Press release Congress and our new director

ESTAL held its 40th Congress in Krakow  and appointed a new director

Over 120 delegates from more than 20 countries all over the world, gathered for 2 days at the Sheraton Hotel in Krakow last September to meet for the 40th ESTAL congress. The focus of the congress was on how to prepare aluminium for the future.

Representatives of the aluminium industry, and researchers from international companies and universities explained the future trends for aluminium and their impact on the surface technologies. Suppliers of the aluminium surface treatment industries presented their new technologies and shared experience on how to reduce the carbon footprint and enhance the sustainability of aluminium finishes.

The 2013 congress offered the opportunity to learn about the surface treatment outside of Europe and the developments within the internationally renowned Quality label organizations, as well as to discover large architectural projects using aluminium finishes in and outside of Europe. 

Great names of the aluminium surface treatment supply chain showed their products during the congress exhibition and supported the Congress organization as sponsors.

The ESTAL Congress in Krakow offered numerous opportunities to exchange and discuss experience with peers and provided an ideal platform for learning about recent technological achievements and future challenges of aluminium surface treatment. In this way, ESTAL provided new impulses for the aluminium finishing industry throughout Europe. 

During the Congress ESTAL announced the appointment of its new Director, Mr. Michiel Koot, as of 1st October 2013. Mr. Michiel Koot, who worked for many years as the General Manager of an anodizing company in the Netherlands, has also been involved with the Dutch association for aluminium surface treatment and with ESTAL for several years. 

Most of the participants were delighted to discover the charming town of Krakow with its rich cultural and historical heritage. The Congress ended with an unforgettable gala dinner in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, 130 meters underground.

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November 2013 


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