ABU DHABI, U.A.E., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Keynote presentation looking at "the key strategic threats for aluminium producers" with Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, President and CEO, EMAL, Jacynthe Côté, CEO, Rio Tinto Alcan, Abdulla J.M. Kalban, President and CEO, DUBAL, Phil Martens, President and CEO, Novelis Inc, Chris Ayers, EVP and President of Global Primary Products, Alcoa CRU's 17th World Aluminium Conference will take place from 30 April - 2 May 2012 during an event filled week for the aluminium industry in Abu Dhabi, which includes the Gulf Aluminium Dinner and other important industry meetings. With so many top executives in the region, and an expected audience of over 300, the conference promises to be the definitive aluminium conference of the year. The programme will decipher the avalanche of industry news and focus on what's important for the aluminium sector. With a workshop about optimising your cast house mix and many illuminating presentations on the economy, supply, demand, energy and raw materials, attendees will benefit immensely by attending, both in terms of the high value intellectual property available and in terms of excellent networking. Conference sponsors: EMAL, Alba, ABB, SNC-Lavalin, Ovivo, Mubadala, Samsung, Alucor CRU is an independent business analysis, and consultancy group focused on the mining, metals and fertilizer sectors. Founded in the late 1960s and still privately owned to ensure its independence, the group employs more than 200 experts in London, Beijing, Mumbai, Santiago, Sydney and key centres within the United States. CRU's events team produce international conferences on core industries and sectors that provide high-level networking opportunities - attracting executive level speakers which guarantee that delegates are well informed on the global changes affecting their industries.