The Black Country-based Aluminium Federation is supporting the launch of a new Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC) aimed at promoting and representing the growing influence of the aluminium industry in the Gulf States.
Initially made up of the six companies involved in primary aluminium smelting in the region, the GAC will communicate, not just the importance of aluminium production within the Gulf, but also the vital role it plays in the global aluminium industry.
While the production of primary aluminium has been established in the Gulf for over 40 years, there is currently a rapid expansion in capacity, with a number of new plants coming on stream in the near future. In the past eight years the output of primary aluminium from the Gulf States has doubled to 1.8 million tonnes and is projected to quadruple to more than 12 per cent of global output by 2020.
“It is vital that, as our industry expands and becomes a major player on the worldwide stage, that we ensure that the aluminium industry in the Gulf leads the way in every aspect of how we do business,” said Abdulla Kalban, CEO Dubai Aluminium Company and Chair of the Gulf Aluminium Council.
“It means that we must work together more in the primary sector, and in time include our region’s growing downstream aluminium sector, by pooling our expertise and resources to maximise the positive contribution that we make to world markets.”
The Aluminium Federation, the UK’s Trade Association for the aluminium industry, is based on Birmingham Road, West Bromwich.