ALBAhttp://www.aluminiumbahrain.com©2011 ALBAALBA News Feedssomeone@alba.com.bhsomeone@alba.com.bhAlba Sales Volume & Production Beyond 1 Million Metric Tonnes in 2018http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Sales-Volume-Production-Beyond-1-Million-Metric-Tonnes-in-2018.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190114.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), now amongst the 1 Million-Club metric tonnes smelters, recorded the highest Sales volume and Production in 2018 according to a statement by Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The Company reported Sales volume of 1,012,548 metric tonnes (mt) for the Full-Year of 2018, up by 3.5% Year-over-Year (YoY), versus 978,195 mt in 2017 while Production topped 1,011,101 mt when compared to 981,016 mt in 2017, up by 3% YoY. Alba finished 2018 strong with its Value-Added (VA) Sales averaging 60% of total shipments versus 57% in 2017. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Adding further, Murray said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“What made us successful with recording new highs in 2018 Sales volume and Production is not what will make us successful when ramping-up Line 6. We must transform our mindset as Alba rise to become the largest smelter in the world. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">On this occasion, I want to thank our employees and contractors for going the extra mile to make these achievements safe and possible.” </div>Alba CEO kicks-off 2019 Town Hall Meetingshttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-CEO-kicks-off-2019-Town-Hall-Meetings.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190113.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray kicked-off the first session of the annual ‘Town Hall Meetings’ for 2019 today, 13 January 2019 at Alba Oasis Hall in the presence of Alba Board Director Mr. Ali Al Shamrani, VIP guests, Executive Management team and Alba employees. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">During the opening session, Murray unveiled Alba Expectations for 2019 which are: Safety Gateway – Go to the next level of Safety; Birth of Line 6 – Safe completion of Line 6; Extreme Ownership – Have it in every aspect of our lives; and Growth Mindset – Shift from a fixed mindset to accept feedback and succeed. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Addressing the audience during the Town Hall Meeting, Murray said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“I am proud to say that Alba has finished 2018 strong by joining the 1 Million-Club metric tonne per annum; doing so Alba is one of the five smelters in the world with a production of more than 1 million metric tonne per annum. I thank everyone for embracing extreme ownership on Line 6 and for a great job in 2018 especially in terms of controlling our costs. Upon the successful ramp-up of Line 6, Alba will top the list to become the world largest smelter with over 1.5 million metric tonnes per annum. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">In 2019, Aluminium price will continue to remain volatile on the back of challenging equity markets and increased metal production; however, guided by our 2019 Expectations, we aim to control Safety, Production and Cost, all of which will keep us competitive and successful in our business.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Conducted by Murray, the ‘Town Hall Meetings’ were launched in 2014 to communicate Alba’s performance yearly in a simple and transparent manner. The “Town Hall Meetings” are delivered to Alba employees from different shifts and focus on areas such as operational performance for the previous year, Capital Expenditure Plan and goals for the coming year. </div>Alba CEO awards employees with Six Sigma Certificateshttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-CEO-awards-employees-with-Six-Sigma-Certificates.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190108.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font></a></p> <div style="text-align:justify"> Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), a leader in continuous improvement and operational efficiency, awarded its employees who have successfully completed Six Sigma Belt training with their certificates in a ceremony held on 30 December 2018 at the Oasis Hall in Alba. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> During the ceremony, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray, awarded a total of 79 employees from different departments, where 32 employees received their Yellow Belt and 47 employees received their Green Belt certificates. The ceremony also featured a walkthrough by Alba’s Executives on a number of process optimization projects that were executed by the candidates towards completing their belt requirements in the past year. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Speaking on this occasion, Alba’s CEO Tim Murray said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> “Continual improvement is an unending journey and by continuously improving each day, we will be able to transform Alba to the better. We are proud to be one of the first companies in Bahrain for adopting the principles of Six Sigma; this initiative is paying-off especially as the market is facing many headwinds.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> Six Sigma Training is an initiative led by the Operational Excellence Department to develop a long-term growth strategy, enable skilled workforce and support Alba’s cost reduction program (Project Titan). Until now, 25 per cent of Alba’s employees were trained on lean six sigma, among which 17 completed their Black Belt training.</div>Alba Management attends workshop focussed on Leadershiphttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Management-attends-workshop-focussed-on-Leadership.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190107.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) held the very first leadership-focussed workshop of 2019 - ‘Building Leaders’ Attention to Details’ for its Executive Management team and Managers on Thursday 03 January 2019 at Alba Club. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Sam Vincent, a renowned NBA player who played alongside star players such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, presented the workshop. He is also a professionally basketball coach for more than 15 years. