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WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF

Aluminium is one of the Earth’s most common minerals but now AI’s are designing alloys, new use cases are emerging, and it’s all going green …

 

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Firstly, thanks to Paul and Dana at AZ China for asking me to be the keynote for their annual Aluminium summit which is normally held in China but this year because of COVID-19, yet again, was held virtually.

 

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Heavy industry is necessary in today’s world, after all we use huge quantities of aluminium, concrete, steel, and other products in all the things we see around us – from buildings and infrastructure to packaging, vehicles, and all manner of other things.

 

Rewind and replay the keynote!

 

With foundations and processes that are over a century old though the industry on the one hand accounts for 7% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, and on the other, with the development of new alloys, holds the key to helping us create future products such as lighter aircraft, robots, and space craft, as well as opening the door to new architectural possibilities. And many more.

 

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During my keynote I showed the audience how new Creative Machines from companies like Toyota are helping design new alloys 200x faster than previous methods, delved into the future of transportation and the debate about battery electric vehicles (BEV’s) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV’s), and then looked at new energy and manufacturing processes which on the one hand will help the industry decarbonise quickly, and on the other will drive the debate about the aluminium casting, powder, scrap, and sheet markets.

The industry might be old, some might say ancient, and while we can use hydrogen, solar, and even floating mini nuclear reactors to decarbonise it, and even though modernisation will take a while we’ve started the journey.

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Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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