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ET '12: Success by Design Exemplified

(Wauconda, Illinois; May 24, 2012) Delegates from 50 different countries participated in ET ’12.  The top ten countries sending delegates to  ET ’12 besides the U.S. and Canada included Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, China, Norway, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, and Sweden.  “The gathering of delegates at ET is like a melting pot with professionals from so many different countries connecting and sharing information for the advancement of the worldwide extrusion industry.  It is a privilege and pleasure to be associated with such a dynamic and well-respected event,” noted ET Seminar Committee Chairman Jim Sanderson (representing Kaiser Aluminum) of Aluminum Consulting – James Sanderson, Inc. in Huntington Beach, California.

Technical Sessions

There were 110 technical papers presented in seminar sessions covering six separate tracks, including Billet Process and Equipment; Extrusion/Die Practical; Extrusion/Die Theoretical; Extrusion Equipment; Management Issues and Value-Added Processes.  “The papers presented every four years represent the freshest thinking and most technically advanced ideas out there, and this ET was no exception,” said Sanderson.  Authors of the Best Papers for each track were presented with awards during the Opening General Session on Wednesday.  In addition, the Best Paper of ET ’12, The Dynamics of the Dead Zones in Hot Extrusion, was presented by Chris Jowett of Rio Tinto Alcan in an abbreviated presentation during the General Session.  All papers were included on the ET ’12 Proceedings offered on a single USB flash drive to all paid registrants.  Copies of the Proceedings on flash drive or in a bound two-volume printed set are available for sale through the ET Foundation.

General Sessions

The program included an Opening General Session on Wednesday, May 16, which included an announcement of the 2012 Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition Awards, the presentation of Best Paper Awards, the presentation of the Maurice H. Roberts Award of Excellence, and a Keynote Address by Kevin Anton, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Alcoa, Inc.  Anton discussed the benefits of aluminum use in various application markets, including building & construction, transportation, aerospace, consumer electronics, and others.  Anton commented that the aluminum industry must share the message of aluminum’s sustainable attributes in order to increase aluminum’s market share.

ET Expo

The ET Expo provided a venue for exhibitors from around the world to display current products, services and new technology.  ET ’12 featured 99 companies covering 15,000 square feet of space exhibiting at the Expo.  The complete exhibitor list is posted on the ET ’12 website at

Extrusion Showcase

The Extrusion Showcase, an exhibit area near the ET Expo, displayed more than 30 examples of practical applications for aluminum extruded parts in a variety of markets.  Included in the display were recent student and professional entries from the International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition.  Of particular interest was the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Design Competition, a floor panel structure designed for the Mercedes Benz SL automobile manufactured by Martinrea Honsel GmbH .  The panel structure was recognized for its innovative use of friction stir welding applied to a multiple hollow extrusion component.  Other notable displays included the City of Toronto Street Signs, the 2012 award-winning design by Shawn Comfort from Almag Aluminum Inc. that eliminates multiple fasteners, reducing the design from the original 16 extrusions down to just four, and a miniature space frame for a bus designed and manufactured by partners Alcoa and the Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company, Ltd. in China.  The bus was introduced at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China and the space frame uses single multi-void hollow 6063 aluminum extrusions and advanced manufacturing technologies to achieve 15- to 20-percent weight reduction, while maintaining safety and enhancing sustainability performance.

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Photos available in the ET Foundation Newsroom.

ET '12, the Tenth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar and Exposition, is the world's longest-running educational event devoted to all facets of the aluminum extrusion industry, including aluminum profile production, die design and technology, metallurgy, equipment, and product applications.  ET attracts industry professionals from around the world, including more than 50 countries.  ET '12 is produced by the Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation (ET Foundation) in conjunction with the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC).

The Extrusion Technology for Aluminum Profiles Foundation has been established for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes to develop, promote, provide, and fund education and research related to aluminum extrusion processes and technologies.  For more information, contact the ET Foundation or visit