30 November 2015Eight golds in four years brings awards haul to seventeen
United Arab Emirates: Two of the team-based awards (Kaizen and Six Sigma) submitted by Emirates Global Aluminium ("EGA") to the 7th Dubai Quality Group ("DQG") Continual Improvement & Innovation ("CII") Symposium won gold awards, while a third entry in Kaizen earned a silver award. Ranked among most prestigious annual events in the region, the 2015 DQG CII Awards - which took place on 12 November - aim to recognise the spirit of excellence and the use of innovative, scientific, structured and data-driven methodologies for the continual and breakthrough improvements of an organisation's processes.
Abdulla Kalban (Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer) reports that four EGA case studies were short-listed for the Live Competition during the symposium and all projected a strong brand image. The award-winning EGA entries took top honours in two categories, namely:
1. Lean Six Sigma Category
o Silver Award - For the project "Anode baking furnace maintenance - Reducing overall maintenance cost of Anode Slot Cutting Machine by 35% without impacting the quality of the product", from Carbon & Port, EGA Al Taweelah.
This year's wins bring to 17 the number of DQG CII awards won by EGA in the five years it has been involved with the symposium, held annually to celebrate World Quality Day. Since 2011, EGA has won eight gold, six silver and three bronze awards - with two gold awards having been garnered at each of the last four events staged by DQG.
Clearly delighted at EGA's repeated triumph, Kalban said, "EGA invests significantly in building our organisational capabilities through employee involvement - which leads to greater quality, productivity and cost-effectiveness. This year's DQG CII Awards demonstrate the commitment of our employees to the success of the business, as well as their dedication towards excellence in all that we do."
Emirates Global Aluminium ("EGA") is a jointly-held, equal-ownership company formed by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai by combining their respective aluminium industry interests. EGA's core operating assets are Dubai Aluminium ("DUBAL", also known as EGA Jebel Ali) and Emirates Aluminium ("EMAL", also known as EGA Al Taweelah), whose combined annual production capacity of 2.4 million tonnes per annum ("tpa") places EGA among the top five primary aluminium producers in the world, by volume. The UAE-based EGA also owns Guinea Alumina Corporation ("GAC"), a strategic bauxite mine and alumina refinery development project in West Africa. In addition, EGA has plans for significant local growth and international expansion.
DUBAL, where commissioning began in 1979, operates one of the world's largest single-site primary aluminium smelters. The DUBAL complex, built on a 4.75 square kilometre site in Jebel Ali, Dubai, comprises a 1 million tpa smelter, a 2,350 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.2 million tpa), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities. DUBAL holds ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 29990, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certification.
EMAL, where commissioning began at the end of 2009, is the world's largest single-site primary aluminium smelter. The EMAL complex, housed on a 6 square kilometre site in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, comprises a 1.3 million tpa smelter, a 3,100 MW power station, a large carbon plant, extensive casting operations (more than 1.8 million tpa), a water desalination plant, dock and other facilities. EMAL holds ISO 9001, ISO 10002, ISO./IEC 27001, ISO 29990, ISO14001 and ISO/TS16949 certification; as well as OHSAS 18001 certification and NEBOSH certification in Occupational Health and Safety.
The combined DUBAL-EMAL portfolio comprises high quality primary aluminium products in three main categories: high purity and foundry re-melt products (for electronics and aerospace and automotive applications respectively); rolled products (for packaging, lithographic sheets and the automotive industry); and billets for extrusion and forging (for construction, industrial, transportation and automotive purposes). Busbars and anode bars are also made for the electrolytic process used to produce primary aluminium from alumina ore. Over 350 customers are served in at least 68 countries, predominantly in Asia, Europe, the MENA region and the Americas.
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