ALBAhttp://www.aluminiumbahrain.com©2011 ALBAALBA News Feedssomeone@alba.com.bhsomeone@alba.com.bhAlba Welcomes the French Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain’s Delegation led by HE French Ambassador to Bahrainhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Welcomes-the-French-Chamber-of-Commerce-in-Bahrain-Delegation.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190319.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), soon to be the world’s largest aluminium smelter, received a delegation from the French Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (FCCIB), headed by the French Ambassador to Bahrain, Her Excellency Mrs. Cécile Longé, on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at Alba. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Comprising around 30 representatives to include owners and executives of French-based companies in Bahrain, the delegation was received by Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali, Chief Power Officer Amin Sultan, Chief Admin Officer Waleed Tamimi, acting Chief Financial Officer Bryan Harris, Director Casthouse A. Rasool Ahmed and a number of senior officials at Alba. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Commenting on this visit, Alba’s Deputy CEO Ali Al Baqali, said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “It is our pleasure to receive the high-level delegation from the French Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain and we are equally pleased to welcome HE the French Ambassador on Alba campus. This visit underlines Alba’s continuous endeavours to strengthen business and bilateral ties with French companies and discuss opportunities for economic development to benefit both countries.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> During the visit, the delegation was briefed about Alba’s accomplishments over the last 4 decades, the Company’s Safety and Environmental initiatives that comply with the world’s best practices as well as the progress of Line 6 Expansion Project which will make Alba the world’s largest smelter upon full ramp-up. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> The delegation was convoyed in a tour around Alba site and Line 6 Expansion Project.​​</div>Alba welcomes German Ambassador to Bahrainhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-welcomes-German-Ambassador-to-Bahrain.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190313.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), soon to be the world’s largest aluminium smelter, welcomed the German Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain HE Mr. Kai Boekmannon on Wednesday 13 March 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali along with the Chief Marketing Officer Khalid A. Latif, Chief Power Officer Amin Sultan, Chief Administration Officer Waleed Tamimi, Chief Operations Officer Abdulla Habib Ahmed Ali and acting Chief Financial Officer Bryan Harris along with other Alba officials welcomed HE Mr. Kai Boekmannon. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, the Deputy CEO Ali al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We are pleased to welcome HE Mr. Kai Boekmannon today and highlight Alba’s role in the national economy. It also gave us much pleasure to share the progress on our landmark Line 6 Expansion Project, which will make Alba the world’s largest smelter upon full ramp-up. We look forward to boosting further cooperation between the two countries.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The Ambassador was given an overview of Alba’s operations and Safety initiatives followed by a tour of Alba campus and the Line 6 Expansion Project site. </div>Alba Line 6 Smelter celebrates 30 Million Working-Hours without LTIhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Line-6-Smelter-celebrates-30-Million-Working-Hours-without-LTI.aspx<!<p style="text-align:justify"><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190311.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) Line 6 Smelter is proud to have recorded 30 million working-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) as of 31 December 2018. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">A ceremony to mark this milestone was held on Sunday 10 March 2019, which was attended by Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali al Baqali, Chief Marketing Officer Khalid Latif, Chief Power Officer Amin Sultan, Director Line 6 Smelter Project and Engineering Shawqi Al Hashimi and Director Safety, Health and Environment Mohamed Khalil, Line 6 Smelter Project team along with other contractor teams. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, the Chairman of Alba's Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, said said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Alba believes in ‘walking the talk’ on matters in relation to Safety, Health and Environment. This achievement underlines Alba’s strong commitment to Safety and the Extreme Ownership of our Safety by both, our employees and contractors. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">I applaud everyone for their contribution in achieving this milestone as we continue to ramp-up Line 6 safely and on time.” </div>Alba holds its AGM/EGM for 2019http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-holds-its-AGM-EGM-for-2019.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190307.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), in progress to become the largest smelter in the world, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on Thursday March 07, 2019 at Al Dana Hall, Alba, Askar, Kingdom of Bahrain. