H.E. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan inaugurates Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company (TALEX) in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi


H.E. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council, today inaugurated Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company (TALEX), the region’s most highly automated and flexible aluminium extrusion plant and the first aluminium extrusion project to be established in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

TALEX is an industrial monument, and an extension for the national economy, which continues to deliver continuous growth and prosperity under the wise leadership of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and under the direction of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

TALEX was formed through a joint venture between General Holding Corporation - SENAAT, one of the largest holding companies in the UAE’s industrial sector and privately-owned Gulf Extrusions under Al Ghurair Group. The new company is the result of an US$240 million investment to strengthen the Middle East’s downstream capabilities to spur industrial growth and broaden the Emirate’s economic base, with growing demand for aluminium and its proprietary hard alloys in the global construction, automotive, locomotive and aerospace industries. Spreading over almost 200,000 square metres, TALEX has an estimated production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per annum of aluminium profiles and 45,000 tonnes of aluminium billets for regional and international markets.

The opening ceremony was attended by excellencies, ministers, key government officials, as well as senior executives representing existing and potential clientele.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, H.E. Ali Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of TALEX said: “The inauguration of TALEX further strengthens the strategic pillars of Abu Dhabi’s focused industrial strategy in line with the economic diversification plan while building a competitive edge for ‘Made-in-UAE’ industrial products. TALEX’s ability to apply innovative operating systems that add efficiency to the process of supplying aluminium products is a shining example of UAE’s increasing technological and industrial know-how. Our timing is also perfect, as worldwide demand for aluminium products is growing, which makes for an exciting future for this business.”

The plant features state-of-the-art technologies and operating equipment offering an integrated aluminium cycle that starts with liquid metal, to casting, extrusion surface treatment and precision machining fabrication. TALEX’s vertical integration and fully automated material handling and storing equipment guarantees the quality, traceability and shorter lead time of its products. In addition, TALEX’s laboratories are equipped with the latest technology available to ensure continuous monitoring of its production processes to ensure that TALEX’s products comply with the highest quality standards set by the most advanced markets around the world.

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 950oC, poured directly into TALEX’s melting furnace. In this way, TALEX saves the cost of re-melting aluminium ingots.

H.E. Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO, SENAAT said: “TALEX demonstrates SENAAT’s commitment to developing industrial downstream projects in the Emirate in full alignment with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. In addition, the plant complements Abu Dhabi’s vision to establish integrated industrial plants, to be the cornerstone of the Emirate’s industrial sector development. TALEX can respond quickly and cost-effectively to sophisticated customers' demands for precision engineered aluminium products locally, regionally and internationally. Combined with the buoyant growth predictions for the global aluminium extrusion market of an anticipated CAGR of more than 6% by 2020, TALEX has a great future ahead of it.”

Eng. Al Dhaheri added: “Against the backdrop of strong global market growth, TALEX has investment plans for the Australian market and is also continuously developing its market share in North America, Europe, India and Middle East markets.”

H.E Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Vice Chairman of ‘TALEX’ added: “We have built a strong company with the best team of specialists in the aluminium downstream industry and successfully brought online TALEX’s state-of-the-art technology. We are proud to run the most advanced and innovative aluminium extrusion plant in the Middle East, which has an exceptional potential to drive market growth and create value for its shareholders.”

“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,” Al Ghurair added. TALEX follows all environmental laws in the UAE and contributes to the environmental goals of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, particularly in sustainable industry, as well as optimal use of resources. Waste from the treatment section is considered environmentally friendly due to its lack of toxic substances. The plant includes waste recycling system, supplied with a water treatment system that is completely free of all heavy metals and silica, further preserving the environment.