United Arab Emirates, 7th April 2022: Emirates Global Aluminium, the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, and Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), Saudi Arabia’s national mining champion and one of the fastest-growing mining companies in the world, have signed an agreement to extend their exploration of potential collaboration on technology in the aluminium value chain.
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, EGA’s Vice Chairman and Musabbeh Al Kaabi, EGA Board member, witnessed the signing in Dubai by Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, EGA’s Chief Executive Officer and Riyadh Al Nassar, Senior Vice President of Ma’aden’s Aluminium business.
The agreement extends a Memorandum of Understanding originally signed in 2018. The companies will explore cooperation on aluminium smelting technology development, including novel technologies with lower greenhouse gas emissions. EGA and Ma’aden will also consider cooperation on the management of by-products from processes in the aluminium value chain, and aluminium recycling.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, EGA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are pleased to extend our agreement with Ma’aden on potential cooperation in technology and other development to support further the sustainability of our two companies. The successful tackling of big challenges can only be accelerated by companies working together.”
Riyadh Al Nassar, Senior Vice President of Ma’aden’s Aluminium business, said: “Aluminium is one of the world’s most crucial metals for many global industries going into a future that is focused on environment and sustainability. This partnership aims to increase the cooperation between Ma’aden and EGA to work together, including towards more sustainable aluminium production.”
EGA has developed its own aluminium smelting technology for more than 25 years. EGA has used its UAE-developed technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines.
Ma’aden operates the largest and most efficient vertically integrated aluminium complex in the world in Ras Al Khair on Saudi Arabia’s east coast. Ma'aden’s mine-to-market aluminium business comprises the Al Ba’itha mine and fully integrated refinery, smelter, rolling and export facilities in Ras Al Khair. Ma’aden provides high-quality billets, ingots, slabs and flat-rolled aluminium products to customers across the globe, including multinational automakers and consumer brands.