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Our technology development process

Emirates Global Aluminium's approach to innovation is founded on a culture of continuous improvement.

We develop our technology through practical research projects at EGA’s smelters. This enables us to achieve rapid progress from idea to implementation in our smelters.

Some 40 dedicated engineers and technicians lead and coordinate innovation work at EGA. They work in three linked teams.

Our technology team works on developing new technology concepts, focusing on modeling, engineering and process development.

The development team then designs, builds and operates pilot cells to test our ideas in the field and prove their potential to be used in our plants.

Finally the transfer team prepares a complete  package of technical and design information, so the new technology can be built in our own smelters or those of companies that buy the right to use our innovations.

EGA works closely with local and international universities to combine the latest scientific thinking with our decades of experience in aluminium smelting. Together we find solutions to the industry’s technological challenges.

Our academic partnerships in the United Arab Emirates also enable us to contribute to the development of local academic institutions.

EGA’s current collaborations in the UAE include Masdar Institute, the American University of Sharjah, and Higher Colleges of Technology.

Internationally we have partnered with the University of Auckland, the University of New South Wales, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

EGA hosts graduate students each year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, a programme through which industrial chemists test their latest thinking at industrial sites on practical projects.

EGA is the first Middle East company to participate in the programme, which has a history stretching back over 100 years.

Historically, EGA relied on secrecy to protect our innovations, since they were for use within our own sites.

In 2013 we began a programme of patent applications for our most important innovations. So far we have filed more than 20 patent applications.