The 19th Symposium of ICSOBA, held from October, 29 until December, 2 in Belém, the capital of Pará state in the North of Brazil, attracted more than 300 delegates, about 50% Brazilians and the remainder from 36 countries, including Australia & New Zealand, China, Vietnam, India, the Gulf region, Russia, Europe, Africa, the America’s and Caribbean.

The speaker program comprised over 100 lectures in three parallel programs for Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminium and in joint sessions with topics of general interest. Keynote speakers at the joint opening session were Dr. Fernando Simões Henriques, Operations Director of Norsk Hydro Brazil on Hydro’s presence in Brazil, Mr. Ayrton Filleti of the Brazilian Aluminum Association on the Brazilian aluminium industry, Prof. Li Wangxing of CHALCO’s Zhengzhou Research Institute on the development and future of the bauxite, alumina and aluminium industry in China and Mr. Kelly Driscol of CRU on developments in the global bauxite, alumina and aluminium industry.

The Bauxite program was chaired by Prof Arthur P. Chaves of São Paulo State University and Mr David Sugden, and covered the sessions Guyana Shield Bauxites, Bauxite Mining, Application of Analytical Techniques, Bauxite Beneficiation and Hydraulic Transport of Bauxite.

The Alumina program, chaired by Mr. Leslie Leibenguth of RTA and Mr. Wagner Brancalhoni of Hatch, focused on Energy efficiency, Bayer processing, Alumina from non-bauxitic ores, Bauxite residue storage and the Bauxite residue utilization. In the Aluminium program, Mr. Michel Reverdy of Dubal and Mr. Marc Dupuis of STAS, chaired the sessions on Smelter development, Söderberg technology, Equipment development for smelters, Pot operation and Carbon technology.

The joint closing session on Alumina Supply Developments provided some answers on the issue raised in the opening keynotes of the expected gap between alumina demand and alumina production. The session was chaired by Mr. Roelof Den Hond and had four presentations on future alumina supply, one of Dubal on the Prospects and challenges for developing greenfield alumina refineries outside China, two about greenfield projects in the North of Brazil by Votorantim and Hydro and one about the Development of Vietnam's bauxite, alumina and aluminium industry.

 During the breaks one could visit the exhibition tables in the central area of 13 technology suppliers, and during the joint meals there was ample time to meet old and new colleagues or enjoy the Brazilian Samba show in the tropical evening.

The symposium provided opportunities to visit Paragominas mine, Alunorte, the World largest alumina refinery, Albras smelter, and CAP project site.

The following sponsors contributed to the realization of the event: 
Hydro as host sponsor, 
Diemme Filtration, Hatch, Jingjin Filter press, Nalco and Outotec as gold spomsors, 
Aker Solutions, Albras, Andritz, Bokela, Boskalis, Bruker, Cargotec, Cytec, Feluwa, FLSmidth, Newtime, Orbite, PANalytical, Pimenta de Ávila Consultoria, Progen, Rio Tinto Alcan, SNF Floerger, Votorantim Metais, Weir as silver sponsors.

Companies represented at ICSOBA-2012

Active Minerals International
Advanced Metals & Process Research Inst
Advancetex International
Aker Wirth
Alcoa - Poços de Caldas
Alcoa Latin America & Caribbean
Alcoa of Australia
Alcoa World Alumina
Alcor Technology
Alumina do Norte do Brasil - ALUNORTE
Aluminio Argentino - ALUAR
Alumínio Brasileiro - ALBRAS
Alumínio do Maranhão - ALUMAR
Aluminium Bahrain - ALBA
Amber Development
Andritz AG
Andritz Separation
Associação Brasileira de Alumínio - ABAL
Bán-Völgy Ltd Partnership
BASF Australia Ltd
Bauxite Instituut Suriname
Bokela (Germany & Brazil)
Cavemin SA
Chalco - Guangxi Branch
Chalco - Zhengzhou Research Institute
Claudius Peters Projects
CMI Brasil
Colt International
Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio - CBA
Constec Ltda
CTP Air Pollution Control
Cytec Brasil
Cytec Industries Inc.
Diemme Filtration SRL & Basil
Dow Brasil SA
Dubai Aluminium - DUBAL
Emirates Aluminium - EMAL
Eurasian Natural Resources Company - ENRC
Feluwa Pumpen
Feret Analytical Consulting
First Bauxite Corporation
FLSmidth A/S
GE  Water & Process Technologies
GP Services
GPS Global Solutions
Guyana Geology and Mines Commission
Hencon Netherlands and  South Africa
Hindalco Innovation Centre
IMMT, Bhubaneshwar
INPAR Industrial
Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia
KHD Humboldt Wedag
Krupadeep Traders
LBX Consulting
Ma’aden Aluminium
Magyar Aluminium - MAL
Mineração Paragominas S.A
Mineração Rio do Norte - MRN
MMD Mineral Sizing
Nalco (ecolab)
National Aluminium Company - NALCO
Netzsch AKW
New Time Valves
NKM Noell Special Cranes GmbH
Norsk Hydro Brasil
Orbite Aluminae, Inc.
Outotec (Germany, Finland, Brasil)
Pimenta de Ávila Consultoria
Putzmeister Solid Pumps
Rio Tinto Alcan
Rio Tinto Exploration
RUSAL Aughinish
Santo Expedito
Semco Equipamentos Industriais Ltda.
Shandong Jingjin Environmental Protection Equipm. Co.
Tecnologia em Movimentação S.A.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
UC Rusal
UC Rusal - ETC
Universidade de São Paulo
Universidade Federal de Pará
Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro
Université Lille
University of Auckland
University of Science and Technology - AGH
University of Technology - Lappeenranta
University of Western Australia
Volta Aluminium Company - VALCO
Votorantim Metais
Weir Minerals Netherlands & Brasil
West Indies Alumina Company - WINDALCO
WesTech Engineering
Westech Process Equipment, India
Wheb 52 Ltda
World Aluminium