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Abu Dhabi Ports Company has signed a ten-year logistics deal with Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) to handle its aluminium exports
The goods will be transported to the container freight station and the export terminal at Khalifa Port, ADPC said in a statement.
In 2014, about 600,000 metric tonnes of metal will be exported from EMAL’s site and this will increase to 750,000 in 2015.
EMAL’s site in the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), adjacent to the port, is said to house one of the largest single site smelters in the world, which produces 1.3mn tonnes of hot metal.
ADPC acting chief executive officer Mohamed Al Shamisi said, “We have worked closely with EMAL to support its business development and expansion plans. The company’s purpose-built wharf is a key element of this, shortening the distance between the supply of seaborne raw materials and the smelter.”
EMAL chief executive officer Saeed Fadhel al Mazrooei said, “Local partnerships such as the one between EMAL and ADPC provide strong foundations for future success. The seamless operation provided by ADPC means that we are able to ship our high quality products around the world as efficiently and effectively as possible.”
EMAL exports aluminium products to more than 150 customers around the world. According to ADPC, the world's aluminium demand will increase by six per cent per annum over the next decade, growing from an annual figure of 40mn tonnes to over 70mn tonnes by 2020.