The output from GCC states has doubled to 1.8Mt since 2000. The rapid growth of the aluminium sector prompted Gulf producers to recently form the Gulf Aluminium Council to advance and protect industry interests.

At its current rate of growth, the Gulf’s production has the potential to reach 6Mt/y in the near future. With new smelters and unit expansions currently on the pipeline, the region’s production could hit 9Mt or 13% of global supply by 2020. Two key industry drivers to watch are access to cheap gas feedstock and close proximity to the major aluminium markets of Europe, the USA and the Far East.

The Gulf’s aluminium players will take the opportunity to discuss major industry trends and share strategies for boosting their global market share during the 2nd edition of the biennial Aluminium Dubai show to be held between May 9 - 11, 2011 at Sheikh Saeed Halls 2 and 3 of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre).

“The successful completion of all phases of new smelters projects across the Gulf region plays a vital role in the development of aluminium-related industries and opens new opportunities for the Arab and international investors. Aluminium Dubai provides an ideal platform to utilise the investment opportunities by bringing together the industry leaders from all over the world,” said Tarek Ali, Show Manager, Aluminium Dubai.

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