Metal Industries
July 2008

A new hub in the aluminium industry is emerging in the Middle East, with the potential to become a leading sector of the aluminium market in the years to come. In 1980, the region contributed 1 per cent of the total world aluminium production.






July 2008

Mammut Building Systems (MBS), one of the leading manufacturers of pre-engineered steel buildings, has announced that it has begun delivery of the first of four exhibition buildings for the Lahore Expo Centre. The Dh20 million ($5.






July 2008

Dubai-based Gulf General Investment Company (GGICO) officially inaugurated one of the largest aluminium extrusion factories in the region at an opening ceremony attended by the vice chairman of Dubai Aluminium, Ahmed Humeid Al Tayer.






July 2008

Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Maaden) said an aluminium venture it is developing with Rio Tinto will cost $530 million more than expected, or SR28.24 billion ($7.53 billion), because of higher prices. The companies may also expand the project’s planned capacity, adding to costs further, state-owned Maaden said in a statement. It did not elaborate.






July 2008

The World Gold Council’s regional office in Dubai announced that UAE gold sales increased from Dh2.7 billion ($735 million) in the first quarter of 2007 to Dh3.1 billion, contributing to a 15 per cent increase. The same positive sales value increase was recorded in Saudi Arabia as gold sales increased by 7 per cent.






July 2008

Reem Emirates Aluminum (REA), a leader in curtain walls, cladding and architectural finishes, recently launched a state-of-the-art 80,000 sq m factory, the largest of its kind in the UAE, to produce 60,000 sq m of curtain wall panels per month.






July 2008

Alumco LLC, a specialised aluminium façade contractor and major glass processor, has strengthened its operations in the region by embracing the green building concept and expanding its engineering division.






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