Qatalum set to highlight investment opportunities in downstream aluminium industries with ARABAL 2012

Doha-Qatalum has announced the agenda of the 16th Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL 2012), which will be held in Doha from the 19th – 21st November 2012.  It will focus on future opportunities in the aluminium downstream industry in the Gulf region, as GCC countries contribute to over 13% of the world’s aluminum output, with an annual production of 3.6 million tonnes.

Qatalum noted that the region’s countries have the required infrastructure and appropriate components to establish any industry based on primary aluminium.

The availability of this important material coupled with the investor-friendly regulations, energy resources and industrial infrastructure will further facilitate the establishment of advanced and sophisticated industries associated with aluminium, together with local or foreign investments.

Qatalum stressed that the aluminiumproduction sector is closely linked to a number of other major industries, led by the transportand construction sector. According to statistics, the transport sector leads the way in aluminium consumption taking up half of all manufacturedaluminium in 2011 with 11,869 thousand tons and is expected to reach a new level in 2012of12,753 thousand tons with a further 8% growth expected in 2013.

The power generationsector comes third in terms of consumption with 5,574 thousand tons in 2011 and is expected to reach 5,857 thousand tons by the end of 2012 and to record a further growth of 7% in consumption/demand by the end of 2013.

In a related development, Qatalum has launched the new ARABAL website: www.arabal.com, which provides full information about the conference, agenda, history and the host company – Qatalum, in addition to information about Qatar, to serve the participants and visitors. Qatalum has opened registration forthe conference through the same website.

The 16th Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL 2012) will be held at the Grand Hyatt Doha 19th– 21st November 2012, under the patronage of H.E. Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum.

The Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL) is the premier trade event for the Middle East’s aluminium industry and the only conference in the world attended by every single primary aluminium manufacturer in the region. Therefore, it is the conference of choice for anyone interested in the Middle East aluminium industry.

The ARABAL story began in 1983 with Kuwait Aluminium Co. bringing together the leading figures in Middle East Aluminium to strengthen ties and discuss the issues of the day to provide an overview ofthe entire aluminium industry. Over the last 29 years, ARABAL has evolved to attract industry leaders from all over the world to attend, speak, and exhibit.

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