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Subject: consultant group in aluminium industry in the US
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: minerswife-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 22 Feb 2005 18:30 PST
Expires: 24 Mar 2005 18:30 PST
Question ID: 479064
Consultanting Group or person in the Aluminium Industry specializing
in manufacturing and aluminium alloys - preferable of US orgin,
continuing, retired or previous employer or executives of major
aluminium companies for consultation on scandium alloys.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 22 Feb 2005 18:45 PST
Hello, minerswife-ga.

I presume you are looking to identify a consultant with experience in
the aluminum industry, and I will be happy to look into this for you.

If there is any other information that you hoped to have as well,
please let me have a bit more detail about what you need.  Just
respond to this clarification with any additional details you can


Subject: Re: consultant group in aluminium industry in the US
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 23 Feb 2005 19:30 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello minerswife-ga.

Thanks for your challenging question.  

Although there were no consultants listed that mentioned specific
expertise with scandium alloys, there is certainly a wealth of
expertise available on aluminum processing and metallurgy.

Your best starting place for information about consultants in the
aluminum industry is probably a site known as Aluminpro:

Their list of consultants -- although focused on the upstream part of
the business -- also includes a heavy focus on manufacturing
experience.  For instance, take note of the following experts:

A. Michael Barr  - Alumina Process Engineer

Career Profile: Broad international involvement for 31 years in the
alumina industry with emphasis on process engineering. Positions
include technical specialist, technical manager, process control
superintendent, senior process engineer, production superintendent and
process engineer. Expertise spans bauxite resources, digestion,
clarification, filtration, and precipitation areas of alumina

Bernard L. Cousineau  - Gen. Mngt. Bauxite & Alumina Operations

Career Profile: Chief Executive Officer / General Manager with a
consistent record of major step change improvements . International
experience in mining and manufacturing, with strong focus on
government and customer relations gained over a 30 year career in the

Phillip Fournet - Environmental - Aluminum & Chemical

Career Profile: Mr. Fournet has extensive experience in bauxite
refining operations, and design and operation of several chemical
plants. Positions included production manager in bauxite refining
operations and plant manager of chemicals plants. As a corporate
environmental manager, represented Kaiser in commenting on and
negotiating Federal Guidelines for NPDES permitting for all of it's
point source categories, including aluminum, chemical and agricultural
chemical. Provided corporate environmental oversight for all of
Kaiser's domestic manufacturing facilities. Represented Kaiser's
interests on PRP groups for a number of superfund sites and supported
legal efforts in recovery of insurance funds for environmental
remediation projects.

Colin J. Campbell  - Refinery Operations Improvement & Commissioning

Career Profile: Extensive, hands-on operational experience in alumina 
refineries. Played a leading role in both the start-up of a new
refinery and the largest refinery expansion to date. Responsible for
the debottlenecking of existing facilities. Achieves a constant high
refinery operating-factor through personnel training and the
re-engineering of maintenance management practices. Works alongside
operators, process engineers and front line supervisors to improve
plant reliability and reach production targets.

Dr. David R. Chinloy  - Process Consultant

Career Profile: With over twenty years in the bauxite-alumina
industry, Dr. David Chinloy has wide experience in plant operations,
process control, cost minimization strategies, energy reduction and
computer applications. Having spent one-half of his career in research
and development and the other half in operations, David has a deep
understanding of the Bayer process technology, particularly bauxite
extraction, desilication, lime chemistry, heat exchange, solid-liquid
separation and impurity removal systems.

B.J. Foster - Alumina Technology & Engineering

Career Profile: Mr. Foster has 40 years industrial experience with
proven ability in the management of production, technical and
engineering units. BJ has over 30 years experience in the alumina
industry with Kaiser Aluminum in Gramercy and Alpart, most recently as
VP and GM Engineering and Technology before becoming a consultant in
late 2002. He started his alumina career in 1971 and assumed many
management and technical roles, including operations manager,
technical manager, process development manager and engineering
manager. Since 1986 he had overall Engineering and Technical
responsibility for the Bauxite and Alumina group of Kaiser worldwide
and added responsibility for smelters to this in 2001.


Another site sith a fairly deep list of consulting expertise is Secat Inc:

Secat, Inc., established in August of 1999, is dedicated to the
research and development of innovative technologies and products for
the aluminum and automotive industries.

The first of its kind, Secat performs cutting-edge research and
delivers commercially viable technologies and processes on behalf of
the aluminum industry.

Secat's consultants include:

Finley J. Bush
Chemical Engineering

Adam Gesing, PhD.
Aluminum Scrap Recycling & Process Technologies

John Green, PhD.
Product & Process Mgmt.

Wayne Hayden, PhD.
Product & Process Mgmt.

John Jacoby
Casthouse Safety

Gilbert J Kaufman
Product & Process Mgmt.

Jerry Long
Market Assessment & Business Analysis

Jim Morris, PhD.
Physical Metallurgy

Jim O' Donnell, PhD.

Steven Ping
Aluminum Metallurgy & Failure Analysis

Len Stemann
Aluminum Rolling & Can Making

Ken Stephenson

Arvind Thekdi, PhD.
Energy Usage


A few aluminum manufacturers offer in-house design and consulting services:

 Indalex's Technical Services professionals provide market-leading,
value-added solutions.

