Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) set a company record for aluminium production in 2020, bumping production the year prior by 13 percent.
In the year 2020 Alba smelted 1,548,500 metric tons of aluminium, surpassing its goal of 1.540 million metric tons for the year. This total topped 2019’s production of 1,365,005 metric tons of smelted aluminium.
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali praised his company for thriving in a difficult year.
“2020 was a year like no other with world-shifting challenges. But for Alba and despite all odds, we have raised the bar and finished 2020 strong by achieving the highest-ever record in our operational performance. This achievement was only made possible thanks to our dedicated workforce, employees and contractors’ employees who rose to such challenges while remaining fully committed to our motto of ‘Safety First, Safety Always’.”
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 2019 Alba’s smelter produced 1,365,005 metric tons of primary aluminium.