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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Abu Dhabi opens ultra-high tech aluminium facility Talex

New plant features state-of-the-art technologies and operating equipment offering an integrated aluminium cycle

Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan at the inauguration of Talex, Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion, in Abu Dhabi. The facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan at the inauguration of Talex, Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion, in Abu Dhabi. The facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the world. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, member of the Executive Council, inaugurated Taweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company (Talex), one of the region’s most highly automated and flexible aluminium extrusion plants and the first aluminium extrusion project to be established in Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.

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 $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 a year of aluminium profiles and 45,000 tonnes of aluminium billets for regional and international markets.

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“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," said Ali Murshed Al Marar, chairman of Talex.

"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 is one of the projects on the Hot Metal Road to receive liquid metal from Emirates Global Aluminium. Molten aluminium is delivered in a crucible on a truck at 950oC, poured directly into Talex’s melting furnace. In this way, it saves the cost of re-melting aluminium ingots.