Alcoa CEO Alain Belda to Keynote 2005 National Manufacturing Week in Chicago
Washington, DC, February 24, 2005 (The Aluminum Association) — The Aluminum Association has announced that Alain Belda, chairman and chief executive officer of Alcoa, Inc. will be the keynote speaker for both The Aluminum Association 2005 Spring Meeting and National Manufacturing Week, which take place together in Chicago week commencing March 7, 2005.
The Association Spring Meeting will be March 7-8, concurrently with National Manufacturing Week, a trade show of more than 26,000 manufacturing professionals Chicago’s McCormick Place that runs March 7-10. At the exhibition and conference, the Association will showcase innovative aluminum products from each of its key market areas – transportation, building and construction, and packaging.
Mr. Belda, age 60, has been a director of Alcoa Inc since 1998 and is chairman of the company’s executive committee. He was elected company chairman and CEO in January 2001.
Earlier, Mr. Belda was president and chief operating officer of Alcoa from 1997 to May 1999 and served as company vice chairman from 1995 to 1997. He was executive vice president from 1994 and 1995 and from 1979 to 1994 he was president of Alcoa Aluminio S.A. in Brazil, Alcoa's Brazilian affiliate.
Mr. Belda serves on the boards of Citigroup Inc., E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and The Ford Foundation. Mr. Belda is a trustee of The Conference Board, the world's leading business membership and research organization. Aluminum USA 2005 is the trade show where engineers and designers can explore the possibilities for product design and material benefits of aluminum. The event focuses on production of aluminum, conversion processing and the full range of the manufacturing process. These include casting, forming and fabrication, recycling and secondary operations and finishing research and development and finished product applications.
NMW is described as the ultimate destination where the manufacturing industry meets each year to view the latest products, meet with their peers, meet new suppliers and introduce new software and services.
Through its eight separate, yet interrelated events, NMW offers solutions across all areas of manufacturing via more than 1,000 exhibits and a conference program with more than 200 sessions that mirrors the show floor. In 2004, 26,850 industry professionals attended NMW.
The Aluminum Association, based in Washington, DC, represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, as well as recyclers and producers of semi-fabricated products. Member companies operate about 215 plants in the United States and Canada, and many conduct business worldwide.
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