ALBAhttp://www.aluminiumbahrain.com©2011 ALBAALBA News Feedssomeone@alba.com.bhsomeone@alba.com.bhAlba Deputy CEO meets with the Executive Council Chairman of Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federationhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Deputy-CEO-meets-with-the-Executive-Council-Chairman-of-Bahrain-Free-Labour-Unions-Federation.aspx<!<div>​​</div> <p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190716.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) Ali Al Baqali along with other Alba officials met with the Executive Council Chairman of Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation Yacoub Yousef Mohammed and other representatives today, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 at Alba premises. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s DCEO Ali Al Baqali stated: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “We are pleased to have reached common understanding and more importantly set a mechanism in place to close-out pending matters for the benefit of both Alba and the Union for now and the future. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> We trust that together Alba and the Bahrain Free Labour Unions Federation achieve more co-operation to work towards the goals and aspirations of the Leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain.”</div>Alba Deputy CEO meets with the Secretary-General of General Federation of Workers Trade Unions in Bahrainhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Deputy-CEO-meets-with-the-Secretary-General-of-General-Federation-of-Workers-Trade-Unions-in-Bahrain.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190716-2.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) Ali Al Baqali along with other Alba officials met with the Secretary General of the General Federation of Workers Trade Unions in Bahrain Hassan Al-Halwachi and other representatives today, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 at Alba premises. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s DCEO Ali Al Baqali stated: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “We are pleased to have reached common understanding and more importantly set a mechanism in place to close-out pending matters for the benefit of both - Alba and the Union - for now and the future. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> We trust that together Alba and the General Federation of Workers Trade Unions achieve more co-operation to work towards the goals and aspirations of the Leadership of the Kingdom of Bahrain.”​</div>Alba Wraps Sales and Production with Double-Digit Volume Increase in Q2 2019http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Wraps-Sales-and-Production-with-Double-Digit-Volume-Increase-in-Q2-2019.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190707.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), on course to be transformed into the largest smelter in the world with the full ramp-up of Line 6 on 31 July 2019, stretches its overall sales’ volume and throughput, in double-digits, for the second quarter of 2019 despite trade-tensions and the downward pressure on LME prices. <br /><br /> For the second quarter of 2019, sales’ volume went beyond 249,595 metric tonnes (mt) in Q2 2018 to top 311,928 mt, an increase of 25% Year-over-Year while production jumped to 305,727 mt, up by 21% YoY versus 252,081 mt in Q2 2018. Alba closed this quarter with Value-Added (VA) Sales averaging 52% of total shipments versus 60% for the same period in 2018. <br /><br /> For the first half of 2019, production reached 578,434 mt versus 511,480 mt in H1 2018, up by 13% YoY, while sales’ volume increased by 67,810 mt to top 569,042 mt year-to-date (up by 14% Y0Y). <br /><br /> Commenting on Alba Sales’ volume and Production for Q2 2019, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray said: <br /><br /> “Driven by the solid progress on the Line 6 ramp-up, Alba closed the second quarter with double-digit volume increase in both Sales and Production. <br /><br /> We are targeting Line 6 complete ramp-up by 31 July 2019 which will position Alba for a strong 2nd half-finish despite the tough aluminium market conditions.” <br /><br /> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) will release its Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results to the public on 28 July 2019 as well as upload the IR presentation on its Investor Relations section at www.albasmelter.com​​ARABAL 2019 Addresses Key Industry Topicshttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/ARABAL-2019.aspx<!<p style="text-align:justify"><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190702.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), on course to become the largest aluminium smelter in the world, unveils some of the hot industry topics which will be addressed in the 23rd edition of the Arab International Aluminium Conference (Arabal) 2019 - hosted by Alba under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain from 19 to 21 November 2019 at Gulf Hotel, Bahrain. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Choosing ‘Shaping the Future of Aluminium in the Arab Region’ as the theme of this much-awaited conference, Arabal 2019 will shed the light on a number of pressing topics to include ‘impact of current economic challenges on the aluminium industry’, ‘outlook for the global aluminium industry in light of depressed LME prices’, ‘energy efficiency and its impact on energy costs, ‘environment, sustainability and recycling’ and most importantly ‘Bahrain post Line 6’. