consultant in charge of Innovation and Life Cycle Assessment. Previously, as full-time employee of European Aluminium since 1999, he was in charge of various functions covering education, technology and environmental fields.

Christian is now the manager of European Aluminium’s Innovation Hub.


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