By Gavin Davids
Company's smelting capacity grows seven fold since 135,000 tpy in 1979.
Dubai Aluminium Co announced on Saturday that it had achieved its output target of one million metric tons of aluminium in 2009. The UAE aluminium producer is the builder of the world’s largest smelter with a captive power station and is widely regarded as the industrial flagship of the UAE.
The state owned enterprise attributed this achievement to a strategic focus on optimising capacity utilisation, maximising operating efficiencies, continuous innovation and proactively meeting market needs.
Abdulla Kalban, president and chief executive officer, Dubai Aluminium, said: “An annual production volume of 1,009,772 metric tonnes makes DUBAL the largest single site aluminium producer of value added products in the world.”
He added: “The record not only fulfilled a corporate objective in our 30th anniversary year, but it was also achieved in the midst of a global economic recession, which forced many other primary aluminium producers into a partial close down of production capacity.”
According to Kalban, DUBAL continued to operate at full capacity during the downturn and that the company had managed to pre sell its entire production.
He said: “We did this by establishing new markets for our metal, changing our product mix to meet the needs of our customers, enhancing process efficiencies and improving our productivity levels.”
This strategic combination enabled a 6.5 percent year on year increase in cast metal production, compared to the 947,751 metric tonnes cast in 2008, according to Kalban.
Kalban added that the 2009 production milestone marks the fruition of the successive expansion projects undertaken at the Jebal Ali site between 1990 and 2008.
He said: “DUBAL’s smelting capacity has grown from 135,000 metric tonnes per annum at commissioning in 1979, to a current one million metric tonnes per annum – in other words, a seven fold increase.”
Kalban added: “The capacity of our casting operations has expanded in parallel: from an initial 490 metric tonnes per annum, it has grown 159.39 percent to a current 1,271,000 metric tonnes per annum – which makes it the largest in the world.”