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">On this occasion, Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“It is our honor to have HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, as the Patron of this much-awaited event especially as it coincides with Alba’s evolution to become the largest smelter in the world upon the full ramp-up of its Line 6 Expansion Project by 31 July 2019. As a major player in the global aluminium field, we aim not only to address the market trends and challenges facing the industry but also provide the platform to offer solutions with some of the elite industry experts.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Emerging as a global platform for the world aluminium industry leaders, the 2-day Conference is expected to attract more than 400 high level delegates from the whole spectrum of the aluminium industry (upstream, midstream and downstream) and will feature a number of renowned speakers and experts from leading aluminium organizations, including GE, International Aluminium Institute, CRU, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Fastmarkets and LME, Aluminium Stewardship Initiative amongst others.</div>Alba appoints new Public Relations Managerhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-appoints-new-Public-Relations-Manager.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190630.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) is pleased to announce the appointment of Abdulla Seyadee as the new Public Relations Manager on 28 June 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Abdulla joined Alba as a Purchasing Officer back in September 2013 then he was transferred to the Training department, followed by his recent appointment as the acting Manager Public Relations in January 2019. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">On this occasion, Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We believe our employees are our most valuable assets and their development is critical to the success of the company. Abdulla is another example of Alba’s commitment to develop Bahraini nationals into leadership positions within the company” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Abdulla Seyadee holds a BSc in Banking and Finance from Bangor University, UK. He also acquired his MBA from University of Huddersfield, UK, with distinction in 2017. </div>Alba Scoops RoSPA’s Gold Medal Awardhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Scoops-RoSPA-Gold-Medal-Award.aspx<!<div>​​</div> <p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190625.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) is pleased to announce that it was the proud recipient of the Gold Medal Award 2019 by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in recognition of its outstanding practices to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> The Gold Medal Award was received by Alba’s Safety, Health &amp; Environment Manager, Nezar Hameed, during the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards ceremony held at ExCeL, London on Tuesday 18 June 2019. </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"><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We are honoured to receive this prestigious accolade, for the sixth year in a row, as it underlines our Extreme Ownership on the best Safety standards over the years. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> We look forward to keep the Safety momentum as we are on course for Alba’s transformation to be the largest smelter in the world with the full ramp-up of its Line 6 Expansion Project by 31 July 2019.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> The RoSPA Awards scheme recognises organisations’ achievement in Health and Safety management systems around the world, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2019 is NEBOSH – the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – for the 14th consecutive year.</div> ​Alba launches its summer safety campaign “Safety Gateway”http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-launches-its-summer-safety-campaign-Safety-Gateway.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190623.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), known for its strong Safety culture, launched its special summer Safety Campaign, in line with the CEO’s 2019 expectations, under the theme “Safety Gateway” on Sunday 23 June 2019 at Alba Oasis Hall. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The opening ceremony was attended by Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa, Alba Board Director Osama Alarrayedh and Alba Board Director Mutlaq Al Morished. <span style="background-color:window;font-size:8pt">The opening ceremony also witnessed the attendance of senior officials from Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior: Major-General Alaa Siyadi – Commander of the Coast Guard, Brigadier Abdulla Hamad Al Kubaisi – Director-General of Customs Clearance and Inspection and Lt-Col. Adel Al Dossari – Director of Operations and Traffic Control; Mr. Yasser Al Abbassi – General Manager Manufacturing at GPIC and Mr. Mohammed Awadh – Senior Advisor at Gulf Markets International.</span></div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Present too were the Executive Management led by the Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray, Managers, Alba employees as well as officials from Alba contractors. Alba’s CEO Tim Murray opened the ceremony with a keynote speech to highlight the purpose of the Safety Gateway Campaign. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, Shaikh Daij said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We think Safety first in everything we do. Today as we progress with the full ramp-up of Line 6 Expansion Project, we are proud to say that Safety is a way of life in Alba. I would like to thank all Alba employees and contractors for going the extra mile in making Alba a safe haven for us all.