Abu Dhabi (Al Ittihad)
Occurred Emirates Global Aluminum Company, An agreement to extend its partnership for an additional 10 years with the “Geocycle Emirates” subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim, the largest group of building solutions in the world, to create value from industrial waste in the UAE.
Since 2010, EGA has been working with LafargeHolcim to find economic uses for spent cell lining, materials from the aluminum smelting process which is one of the most important waste in the aluminum industry.
The two companies teamed up to develop a pre-treatment technology and use spent cell liner as an alternative feedstock in the local cement industry.
LafargeHolcim established its subsidiary, Geocycle Emirates, to focus on pretreatment of spent cell endothelium and other materials.
Emirates Global Aluminum has supplied Geocycle with more than 160,000 tons of used bushings since 2010, which required nearly 3,000 truck trips between the two companies’ facilities.
EGA is set to supply an additional 40,000 tons of spent cell liners over the next two years, either to Geocycle or directly as pre-treated material to Lafarge Holcim’s cement plant in Fujairah.
And last year, Emirates Global Aluminum commissioned its own facility to break down spent cell lining at Taweelah.
Abdul Nasser bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminum, said: “Aluminum is lightweight, strong and recyclable, and is used in products and infrastructure that make modern life possible and develop a more sustainable society.
However, the aluminum industry produces some waste that has been difficult to recycle.
Our focus is on reducing waste generation as much as possible, and creating uses for waste that we cannot avoid.
Our partnerships with Lafarge Holcim, Emirates Geocycle and local cement factories have played an important role in enabling us to convert aluminum waste into materials of economic value. ”
Medhat Ismail, General Manager of Geocycle, said: “Our vision at Lafarge Holcim and Geocycle of the Emirates is to empower a circular economy and preserve natural resources by replacing fuel and raw materials with waste or by-products.
Our revision of production processes gave us the opportunity to contribute to solving the waste problem in society through reuse and recycling.
Our goal is to accelerate the achievement of a waste-free future.
In order to achieve this goal, we need visionary partners such as Emirates Global Aluminum.
From this standpoint, the extension of our partnership will enrich the successful journey of waste treatment and recycling between the two companies over the past ten years, which has contributed to improving sustainability in the UAE. ”
The aluminum industry around the world leaves more than a million tons of used cell linings annually, according to industry experts, while large quantities of it are stored indefinitely without economic use.