Paul Adkins

Paul Adkins

Managing Director and Founder, AZ Global Consulting

Paul Adkins, Founder and Managing Director of specialist consulting firm AZ Global Consulting Limited (previously AZ China Ltd), has had over 30 years’ experience in the aluminium industry, including 13 years at Alcoa, 4 years at Tomago Aluminium and 3 years at Alcan Australia. Paul did his undergraduate studies at Deakin University in Australia and attained his MBA with Merit from the Newcastle Graduate School of Management in Australia. From 2001, he was Raw Materials Manager at Tomago Aluminium, before being seconded to Alcan early 2005 to set up their Global Sourcing office in Beijing China. Paul was also involved in Alcan’s FECRI project, which was aimed at significantly reducing the cost of building new aluminum smelters. On completion of that assignment, Paul chose to remain in China and to establish his own business. Paul has been Managing Director of AZ China Limited since 2007. AZ China is a specialist consulting company, with focus on the global and Chinese aluminium industry. AZ China publishes multi-client reports on the market trends and outlook, as well as providing consulting services to individual clients. AZ China has been holding conferences since 2008. As the aluminum and raw materials markets have evolved, so has Paul’s company, which in 2022 changed its name to AZ Global Consulting Limited.

Keynote Speaker: Welcome Speech and Opening Statement

Moderator: SESSION: Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC)
Hear from the Source: Discussions of the Industry Leaders about current trends and future prospects.

Fireside Chat: SESSION: The Bottom of the Pot
The Low Hanging Fruits: How can we reduce the carbon footprint with the current technology?

All Sessions by Paul Adkins

6:30 am - 7:00 am

The Bottom of the Pot | The Low Hanging Fruits: How can we reduce the carbon footprint with the current technology?

While the world is waiting for the inert anode, we are still relying on carbon cathodes and anodes.

  • Are there any innovations to extend the life of the pot?
  • What are the next developments in Cathode Technology?
  • Would changing the design of the anode affect the lifespan of a cathode?
  • Is the bottom of the pot being relooked at?

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

South Asia & Beyond | Is the Grass Greener in South Asia: Is South Asia emerging to become the new China? Where are other emerging powers on the industry map? How is Asia addressing the green aluminium challenge?

Showcasing individual companies from around the region. We will look at their approach to green aluminium, sustainability and the growth opportunities in South East Asia, and beyond.

Welcome Speech and Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks by AZ Global Consulting MD

  • Time has come to reset our industry after all the detours, distractions, disruptions, inflations, shortages and imbalances of recent months and years.
  • Our targets and commitments haven't changed, so this conference is to set us back on track to move towards our vision and what we want to achieve.
  • We need to be ahead of the game.
  • We cannot go back to the way things were. We need to be flexible to deal with parameters which are not in our control, and scenarios that once were inconceivable, but are now a reality.
  • Are we ready to deal with the Black Swans? Are we putting the right contingency plans for the long term? Old contingency models are now obsolete.
  • How can we reset and reshape the industry: Re-energise, restart, reinvent and revolutionize for profitability and sustainability and contribute to a better World?
  • We bring you this conference where the industry leaders from around the globe will jointly explore the solutions we can execute together.

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm

Calcined Petroleum Coke (CPC) | Hear from the Source: Discussions of the CPC Industry Leaders about current trends and future prospectsHear from the Source: Discussions of the CPC Industry Leaders about current trends and future prospects.

The Calcined Coke Forum has been a feature of AZ Conferences since 2008.

  • Where will future supplies of anode-grade petcoke come from?
  • As smelters demand tighter specifications, what is happening with the petcoke quality?
  • Will the inert anode impact the businesses? by when?
  • When prices are at USD1K a ton can we still say that this is a cycled market or are we locked in a new paradigm?