Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company (TALEX), an automated aluminium extrusion plant, has been inaugurated at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) by HE Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, member of the Executive Council.
TALEX is the first aluminium extrusion project to be established in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
Formed through a joint venture between Senaat, an industrial holding company fully owned by the Abu Dhabi government, and the privately owned Gulf Extrusions under Al Ghurair Group, TALEX is the result of a$240m investment said to be aimed at strengthening the Middle East’s downstream capabilities.
The plant covers almost 200,000m2, and has an estimated annual production capacity of 50,000t of aluminium profiles and 45,000t aluminium billets for both regional and international markets.
Speaking at the official opening ceremony, HE Ali Murshed Al Marar, chairman of TALEX said: “The inauguration of TALEX further strengthens the strategic pillars of Abu Dhabi’s focussed industrial strategy in line with the economic diversification plan, while building a competitive edge for ‘Made-in-UAE’ industrial products.”
TALEX is one of the projects on the Hot Metal Road to receive liquid metal from Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). Molten aluminium is delivered in a crucible on a truck at 950 degrees C, poured directly into TALEX’s melting furnace.
According to the company, this allows it to save on the cost of re-melting aluminium ingots.
HE Majid Saif Al Ghurair, vice chairman of TALEX, commented: “Our main scope is the automotive, transportation, architecture, and construction industries.
“We have witnessed a rise in global demand for precision engineered aluminium products for the automotive sector. This market is looking for lightweight materials to help improve performance whilst also reducing pollution.”
TALEX emphasised that it follows all environmental laws in the UAE, as well as contributing to the environmental goals of Abu Dhabi, particularly in sustainable industry and the optimal use of resources.
The company said that waste from the plant’s treatment section does not contain toxic substances. The plant is also equipped with a waste recycling system, in addition to a water treatment system that is free of heavy metals and silica.