Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill (GARMCO), the Bahrain-based international aluminium rolling mill and one of the largest downstream aluminium facilities in the Middle East, announces that first aluminium was cast successfully at GARMCO’s expansion project on Thursday 3 August 2017.

The new US$ 55 million new state of the art recycling and cast house facility is designed to develop GARMCO’s metal recycling capability, which will increase GARMCO’s production capacity by 150% to 200,000 tonnes of aluminium slabs per annum.

Till date, the expansion team has recorded 1,417,305 man-hours without any lost time injury. This achievement demonstrates GARMCO’s high commitment to safety.

This expansion comes as part of a three year programme aimed at growing the company on a regional and international level. It is designed to enable GARMCO to consolidate and expand in its key strategic sales markets with higher recycle content aluminium alloys.

GARMCO’s Acting CEO, Mr. Mohamed Essa commented: “We take this opportunity to thank all team members and partners who have contributed to achieving first metal at the expansion project. This project will further develop the Kingdom’s downstream aluminium industry; the facility will increase GARMCO’s production capacity by 150%. We now look forward to a safe and successful ramp-up to full production capacity by November 17’."