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> During the AGM, approval was given to the transfer of BD 59,992 Thousand to Retained Earnings. Approvals were also given to the recommendation of the Board of Directors’ total remuneration of BD 210,000 for the year ended 31 December 2018 and subject to the approval of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Agenda item 6.b of the AGM -- Approve the Board of Directors’ total bonus of BD 210,000 in recognition of their efforts towards the successful and safe commissioning of the Line 6 Expansion Project and subject to the approval of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism -- was postponed until further approvals are received from the concerned authorities. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> The minutes of the previous Ordinary General Meeting, which was held on 07 March 2018, were discussed and approved. The Report of the Board of Directors for the fiscal year of 2018 was approved while the External Auditors’ Report for the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 was reviewed during this meeting. In addition, the 2018 Corporate Governance Report was tabled before the shareholders while KPMG was appointed as the Company’s new External Auditors for 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Commenting on this occasion, the Chairman of Alba's Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “2018 was historic for Alba -- we made history by exceeding the 1-million metric tonnes production mark, we have successfully achieved First Hot Metal from Line 6 Expansion Project ahead of schedule on 13 December 2018 and most importantly, we have had the best Safety performance in Alba’s history. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> We are also pleased that we have achieved savings of c.US$ 200 million in Line 6 Expansion Project and we look forward to save some more as we accelerate the successful commissioning of Line 6.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> During the Extraordinary General Meeting, the minutes of the previous Extraordinary General meeting, which was held on 10 June 2015, were approved; the amendment and restatement of the Memorandum and Articles of Association were approved - in accordance with the amendments to some of the items in the Companies’ Commercial Law No. 21 for the year 2001, as per the law No. (50) for the year 2014 and law No. (1) for the year 2018. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Furthermore, Alba’s shareholders approved the addition of new service activities in connection to water transportation, management and operation of ports and private jetties, activities relating to non-specialized medical clinics as well as services relating to manufacturing of other chemical products - factory and manufacturing of non-metallic mineral products - factory and subject to the approval of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.​​</div>Alba CEO visits Askar Primary Boys Schoolhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-CEO-visits-Askar-Primary-Boys-School.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190305.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">In line with Alba’s civic and social commitment to raising awareness in the Bahraini Society, Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray visited the Askar Primary Boys School by end-February 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Tim Murray gave a presentation in Arabic on Alba and its Safety values and also held a Q&amp;A session with the students. Alba’s Chief Administration Officer Waleed Tamimi, Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Director Mohd Khalil and Manager SHE Nezar Hameed Ali also present during this visit. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s CEO Tim Murray said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Safety has been Alba’s key priority from the very beginning. As a corporate citizen, Alba recognises the importance of adding value to the community in which we operate. We are pleased to communicate our experiences in Safety to young students with the hope that the younger generation will make Safety a priority in their lives.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba’s management team met with the Askar Primary Boys School students and spread awareness on Safety, especially on the subject of being safe while going and coming back from school.</div>Alba accelerating to 50% of Line 6 Capacityhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-accelerating-to-50-percent-of-Line-6-Capacity.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190303.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) Line 6 Expansion Project has gained further momentum with the handover of 172 pots for commissioning on 01 March 2019 – bringing Alba one step closer to become the world’s largest smelter. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “We are pleased to announce that Potline 6 is now in full ramp-up mode with the handover of the next set of 172 pots for commissioning. Once the start-up of the additional 172 pots is complete, Alba will have commissioned a total of 212 pots (50% of Potline 6 capacity). We look forward to see the positive financial benefits that this additional capacity will bring to our bottom-line.”​​</div>Alba Management welcomes CEO of Supreme Council of Environmenthttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Management-welcomes-CEO-of-Supreme-Council-of-Environment.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/260219.