Gulf Extrusions underlines capabilities in green aluminium extrusions through KSA project win.
Gulf Extrusions, one of the largest aluminum extrusion plants in the Gulf region, has announced that it has recently been awarded a contract by an institution in Saudi Arabia to supply 800 tons of X-ECO recycled aluminium alloys.
The company has become the first extrusions firm in the GCC region to supply alloys made from recycled aluminium, which offer significant benefits such as CO2 reduction of 60 to 80 per cent compared to exploiting primary aluminium, reduction in the overall consumption of energy when used in buildings, far-reaching recycling options, maximum use of recycled aluminium and high grade quality.
“In line with our focus on sustainable development, Gulf Extrusions has been committed to contributing to the large-scale reduction in the consumption of raw materials and waste generated. By using systematically re-melted aluminium and processing it into alloys, we are able to make a major contribution towards the reduction of CO2 emissions,” said Modar Al Mekdad, General Manager, Gulf Extrusions.
“The KSA project win gives us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the distinct benefits of X-ECO alloys, which we believe will set a new precedent across the Middle East region. Moreover, it also complements Saudi Arabia’s genuine commitment to adopt sustainable building practices, which is resulting in a steady shift towards the use of green building technology,” he added.
In terms of quality, X-ECO alloys have proved equivalent to alloys made from primary aluminum. Moreover, the production of X-ECO alloys requires far less energy than the exploitation of primary aluminium, and importantly CO2 emissions are considerably lower with X-ECO alloys.
Gulf Extrusions has been on the path of sustainable development through the years by taking initiatives in various areas such as Plant Buildings; Process and Products. In the area of plant buildings for instance, the company makes use of wind energy in the factory building and warehouse for the ventilation system. It has installed a state-of-the-art ventilation system that is capable to significantly change the air volume of the building. This practice also results in electrical power saving of 750,000 Kwhr/year.
Moreover, Gulf Extrusions also has a treatment plant to produce water from liquid waste water through various surface treatment processes. The water produced is used to irrigate 1,500 trees within the company premises. It also has an in-house aluminium scrap re-melting plant with a recycling capacity of 12,000 MT a year.
Gulf Extrusions, a part of the Al Ghurair Group of Companies, produces aluminum extruded profiles ranging from architectural sections to components for air conditioning grills, furniture, marine applications, transportation, automotive, and customised products. It also extrudes products for several European customers and companies. It recently became the first extrusion company in the GCC region to receive the Emirates Quality Mark certification from the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA).