Aluminium Middle East brought together international industry front-runners

Aluminium Middle East brought together international industry front-runners

Industry gathers at the leading aluminium fair

01 June 2017

More than 3,500 industry professionals from over 80 countries attended the fifth edition of Aluminium Middle East, the leading event for aluminium products, technologies and investments in the region.

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest aluminium producer in the GCC region, joined 200 exhibitors from more than 20 countries at the event which was held in Dubai, last month.

EGA is the foundation of the UAE’s broader aluminium sector. There are 26 companies in the UAE which make products with EGA’s aluminium and the sector as a whole is the biggest employer amongst the UAE’s energy intensive industries.

Abdulla Kalban, managing director and chief executive officer at EGA said: “The development of EGA and the downstream companies in the UAE which we supply is an industrialisation success story for the UAE. Events like Aluminium Middle East are an opportunity to reflect on what we have achieved and discuss the outlook for the future.”

Since the 1970s, EGA has taken the UAE from no aluminium production to today producing one tonne out of every 25 tonnes produced worldwide.  In 2016 EGA sold over 10 per cent of its production domestically.

The company began supplying nearby downstream customers in Abu Dhabi with molten metal through a dedicated hot metal road in 2016. Receiving molten metal means customers do not need to use high energy to re-melt it, reducing environmental emissions and costs.

At the event, aluminium professionals and industry experts  offered insights and recommendations on the fast growing industry and discussed the future of aluminium in the growing market, said the organiser Reed Exhibitions Middle East.

It highlighted the Middle East’s future role as the world’s powerhouse in aluminium production and facilitate dialogue on uplifting the downstream sectors to support this phenomenal growth in upstream industries, it stated.

Daniyal Qureshi, the group exhibition director of Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said the aluminium industry in the Middle East was witnessing exciting developments in the coming years.

“With the growing global demand for aluminium, estimated to reach 70 million metric tonnes per year by 2020, the event provides a platform for industry insights and trends, business developments, and knowledge sharing and networking from experts within the field,” he noted.

With the recently launched Dubai Industrial Strategy, the UAE is boosting its economic competitiveness and new initiatives post oil-era, with aluminium as one of the major economy drivers.

Through this vision, UAE is looking to create an environment for knowledge and research that will offer both local and international companies immense growth opportunities in innovative industries, said a top official.

“The aluminium industry has played a vital role in accelerating industrialisation in the Middle East,” remarked Abdalla Kalban, managing director and chief executive at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA).

“As a brand partner of the event, we welcome the opportunity to take stock of where the industry sits today and how we can amplify its positive economic impacts as we grow our businesses,” he stated.

The 2017 show will feature six international pavilions (Germany, Italy, India, China and North America) and two new dedicated zones (occupational safety and SMEs) meant to underscore how the GCC will focus on other related sectors, in order to diversify their economies to ease their dependence on energy revenues, said the organiser.

Launched in 2009, Aluminium Middle East brings together international industry front-runners including producers, manufacturers and processors of raw materials and end products made with aluminium components, as well as suppliers of technologies and accessories for aluminium production, processing and refinement, it added.

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