Customized Alloy Products

Our customer service and sales engineers understand the technical
needs of our customers. We get involved early, assisting at the
conceptual and design stages. We provide everything from material
selection and testing to analysis of finished parts. By partnering
with our customers in this way we can assure reliable information and


The link below is focused on experts that can provide testimony in
court cases, but includes quite a number of broad-based consultants
with expertise in aluminum processing:

Richard F. Lynch, PhD 
Location:  New Jersey 
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Richard F. Lynch is an expert
witness/consultant in nonferrous and steel metallurgy including
failure analysis, metallurgical investigation, and test interpretation
for the legal profession. He is an expert in all areas of metallurgy

Thomas L. Read, PhD 
Location:  California 
Areas of Expertise: Read Consulting has over 25 years of manufacturing
experience in electronics, processing and materials engineering, and
over 25 years of experience as a consultant to attorneys in failure
analysis, materials failure analysis, product liability

Mr. Thomas J. Bertone 
Location:  California 
Areas of Expertise: Thomas J. Bertone is an internationally recognized
metallurgist, author, lecturer, and expert in failure analysis with
over 46 years of practical shop experience combined with 30 years
teaching metallurgy at the college level.

Dr. David J Coates 
Location:  California 
Areas of Expertise: Dr. Coates is a licenced Professional
Metallurgical Engineer with over 20 years experience in materials
failure analysis. He has extensive litigation experience including
both trial (over 25) and deposition (over 100) testimony.

Location:  California 
Areas of Expertise: World Famous UCLA Professor with titles of
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Professor of
Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical
Engineering, IDP, with over 120 publications, 200 presentations

David N Kobernuss 
Location:  New York 
Areas of Expertise: David Kobernuss has 40 years' experience in the
primary metals industry. He has designed, installed, started up, and
maintained rolling mills, slitting lines, annealing furnaces, etc., -
any and all of the machines in metal rolling mills

Mr. Gregg S Perkin 
Location:  Texas 
Areas of Expertise: Engineering Partners Int'l, Inc. ("EPI") is
staffed with a dedicated team of multi-state, licensed Professional
Engineers, Scientists, Technicians and diversified consultants.


A company called ALMEX offers in-house consulting services that
include access to a piot-scale aluminum cast house, in case this is of
interest to you:

For alloy development work, ALMEX has designed a dedicated R & D cast
house where very small production runs of 1.5m Tons per casting can be

The R & D facility is a micro version of full fledge cast house
complete with tilting melting furnace, LARS? system, CFF Filtration,
D. C. Casting with CASTRIGHT II? automation.

The facility is located in Anaheim, California and work carried out so
far consists of development of new chemical compositions for several
aerospace applications.

I trust this list of consultants fully meets your needs.  However,
please don't rate this answer until you are fully satisfied.  If you
would like any additional information, just post a Request for
Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further, and I'm at
your service.

All the best,


search strategy -- Google search on [ aluminum OR aluminium consultants ]

Request for Answer Clarification by minerswife-ga on 24 Feb 2005 02:27 PST
We are satisfied with what you have done.  We really need to engage
Aluminium Alloy consultants.  However, we are going to Secat's
consultants who seem to be suitable.  Do you have any others.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 24 Feb 2005 13:22 PST
Hello again,

I'm glad the information I provided led to some useful leads.  I've
searched high and low for additional consultants with a specialty in
alloys.  I've only come up with one candidate, and it's a bit of an
unusual circumstance.

A site called has a pretty deep database of
consultants, but they don't tell upfront exactly WHO the consultant

You can see what I mean at this link:

This consultant has a lot of aluminum alloy experience:

"...directed the development of high-strength alloys at Alcoa for much
of his career. He either developed or directed the development of
almost every modern alloy used today on aircraft. He also had a hand
in developing many of the alloys used in the automotive industry. In
his early years, Jim did research on alloys that are used in the
packaging and construction industries."

However, the site does not provide the conultants name or contact
information.  In order to make contact, you'll have to press the
"Start a Project" button.  This will allow you to submit a form that
will be reviewed by the consultant in question, who will then get back
to you.

As far as I can see, there is not commitment involved in submitting
the is merely a request for additional information.

I hope that helps.  Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.


Request for Answer Clarification by minerswife-ga on 28 Feb 2005 23:41 PST
we would like to extend our search to Europe, preferably in Russia for
a consultant(s) or consultancy group with experience in the aluminium
industry specializing in manufacturing, aluminium alloys and scandium

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 01 Mar 2005 08:29 PST
Hello again,

Try contacting this fellow:

He certainly seems to have deep expertise in the aluminum-scanadium
connection, although it's a bit hard to know from his website exactly
what sort of background he has, or where in the world he is!

Let me know how this works out.  In the mean time, I'm continuing to
search for additional contacts, and I'll let you know in a day or two
what I come up with.


Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 03 Mar 2005 07:56 PST
Hello again,

Thus far, I haven't come across any promising new leads for
consultants with the right sort of credentials.

Have you had any luck with Tim Worstall, who I mentioned in my
previous post.  He certainly seemed promising, in terms of the overlap
of his experience and the particular needs that you have.

Please let me know the status of things as soon as you have contacted Tim. 

And rest assured, I'm happy to do further research on this question if
the need arises...just let me know.

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