EGA wins at Dubai Quality Group Innovation Awards

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium has received four awards at the 2016 Quality Group Continual Improvement and Innovation Symposium, cementing its reputation as an innovative UAE industrial champion.

EGA swept the Kaizen category, named after the Japanese practice of continual improvement in business, winning gold, silver and bronze awards for its unique process innovations and contributions to the aluminium industry.

EGA has focused on technology development for decades, continuously improving its core aluminium smelting process. The company has applied its own in-house developed technology for each of its expansions since the 1990s. Earlier this year, EGA also became the first UAE industrial company to licence its own large-scale industrial technology internationally, in a deal with Aluminium Bahrain.

EGA’s smelting innovations have enabled the company to reach global top quartile performance in cost, efficiency and environmental responsibility according to independent industry benchmarks.

For example, EGA’s latest technology, DX+ Ultra, has more than double the pot productivity of the company’s original D18 technology and the energy consumed in its smelting process is amongst the lowest in the industry.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “Innovation is part of our DNA at EGA – we continually improve our technology stay ahead of our competition in the global aluminium industry. The results of innovation are customer orders and financial success, but it is great to also be recognised by Dubai Quality Group in this way.”

EGA has won 21 awards at the Dubai Quality Group event over the past six years. The annual awards recognise the use of innovative, scientific, structured and data-driven methodologies for the continual and breakthrough improvements of an organisation’s processes.

The winning entries at the 2016 event included:

1. Kaizen Category

  • Gold Award – Reducing the process time of crust breaker overhauling, Jebel Ali plant
  • Silver Award – Reducing coke pre-heater screw assembling time and cost by 50%, Jebel Ali plant
  • Bronze Award – Recovering energy from Phase II heat recovery steam generators, Al Taweelah plant

2. Innovation Category

  • Bronze Award – Steam Turbine 14 auxiliaries standby feeder from substation 426, during transformer and motor control centre replacement (without shutdown), Jebel Ali plant

 

EGA has received about 90 international and regional awards for innovation and excellence, including accolades for health and safety, innovation and its employee suggestion scheme.