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EGA: honoured

EGA: honoured



EGA recognised as a UAE Pioneer

The award is a big achievement for the industrial champion that has taken the UAE from no production to the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world

December 2018

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas, was recognised as a UAE Pioneer by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi. 

The UAE Pioneer Awards were established in 2014 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to honour service to the nation and pioneering spirit.

The development of EGA, which began in the late 1970s, has taken the UAE from no aluminium production to the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world. Today, EGA’s metal is the biggest made-in-the-UAE export after oil and gas.

EGA has also pioneered research and development in the UAE industry, allowing it to develop its own technology for more than 25 years. The company’s latest homegrown technology is amongst the most efficient in the global aluminium industry. In 2016, EGA became the first UAE industrial company to license its own large-scale industrial technology internationally.

Abdulla Kalban, managing director and chief executive officer of EGA, said: “It is a great honour for EGA to be recognised as a UAE Pioneer by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. I would like to thank everyone who has worked at EGA over the past four decades, helping build this company into a leader in the aluminium industry worldwide.”

EGA employs over 7,000 people in the UAE. The company’s workforce includes more than 1,200 UAE Nationals, in line with the ‘UAE Vision 2021’ goal of harnessing the full potential of its National human capital.

EGA is also pioneering the role of UAE National women in heavy industry, with over 16 per cent of staff occupying supervisory roles and above female employees.

Some 26 companies make products in the UAE using EGA’s metal, and are part of local and global supply chains in sectors from construction to automotive.

EGA spends around $1 billion per year in the UAE on goods and services to support its capital projects and operations, including on energy.

Meanwhile, the company was also honoured with an international award for commitment to innovation.

EGA was recognised by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) with an award for its commitment to innovation within the organisation. The company was presented with the ‘2018 ASQ MEA Innovation Award for the Government Sector’ during ASQ’s 4th Regional Quality Conference, held in Dubai. ASQ noted the company leadership’s clear commitment to and strategy for innovation, its efficient implementation of a robust Innovation Management System, and the strong partnerships it has developed to help maintain this commitment.

ASQ is a global community of quality professionals, with nearly 80,000 members dedicated to promoting and advancing quality tools, principles, and practices in their workplaces and communities.

Salman Abdulla, executive vice president HSSEQ at EGA, said: “Innovation and continuous improvement have been foundations of EGA’s success, both locally and globally, for decades. This award highlights not only the spirit of innovation within our organisation, but it is also testament to our strong support for initiatives that increase innovativeness across the UAE. We thank ASQ for the honour.”

EGA’s research and technology development focuses on enhancing the core aluminium smelting process. Today, EGA’s home-grown technology is amongst the most efficient in the global aluminium industry.

EGA has also run an employee suggestion scheme since 1981 to encourage everyone in the organisation to find ways to improve the company’s operations. Last year EGA employees submitted a record 34,419 ideas, leading to savings of AED 36 million.

EGA also works closely with universities in the UAE and internationally to explore ways to increase operational efficiency. EGA’s current academic collaborations in the UAE include Masdar Institute, the American University of Sharjah, and Higher Colleges of Technology whilst international collaborations include the University of Auckland, the University of New South Wales, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

EGA has used its own technology, developed in the UAE, in every expansion since the 1990s. EGA’s latest technology, DX+ Ultra has more than double the productivity of the company’s original D18 technology developed in 1990. Energy consumed during the smelting process is amongst the lowest in the global industry.

In 2016 EGA became the first UAE industrial company to licence its core industrial process technology internationally.




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