Abu Dhabi, UAE : Emirates Steel, the only integrated steel plant in the UAE, has signed a four-year (2018-2021), high value contract with Vale, the world’s largest producer of iron ore and iron ore pellets, to supply iron ore pellets for its steel production in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Emirates Steel and Vale have a long-standing business relationship that commenced in 2007 and has through this four-year contract strengthened into a strategic partnership. Emirates Steel has an iron ore pellet requirement of around 6 million tons per year.
The agreement was signed by HE Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO of Emirates Steel and Mr. Peter Poppinga, Executive Director, Vale during an official meeting held at the Emirates Steel office in the presence of senior officials from both companies.
“The agreement with Vale comes in line with Emirates Steel strategy, which aims to secure flexible source of iron ore at competitive, stable and long term prices. This new partnership plays a vital role to further strengthening the growth of our steel production in Abu Dhabi, as well as realizing our vision of being a world class steel manufacturer providing the highest quality products, services and solutions to our customers and maximizing returns to our shareholders,” said Mr. Al Remeithi.
“We are confident that this long-term supply contract will give us more flexibility to better serve our customers, achieve our business targets and to continue our focus on operational excellence. We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Vale and look forward to working closely together," he added.
Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Peter Poppinga, Executive Director, VALE said: “The long-term agreement resembles the two companies visions combined in long-term partnership. Also shows Vale’s strong willingness to support the Middle East steel making industry through leveraging on competitiveness, productivity and performance with high quality products.”
Vale is one of the largest iron ore producers in the world (366 million ton of iron ore/year) with iron ore mines in Brazil. Vale is also the biggest producer of iron ore pellets (around 50 million ton/year) from pelletizing plants in Brazil and Oman. They operate a total of 13 plants and DR grade producing material in Brazil and Oman.
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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