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Emal to provide liquefied aluminium to downstream industry

Demand for aluminium in the local market to increase up to 400,000 tones next year

  • By Zaher Bitar Senior Reporter
  • Published: 16:55 April 23, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: COURTESY EMAL
  • Demand from downstream industries for aluminium in the local market is set to increase up to 400,000 tons next year.

Dubai: Emal, Emirates Aluminium, is looking to provide liquefied aluminium to downstream industry very soon, Salman Abdullah, Vice President Operation at Emal, told Gulf News.

“With the remarkable expansion of the aluminium industry across the emirates and especially in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), we are looking to provide the liquefied aluminium to the downstream industrials,” he said.

“Currently, we produce aluminium in liquefied form and we solidify it to be transported to factories who in turn work on liquefying this aluminium for industrial usage.”

To save time and efforts as well as to reduce cost, we are going to transport the liquefied aluminium directly after production to the factories, Abdullah said.

“Liquefied aluminium will be transported in a vessel at a temperature of 800 degree and with a maximum of two hours time.”

Demand from downstream industries for aluminium in the local market is set to increase up to 400,000 tons next year.

Abdullah said that Emal currently produces 800,000 tons of aluminium and will reach 1.3 million tons with the inauguration of its phase two very soon.

Alexander Haex, VP- Business Development of Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), said that starting form clean sheet in 2010, today kizad has over 50 contracts across different industrial sectors.

“Today, kizad encompass huge industrial clusters across different sectors including aluminium , food, logistics, engineering, steel and so on.”.

Stretching over 417 sq. km, Kizad is positive proof of the government intent of creating different opportunities in the industrial sector. It offers local and international businesses efficient access to local, regional and international markets in a low operating cost environment.

Pointing to the significance of Kizad as a one-stop-shop for investors, Haex said: “Kizad is combining world-class infrastructure, multimodal connectivity, including its proximity to one of the most advanced ports.”

 

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