Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. became the newest member of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative last week, entering the body as a Production and Transformation member.
Alba joins the ASI as its 81st member after achieving full compliance with the most recent ISO certification, implementation of International Finance Corporation protocols, its substantial reported track record of safety and health reporting, and for outstanding environmental stewardship.
Per the firm, membership in the ASI is the next stage of a journey in implementing stricter international standards and practices along its entire aluminium production chain.
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray greeted the achievement as an important next step, but warned that membership was but a prelude to even more stringent measures to come.
“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.
“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.”
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 2018 Alba’s smelter produced 1,011,101 metric tons of primary aluminium.