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Officials from Qatalum, Qatar Aluminium Extrusion and ALUNOOR during the signing ceremony.
Doha: Qatalum, the Qatari aluminium smelter, has announced the signing of supply contracts with ALUNOOR and Qatar Aluminium Extrusion for the sale of premium aluminium.
The signing ceremony at the Qatalum office in Mesaieed was attended by Qatalum CEO Tom Petter Johansen and Deputy CEO Khalid Mohammed Laram; Owner and General Manager of ALUNOOR Jassim Abdul Noor, and Chairman of Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Abdul Rahman Al Ansari.
The total volume of both the contracts is approximately 10,000 tonnes for 2013 of which close to 800 metric tonnes will be delivered monthly. Although a small amount by global downstream standards, the significance of the deals is in the pioneering of a downstream aluminium industry in Qatar.
Deliveries to local customers started in mid-2012 on a trial basis during the customers’ ramp-up operations and to test the product at their facilities. The excellent quality of Qatalum products was appreciated by both customers, thus the new contracts represent a long-term commitment for supply from Qatalum.
The two companies who have signed these supply contracts have varied expertise and market focus. ALUNOOR has two broad profiles, in industry and construction, making up 20 and 80 percent of its work, respectively. In construction, it produces windows, doors, metal curtains and building exteriors.
In industrial production, ALUNOOR makes products for other factories to use in the manufacturing process, such as mechanical devices and various high-end precision equipment.
Qatar Aluminium Extrusion Company is an expert in aluminium extrusion and is involved in production of various products for domestic and business use.
Petter said: “Encouraging the local aluminium downstream industry is a key priority and commitment at Qatalum. The contracts signed today represent the beginning of implementing such commitment towards Qatalum’s participation in developing local industry in Qatar. Qatalum premium quality products and location represent huge opportunities for developing aluminium downstream industries in Qatar. The demand for aluminium is obviously there.”
Laram added: “Qatalum is ideally located to meet the growing demand for aluminium products based on strong strategic fundamentals. With these supply contracts, we are seeing an exciting future in downstream Qatari industry. We at Qatalum are proud to be instrumental in developing this in Qatar”.