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">The Building Leaders’ Attention to Details’ workshop focussed on the significance of thoroughness in team alignment and performance as well as ‎best practices to elevate Alba’s leadership principles. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Speaking on the occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“As we prepare ourselves for the mega transformation to become the world’s largest smelter, we need to focus on Safety, Production and Cost especially amidst the weak sentiment around commodity prices (low LME and higher alumina prices). </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Through this workshop, we are engaging in continuous learning, which I believe will help our people to not only transform and lead but also sustain our future.” </div>Alba Production Beyond 1 Million Metric Tonnes - Highest in Alba’s Historyhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2019/Alba-Production-Beyond-1-Million-Metric-Tonnes-Highest-in-Albas-History.aspx<!<p style="text-align:justify"><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2019_all/190106.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 largest smelter in the world, achieved a breakthrough record by exceeding its 2018 Production Target of 1,000,000 metric tonnes per annum (mtpa) to mark 1,011,101 mtpa. 2018 production volume of 1,011,101 mtpa is the highest-ever achieved in Alba’s history - up by 3% Year-over-Year versus 981,016 mtpa in 2017. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this record in production volume, the Chief Executive Officer, Tim Murray said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Exceeding 1 million metric tonnes for the 1st time in Alba’s history and making Bahrain proud is a testament to our dedicated workforce. This achievement could not have been accomplished without our unwavering commitment to Safety. My sincere thanks to all our employees and contractors for their extreme ownership in achieving this milestone. We also look forward to successfully complete the commissioning of Line 6 in 2019, which will take our production capacity to 1,500,000 mtpa and make Alba the largest smelter in the world.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">A ceremony to mark the milestone production was held on 06, January 2019 at Alba Oasis, which was attended by Alba Executive Management, Directors, Managers and employees from various departments. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">It is noteworthy that this is the seventh year in a row that Alba has been surpassing its annual production -- 2012 production record of 890,217 mtpa; 2013 production record of 912,700 mtpa; 2014 production record of 931,427 mtpa; 2015 production record of 960,643 mtpa, 2016 production record of 971,420 mtpa and 2017 production record of 981,016.</div>Alba starts Casthouse 4 – the biggest furnace in its historyhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2018/Alba-starts-Casthouse-4-the-biggest-furnace-in-its-history-.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2018_all/181230.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) started the biggest furnace in its history with the First Cold Charge of Furnace 3 in its new Casthouse 4 on 26 December 2018. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa witnessed the First Cold Charge at Casthouse 4, which was also attended by Alba Deputy CEO Ali Al Baqali, Alba Executive Management Team, Casthouse 4 Start-Up team, Bechtel and other major contractors. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">On this occasion, Alba’s Chairman Shaikh Daij said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We are pleased with this milestone, which is another turning point in Alba’s journey towards becoming the largest smelter in the world. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">With this landmark, we are on track to cast final products from CH 4 -- another success in the Safe Start-Up of Line 6. I thank all teams for their commitment to achieve this milestone safely and on time.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Part of Alba’s ambitious Line 6 Expansion Project, Casthouse 4 has a total design Value-Added Capacity of 530,000 tonne per annum. The First Cold Charge of Furnace 3 is a significant part of the process of commissioning Casthouse 4, which is set to produce soon. </div> ​Alba employee receives 2018 NSC Rising Stars of Safetyhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2018/Alba-employee-receives-2018-NSC-Rising-Stars-of-Safety.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2018_all/181230-4.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 proud to announce that its Safety Health and Environment (SHE) employee, Ali Hassan Radhi was awarded the prestigious 2018 National Safety Council (NSC) Rising Stars of Safety at the NSC Congress &amp; Expo, which was held back in October 2018 at Houston, US. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Ali Radhi was honoured for his safety-focused mind-set and continued dedication towards Safety Culture of Alba. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this occasion, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Alba is proud to be a leader in employee Safety and Health. This Award is a testimony of our extreme ownership on Safety and our constant endeavour to ensure that all our employees and contractors uphold Safety as a top priority. </div> <div style="text-align:justify">We are delighted that the NSC has recognised Ali Radhi for his commitment to Safety and we urge our employees to continue having a focused-aim to maintain an injury-free workplace.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Every year, NSC presents the Rising Stars of Safety Award to the next generation of safety leaders younger than 40 who show a dedication to safety leadership at work. </div>Alba women honoured on the occasion of Bahraini Womens Dayhttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2018/Alba-women-honoured-on-the-occasion-of-Bahraini-Women’s-Day-.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2018_all/181226.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), a leading employer of women in the Bahraini industrial sector, celebrated Bahraini Women’s Day today, 26 December 2018 at the Alba Oasis Hall. Attended by over 100 female employees of the Company, the celebration was in honour for their valuable contribution in the Company’s success. </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, Chief Operations Officer Abdulla Habib, Chief Power Officer Amin Sultan and Manager Legal Stephanus Grobler were present at the celebration where the female employees were felicitated with a gift as a token of the Company’s appreciation. