- Innovations demonstrate Emirates Steel’s commitment to developing new technologies and high quality products, alongside building a culture of innovation within the UAE
Abu Dhabi: Emirates Steel, the only integrated steel plant in the UAE and a subsidiary of the General Holding Corporation (SENAAT), has received two patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patents reaffirm Emirates Steels’ status as an innovative leader within the regional steel industry, alongside its commitment to building a culture of innovation within the UAE.
The patents are a result of Emirates Steel’s continued investment in its innovation capabilities, in line with the company’s vision to lead both the regional and international steel industry through innovative development. The innovations, which have taken around one year each to develop, will enable the company to enhance its offering of high quality steel product to customers around the world. Within the teams working on these two innovations were UAE nationals, demonstrating Emirates Steel’s commitment to building local talent in the steel sector.
Emirates Steel received two patents for its innovations in power conversion and in continuous casting methods to produce a single casting strand. The first patent enables a method and a system for the control of a power converter, through using artificial intelligence to avoid electrical disturbances to manufacturing equipment. The innovation enables a higher stability of converting electricity from the power grid to manufacturing facilities, and has applications for the renewable energies industry alongside industrial applications.
The second patent uses a method of continuously casting two or more long strands using a single continuous twin casting strand, which comprises of two-sub-strands. The new technology enables a more effective and stable production process which allows for a better quality of finished product.
Speaking of the receipt of the patents, Eng. Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO of Emirates Steel, commented: “The approval of these two patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office are a result of our continued investment in our people and our manufacturing facilities. Both innovations allow us to produce higher quality steel with reduced environmental impact, demonstrating our leadership of the regional steel sector.”
“These patents not only demonstrate our company’s commitment to innovation, but highlight our wider efforts to contribute to the economic and social growth of the UAE by developing special capabilities within the non-oil sector. Emirates Steel is a committed partner in the diversification of the UAE economy, and the awarding of these patents highlights our success in this field as we strive to help build a knowledge-based economy within the UAE by fostering a culture of innovation,” added Al Remeithi.
Concluding, Eng. Al Remeithi said: “My warm congratulations to the teams who have worked on the development of both these innovations. We look forward to continuing to develop our manufacturing capabilities to bring further benefits to customers within the regional and international steel markets.”
About Emirates Steel
Emirates Steel is owned by SENAAT, the UAE’s largest industrial conglomerate and a driving force for implementing the Abu Dhabi government’s industrial diversification policy. Strategically located in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi, some 35 kilometers away from the heart of the city of Abu Dhabi, Emirates Steel is the only integrated steel plant in the UAE, utilizing the latest rolling mill technology to produce rebar, wire rod and heavy sections.
Established in 1998, Emirates Steel grew in a relatively short period of time from a simple re-roller of imported steel billets to a complex integrated manufacturing plant, using modern solutions to tackle traditional industrial problems to generate value for its various stakeholders. In 2012, the Company began producing at a capacity of 3.5 million MTPA, following two expansions and the investment of around AED 11 billion (US$ 3 billion).
Emirates Steel’s underlying business goal is to be an efficient and competitive producer of finished steel products. To achieve this, the Company continually and significantly invests in expansions in the areas of processing, manufacturing and information technology. In addition, these investments help to improve product and service quality, reduce the Company’s environmental footprint and increase safety for workers and customers.
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