AEC Offers Customized Information for Extruders

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) announced the lineup for its 2005 Management Conference scheduled for September 20-22, 2005 in Chicago.

"The Management Conference is one of AEC's most popular educational events due, in part, to the ability of the members to choose which sessions pertain most to their operation allowing attendees to customize their educational experience," said AEC chairperson Craig Werner of Werner Co. in Franklin Park, Ill. "This year's program presents hard-to-find information that gives extruders the tools to implement new ideas, improve procedures and increase efficiency."

The conference brings together 200 aluminum extrusion executives, providing an educational program that encourages a deeper understanding of cutting-edge issues that affect operations, according to the association. It takes place at Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel and includes general sessions providing a broad industry perspective, focus sessions featuring a variety of in-depth, custom-designed topics and networking events to help members keep abreast of the latest important industry issues.

The conference kicks off with a general session featuring the return of Dr. Robert Genetski, one of the nation's leading economists, who will provide analysis of the political and financial factors that may affect the U.S. economy. Steven Johnston, senior industry analyst at Alcan Inc. will shine the extrusion spotlight on the worldwide aluminum supply situation.

Focus sessions occupy the Wednesday afternoon agenda with four tracks that include Finding New Markets, Building Technical Expertise, Implementing Best Management Practices and Finishing School, which concentrates on extrusion finishing methods. Sessions within the tracks include Mexico: Land of Opportunity and Challenge, Gaining a Competitive Advantage through R&D, Creating and Measuring Profit in Extrusion, and Equipment and Technology Innovations in the Finishing Line. These and other sessions are designed to give participants the opportunity to design their own program by choosing topics most relevant to their needs and operations, according to the association.

Thursday's program is strong with a practical session on lean manufacturing techniques presented by Rick Harris of Harris Lean Systems, and a closing presentation by Jay Goltz, founder and head of the largest artist framing company in the United States Also included on Thursday will be an industry analysis by Karen McBeth, editorial director for Platts Metals Group.

The council has designed a special discount registration fee for members who want to combine both the Management Conference and the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) seminar, which convenes earlier in the same week. For information about registration and program details, visit www.aec.org.

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