Emal aims to increase exports to the US

emal-productionEmirates Aluminium (Emal) is set to double its exports to the US by the end of 2012 due to growing demand, said the company's president and chief executive.

Emal sold 100,000 metric tonnes to the US in 2011 and hopes to increase this to 250,000 metric tonnes by the end of the year.

"The orders on our metals have increased because one of our prime products is for automotives,” said Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, president and chief executive of Emal, reported Reuters.

"We realised there is an increase in the orders on trucking since there is growth of around seven to eight per cent, so we are focusing on that region."

According to Mazrooei, Emal's order books showed healthy demand of 900,000 tonnes which is encouraging in light of the company aim to boost its production capacity.

Emal is investing US$3.8bn on the second phase of a development process that will see it up production to 800,000 metric tonnes by the end of 2012 and 1.4 million metric tonnes by 2014.

"Phase two development is on track," Mazrooei added.

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