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Professor Mark Taylor

Director, Product Accelerator


Prior joined Light Metals, Mark was the Manager for implementing a $450m smelter upgrade at New Zealand Aluminium Smelter. He was appointed as General Manager for Boyne Smelter in Queensland and has published over 150 papers, over 40 publications and authored more than 300 technical reports. Mark won many awards for the best paper and lately award for honor excellence for his notable contribution to the advancement of the technology of extraction and processing metallurgy from TMS. Mark offers substantial experience in aluminium smelter operation and new technology development.

In 2003 he joined the University of Auckland as Director of the Light Metals Research Centre. In 2012 Mark was awarded two prestigious international awards:  The Application to Practice Award, and The Light Metals Division of TMS Technology Award, at the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, USA 141st Annual Meeting & Exhibition, in Orlando, Florida.

Mark has served as Deputy-Director of the Product Accelerator for four years and took over as Director of the programme in February 2012