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">In his speech, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“Women make a positive impact on the business. Celebrating Bahraini Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to recognize our female employees' contribution as well as their successes. Alba is committed towards empowering its female employees to take higher position in the Company.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Widely praised for its gender equality, Alba is reputed to be an industrial leader in offering training as well as career development opportunities for women in Bahrain. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Bahraini Women’s Day, celebrated on 01 December of each year, is an initiative by Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and President of the Supreme Council for Women. The theme of this year’s celebration is Women in the Legislative and Municipal Fields.</div>Alba Chairman Receives the Chairman of Midal Cableshttp://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2018/Alba-Chairman-Receives-the-Chairman-of-Midal-Cables.aspx<!<p><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2018_all/181222.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) Chairman of the Board of Directors, Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa, received in his office the Chairman of Midal Cables, Mr. Khalid Rashid Al Zayani in the presence of Alba’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ali Al Baqali, and Midal Cables’ Director, Rashid Hamid Al Zayani. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Commenting on this meeting, Alba’s Chairman Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“It is always a pleasure to meet with our long-standing partner, Midal Cables, to discuss areas of mutual interest and aspects of future cooperation and to explore how to better strengthen this strategic relationship on the basis of mutual benefit that serves both companies specifically and Bahrain’s downstream aluminium industry in general. Alba looks forward to continuing its long-term relationship with Midal Cables for many years to come and I’m pleased that our discussions are a positive step in that direction.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Alba produces more than 981,000 metric tonnes per annum of the highest grade aluminium wherein close to 45% of its output is supplied to Bahrain’s downstream aluminium industry while the rest is exported to the rest of the world. </div>Alba Commissions Potline 6http://www.albasmelter.com/mc/News/Pages/2018/Alba-Commissions-Potline-6.aspx<!<p style="text-align:justify"><img alt="View Arabic Version" src="/mc/News/PublishingImages/pdficon.gif" /> <a href="/mc/News/PublishingImages/2018_all/181213.pdf" target="_blank"><font color="black">View Arabic version (PDF)</font> </a></p> <div style="text-align:justify">Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba), taking its final steps towards becoming the world’s largest aluminium smelter, officially announce the commissioning of its Potline 6 with the First Pot Energisation today Thursday 13 December 2018. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">This achievement not only marks the beginning of a new era for the Company but also a breakthrough record as Alba brought forward the First Hot Metal milestone ahead of its scheduled date on January 01, 2019 – making it the fastest construction ever-delivered in the aluminium industry. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">To mark this landmark, Alba held a celebration under the Patronage of Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa. The Executive Vice President - Midstream Operations at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) Dr. Ali Al Zarouni and other key EGA officials were the Guests of Honour at this celebration which was also attended by Alba’s Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali, Alba’s Executive Management team, Bechtel Project Director Denis Garrity and other senior Bechtel officials. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Speaking on this milestone Alba’s Chairman Shaikh Daij Al Khalifa said: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“On this dual occasion, the National Day and the commissioning of Potline 6, I would like to express my sincere congratulations and utmost appreciation to Bahrain’s leadership for their guidance and wise directives, and to the Government of Bahrain for endorsing Alba’s Line 6 Expansion Project and for trusting us to achieve this landmark project. Celebrating the commissioning of Potline 6 during the much-awaited National Day celebration makes it all the more significant as it will always be remembered. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">We are also very pleased to have started the commissioning of Potline 6 safely ahead of schedule and for that I would like to thank Bechtel, our EPCM contractor for Line 6 Expansion Project Smelter, and Alba’s Executive Management for their hands-on orchestration as well as our employees and contractors for embracing extreme ownership. </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">This milestone precedes the gradual ramp-up of 424 pots in Potline 6 which upon completion will make Alba the largest smelter in the world.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">Bechtel’s Mining and Metals Global Business Unit President Paige Wilson added: </div> <div style="text-align:justify">“We are very proud of this achievement. The Alba Potline 6 Project’s 24-month schedule to First Hot Metal, or first aluminium, is six months faster than the industry standard. This is a world-class achievement for Bahrain, Alba and Bechtel. This success was only made possible thanks to the very strong collaborative relationship Alba and Bechtel have formed.” </div> <div style="text-align:justify"> </div> <div style="text-align:justify">As at November 30, 2018, Line 6 Smelter’s Overall Progress exceeded 77% (Engineering progressed by more than 96% while Contracts and Procurement advanced by 97%); Power Station 5 &amp; Power Distribution System Overall Progress exceeded 80% and 96% respectively.</div>