Conference Programme

Conference sessions will have simultaneous interpretation between English, French, Dutch, German, Italian and Spanish.

Tuesday 11 June

14.00 Opening Session

Chair: M Kopf, EGGA

Welcome and Opening Remarks
M Kopf, President, EGGA and G de Kwaasteniet, Zink Info Benelux

Welcome from City of Antwerp
Annick de Ridder, Port Alderwoman of the City of Antwerp

The Galvanizing Industry in the Benelux
B Dursin, Zink Info Benelux

Steel Fabrication - Market Challenges and Future Perspectives
G van de Velde, ASK Romein BV, Belgium

15.15 Coffee Break

15.45 Session 1 - What the Future Holds

Chair: A Zedet, France

Digitalisation in the Galvanizing Industry
A Curtis, Hasco-Thermic Ltd, UK

Robotisation and Automation in Manufacturing
P Aarts, VDL VDS, Netherlands

On Fatigue of Galvanized Steel Bridges
Prof. B Rossi, University of Oxford, UK

17.15 Close & Networking in the Foyer

19.30 Assembly Dinner at the Horta Restaurant

Wednesday 12 June

09.00 Session 2 - Technology Update

Chair: J Woolridge, United Kingdom

Acid Regeneration: REWACEM Project Update
L Pernice, Associazione Italiana Zincatura, Italy

Galvanized Rebar in Germany
P Düren-Rost, Industrieverband Feuerverzinken, Germany

Optimal Maintenance of Galvanized Steel Structures
B Tidbeck, RISE, Sweden

Fire Design with Galvanized Steel
V Rus, EGGA 

Fire Design with Galvanized Steel: Case Study for Germany
M Huckshold, Industrieverband Feuerverzinken, Germany

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Session 3 - Regulatory Update

Chair: A Hirn, Nordic Countries

EU Environmental Liability Directive - Solutions for Galvanizing Plants
S Lanza, Origen Solutions, Spain

Future Regulation of Galvanizing Plants in Europe - the FMP BREF Revision
M Cook, European General Galvanizers Association

Zinc & Environment - A Life's Work
Dr. F van Assche, International Zinc Association

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Session 4 - Galvanizing & the Circular Economy

Chair: P Niederstein, Germany

The Circular Economy - Keynote
Prof. Jacqueline Cramer

Circular Building with Galvanized Steel
K Vandewalle, Kaseco, Belgium

Re-Use of Steel Buildings and Structures
M Kuhnhenne, RWTH Aachen University

15.20 Coffee Break

15.45 Session 5 - New Market Developments

Chair: G de Kwaasteniet, Benelux

Galvanized Steel Projects in the Rail Sector
B van Damme, NMBS, Belgium

Using Intumescent Paints with Galvanized Steel
D De Groote, PPG & J-L Goderniaux, Zink Info Benelux

Marketing for Galvanizing: The Facade Story
H Glinde, Industrieverband Feuerverzinken, Germany

17.00 Close

Evening - Assembly Party & Benelux Trophy 

Thursday 13 June

08.00 Group 3 - VDL VDS Hapert & Umicore Recycling

08.30 Group 1 - ASK Romein & Antwerp Harbour Projects

08.30 Group 2 - Verzinkerij Weert & Verzinkerij Meerveldhoven

The organisers reserve the right to amend the conference programme at any time.
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