Emirates Steel is committed along with other steel producers to purchase all local scrap according to international prices, a company statement said.
The announcement follows a recent decision by the Ministry of Economy to prohibit all concerned and registered facilities in the UAE from exporting iron scrap. The decision seeks to help local production facilities maintain business continuity and also promotes domestic production through ensuring that producers in the country have easy access to raw material supplies locally for their manufacturing operations.
As a complex integrated manufacturing plant that employs cutting-edge solutions to tackle traditional industrial challenges, Emirates Steel uses direct reduced iron (DRI) and ferrous scrap as the main feedstock for its electric arc furnaces.
Currently, scrap accounts for 30 per cent of the raw material in the company’s Steel Making Plant One (SMP1). Today, the company aims to increase the usage of scrap as feedstock for other steel making plants especially with the surge of iron-ore prices. In 2017, Emirates Steel successfully commissioned its 3,000 Horsepower (HP) Steel Scrap Shredding Facility to feed the electric arc furnaces of its steel making plants. The facility plays a key role in recycling steel scrap generated in the UAE while mitigating waste.
Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO of Emirates Steel, said: “As it continues to service key sectors of the UAE economy, including construction, energy and transportation, Emirates Steel is proud to support local traders around the country in sustaining their businesses. In addition, our synergies enable Emirates Steel to recycle scrap and advance the UAE’s sustainability goals.”
“Emirates Steel values the UAE leadership’s ongoing efforts to protect the local steel industry. The company is committed to supporting the steel industry value chain and will ensure we stand by the Ministry of Economy decision to prevent the export of scrap materials that are considered prime feedstock in manufacturing steel.
“Moreover, as scrap is turned into an added value product, manufacturers are forced to import it from abroad at high prices because it is an important component in many industries. Currently the local steel industry needs the entire local scrap business to sustain its operations,” he added.
The steel industry plays a vital role in the economy and supports the Abu Dhabi economic diversification strategy, which aims to increase the output of manufacturing the emirate. Now more than ever, the UAE steel industry needs protection especially with challenges it faces including, sharp reduction in steel demand, slowdown in construction activity and restriction on exports. The majority of countries in the world are protecting their steel national industry; we need to apply reciprocity on our open market by imposing customs duties on steel imports,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service
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