According to Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, EMAL's CEO, purity levels of 99.88% have been achieved along with zero hours of 'lost time injuries' or LTIs over a production period of 10 million work hours. In 2011, the company boasted no LTIs over five million work hours.

Al Mazrooei also boasted that not a single pot had been lost since the company's inception in 2009 and that demand for its aluminium currently stands at 900kt - an amount conducive to EMAL's development plans.

• EMAL's second phase development will increase production to 0.8Mmt by the end of the year and 1.4Mmt by 2014. Last month the company introduced foundry aluminium to its product range, which is mainly used in the automotive industry.