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <br /><br />Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), soon to be the world’s largest smelter, welcomed the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain’s Supreme Council of Environment (SCE) Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Bin Daina on Monday, 25 February 2019 at Alba. <br /><br />Dr. Bin Daina was received by Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali, Chief Administration Officer Waleed Tamimi, Chief Operations Officer Abdulla Habib Ahmed Ali, Director Safety, Health and Environment Mohamed Khalil and other members of the Management. <br /><br />Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s CEO Tim Murray said: <br />“Alba is pleased to receive Dr. Bin Daina and showcase our latest environmental initiatives for a better tomorrow. We believe that by adopting the best national and international sustainable practices, we will not only create long-term value for our people and shareholders alike but also conserve the Company for the generations to come. Teaming-up with the SCE on matters of environmental impact is our way of taking Extreme Ownership on sustainability and demonstrating our commitment to protect the environment.” <br /><br />During the visit, Alba's latest environmental initiatives in waste management including management of aluminium dross and other metal management as well as recycling programmes were discussed. Alba becomes a member of Aluminium Stewardship Initiativehttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-becomes-a-member-of-Aluminium-Stewardship-Initiative.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190225.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), soon to become the largest smelter in the world, underlined its evolution to a more sustainable future by joining the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) in February 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Alba has become a Production and Transformation member of the ASI due to its compliance with the latest ISO certification, its implementation of International Finance Corporation requirements, for having a high performance Safety and Health records and for demonstrating good initiatives to protect the environment. This much-awaited membership brings us closer towards attaining stricter compliance with international standards and practices throughout the aluminium value chain. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> On this occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “Joining the ASI is a great stride for Alba but as we have a rigorous audit process ahead of us, we need to be extremely prepared as the only easy day was yesterday. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> To become more sustainable, we must continue to take extreme ownership in everything we do, and to streamline our processes and procedures to be aligned with the ASI requirements.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. It is the result of producers, users and stakeholders in the aluminium value chain coming together with a commitment to maximising the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society.​​</div>Alba participates in Bahrain International Garden Show 2019http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Bahrain-International-Garden-Show.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190221.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), soon to become the largest smelter in the world, is one of the exhibitors at the acclaimed Bahrain International Garden Show (BIGS) being held under the ‘Food Safety and Human Health’ theme from 21 to 24 February 2019 at the Bahrain International Convention &amp; Exhibition Centre. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Patronised by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and supported by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and president of the consultative council for the National Initiative for Agricultural Development (NIAD), BIGS is one of the much-awaited events in Bahrain’s yearly calendar focussing on agricultural services, technologies and sustainable development initiatives in the Kingdom. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Speaking about Alba’s participation at BIGS 2019, Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “Alba is pleased to be part of the Bahrain International Garden Show, which plays an important role in creating and spreading awareness about Agriculture and Farming in the Kingdom. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> As a Bahraini company with a global footprint, Alba has adopted best international safety, health and environment practices in all its operations. We remain committed to carry-out substantial projects that will make a difference to the sustainable development initiatives of the Kingdom.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali, Chief Administration Officer Waleed Tamimi, Director Safety, Health and Environment Mohamed Khalil, Sr. Manager Human Resources Hamad Al Shaibeh along with other Management members represented Alba during the opening ceremony, which was held on 20 February 2019.​​</div>Alba wins International Safety Award – Merit for 2018http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/International-Safety-Award-for-2018.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190219.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), soon to be the world’s largest smelter, is the proud recipient of the International Safety Award – Merit by the British Safety Council. <br /><br />Alba is one of the 248 organisations to win a Merit in the 2019 International Safety Awards for its extreme ownership and commitment to protect and maintain the safety, health and well-being of its workforce in 2018. <br /><br />Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray said: <br />“We believe that our Safety performance is directly linked to our productivity. Alba is pleased to be recognised with the International Safety Award for its constant endeavour to ensure that all our employees and contractors uphold Safety as a top priority. As we prepare ourselves for Alba’s transformation to the largest smelter in the world, we must shift our mind-set to embrace Safety as a way of life.” <br /><br />Congratulating Alba on this Award, Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated said: <br />“The British Safety Council commends Alba on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and efforts to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.” <br /><br />Now in their 61st year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world, which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.