24 April 2013
One of the major announcements at the Aluminium Middle East 2013 exhibition today was that Cast Aluminium Industries (CAI), the mid-stream aluminium producer and recycler, has become the latest investor at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
The long-term Musataha land rental agreement, in the aluminium industrial cluster, is estimated to be worth more than AED 33 million, and was signed by Khaled Salmeen Al Kuwari, CEO and Managing Director of Kizad, and Sulaiman Muhammad Khalifa Al Suwaidi, President and CEO of CAI.
The allocated 33,000m2 (355,209 sq.ft) plot of land in Area A, adds to an already healthy aluminium cluster and will be in close proximity to Kizad’s anchor aluminium investor, Emirates Aluminium (EMAL).
CAI’s arrival represents a natural addition to the downstream aluminium cluster and will have an immediate and integrated role in the production and the supply chain services of the industry. Although not the first aluminium investor in Kizad, CAI will be the first to represent “horizontal integration” in the cluster. There is a zero waste target with CAI also intending to play an instrumental role in the waste-recovery management of the other investors in the cluster.
CAI has a wide array of clients in primary aluminium smelters across the UAE (DUBAL & EMAL) and the wider region including ALBA, QATALUM and other secondary smelters. By setting up in Kizad, CAI will continue to service its existing client base as well as other downstream industries.
With the use of the adjacent state-of-the-art Khalifa Port, CAI initially expects to export 300 TEUs (containers) annually. Kizad’s strategic location and its transportation network through road, sea, air and eventually rail, through the intra-Gulf rail network being developed by Etihad Rail, will be instrumental to CAI’s ability to connect with its customers in the region.
Commenting on the agreement, Khaled Salmeen said:
“Kizad is proud to welcome another long term aluminium investor, especially one that is committed to zero waste, efficiency and environmental sustainability. Cast Aluminium Industries is a great asset to Kizad and I am confident that its business will be significantly boosted by the industrial zone’s outstanding access to global markets, low operating cost environment, and from the anchor tenant – EMAL.”
“Recycling is not a common initiative in the industrial business, therefore securing Cast Aluminium as a partner that will play a leading role in waste-recovery management will change the nature of this business in the UAE. By encouraging this, Kizad is also working towards two of our Economic Vision’s core pillars of economic and environmental sustainability,” concluded Salmeen.
CAI’s CEO, Al Suwaidi, stated:
“Cast Aluminium Industries is proud to be Kizad’s first recycling investor in the aluminium cluster. Kizad’s superior transportation network will provide our business with unparalleled connectivity to all our clients in the UAE and the region, giving us a competitive advantage that will enhance our production. Our location in the industrial zone with its proximity to Khalifa Port will reaffirm our commitment to further strengthening Abu Dhabi’s economic vision of diversifying its economy through industry, and reducing the effects on the environment.”
CAI was formed in 1992. It is expected to commence operations in Kizad in Q3 of 2014. The company specialises in aluminium dross recycling and other aluminium bearing waste materials produced by aluminium smelters.
At the Aluminium Middle East 2013 conference and exhibition, Kizad’s stand is situated near the main entrance (E100) and will be showcasing its offering to prospective investors in the aluminium industry throughout the event. General Manager of CAI, Waheed Ahmed, is also a guest speaker at the event.