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UAE giant hits aluminium production record worth '60 Burj Khalifas'

Emirates Global Aluminium has produced 30 million tonnes of cast metal to date, which is the equivalent of 60 times Burj Khalifa's weight

EGA is one of the UAE's biggest industrial companies outside of the oil and gas sector.
EGA is one of the UAE's biggest industrial companies outside of the oil and gas sector.

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has surpassed a major production milestone by producing cast metal worth 60 times the weight of Burj Khalifa.

EGA surpassed its own target to produce 30 million tonnes of cast metal.

The cast metal is a material used in construction, the automotive industry, electronics, and various other form of infrastructure.

READ: EGA 'well prepared' to mitigate Trump trade war

EGA is already the third largest producer of primary aluminium outside of China.

A $300m (AED1.1bn) retrofit of EGA’s aging production lines launched in 2017 helped to boost production capacity and slash costs, the company said.

The company replaced older production equipment at the Jebel Ali aluminium smelter with its own UAE-developed technology.

EGA spends an average of $9.5m (AED34.8m)per year on research and development, and advancements in its smelting division have helped the industrial outfit reduce costs and increase production efficiency at its casthouses in Al Taweelah and Jebel Ali, helping to strengthen the molten aluminium before it is poured into casting machines.

On reaching the 30 million tonne landmark, EGA’s managing director and chief executive officer, Abdulla Kalban, said: "EGA is one of the UAE’s most important industrial giants, and a world leader in the global aluminium sector.

"Reaching this figure confirms that fact and validates our commitment to innovation that has led to a sustained increase in cast metal production." 

He added: "The aluminium this organisation has produced for over a generation is helping to make a countless number of people’s modern lives possible.

"From the cars they drive to the buildings they live in, the 30 million tonnes of cast metal we have produced will have played a key role for people in the UAE and around the world whether they know it or not." 

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