The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), and The Aluminum Association have released the program details for Aluminum Week 2012, set for Oct. 15-18 in Chicago, Ill. This event marks the third year of cooperation between the organizations to offer a program featuring comprehensive education and networking opportunities for aluminum industry professionals.

Aluminum Week will be hosted at the Renaissance Downtown Chicago. The co-located event features The Aluminum Association’s Annual Meeting, the Aluminum Extruders Council’s Management Conference and the Aluminum Anodizers Council’s 21st Annual International Anodizing Conference. The week-long event is composed of programming focused on “The Road Ahead,” addressing issues including: market opportunities, policy, the economy, the November election and the state of American manufacturing.

Speakers for Aluminum Week include:

  •  Jack Hockema, President, CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Aluminum
  •  Bernadette Budde, Senior Vice President of the Business & Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC)
  •  Michael Robinet, Managing Director of IHS Automotive Consulting
  •  Richard Schultz, Managing Director for Automotive Materials Practice for Ducker Worldwide
  •  Mitch Bainwol, President & CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  •  Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers
  •  Ujjval Vayas, JD PhD, Principal at Alberti Group LLC
  •  Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America
  •  Timothy Hayes, Metals Equity Analyst, Davenport & Co.

AAC/AEC Breakout Sessions on Wednesday afternoon include topical tracks covering New Developments in Anodizing, Best Practices, and All About Extrusion, as well as a Mini-Workshop on Management & Strategy to help business owners and high-level managers to evaluate, develop, and execute business plans. Aluminum Week also will include networking events throughout the week and optional educational classes from AAC's School for Anodizers Program on Monday and Tuesday.

Registration and additional program details can be found through AAC , AEC, and The Aluminum Association.