The Middle East processed around 3 million tons of primary aluminium or 6.5 per cent of total global production in 2009 to cement its place as one of the world’s top aluminium sources. The output from GCC states alone has doubled to 1.8 million tons since 2000. The rapid growth of the aluminium sector prompted Gulf producers to recently form the Gulf Aluminium Council to advance and protect industry interests.
At its current rate of growth, the Gulf’s annual aluminium production has the potential to reach 6 million metric tonnes in the near future. With new smelters and unit expansions currently on the pipeline, the region’s production could hit 9 million metric tonnes or 13 per cent of global supply by 2020. Two key industry drivers to watch are access to cheap gas feedstock and close proximity to the major aluminium markets of Europe, the United States and the Far East.
The Gulf’s aluminium players will take the opportunity to discuss major industry trends and share strategies for boosting their global market share during the 2nd edition of the biennial ALUMINIUM Dubai show to be held from May 9 to 11, 2011 at Sheikh Saeed Halls 2 and 3 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). ALUMINUM Dubai is currently the leading exhibition for aluminium products, technologies and investments in the Middle East.
“Although the Middle East has successfully expanded its aluminium industry, it still has to address several challenges such as the availability of raw materials and energy sources and the environmental impacts of production. ALUMINIUM Dubai serves as the premier platform for industry to discuss solutions to these and other critical issues and further consolidate the focus and strengths of the region in the aluminium field,” said Tarek Ali, Show Manager, ALUMINIUM Dubai, Reed Exhibitions.
ALUMINIUM Dubai is the newest addition to the global network of aluminium events organized by Reed Exhibitions, which also includes ALUMINIUM India, ALUMINIUM China and ALUMINIUM Germany. The 2011 edition will feature exhibitions on raw materials, primary metal products, semi-finished products and semi-fabricates; aluminium products for special applications; surface treatment; light-metals trade and recycling; and plant machinery and accessories and equipment for aluminium extraction, processing and refining.
Aside from the exhibitions, ALUMINIUM Dubai will also highlight the investment plans of new smelters and the expansion activities of Gulf producers. Some of the major industry names that supported the first edition – including Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), DUBAL, SMS Metallurgy and FATA Spa – have confirmed their return participation in the 2011 show.
Debuting in March 2009, ALUMINIUM Dubai gathered 65 exhibitors from 23 countries, 82 per cent of which were international industry players. More than 3,000 attendees from 61 countries – 73 per cent of whom came from the region – also patronized the show. Moreover, 98 per cent of visitors were decision makers for their respective companies.
For more information please visit ALUMINIUM Dubai 2011 website at www.aluminium-dubai.com.