Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) has retained its spot as the biggest aluminium smelting company outside of the People’s Republic of China.
According to a report released by global research, analytics, and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie, Alba’s production of 1,600,111 metric tons last year cements it in the lead again this year for aluminium smelters based outside the Middle Kingdom.
Alba’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Shaikh Daij bin Salman bin Daij Al Khalifa said in a press release that the accomplishment is the product of years of dedication from an array of individuals.
“Alba’s journey of a thousand miles starts with a vision and I take this opportunity to thank the Leadership of Bahrain and HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom for his strategic vision that has seen Alba to where it is today.”
“We are proud to be the world’s number one Aluminium smelter ex-China thanks to the successful operations of Potline 6,” he continued. “Potline 6 not only has boosted Alba’s per-annum production by 540,000 metric tonnes but also set global benchmarks in sustainable aluminium production.”
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is the world’s biggest aluminium smelter outside the People’s Republic of China. 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 2022 Alba’s smelter produced 1,600,111 metric tons of primary aluminium.