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Ducab Aluminium Company (DAC) has opened its new aluminium rods and overhead lines production facility in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), a move that will simplify its logistics and enhance its ability to expand its local marketshare.
“Through Ducab Aluminium Company we will emphasise the competitive edge for ‘Made-in-UAE’ products, with 100% UAE-made aluminium rods and overhead lines replacing imports,” says Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, chairman of DAC and Ducab.
“We have signed a multi-year contract with Emirates Global Aluminium 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.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas. The new DAC facility, which was officially inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, has been opened close to EGA’s Al Taweelah aluminium smelter, one of the largest in the world.
Although EGA’s aluminium is the second biggest ‘made-in-the-UAE’ export, an increasing proportion of EGA’s production is sold locally. There are 26 downstream companies in the UAE making products using EGA’s metal, including DAC.
EGA supplies DAC with molten aluminium along a dedicated ‘hot metal road’, the first in the UAE to link separate industrial sites.
The UAE aluminium sector as a whole employs some 30,000 people, making it the largest employer amongst the UAE’s energy intensive industries.
Abdulla Kalban, EGA’s managing director and CEO said: “The aluminium industry with EGA 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.”
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.
EGA has developed a dedicated, state-of-the-art Liquid Metal Transfer facility, which is capable of 24-hour operations.
The first of its kind in the UAE, this facility transfers molten metal via an overhead crane to preheated 14.5 tonne crucibles which can keep the metal liquid for up to 18 hours at temperatures of around 780 degrees Celsius. The crucibles are mounted on highly secured trailers and driven to customers in KIZAD’s aluminium cluster, including DAC.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said that by establishing its new facility in KIZAD, DAC would benefit from a simplified supply chain.
“Proximity of the DAC facility to major partners Emirates Global Aluminium, who are also based in KIZAD and our anchor tenants in the aluminium cluster, is a clear advantage in terms of access to raw materials,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming more industrial and logistics companies to set up at KIZAD and Khalifa Port Free Trade Zone to maximize down, mid and upstream availability within specialized clusters at KIZAD.”