Update April 15, 2020

As communicated last week, during these challenging times, HARBOR is relying on health, federal, state and county authorities for guidance on when and how to proceed with HARBOR’s 13th Aluminum Summit.


At this point in time, authorities have indicated that the lifting of travel, social gathering, and non-essential work restrictions will be a gradual process and will not likely be completed by the first week of June.


Under this guidance and out of abundance of caution, I am pleased to confirm that HARBOR’s 13th Aluminum Summit will take place on September 8-10, 2020 at the Radisson Blu Aqua, Chicago, IL. This is five months from now and at the same venue as every year.


The health and peace of mind of our delegates and staff are very important to us. For this reason and following authorities’ guidance, HARBOR and the Radisson Blue Aqua will implement important precautionary health measures during the Summit that will include providing:



a) On-site temperature checks every day for all delegates and staff before entering the Summit’s premises.


b) Facemasks and gloves for each delegate to use.


c) Personal size hand sanitizer for each delegate to use.


d) Hand sanitizer dispensers and/or wipes in high-traffic, readily accessible areas including main entrances/ exits, meeting space, conference area, the front desk area, restrooms, elevator landings and throughout the lobby.


e) Cleaning procedures in all public areas, with specific focus on commonly touched areas such as tables, chairs, doorknobs, countertops, etc.



Please note that HARBOR will live-stream the Summit for registered delegates that are unable to attend the event in September.


A special thank you to all who have communicated with us to express your input, support and thoughts. Every conversation has been helpful and deeply appreciated.


So far, over 400 delegates have already registered to the Summit and all WALT EXPO categories have been confirmed.


Having five months ahead of us and expectations of intense business activity for the second half of this year and next year, we believe the Summit can still even surpass last year’s all-time record of 719 delegates.


Indeed, the timing of the Summit and the market intelligence that will be provided at our sessions will allow customers and suppliers of aluminum to kick-off mating season for 2021.


We are also grateful to all of our sponsors (EGA, RUSAL, LME, OARC, CME Group and Braidy) who have unconditionally continued to support the HARBOR Summit and our industry during these unprecedented times.


Let’s continue to work together toward even greater success into the future.


Very much looking forward to seeing you in September.


Best regards,
Jorge Vazquez
Founder & Managing Director
HARBOR Aluminum Intelligence Unit, LLC

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