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DAC’s facility has been built close to Emirates Global Aluminium’s Al Taweelah aluminium smelter in

DAC’s facility has been built close to Emirates Global Aluminium’s Al Taweelah aluminium smelter in



Ducab opens aluminium plant

The $60 million facility will annually manufacture 50,000 metric tonnes of aluminium rods and conductors, with plans to export most of its output to overseas markets

February 2018

Ducab Aluminium Company (DAC), a joint venture between Dubai-based copper and aluminium wire and cable producer Ducab and Abu Dhabi industrial conglomerate Senaat, was inaugurated last month in Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi (Kizad).

The firm will annually manufacture 50,000 metric tonnes of aluminium rods and conductors, with plans to export most of its output to overseas markets.

Ducab is a joint venture between sovereign wealth fund Investment Corporation of Dubai and Senaat.

“The UAE has become, thanks to the unlimited support from our wise Leadership to public and private sector entities, a leading player in industries such as aluminium and conductors and has built world-class factories and manufacturing facilities to meet the growing global demand for such industrial material,” commented Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.

The new entity – DAC – set up at an investment of Dh220 million ($60 million) aims to boost the UAE’s industrial supply chain in line with the UAE strategy to champion industrial investments.

It will manufacture electrical grade aluminium rod and overhead conductor per annum once it reaches its full capacity supplying to both local and international customers, said  Senaat.

The joint venture embodies the efforts to expand the development of the industrial sector in the UAE by embracing the partnership model that combines national industrial sector organisations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. DAC co-operates with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to supply the new manufacturer with molten aluminium in a collaborative model to promote partnership strategies among national institutions.

One of the world’s leading aluminium producers, Emirates Global Aluminium, has welcomed DAC as the latest company to join the country’s aluminium sector and the aluminium cluster in Kizad.

Although EGA’s aluminium is the second biggest ‘made-in-the-UAE’ export, an increasing proportion of its production is sold locally. There are 26 downstream companies in the UAE making products using EGA’s metal, including DAC, said the statement.

The UAE aluminium sector as a whole employs some 30,000 people, making it the largest employer amongst the UAE’s energy-intensive industries.

DAC’s facility has been built close to EGA’s Al Taweelah aluminium smelter, one of the largest in the world. EGA supplies DAC with molten aluminium along a dedicated ‘hot metal road’, the first in the UAE to link separate industrial sites, it added.

Abdulla Kalban, managing director and chief executive officer, EGA, said: “The aluminium industry with our company at its heart has long played an important role in the economic diversification of the UAE, creating jobs and economic opportunity.”

“We welcome the official inauguration of DAC, and look forward to reliably supplying them with the metal they need to make their products in the years to come,” he said.

Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, the chairman of DAC and Ducab and CEO of Senaat, said: “Through our company we will emphasise the competitive edge for ‘Made-in-UAE’ products, with 100 per cent UAE-made aluminium rods and overhead lines replacing imports.”

“We have signed a multi-year contract with EGA for the supply of aluminium to our facility, and we are well-positioned to optimise local resources that are customised to various industries’ requirements, in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030,” he added.

Receiving molten aluminium from EGA eliminates the need for DAC to use high energy to re-melt the metal before use. This saves both costs and environmental emissions.

“The inauguration of DAC at Kizad, one of the region’s largest progressive industrial and logistic hubs fully integrated with Khalifa Port, offers DAC unrivalled advantages,” Al Shamis said.

“Proximity of the DAC facility to major partners EGA, who are also based in Kizad and our anchor tenants in the aluminium cluster, is a clear advantage,” he added.




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