Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced last week the commissioning of a high-tech batch homogenizer for use in production of specialized billet at its Casthouse 3.
The homogenizer, which was provided by SMS group’s Hertwich Engineering as part of the Alba Casthouse 3 Batch Homogenizing Extension Project, will be used for heat treatment of 6xxx, 1xxx and 3xxx billet alloys to be used in specialized applications, including certain automotive components and precision tubing.
Per the firm, the next-generation homogenizer will produce superior metals and boost overall productivity thanks to the unit’s advanced technology, including reverse air circulation, fully-automated controls for step heating, and controlled cooling.
Alba’s chief executive officer Tim Murray hailed the move as one benefiting both clients and the environment.
“We are pleased to partner, once again, with Hertwich with whom Alba shares a long-standing relation spanning over two decades. The commissioning of the new Batch homogenizer underlines our commitment to sustainability and higher product quality whilst meeting the customers’ demands in the worldwide automotive segments especially as we secured the IATF 16949:2016 Automotive Quality Certification.”
Alba closed by noting the safety record achieved in the project, with 120 thousand hours devoted to it with not a single Lost Time Injury.
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C., or simply Alba, is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is one of the top 10 largest aluminium producers in the world. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2016 Alba’s smelter produced 971,420 metric tons of primary aluminium.