Having successfully participated in Metal Bulletin’s International Aluminium Conference last year in Moscow, this was the first time that Kizad was present in Geneva, showcasing their massive industry project from 17-19 September to a wider global audience.
With Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) already being an anchor tenant in Kizad, company officials took the opportunity and introduced the fully operational giant industrial zone to further potential investors and business partners while elaborating current industry dynamics and market potential.
The International Aluminium Conference is one of the most important annual events in the industry, attracting key industry speakers and panelists as well as more than 500 decision makers from all over the world. Presenting the UAE’s aluminium sector, EMAL and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) were exhibiting at a joint stand, promoting their comprehensive product portfolios.
Confirming the contribution of the UAE to the global industry, the combined 1.84 million tonnes of primary aluminium products manufactured in the UAE in 2012 represents almost 4% of the estimated 47.1 million metric tonnes of annual global production. It is also 50% of the 3.7 million metric tonnes produced in the greater Gulf region (itself equivalent to 7.8% of global production in 2012).
Following its mandate to support economic diversification, Kizad acknowledges the UAE’s massive aluminium production and its regional as well as global impact. Until today, nearly 40 investors, covering a range of different industry sectors, have signed up with Kizad which, together with Khalifa Port, is expected to become one of the biggest industrial powerhouses in the world.
By planning to host next year’s event, the 29th International Aluminium Conference, in Abu Dhabi, Metal Bulletin shifts the global focus to the GCC region and its growing economic potential, aside from the oil and gas industry.