EGA wins 2016 ideas.Arabia idea of the year productivity award

Employees at UAE-based aluminium giant recognised for energy-saving idea
United Arab Emirates: Testifying to its continuous efforts to push the boundaries of innovation, a submission from Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”) won the Productivity Awardin the 2016 Ideas.Arabia Idea of the Year Competition, held coincident with the Ideas.Arabia 11th International Conference in Dubai at the end of April. The aim of the annual contest is to honour employees and organisations by recognising the most significant ideas implemented in the preceding period. It also provides an opportunity for participating companies to benchmark against other leading organisations, and motivate employees.

EGA’s award-winning suggestion, entitled “Welding flexible instead of clamping to reduce joint drops”, was submitted by Zakir Hussain, Venkateswara Rao, Reejan Joseph, and Syed Fakruddin Jaleel from Cell Lining (Jebel Ali Operations) and has successfully reduced voltage drops of joints, with a substantial recurring energy saving, and avoided use of clamps to connect flexibles. The suggestion also won the Gold Award in the Best Suggestion – Idea of the Year Awards (Jebel Ali Operations) category at annual EGA Rashid Awards earlier this year.

A key driver in the formation of Ideas. Arabia as a subgroup of the Dubai Quality Group (“DQG”), EGAhas supported the conference and associated competitions for eleven consecutive years since the inaugural Ideas.Arabia in 2006. With this win, EGA has to date secured a total of 26 wins across various categories in the Ideas.Arabia Idea of the Year competition.

“Continuous improvement and innovation is integral to the DNA at EGA. In today’s highly competitive world, the creativity and innovation of all employees is an operating necessity for the success of the organisation,” says Salman Abdulla (Executive Vice President – Health, Safety, Sustainability, Environment & Quality). “What makes EGA different from our competitors is our award-winning employee involvement programme, where employees have a stake in EGA’s growth and sustainability by offering improvement ideas and problem-solving solutions.”

EGA pioneered the employee suggestion scheme movement in the UAE and wider GCC region in 1981. The EGA Suggestion Scheme has become a role model for other businesses. In 2015 alone, a total of 23,951 suggestions were submitted to the EGA Suggestion Scheme, of which 16,355 suggestions were awarded. The savings generated amounted to AED 28 million.

“EGA’s values promote a performance-based work culture where individuals are empowered through ownership, accountability, and team support, allowing EGA to excel in operations through continuous improvement and innovation,” adds Abdulla. “Our continuous foundational support for DQG and Ideas.Arabia is further testament to this.”