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Safety is a never-ending journey in Alba. With Alba’s transformation with Line 6 Expansion Project, we must think differently and the only way to embrace the change is through belief. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Our Safety-tailored campaigns differ every season but communicate one message to employees and contractors– Safety first at all times.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The ‘Safety Gateway ’campaign will be held all week-long and feature a number of presentations by the Executives and Safety visits to operational and non-operational departments, urging the employees throughout the company to maintain the highest level of safety and achieve zero heat stress incidents during the hot summer months.</div>Alba CEO presents ‘Words of Wisdom’ to entrepreneurshttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-CEO-presents-Words-of-Wisdom-to-entrepreneurs.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190617.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba)’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, shared his practical knowledge as a leader of one of the world’s top aluminium smelters through a keynote presentation during KPMG Entrepreneurship Forum held on Monday 17 June 2019 at Gulf Hotel. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The presentation was based on Alba’s CEO’s “Words of Wisdom (WoWs)”, which are a collection of principles, quotations and concepts that Mr. Murray applied during his tenure as the CEO of one of the world’s leading aluminium smelters. The forum also addressed other industry-related topics and the impact of Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project on the local economy after its full ramp-up. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and other members of the Executive Management Team attended this session. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">On this occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said: “At Alba, we believe that nothing is more valuable than education and I am pleased to meet with this group of entrepreneurs to share some of the lessons learned being the CEO of Alba. These lessons apply to one’s professional and personal life. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Whether being a business owner or an employee, self-belief and hard work will always earn you success in the business world.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The CEO’s participation comes as part of the KPMG’s Entrepreneurship Forum - an interactive platform established by KPMG since 2014 to bring together entrepreneurs, SMEs and owners of family businesses to share ideas, thoughts and up-to-date discussions with industry leaders and CEOs. </div>Alba participates in the 12th Harbor Aluminum Outlook Summithttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-participates-in-the-12th-Harbor-Aluminum-Outlook-Summit.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190608.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), on course to become the world’s largest smelter with Potline 6, was a sponsor and a key participant in one of the leading events in the world aluminium industry, the 12th Harbor Aluminum Outlook Summit, held from 4 – 6 June 2019 in Chicago, USA. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">This year, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, took part in the Executive Panel on 5 June 2019, covering the topics: Section 232 One Year After, Lifting of Sanctions Impact, Supply Competition in North America/Europe, and Sourcing Challenges.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba was also represented by the Chief Marketing Officer Khalid Latif, Director Marketing Boris Santosi, Manager Sales Alba Americas Patrick Hudson as well as the Alba Americas team. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Speaking on the occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“The Harbor Aluminium Outlook Summit is one of the world’s most strategic events that gives in-depth insights on the aluminium industry. It is also a well-known platform to connect and engage with our peers from the aluminium business and its various sectors.<br /><br /></div> <div style="text-align:justify">As we are anticipating Potline 6 to be fully commissioned in Q3 2019, we look forward to building as well as strengthening networking opportunities, especially in the North American market for our Value-Added products.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alongside the Summit, Alba had a stand at the event’s exhibition, showcasing the latest developments in its flagship Line 6 Expansion Project.​</div>Alba achieves historical milestone of 6 million work-hours without LTIhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-achieves-6-million-hours-without-LTI.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190528.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), on course to become the world’s largest smelter with Potline 6, achieved an outstanding Safety milestone of 6 million working-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) on Sunday 26 May 2019. <br /><br />A ceremony to mark this historical milestone was held on Tuesday May 28 and was attended by Alba Deputy CEO, Mr. Ali Al Baqali, the Executive Management, Directors, Managers and employees from various departments. <br /><br />Commenting on this occasion, Chairman Alba’s Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa said:<br />“This achievement of 6 million working-hours without LTI, the highest level attained in over a decade, proves that Safety sits at the Heart of Alba.<br />I want to thank every employee and contractor for going above and beyond to reach this milestone. As we move into the hot summer months, we want to raise the bar on safe practices to ensure an accident-free summer.”