Al Ghurair Group’s REFCO opens new aluminum downstream plant
Royal Engineering Fabrication Company (REFCO) LLC, a fully-owned subsidiary of the Al Ghurair Group supplying fabricated components to the automotive, non-automotive and architectural sectors, opened its new aluminum downstream plant at Jebel Ali Industrial Area in Dubai today (Tuesday, November 5, 2013). The UAE’s largest aluminum producers including Dubal, Emal and Gulf Extrusions will be the chief suppliers for the state-of-the-art facility.
The opening was attended by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Majid Al Ghurair, CEO of Al Ghurair Group, Modar Al Mekdad, General Manager of Gulf Extrusions, Matthew Webb, General Manager of REFCO and representatives of Emal and Dubal. The ceremony was followed by a tour of REFCO’s outfit.
Additionally, the plant inauguration was also officially announced on the same day at the 17th Arab International Aluminum Conference (ARABAL), the premier trade event of the Middle East’s aluminium industry. Several delegates from this event, ongoing until November 7, 2013, also took the time out to visit the plant.
Majid Al Ghurair, CEO of Al Ghurair Group, said: “The opening is a reflection of Al Ghurair Group’s commitment to building a truly world class downstream supplier within the UAE to support its long-term industrial strategy. The new plant, while adopting the latest advanced technologies and the highest standards in sustainability and environmental conservation, will propel our country’s economy by boosting its aluminum products export, particularly for the automotive sector.”
“This is a major step towards enhancing our footprint and reputation within the Tier 1, Automotive, Non Automotive, Aerospace and Architectural business portfolios. With increased production capacity, we are now better positioned to capitalise on the region’s abundant supply of aluminum to ensure customer advantages on three key aspects, namely Quality, Cost and Delivery. It will improve not just REFCO’s competitive advantage, but the UAE’s as well in the global market,” added Matthew Webb, General Manager of REFCO.
In 2013, REFCO will produce over 1.3 million parts for premium vehicle manufactures, while its growth forecast for next year is 1.9 million parts. Besides, creating value within the downstream aluminium sector, the company will also play a big role in encouraging local industries to generate 100 per cent UAE-made products.
Royal Engineering Fabrication Company, a Member of Metals Industries – Al Ghurair Group, is the first organization of its kind in the region and has been established in Dubai as a global leader of value added fabricated extrusion. REFCO provides finished, pressed, machined and formed parts to the global automotive sector, supplying on time through an infrastructure of local distribution points into Eastern Europe, Germany, France, Italy, UK and Mexico. It is considered as a grade A supplier of automotive parts, while as an extruded alloy fabrication and surface treatment specialist, REFCO supplies world class finished alloy product to its customers.